Not only did they grow the corn themselves, but they also built the house, the barn, the backyard, and probably Abigail Breslin. (Seriously, this was her first movie. You prove she existed before 2002.) Supposedly, all of this was necessary because they couldn't find an existing Midwest farmhouse that the set designers were allowed to paint red, white, and blue. That was symbolically important to the story, for reasons, surely.
Touchstone Pictures'Murica reasons.
Then there are the crop circles. We all thought those were CGI, didn't we? Hell, in the film, Gibson himself says, "It can't be by hand, it's too perfect." But it was, because Shyamalan demanded it. Production designer Larry Fulton wanted to CG most of it, "but Night doesn't like CGI, he wants everything practical." That meant his team had to spend weeks making real crop circles by hand -- and not just the one on the farm set. In the movie, the family watches a news report showing other crop circles popping up around the world.
Touchstone PicturesFor the last one, the crew just did a middle finger with the initials "MNS" next to it.
Sure, they could have used stock footage, but that wouldn't be insane, would it? Instead, the production team created two more crop circles -- which, by the way, was "as tough as chopping down trees."
All for a few shots, spanning a few seconds.
In a movie.
Which turned out to be Signs.
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