It takes weeks to create a single majestic scene that you see in your favorite movie.
Movies have enchanted us so badly that we really cannot live without them, especially when they release a movie and leave it on a cliffhanger making us wait for the sequel for years. This is what movie magic is and it has worked really fine for the moviemakers so far. But amidst all this, it often goes unnoticed how much effort and hard work goes behind these movies. What you see on the big screen actually takes years of work and thousands of failures to build. Changes are made to post-production every minute to perfect the storyline and deliver the best storytelling experience possible. All those amazing visual effects that we see in movies like Avengers: Endgame and Avatar take a lot of creativity, patience, money, and time to generate. In animated movies, there are scenes that take hundreds and hundreds of hours to build one frame. But that is all done visually, movie magic is also made possible by some really sleek practical work when they design manual setups to such a perfection that the outcome becomes the most loved scene of the movie. Today, we are going to explore some of these practical behind-the-scene works that helped generate some of the best movie scenes we have seen.
We will be looking at some behind-the-scenes pictures from the sets of a few movies that are loved by everyone just to see the effort and work and basically how they make those scenes work.
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1. The magnitude is not often as it seems on the big screen as can be seen from this scene of “Corpse Bride (2005) being set up.
2. In Star Wars Episode 1 (1999) the model maker cut around half a million Q-tips, painted them, and placed them in a mesh to make it look like a stadium filled with crowd and to make the audience feel real and moving around, they put a fan underneath the stadium model to make the Q-tips move.
3. Here’s how they shot the infamous opening credit scene in Empire Strikes Back.
4. From a behind the sets of Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) R2D2 can be seen having a sandwich during break time.
5. Adam Savage worked on these crazy models for Star Wars I and II
6. They designed an entire animatronic shark for the famous movie Jaws (1975). Here’s a classic image of the director Steven Spielberg in the shark’s mouth.
7. This is a prop they used for a close up shot of the ring in the Lords of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring released in 2001.
8. In this scene in The Matrix (1999) when Neo is approaching the doorknob, in order to hide the camera, they disguised in the same attire that Morpheus was wearing in the scene to camouflage the equipment as there was no other way to hide the camera’s reflection in the doorknob.
9. Here’s the animatronic T-Rex the team made for Jurassic Park (1993).
10. The Alien can be seen chilling during the break on sets. It was actually a Nigerian student Bolaji Badejo who wore the latex Alien suit, which made it really hard to film the scenes in one go.
11. To film that famous helping hands scene in Labyrinth, the moviemakers made 200 latex hands to breathe life into that scene.
12. Here’s how Steven Spielberg captured the point-of-view shots of E.T in the movie E.T. This is creative.
13. For the movie The Hunt for Red October, they made an entire mechanical rig for this scene.
14. Here’s how the director shot this scene of Ralph Fiennes looking outside the train window in the movie The Grand Budapest Hotel.
15. In order to make it feel like the pen was free-flowing in zero gravity in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, the director came up with a creative idea to stick the pen to a piece of glass, and then they rotated it to make it feel like the pen floating in no gravity.
That is some extreme level of creativity given how old these movies are, obviously, they did not have the technology that we have today but they still managed to find ways to bring life to those amazing scenes. And to see the effort that went behind them, for example, the 0.6 million Q-tips that the model maker cut for the Star Wars movie, that is just amazing. No wonder why those movies were a hit.
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16. In this scene from 1964’s classic Goldfinger, the illusion of cutting the table was not an illusion, they used an actual laser to do it, there was man underneath the table using a laser torch to do it.
17. Here’s how they pulled off the auto drying and adjusting jacket in this scene from Back to the Future 2.
18. They made a model of John Travolta to execute this skin removal scene from the movie Face/Off.
19. The alien from Men in Black.
20. In The Shining, this is how director Stanley shot the hotel maze scene. What felt like a massive maze was actually a very small model.
21. Look at all the puppeteers working on the set of The Muppet Movie released in 1979 when no animation technology existed, all work was done by hand.
22. A behind the scenes shot of the crew members setting up the car props for the movie Terminator 2.
23. This is how they made the bee ride scene possible in Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. They did it by building a huge robotic bee.
24. This image shows true behind the scene effort. A diver can be seen pulling a 55 feet model of The Titanic to position it in the right place for filming.
25. Storywriter George Lucas standing next to the Death Star from the sets of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.
26. For the blockbuster of 1996, Independence Day, 80% of the effects were executed by creating massive models and the rest were CGI effects to enhance the feel.
27. This is that digital map that the police viewed in the movie Escape from New York.
28. For Arnold’s action movie True Lies, the US Government supplied then 3 marine helicopters and pilots and charged over a $100,000 for it.
29. The filming of the plane crash scene in the 1984’s famous Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
30. Another one from the movie Jaws, here you can see the animatronic model of Bruce being contructed.
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