30 Behind-The-Scenes Photos Reveal How Movie Magic Happens
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!
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.
Corpse Bride (2005)
Setting up the set with models.
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
The actual shooting of the iconic opening credits of the movie.
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.
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
Kenny Baker having a sandwich break on set.
Steven Spielberg in the jaws of Bruce, the animatronic shark designed for the movie.
The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring (2001)
A prop used for close ups of the ring.
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.
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.
Jurassic Park (1993)
The life size T-Rex animatronic on the set.
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.
In order to film the "Helping Hands" scene, the creators made over 100 pairs of latex hands.
The Hunt For Red October (1990)
Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin on the set.
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.
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Wes Anderson directing Ralph Fiennes who's looking through the window of a “train.”
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.
Back To The Future Part II (1989)
The effects crew working on creating the auto-adjusting and auto-drying jacket effect.
John Travolta insert torso used for skin removal scene.
The Shining (1980)
Stanley Kubrick shooting the famous hotel's maze.
Men In Black (1997)
This what the alien from from the movie actually looks like.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Setting up models of vehicles.
The Muppet Movie (1979)
Jim Henson and other Muppeteers working on the set.
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.
Star Wars: Episode VI — Return Of The Jedi (1983)
George Lucas and the fully operational Death Star.
Raise The Titanic (1980)
55-foot scale model of the Titanic being positioned by a diver.
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.
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.
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.
Bruce, the animatronic shark under construction.