We have been so spoiled by the movie industry, sometimes it's hard to imagine just how much actual work is being put into the production. We see cutting-edge visuals, striking shots, and amazing movie effects - but all of that takes a lot of time and effort, sometimes even months or years to perfect. Bored Panda has already made a list of the amazing CGI that Hollywood uses in its movies, but this time, we're focusing on the so-called practical effects that are produced physically without computer-generated imagery. We have compiled a list for you of photos from the sets of popular movies in which you get to see the amazing props, models, masks, puppets, and even robots which were used to bring movie magic to life. Scroll down below to see all of the fascinating shots and vote for the ones that you like!

#1

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)

Model maker Michael Lynch cut 450,000 Q-tips, painted them and inserted them into a mesh to fill the stands. To make it seem like the crowd was moving, the crew placed fans underneath.

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Kaisu
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1 year ago

That's pretty neat!

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#2

Corpse Bride (2005)

Corpse Bride (2005)

Setting up the set with models.

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Kaisu
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1 year ago

Tim Burton's stop motion animations are always really incredible

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#3

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

The actual shooting of the iconic opening credits of the movie.

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MissPrideGirl
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1 year ago

I always wondered how they did it.🤔

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#4

Star Wars: Episodes I & II

Star Wars: Episodes I & II

Adam Savage (yes, the same famous Mythbuster) worked as a model maker on both Star Wars episode I and II.

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Kaisu
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1 year ago

Oh this is cool, I didn't know Adam worked on Star Wars!

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#5

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

Kenny Baker having a sandwich break on set.

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Monty Is Fiennes
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1 year ago

Totally normal...

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#6

Jaws (1975)

Jaws (1975)

Steven Spielberg in the jaws of Bruce, the animatronic shark designed for the movie.

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Paul K. Johnson
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1 year ago

With as many problems as that shark was reported to have, I'd think more than twice about climbing into its mouth for fear the mouth would suddenly start working.

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#7

The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring (2001)

The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring (2001)

A prop used for close ups of the ring.

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Randy Dhuyvetter
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1 year ago

People don't realize Sauron was an actual freaking giant :p

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#8

The Matrix (1999)

The Matrix (1999)

In the scene where Neo is reaching for a doorknob, there was no proper way to hide the camera so the director of photography disguised it with a coat and tie matching the ones Morpheus is wearing.

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Podunkus
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1 year ago

Tilt-shift photography has been around since the 60’s and I understand that’s how scenes are shot where you see the actor and their reflection in the mirror without the camera also appearing in view. I wonder why this was different. Maybe someone knowledgeable can explain?

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#9

Alien³ (1992)

Alien³ (1992)

Bolaji Badejo, a Nigerian student who wore the Alien suit in his only film role, sitting down for a rest during a break. Filming was extremely physically taxing for him as the costume was made from latex that made breathing very hard.

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Gareth Graham
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1 year ago

"What you thinking about?" "Y'know.... jus' xenomorph stuff"

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#10

Jurassic Park (1993)

Jurassic Park (1993)

The life size T-Rex animatronic on the set.

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earringnut
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1 year ago

She is adorable!

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#11

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

Steven Spielberg with a camera that's covered in a white cloth with two holes in it. It was used to get the point of view shots for E.T.

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Άρης Παπαδόπουλος
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1 year ago

This is from the scene where ET is dressed as a ghost for Halloween so they get past Elliott's mother

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#12

Labyrinth (1986)

Labyrinth (1986)

In order to film the "Helping Hands" scene, the creators made over 100 pairs of latex hands.

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Sanne H.
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1 year ago

Great movie, with many great special effects, before the age of CGI.

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#13

The Hunt For Red October (1990)

The Hunt For Red October (1990)

Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin on the set.

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Monty Is Fiennes
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1 year ago

All we need now is a sea shanty...Yo ho ho....

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#14

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

To make it seem like the pen was floating, Stanley Kubrick instructed the crew to glue it to a large sheet of glass, which was then rotated around to give the impression of free-floating.

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Noel Benavente
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1 year ago

...and managed to avoid any reflections on the glass, not like in Indiana Jones :-/

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#15

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

Wes Anderson directing Ralph Fiennes who's looking through the window of a “train.”

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Monty Is Fiennes
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1 year ago

Wes, you are my favourite director. And for this film you finally directed my favourite actor. Ahhhh heaven.....

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#16

Goldfinger (1964)

Goldfinger (1964)

The illusion that the laser was cutting through the table in the famous Goldfinger scene, was actually... not an illusion. The nervous look on Sean Connery's face, we assume, must've also been real. To film it, a special effects man was under the table with an acetylene torch cutting through it from beneath.

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Podunkus
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1 year ago

And this was the subject of some great satire in the first Austin Powers movie, with the exchange between Dr. Evil and his estranged son. “Why can’t you just shoot him?!”

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#17

Back To The Future Part II (1989)

Back To The Future Part II (1989)

The effects crew working on creating the auto-adjusting and auto-drying jacket effect.

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Louise Stange-Wahl
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1 year ago

No matter what year, it's movie magic! I have a photo sitting in this DMC! My favorite movie car!

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#18

Face/Off (1997)

Face/Off (1997)

John Travolta insert torso used for skin removal scene.

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earringnut
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1 year ago

This is art.

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#19

The Shining (1980)

The Shining (1980)

Stanley Kubrick shooting the famous hotel's maze.

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Niall Mac Iomera
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1 year ago

So to film a model of a maze, they got a model of a maze and filmed it? Amazing.

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#20

Men In Black (1997)

Men In Black (1997)

This what the alien from from the movie actually looks like.

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Max L.
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1 year ago

Bonus detail : the technician working in the background for the bigger head model in which probably a tiny stunt with heavy prosthetic if not another robot, was used for the dialogue scene slightly after the head was opened in the movie.

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#21

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

Setting up models of vehicles.

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Noel Benavente
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1 year ago

greatest action/sci-fi movie ever...

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#22

The Muppet Movie (1979)

The Muppet Movie (1979)

Jim Henson and other Muppeteers working on the set.

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Chris Jones
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1 year ago

Whoa - no-one needs to see the muppets like this!

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#23

Honey, I Shrunk The Kids (1989)

Honey, I Shrunk The Kids (1989)

A giant robotic bee that was used to film the bee ride scene. In the post-production of the movie, some digital effects were also added.

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Luis Milian
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1 year ago

this movie must have taken a long time to finish.

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#24

Star Wars: Episode VI — Return Of The Jedi (1983)

Star Wars: Episode VI — Return Of The Jedi (1983)

George Lucas and the fully operational Death Star.

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Vaida Kuodytė
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1 year ago

Fully operational? Complete with a real death ray? D:

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#25

Raise The Titanic (1980)

Raise The Titanic (1980)

55-foot scale model of the Titanic being positioned by a diver.

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Fife1976
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1 year ago

As Sir Lew Grade, who financed the film said, it would have been cheaper to lower the Atlantic

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#26

Independence Day (1996)

Independence Day (1996)

The highest grossing movie of 1996 used a mixture of models and CGI for the effects shots. Around 80% of effects were models (like the large-scale model below) while the other 20% were created digitally.

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Janice Seagraves
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1 year ago

That was an exciting scene and I wondered how they did it.

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#27

Escape From New York (1981)

Escape From New York (1981)

The '80s action flick features a scene in which police officers are looking at a digital map of the city. At the time, technology was not advanced enough to create the actual digital graphics so a real-life model was built instead.

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Full Name
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1 year ago (edited)

This is super cool! I wonder if Tron was done the same way.

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#28

True Lies (1994)

True Lies (1994)

A shot from filming the helicopter scenes for the 1994 action movie with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis. For the movie, the US Government supplied three Marine Harriers and their pilots for a fee of $100,736.

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Podunkus
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1 year ago

Great, great movie!

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#29

Jaws (1975)

Jaws (1975)

Bruce, the animatronic shark under construction.

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2WheelTravlr
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1 year ago

I'd always read about how Bruce was this high-tech nightmare, so this pic showing he's basically a plywood and glue school project gone crazy is a bit of a letdown ;)

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#30

Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom (1984)

Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom (1984)

Filming the plane crash scene.

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Full Name
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1 year ago

He not nuts, he crazy.

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#31

Baby Driver (2017)

Baby Driver (2017)

While the actors inside the car are acting, the actual driver is manning a car from the roof.

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Max L.
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1 year ago

The same technique used in one of the Jason Bourne saga. The cars keeps crashing so they were rebuilding them during daytime to crash them again during the night in the tunnels scenes.

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#32

I Am Legend (2007)

I Am Legend (2007)

Will Smith fighting a zombie dog.

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Kaisu
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1 year ago

This is so funny

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#33

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

ILM (Industrial Light & Magic, a visual effects company founded in 1975 by George Lucas) visual effects crew Dennis Muren, Phil Tippett, and Mike Pangrazio working on the Hoth scene.

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Zoe's Mom
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1 year ago

Big boys playing with toys! What a GREAT job!!

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#34

An American Werewolf In London (1981)

An American Werewolf In London (1981)

Setting up the werewolf transformation scene. All of the amazing special effects were created the old-fashioned way - by using make up and props.

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LadyMarsh
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1 year ago

I love this film, still think it looks great.

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#35

Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981)

Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981)

Moving the Ark of the Covenant.

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#36

Pumpkinhead (1988)

Pumpkinhead (1988)

For better traction in the scenes where the feet weren't visible, the Pumpkinhead actor wore his Nikes. Unfortunately, the crew left a shot in the movie with a clear view of said sneakers.

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Giorgio Prodoti
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1 year ago

that's an alien penis?

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#37

King Kong (1976)

King Kong (1976)

Jessica Lange filming a scene in the giant animatronic gorilla hands.

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#38

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

Death Star landscape getting some final touches before filming the assault on the Death Star scene.

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Pretty Pangolin
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1 year ago

I remember when it still was just called "Star Wars" - am I showing my age?

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#39

Spartacus (1960)

Spartacus (1960)

Extras on the set with assigned numbers so that Stanley Kubrick could address them individually and give them instructions.

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Kaisu
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1 year ago

This definitely saves a lot of time!

#40

Gremlins (1984)

Gremlins (1984)

Animatronics and puppeteering effects crew working on Gremlins. As visually striking as they were, making them was also expensive. The movie exceeded its original budget, which made the studio particularly paranoid. Thankfully, it turned out for the best.

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Janine B.
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1 year ago

In some bonus material you could see how the scenes with dozens of partying Gremlins were done (Gremlins 2). Every Gremlin had two people bringing it to life. That was epic. This scene shows how many people worked on moving Gizmo alone. Great movies, I still love them.

#41

Ghostbusters (1984)

Ghostbusters (1984)

Puppeteers working with Sigourney Weaver on filming the armchair scene.

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Monty Is Fiennes
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1 year ago

Gettin' personal....

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#42

The Shining (1980)

The Shining (1980)

Jack Nicholson propped up with pieces of wood, foam blocks, and a pillow to shoot the final scene of the movie.

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#43

Inception (2010)

Inception (2010)

A large-scale model of a snow fortress which is about 2 stories tall.

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Mark Szeman
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1 year ago

which they then blew up :) like the Whitehouse and other buildings exploding scenes in independence day.

#44

The Godfather (1972)

The Godfather (1972)

James Caan taking a break during filming the scene in which his character Sonny Corleone gets riddled with bullets.

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Oathbraker
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1 year ago

Suddenly I had a flashback to Hellraiser. Was he okay after?

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#45

Dunkirk (2017)

Dunkirk (2017)

Actors standing amid cut-out models of soldiers.

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#46

Cape Fear (1991)

Cape Fear (1991)

Prepping the set for the houseboat scene finale.

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Graham King
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1 year ago

Where's the Spinosaurus? ;)

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#47

Batman TV Series (1966-1968)

Batman TV Series (1966-1968)

Adam West during the filming of the TV series.

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Janine B.
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1 year ago

Quick! Someone get the shark repellent bat spray!

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#48

Alien (1979)

Alien (1979)

Applying condensed milk to the face and head of Ian Holm.

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David Wong
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1 year ago

Edible cosmetics

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#49

Skyfall (2012)

Skyfall (2012)

Miniature of chopper positioned to crash into the Skyfall House and a bullet-riddled miniature Aston Martin on the lower left.

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#50

Dunkirk (2017)

Dunkirk (2017)

Model of the German aircraft Stuka RC being transported on the beach.

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#51

Krull (1983)

Krull (1983)

Effects crew working on the crystal spider scene.

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#52

Evil Dead II (1987)

Evil Dead II (1987)

Effects artist Greg Nicotero manipulating the head of Henrietta while rehearsing for a scene.

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ej wey
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1 year ago

The Walking Deads Greg Nicotero, if anyone's wondering

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#53

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

Working on the full hotel set for the visually striking Wes Anderson masterpiece.

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Olli Glx
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1 year ago

Well, actually it's from "Grand Budapest Hotel", not Star Wars.

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#54

Super Mario Bros. (1993)

Super Mario Bros. (1993)

Testing the functionality of the Goomba animatronic costume.

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htbq
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1 year ago

terrible movie...

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#55

Armageddon (1998)

Armageddon (1998)

The Freedom shuttle model.

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#56

Django Unchained (2012)

Django Unchained (2012)

Exploding blood bag. Quentin Tarantino wanted it to have a "meaty effect," so the bag is full of strips of latex and other little bits of particles.

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#57

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004)

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004)

Bill Murray holding a miniature of the research ship Belafonte with the full-size production version in the background.

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Max L.
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1 year ago

Why is he wearing a pajama and holding a gun ?

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#58

Kong: Skull Island (2017)

Kong: Skull Island (2017)

John Goodman, John C. Reilly and Brie Larson on the set among props.

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#59

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

Applying syrup blood effects to Marilyn Burns in preparation for the final scene.

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Full Name
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1 year ago

"Okay, break for 1/2, people" "I'm going to get in line at McDonalds. Anyone else want something?"

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#60

Friday The 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986)

Friday The 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986)

Cast and crew in the pool at UCLA filming the final scene.

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