36 Low-Tech Tricks Hollywood Uses

As you may have noticed, we love to dissect movie effects here at Cracked. That's why we asked our readers to show us the shockingly simple tactics behind executing some of the most visually complex scenes in film history.

The winner is below, but first the runners-up ...

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Entry by DocBen

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Entry by Triborough

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Entry by Stullberg

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Entry by Lycanthropist

Filmmakers use a wax button bullet effect for onscreen gunshots to the head. A button on a string is embedded beneath a plate of wax skin with blood t

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Entry by jmDCI

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Entry by plasquatch

36 Low-Tech Tricks Hollywood Uses

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Entry by Garrote

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Commonly seen behind the scenes at the beginning of a take. a clapperboard is struck to sync audio and video. It also has lines for writing production

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Entry by NoahKort

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Entry by bazooka

Actor Fred.MacMurray was reluctant to star in the TV sitcom My Three Sons until the producer agreed that every scene that he appeared in for an entire

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Entry by thnderleg

Snorting cocaine is too hazardous, SO the FX team will use regular powdered milk as a substitute. MiIk N SITOL INOSITO And those suffering from lactos

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Entry by JustinBoyle

WHAT MIYSTERIES LIE WITHIN A SANDWORMI'S HIDE? CONDOMS LOTS AND LOTS OF GODDAMNED CONDOMS

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Entry by evan2

36 Low-Tech Tricks Hollywood Uses

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Entry by Mongoloid17

EVER WONDERERED OW sNOW SCENES LOOK so FLAWLESS, EVEN AFTER MULTIPLE TAKES? CHANCES ARE, THE SNOW HAS BEEN PROVIDED BY EFFECTS COMPANY SNOWBUSINESS. W

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Entry by MelJel

Watermelon is used for sounds. many foley A head getting cracked open, a guy getting punched in the face, even dinosaur a egg hatching! CRACKEDOON

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Entry by Adogg1991

The waterfalls surrounding the city of Theed in Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace were created by pouring salt down a velvet screen. They used

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Entry by ChevySpoons

Question: How do you get actors in a car to look like they're really in a moving car? Answer: Use a process trailer. AFEIS The trailer rides low, so

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Ever wonder what makes the creepy background noises in horror/sci-fi movies? Odds are. it's a waterphone. Its spine-tingling sounds are featured in th

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Entry by Gisele

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Entry by NDUDE

In the 1950 film Orpheus by Jean Cocteau, Orpheus has to travel between our world and the Underworld through a magic mirror. The film shows Orpheus st

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Entry by foxjasond

In order to keep production budgets reasonable, many TV shows will plan for episodes that have only the main characters, using only a few regular sets

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Entry by Bennett Rea

Ever notice that dreamy cloud-like aura that happens at certain moments in movies? The secret is... Vaseline. Camera operators smear it on the lens to

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Entry by davlee1991

Often, if an actress woN't get naked, or wants too much money to get naked, body doubles are used, especially when her, face isn't in frame. An altern

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Entry by scooperfield

Save the Cat Shortly after introduction, the main character does a good, selfless deed, So the audience will know that despite questionable actions,

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Entry by bazooka

The Aviator The 1940s Beverly Hills neighborhood in line for the dramatic XF-11 aircraft crash is the COMBINATION of some detailed 1/4 scale miniature

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Entry by Rachel P.

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Entry by John Mulroy

CRACKEDo In the video of Dance Tonight by Paul McCartney, director Michel Gondry uses an old but neat technique to portray the ghosts in the room. H

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Entry by mightyzamfir

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Matte Painting Before CGI, filmmakers would create breathtaking environments by painting backgrounds on sheets of glass.

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Entry by dvorakdvorak

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There is an almost universally upheld rule in cinema that when you cut to something else within the same scene, you have to cut to an angle at least 3

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