15 Movie Shots Achieved In Surprising Ways

You might have thought The Phantom Menace was pretty much all CGI except for (most of) the actors, but it turns out they went pretty low-tech. Amazingly low-tech, in some ways. Here are all the details, plus 14 other stories:


Highlander used car batteries to achieve the effect of swords sparking when struck. The batteries would be strapped to the actors' legs and wired up to the swords-. but the swords get so hot that, after about three takes, they'd have to take a break from shooting.

Source: The Guardian


That's really Christian Bale on top of the Sears Tower in The Dark Knight. He told his stunt double You get to do a lot of fantastic stunts. You're not taking that one away from me. CRACKED.COM

Source: WIRED


The podracing audience in The Phantom Menace was a bunch of painted Q-Tips. F f The whole podracing arena was an elaborate miniature set, and the vehicles were intricate miniatures too.

Source: SlashFilm


They used sheep and COW guts for the egg Kane checks out in Alien. Specifically, sheep intestines and cow stomach lining.

Source: Entertainment Weekly


Actual petri dishes were used to make the visual effects in The Fountain. The space voyage effects were made by swirling things like curry powder and yeast in a petri dish.

Source: AWN


The cars falling from planes in Furious 7 weren't CGI. Shooting the scene involved two weeks practicing dropping cars out of C-130 airplanes (with parachutes). CRACKED.COM

Source: NPR


The train-bus collision in The Fugitive was all real. In the film, a freight train slams into a transport bus, and that's exactly what happened in real life. It left a wreck that's still standing on the shooting location in North Carolina. CRACKED.COM

Source: Atlas Obscura


Dakota Johnson had CGI pubic hair in 50 Shades of Grey. The actors were partly covered for privacy, which had to be fixed in post-production. The movie's cinematographer, Seamus McGarvey, said I wouldn't say it was one of the highlights of my career, but it certainly was one of the

Source: Gizmodo


The helicopter flying under an overpass in Terminator 2 was, well, exactly that. It was James Cameron's idea, and they had to do it twice so they could film the helicopter from both the front and the rear.

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The chocolate river in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was.. basically an actual chocolate river. It consisted of chocolate, cream, and 150,000 gallons of water.

Source: Good Housekeeping


The Mandalorian is mostly shot against a background of LED screens. The set is known as The Volume, and it consists of LED screens that can project whatever image the crew needs.

Source: StarWars.com


Herman Munster's face in The Munsters was actually purple. The actor, Fred Gwynne, wore purple face paint because that paint looked very bright in black-and-white.

Source: MeTV


Coraline's visual effects aren't all physical. There are a few CGI scenes -for example, in the Starry Night dream, most of the animation is CGI. CRACKED.COM

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Peeta's weight loss in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 7 was all CG. Part 1 and Part 2 were shot back-to-back, and filming would have gotten messed up if actor Josh Hutcherson had to spend time losing weight and getting it back so they just used CGI. CRACKED.COM

Source: FilmSchoolRejects


Samantha Stevens' signature nose-twitch in Bewitched relied on a subtle visual effect. In any shot where you see Samantha twitching her nose, the footage is slightly sped up. CRACKED.COM

Source: Yahoo