Lots of people consider themselves movie fans, but few know what goes on behind the scenes. From classic practical effects and modern CGI to the quirky behavior of the actors when the cameras stop rolling, you’re bound to laugh with the images that you’re going to see below.
Chaos, feelings and costumes
Avengers: Infinity War was a total spectacle when it was released, and is even considered one of the greatest movies of our time by its fans. Not for nothing superhero movies from this franchise are still making numbers to this day.
Interestingly, thanks to the technology we have, much of what we see on the screen isn’t actually there. Of course, we know there’s no burning city in the background or a state-of-the-art suit that can speak, but at least we thought the suits were real!
A new way of looking at things
E.T. gave us a beautiful story that we can still learn a lot from, despite the time that has passed since its launch. We can’t deny that creativity wasn’t something that was lacking on set.
In fact, it never occurred to us that this was the way to shoot this iconic Halloween night scene. Now that we think about it, it makes a lot of sense, and it teaches us that creativity is one of the best resources in the world of cinema.
A true method actor
If there's one thing we can all agree on, it's that Jack Nicholson's performance in The Shining is one of the best he's given us. One of the most memorable scenes of the movie is the fight on the hotel steps.
And it’s that this interpretation deserves the gold. See, the actor remained in character even when the cameras were off! We don't know if it was to keep inspiration or momentum, or if Nicholson is a little crazy after all, but we know that it paid off.
So this was real
The science-fiction saga Back to the Future has won the hearts of many people with its incredible story, good actors, and fun development. It's funny to think that many of its effects were practical, but they didn't have much else to do at the time.
The movie makers often used scale models or camera sets that made us see things from another perspective. With this creativity, they managed to give us incredibly realistic scenes -- of course, they were technically real, but you understand what we mean.
Give it some air!
Who would not want to be part of the gang of scammers and robbers led by George Clooney? It should be fun to make plans and watch everything unfold perfectly -- or almost perfectly, as there’s always a setback.
After seeing these images of what was required from the actors on set to shoot a scene, we may reconsider participating in this ruse. If you were to enter such a space, sooner or later you’d probably run out of air, so better remember to bring your oxygen tank.
We believed in magic
One of the biggest television phenomena of recent years is WandaVision. It follows one of our favorite modern witches, the Scarlet Witch, on her personal adventure with Vision. The series is loaded with memorable scenes that are as funny as they’re sentimental.
When we see Scarlet do every wacky thing she does, we really begin to believe in magic. But boy, does it crush our dreams when we see how the scenes were actually filmed. Well, we don't know about you, but we’ll continue to believe in Wanda's magic.
We are not on the same page... or room
Harry Potter, the famous book-turned-movie series, has one of the largest fan bases out there. Accompanying Harry while he grows up and faces the many dangers of the magical world is truly something addictive. Of course, his school life is another thing that stands out.
Some of the most memorable scenes from the movies are Dumbledore's speeches, always seeking to help and inspire students. However, once we learn that they weren't actually in the same room together when filming, it's hard to see them in the same way.
Crowd of fans
Here we're unlocking the behind-the-scenes secrets of some of the most beloved movie franchises in the world. Of course, we’re talking of Star Wars. Come on, we can't be the only ones who thought these scenes were computer-generated.
As we know, filmmakers were big fans of practical effects, but creating all these bleachers full of fans must’ve been really difficult! Of course, it did take some help from the computer in post-production, but it really is really fantastic to see how they actually did this peculiar scene.
A complex stature
Let’s talk about a giant of cinema -- or shall we say, a hobbit? We have a fully formed idea that these people and their homes are much smaller than that of other creatures, but is that really so?
Seeing the behind the scenes, together with the production crew, really makes us believe that it was a lie, or perhaps a montage. It seems that we were so immersed in the idea that hobbits exist that we forgot we were watching a movie.
A cold shower
When you're James Bond, nothing can stop you. The international spy is good at everything, from fighting terrorists to rescuing kidnap victims. No explosion, villain, or cold shower will stop him from achieving his goal.
However, it seems that he’s somewhat forgetful, as he forgot to turn off the water here. Well, we can't deny that even while getting a stream of cold water, our Agent Bond has style. Let's just hope neither of them catch a cold from being there so long.
If there’s a series that has managed to become an incredible sensation worldwide, it is Squid Game. This Korean show has gone viral in the course of a few weeks, and has positioned itself as the most watched in several countries. Indeed, the series is quite entertaining.
We might not believe that such a game can exist, but what we believed was that the game rooms were real! In our defense, those murals look so genuine and handmade that they could easily pass for real.
Not so spatial words
It’s sometimes difficult to tell when a scene has some computer work behind its magic. For the longest time, we thought that the walls of text at the start of every Star Wars movie were computer generated. However, nothing is what it seems in the world of cinema.
As you can see, the text was physically printed and recorded with a camera. We’re sure the latest Star Wars movies do use computer graphics for this effect, but we still value the creativity behind the practical effects of the past.
A soft… giant?
Final battles are always amazing. Whether it is heroes against villains, or they finally reveal a mystery, the last act of a movie is always sure to bring us a spectacle. This is no different in Ghostbusters.
In this scene, we can see our protagonists fight against a giant possessed monster that’s attacking New York City. The practical effects of that time really tricked us back then. It makes us wonder if CGI is really needed that much.
That’s not our Gollum
The Lord of the Rings is not only one of the greatest fantasy and fiction stories, but it’s also good at fooling us when it comes to special effects. Logically, a production as large as this wasn’t going to skimp anything on its visual effects.
Here, we can see how one of the best-known characters in the series, Gollum, looked behind the scenes. Sure, it's less scary in real life, but funny to think that this character turned out to be totally computer-generated.
A lot of work on that dinner
One of the animation styles that take the most work and effort is Stop-Motion. The amount of time that’s invested in stop-motion films is incredible. Each scene can take hours to perform as desired, and here we can see part of the process of creating them.
We must admit that the level of detail that people put in them is admirable. Imagine doing a dinner scene like the one in Corpse Bride, with so many characters that must be moved individually to make a fluid scene, yikes!
A confusing model
The Overlook Hotel is one of the most famous and scary ones out there. And it’s that when seeing The Shining it’s impossible not to notice the large number of small details that were imposed on the recording sets.
One of these details is the model of the labyrinth that’s in the hotel garden. It’s something amazing, and we’d like to have one ourselves. Still, no matter how long Jack admired it, he couldn't escape his doom, and well, maybe the same thing might’ve happened to us.
Great friends now and always
Friends is a series that transcended history, and it is considered as one of the best-known series of all time. We’ve all enjoyed seeing the adventures of the life of this lovable group, accompanying them through relationships, celebrations, and parties.
It was in these two apartments where much of the history and interaction between characters took place. It's definitely weird looking at behind-the-scenes footage and thinking that we're not actually in that apartment with them.
A nap in the rose bushes
A film as complex as Midsommar probably needed multiple takes to make each scene as perfect as they are. For this, each of the actors also needed a break between takes. It seems that, sometimes, the props demanded that the actors didn’t move from their places.
Here we can see an example of this. It looks like after filming one of the final scenes, Florence just stood there on her pile of flowers and enjoyed a drink. Let's be honest, accommodating all those flowers shouldn’t be easy at all.
A not so lethal fall
If we talk about revelations and iconic scenes in the cinema, this one from the Star Wars franchise is definitely one of the best known. On one side is your biggest and most deadly enemy, and on the other, a deadly fall… neither seems good, if you ask us.
However, when we go behind the camera to this scene, we realize that the fall isn’t as deadly as it seems. Boy, that Luke was a crybaby, he just had to get loose and land on the multiple mattresses below.
We don't think it fits
Movies like The Lord of the Rings really need astronomical amounts of props -- the number of details that they include in their characters, clothing, and scenes sure is staggering! However, this one does seem taken from another movie.
Although we know that dwarfs are an important part of the story, we think this ring may be a little big for our characters. We're still not sure what they need it for; maybe they just wanted a great souvenir?
One of the hardest parts of acting is faking an emotion over and over again and doing it convincingly each time a scene needs to be repeated. When seeing this behind the scenes of the classic romance film Titanic, we can only wonder how many times the actors could act surprised.
We mean, you've already seen that iceberg come a few times, right? Of course, they’re actors for something -- not everyone can give that genuine feeling even after receiving that “surprise” about 10 times during a recording session.
This one effect might not be too complex, but it’s still a little weird to see it behind the scenes. Of course we didn't expect Batman and Robin to actually scale a building in a perfect vertical way, but one always keeps the illusions with classic shows like this one.
We can’t deny that the method they used to do this is quite imaginative. This, in addition to the feeling of nostalgia that seeing this show gives us, are the kind of things that cannot be imitated with CGI.
A mysterious corridor
This is part of the many mysterious areas that we never get to see on television shows. We often see ourselves so invested in the shows we watch that we forget that many are developed in sets, not in current places.
For a long time, we surely believed that in that corridor we could find more apartments or whatnot. But hey, the reality seems to be different, and now Kramer's recurring joke upon entering the apartment feels a bit weird.
A well-known lady
If you've ever seen a Columbia-produced movie, you’ve probably seen this lady. If you’re a fan of movies in general, then we bet you know her face very well.
Sure, the original set isn't quite as dramatic or heavenly as the final image, but it did lead to one of the most well-known intros in movie history. No doubt the face of this woman will be passed down for generations; after all, she’s the Lady of Columbia.
Money, soul... light bulb?
This image will finally put an end to the hundreds of theories about what was in that briefcase. Pulp Fiction has become one of Quentin Tarantino's best-known works, and it’s recognized as a cult film for many.
One of its scenes follows Vincent while he returns a briefcase to his boss; however, the interior content of it is never revealed. Only a small sample is given in the form of a light that illuminates Travolta's face. Well, it seems like it was a light bulb all this time!
Give me a hand!
Terminator is one of the best-known action movies out there. It’s definitely a cinema classic, as well as its sequels. With Arnold Schwarzenegger on the big screen, it’s safe to say that movies are only as memorable as their protagonist is.
This movie has quite a few amazing effects that stunned its audiences when they first saw it in theaters. Nowadays it’s easy to duplicate them using CGI, but actual “practical” effects were the rule before, and this mecha hand is proof of this.
Shades of despair
Get Out is one of the most acclaimed horror films of recent years. The interesting idea, top performances, and incredible cast have earned the film this title. It’s not difficult to imagine, then, the amount of work and effort put into each of the scenes.
Some of the most memorable scenes are those in the basement, where our protagonist delivers such a wide and dynamic range of emotions that it's impossible not to be absorbed in his performance. Without a doubt, the work behind all this deserves incredible recognition.
Middle of Red October
Even at first glance, this image is quite amazing. This is the set where the scenes inside the submarine Red October were filmed in The Hunt for Red October. In this tape, we meet the CIA agents trying to find and bequeath a deal with the deserted captain of a high-tech submarine.
The scenes that take place inside the submarine when it begins to suffer turbulence were made with practical effects. If you’re one of those people who suffer from seasickness, think twice before getting on this submarine.
Question of attitude
Anti-Heroes are a loved group in the media, be it in comics, series, or movies. These types of characters offer us their personal adventure where, unlike conventional heroes, they’re not afraid to go to extremes “a little out of the law” to achieve their goals.
One of the most famous anti-heroes is Harley Quinn. The determined and impulsive Harley offers us scenes loaded with comedy and action alike with her bubbly attitude. Of course, without the director's guidance, she wouldn’t be the character we know and love.
A non-deadly star
One of the best-known structures in all of cinema is the Death Star from the Star Wars franchise. This great battle machine is certainly scary in the movie, though it is another story in real life. Seeing it here, it definitely looks less scary than it does on the big screen.
Logically, we don’t believe that the budget of the film allowed them to make a life-size model. Still, if you look closely, its size might be enough to knock someone out, so it’s a bit deadly after all.
A dizzy shoot
The following film is regarded as a modern-day science fiction masterpiece. The development of the movie, paired with the actors’ amazing performances and special effects truly make it unforgettable. Of course, we’re talking about the reality-deforming Inception.
Seeing what the sets were like and the way they recorded the scenes, we can't even imagine being there. It must have been quite a peculiar experience, and we admire the actors for not throwing up a bit afterwards.
A risky job
Lara Croft is one of the most fearless characters out there. Her intelligence, admirable physical strength and courage make her stand out from many other movie protagonists.
However, she doesn’t take all the action for herself, as those who follow her while filming also have to put in some effort. Here, you’re seeing a scene from the 2018 film, while Lara and a cameraman are recording a reckless feat. Who said only the actors have fun?
An unromantic sight
When talking about romance movies, we always think of the many beautiful moments that the protagonists share. In La La Land, there is no shortage of such scenes.
Most romance scenes involve trips, walks on the beach, and beautiful walks at night. However, when we think about what these actors are seeing, some of that romantic magic fades. The thing is that, even though you’re with your soul mate, if your sight is a complete recording crew, you might not feel on the moon about it.
Powers of divination
Stranger Things really knows how to reach its demographic with its '80s references and its talented cast. At the center of its compelling story, we find Eleven, a girl with psychokinetic powers.
Throughout the series, we see the adventures of the main group, as well as the development of Eleven's powers. Below, we can see what appears to be the recording of a scene where she’s using her powers. It’s incredible to see the professionalism that the actors have even behind the camera.
A shot in the heights
In the 1994 action hit True Lies, we find some of the best action scenes ever. In this emotionally charged story, we follow an undercover spy as his two lives, the spy and the family, mix together.
Here, what anyone would believe to be a scene created with effects is actually real. Boy, there must be incredible trust among the cast to even want to try doing a helicopter scene like this one, but the end result is definitely worth it!
Chemistry behind camera
One of our biggest fears in this modern age is running out of the many luxuries that technology offers us. This is the fate of the protagonists of Outlander, who, without warning, are transported to a few centuries in the past.
Without a doubt, this brings many complications to their lives; but not only that, as it also brings new opportunities for extra-personal relationships. This chemistry can be seen on and off camera. There’s nothing cuter than seeing a cast with such palpable chemistry working together.
A very calm flight
Superhero movies have always been full of special effects, both practical and computer-generated. One of the most famous superheroes, Superman, has been helped by both methods to achieve the recording of his iconic flight scenes.
Whether it's disastrous results or memorable scenes, just to think that each scene requires so much equipment is incredible. And to think that Superman makes flying look simple, but actually requires a whole team of effects and multiple green screens behind him…
Emotions and singing on the island
When you hear a song by the group ABBA, you probably think of the movie based on the musical Mamma Mia! This movie is full of so many memorable moments that it’s difficult not to think about it, from the stellar performances to the charming story on the island in Greece.
We simply cannot imagine the fun that the cast must have had while recording in such beautiful places and interpreting those colorful characters. It must have been a unique experience.
Illusion of depth
Sometimes, the best way to achieve a scene is with practical effects. Through the years, filmmakers have thought of pretty creative ways to trick our minds with makeup, prosthetics, or even simple camera and depth games, as is the case in our next film.
To highlight the fact that the main character in Elf does not fit, and also to make it stand out in an incredibly conspicuous way, a game of perspective and depth was used. That’s quite a clever and effective trick, if you ask us.
The boss's chair
Quentin Tarantino is a master when it comes to delivering engaging and funny films, as well as serious and graphic ones. The following image honestly looks a bit peculiar, and even comical.
Just thinking about the character DiCaprio plays in the Django movie and seeing him in that position makes for a really humorous parallel. Let's just hope he didn't take his role too seriously and took the boss chair away from Tarantino. Judging by the end result, that didn't happen!
The Wolf of Wall Street Provocative Scene
One of the most iconic scenes in Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” movie from 2013 was this temptation scene, where Naomi Lapaglia (Margot Robbie) “seduces” Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) in a bedroom. The chemistry between the couple was amazing and ended up in one of the most famous love scenes of all time.
What the viewers of the the film didn’t know, and was later revealed by Robbie herself in an interview with Porter magazine, was that in reality, filming the scene was ‘weird’ and ‘embarrassing’ for her. That’s because she had to film it in front of 30 male crew members in a ‘tiny bedroom’: “I dug deep to hide my embarrassment” she said.