15 Ingenious Ways Famous Movies Pulled Off Special Effects

If you’ve watched a ton of movies, you can probably figure out instantly how they pulled off this or that effect -- whether it’s CGI, wire work, clever editing, or whatever else. But sometimes, filmmakers pull off effects in super weird ways, either because they were too broke to do anything else -- or because they really, really wanted to do it that way. For example:

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Ingenious Ways Famous Movies Pulled Off Special Effects - Rogue One basically ditched green screens.Source: 7 Movie Special Effects You Won't Believe Aren't Computers

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Ingenious Ways Famous Movies Pulled Off Special Effects - In The Social Network, the puffs of breath in Zuckerberg and EduardoSource: Film School Rejects

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Ingenious Ways Famous Movies Pulled Off Special Effects - The Cabin in the Woods' Merman was played by a guy in prosthetics that Source: 7 Movie Special Effects You Won't Believe Aren't Computers

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Ingenious Ways Famous Movies Pulled OFor Baby Driver, the flashbacks of Baby's parents were shot with the kind of camera they shot silent movies with.Source: Film School Rejects

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Ingenious Ways Famous Movies Pulled Off Special Effects - Logan used a phone app for the effects in the hotel scene. Source: Film School Rejects

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Ingenious Ways Famous Movies Pulled Off Special Effects - The unbroken six-minute shot in True Detective Season 1 really was unbroken.Source: 7 Movie Special Effects You Won't Believe Aren't Computers

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Ingenious Ways Famous Movies Pulled Off Special Effects - The billboards in Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping were shot by Akiva Schaffer Source: Film School Rejects

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Ingenious Ways Famous Movies Pulled Off Special Effects - For the earthquake in 2012, they built a massive, 500,000-ton earthquake rig. Source: 7 Movie Special Effects You Won't Believe Aren't Computers

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Ingenious Ways Famous Movies Pulled Off Special Effects - The Independence Day scene where alien ships enter the atmosphere,Source: Film School Rejects

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Ingenious Ways Famous Movies Pulled Off Special Effects - The levitating truck in Thor: The Dark World was an actual cement truck. Source: 7 Movie Special Effects You Won't Believe Aren't Computers

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Ingenious Ways Famous Movies Pulled Off Special Effects - For Edge of Tomorrow, Tom Cruise pretty much really fought in a sci-fi war.Source: 7 Movie Special Effects You Won't Believe Aren't Computers

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Ingenious Ways Famous Movies Pulled Off Special Effects - The chair at the console in Moon came from the make-up room at the studio. Source: Film School Rejects

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Ingenious Ways Famous Movies Pulled Off Special Effects - In the opening of John Wick: Chapter 2, that motorcycle really crashed into a car.Source: Film School Rejects

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Ingenious Ways Famous Movies Pulled Off Special Effects - Alien: Covenant's shot of the Covenant ship landing site was all real.Source: New Zealand Film Commission