50 Photographs From Behind The Scenes That Show A Lesser-Known Side Of Fame (New Pics)
Anyone who has been on a film set knows that the smallest scene, for example, two characters having a cup of coffee at a table, requires a massive team, wielding a whole host of equipment. Sometimes, just the creation of a film can be a tale stranger than fiction, but fortunately for all of us, forward-thinking people have documented a lot of behind-the-scenes moments from famous films.
The “Far Out Cinema” Facebook page gathers interesting, illuminating, and just plain fascinating bits of information from the sets of films we all know and love. So get comfortable as you scroll through, upvote your favorites, and be sure to comment your thoughts below.
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Jim Carrey And Eddie Murphy Pose For A Photo After Running Into Each Other Working On The Same Studio Set (2000)
Steven Spielberg Filmed E.t. In Chronological Order In Order To Help The Child Actors And To Capture The Most Real Emotions During The Ending, Since It Would Be The Last Time They’d All Be Together
While the younger generation might be completely unfamiliar with this, film DVDs, generally, come with a lot more than just the film. There will be language options, subtitles, and quite often deleted scenes. For superfans of a particular movie, and if you already bought the DVD, it’s a safe guess, a major selling point was access to behind-the-scenes (BTS) footage.
Behind-the-scenes footage, naturally, can’t just be created later as an extra, all through the filming process people have to be documenting the work, then spend many hours editing, cutting, and stitching the entire thing together.
The Podrace Crowd In The Phantom Menace Wasn't Cgi - It's A Load Of Colourful Q-Tips Pushed Through A Grate And Blown By A Fan
Harrison Ford And The Oscar Winning, Ke Huy Quan, On The Set Of Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom (1984)
“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, for example, had over six hours of BTS footage, going all the way back to drawing boards to sets and costumes. This would create comical moments on set, where one camera would be filming another camera, which, in turn, would be focused on the actors on the set.
Carrie Fisher On A Train To Norway To Film Parts Of The Empire Strikes Back In 1979
Chadwick Boseman On The Set Of 'Avengers: Endgame'
One of the producers of the “making of” content for “The Lord of the Rings” stated that, in total, over twenty hours of footage was gathered, dwarfing the actual length of the three films combined by a few hours. This raw footage was then cut into the aforementioned six-hour documentary, although unused parts still made their way into the DVDs and supplementary content online.
Mel Brooks Takes The Cast Of Young Frankenstein Out For Lunch In Beverly Hills During Filming (1974)
While it varies from production to production, certain crews even set out to create a film about the creation of the film, which is normally treated in a lighthearted manner. Technically, it’s a documentary, but film crews often see it as a means to let off steam and joke around, instead of actually developing a story about the film being made.
The Burns Twins Outside The Huge Maze On The Set Of 'The Shining'
This footage and other images taken from movie sets provide interesting insight into a lot of the technology employed in modern filmmaking. For example, Benedict Cumberbatch, who voices the dragon Smaug, in “The Hobbit,” also provided some motion capture footage with his own body. If it wasn’t for BTS footage, we would not be able to enjoy seeing this professional actor writhe around on the ground for a role.
Behind The Scenes With Doc & Einstein On Back To The Future Part II
Eric Idle And George Harrison On The Set Of Life Of Brian (1978)
It’s also a good way to document the crew that puts countless hours of hard, sometimes dangerous work into bringing a film to fruition. The people in front of the cameras have an important role, but they also get the lion's share of fame. It also helps humanize the cast, whom many people might accidentally associate too much with the role individual actors play.
Behind The Scenes Of The Iconic Fight Scene Between Lucy Liu And Uma Thurman In ‘Kill Bill’ (2003)
Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock & Dennis Hopper On The Set Of Speed In (1993)
One might have already noticed that many of the images here are taken from films shot in the early 2000s. The advent of CGI has, perhaps unfortunately, meant that directors often use greenscreen for nearly everything. While this does allow for more freedom and creativity, it does mean that most BTS images from a modern set look like a home where someone just loves green paint.
Danny Trejo And Antonio Banderas On The Set Of ‘Desperado’ (1995)
Marlon Brando Before And After Getting His Make Up Done To Be Don Vito Corleone
Other times, the BTS footage has specific goals in mind, for example, in the extra features for “Star Wars Episode 2: The Attack of the Clones,” there were featurettes focusing on costume design, the creation of the various aliens and segments focusing on the casting. While a very niche topic, this is invaluable for anyone wanting to pick the crew’s brains on why certain decisions ended up being made.
Russell Crowe, Cigarette In Hand, And Joaquin Phoenix Share A Joke While Filming Their Final Duel For Gladiator (1999)
Alan Rickman Photographed Whilst Filming 'Die Hard' (1988)
On The Set Of ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl (2003)
It’s also a great way to immortalize all the work that went into smaller details that, perhaps, most viewers never even notice. Films like “Blade Runner,” or even, more recently, “Barbie” had hours and hours of work put into sets and costumes, some of which are only on screen for seconds. Without them, the film might seem less rich, but the sad truth is that most viewers hardly notice.
Special Effects Master Douglas Trumbull On The Set Of Blade Runner (1982)
John Belushi, Carrie Fisher And Dan Aykroyd On The Set Of The Blues Brothers, 1980
So scroll through the rest of this list and perhaps see what stirs your interest up enough to warrant a rewatch. And if you find yourself wanting more, Bored Panda has got you covered, check out our previous collection of images from “Far Out Cinema,” or take a look at the pics gathered by “Behind the Clapperboard,” documenting all the bits and pieces that go on behind the scenes.