A few months ago I wrote about the behind-the-scenes shenanigannery that ruins potentially good movies, and because it's important to maintain balance in this world, I thought I owed it to movies to talk about some behind-the-scenes moments that make things better. The old article involved a lot of research and long explanations about the business of Hollywood, and the process of rewriting and so on and so forth. This one has a bunch of dumb pictures. Balance!
#4. Shampoo Commercials and Superman
Have you ever seen one of those shampoo commercials featuring a beautiful woman with hair that is just flowing majestically in the wind?
Did you ever wonder how they achieve that awesome hair-in-the-wind look? No, of course you didn't, neither did I. If I gave one stupid second of my life trying to figure out how they achieved that hair-in-the-wind look I probably would have just said, "Oh, it's wind, I bet." Well, we're all wrong. Here's how they pull off that look.
Hahahahahaha holy shit I'm so happy. Rather than bring in a fan or wind machine, some studios hire people to dress up like a green Putty and flip some model's hair all day long. And then they spend the whole drive home trying to figure out what to say when people ask them what they do for a living.
It's not just shampoo commercials that utilize this completely ridiculous technique. It's also how they make Superman's cape flap.
Oh, and while those two guys are working the marionette strings? This is also going on:
Those guys were hired to shoot air directly up at Superman and also stare at his junk (it's a confidence thing, all actors use it).
The fact that Brandon Routh maintained a straight face while two fucking green men were puppet-mastering in the background is the only argument I need to demand an Academy Award for him. Those guys were on set all day in some giant green void waving their hands around like assholes while a nearby director was yelling "Flappier! Flappier goddammit!"
I swear this whole article won't be about green screen, but remember in Twilight when the Girl One met the werewolf?
Here's what it was like on set:
Is everyone else also having the best day ever?
I actually give those kids a lot of credit. I haven't seen any of the Twilights yet, but I imagine that if the actors had laughed through the entire movie, I would have heard about that. I have to assume they did SOME takes where they didn't laugh at the fact that the big, scary werewolf was a doofus in a full-body condom, and that takes some real acting chops.