A lot of hard work is put into making a film, especially when there is hype and anticipation about its release. Long hours and difficult conditions often lead to moments off the screen that contrast with the scenes in front of the camera in such a way that they become icons. This list is just a few examples of behind-the-scenes moments that are still great after all these years.
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10th Cameron in the water
The Titanic caused a sensation in 1997 and became the film with the highest revenue in history at the time. The film shows a variety of memorable and quotable scenes, including Rose, who wants to jump off the ship, Jack, who screams that he is the king of the world, the car scene, the band that plays in the midst of chaos, and the woman who owns it Children tell a bedtime story knowing that they will all die.
However, most fans’ favorite scene comes at the end when Rose and Jack are in the water and Jack is unable to climb the floating door. Instead, he dies of hypothermia in the icy Atlantic and sinks below the surface. One of the best-known photos on the set shows Cameron walking into the water with Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio while filming this scene, and underscores his commitment to getting his job done.
9 Tobe Hooper at work
Poltergeist (1982) was directed by Tobe Hooper and written by Steven Spielberg. The film became a massive commercial success and garnered over 120 million at the box office. The film also gained a reputation for being cursed in the cast after a series of deaths.
Poltergeist offers many unforgettable scenes such as the “ghosts on TV” and skeletons in the swimming pool. The photo below shows Tobe Hooper staging another great scene: Robbie is dragged through his bedroom window by an “evil, possessed tree”.
8th Happy twins
The Shining introduced the world to perhaps the scariest twins of all time when it was released in 1980. Although there is only glimpses of them throughout the film, it was enough to make the audience have nightmares for life. It is therefore good to see that the twins, played by Lisa and Louise Burns, were just normal little girls in real life. Check out this picture where they pose in front of the camera, smile and clearly have a great old time, even if they were still dressed in their creepy twin outfits.
7 Masterpiece in the making
Jaws was released in 1975 and was a huge hit in cinemas worldwide. It has grossed over 470 million on a budget of just 9 million and is a classic thriller that people still enjoy to this day. As you can imagine, there are tons of behind-the-scenes photos taken during the shoot, but those with the giant mechanical shark named Bruce are really iconic. The picture below shows Bruce in all its glory during the outdoor shoot. I’m not sure what Joe is doing. Floss maybe?
6 Bullet time
Before there was John Wick, there was Neo. The Matrix is a stunning science fiction action film that people either love or love to hate. The film offers breathtaking movements in the time of the ball, the choice between the red or blue pill and the oracle. The picture below shows Keanu Reeves in his neo outfit, ready to do some magic in front of a green screen.
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5 Entry into the action
Many scenes in Saving Private Ryan have been praised for their graphic representation of the horror soldiers they were exposed to during World War II. Not to mention the heartbreaking scene in which a mother learns that three of her four sons died during the fight. In this picture, Steven Spielberg talks to Tom Hanks about the details of the scene they are shooting.
4th You will think a man can fly
In 1951, Lippert Pictures released Superman and the Mole Men, the first Superman feature film. However, when someone talks about Superman, it’s impossible not to think of the man who really made the role an icon: Christopher Reeve. Superman: The film was released in 1978 and the slogan “You will think a man can fly” contributed to the excitement and anticipation when it was released. The film cost 55 million and raised over 300 million. He received praise and three Oscar nominations.
This picture shows Reeve on the set while filming, flanked by Colin Chilvers, the director of special effects.
3rd Did the lambs stop screaming?
Sir Anthony Hopkins may be famous today for playing the role of Odin, but in 1991 he brought to life one of the most annoying characters of all time: Dr. Hannibal Lecter. The Silence of the Lambs had a modest budget of 19 million, but grossed over 270 million worldwide, making it the fifth-highest film of the year. It also won 5 Academy Awards.
Of course, several photos were taken behind the scenes during the shoot, but the scariest of them all has to be Hopkins trying to eat a french fry through his tooth mask.
2nd Welcome to Jurassic Park
The simple line “Welcome to Jurassic Park” can still shiver with excitement. Jurassic Park was a super blockbuster in 1993 and raised over 1 billion worldwide. The giant T-Rex stole the show on the screen and off. In this picture, a stage worker prepares the gigantic dino for the shooting. The animatronic T-Rex was used for the central car scene, while a CGI version was used for other scenes where full-length shots were required.
1 The Empire Strikes Back
The easily recognizable, creeping opening credits of the Star Wars films are almost as iconic as the films themselves. The crawl is used to provide details about the background story and context of the film. This simple “scene” is a text wall against a starry background and was modeled on television shows like “The Big Bang Theory” and “Glee” (which refer to the Star Wars Holiday Special).
This surprisingly low-tech behind-the-scenes image shows how the opening crawl for The Empire Strikes Back was filmed. The Star Wars crawls were inspired by similar ones used for Flash Gordon and the Buck Rogers film series of the 1940s.
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