Practical effects thread

Anyone else really like finding out how they did stuff in films before they could do it all with computers?

Just found out how they did this scene in Superman:

Also how in Wizard of Oz, for the transition to colour they had a Dorothy double dressed in a black and white version of her outfit standing on a monochrome set, so they could just pan to the real Dot when she entered the colour set.

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For when horses are walking, or running. Or trotting.

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Yes

Practical effects are great, but kind of hate behind the scenes ‘and here’s how it was all done’ stuff as it ruins the ‘magic’ of it forever.

Best movies for practical effects:
Original Star Wars Trilogy
John Carpenters The Thing

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karel zeman



can probably find the full film somewhere
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Yves Klein - Leap Into The Void

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Love me some matte paintings

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Yep. When I got and watched the Despecialised editions recently I made a point of looking at each scene to see what’s a set, what’s a painting etc, what’s a puppet etc. The quality of some of the work is just🤯

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Cows don’t look cows on film. You gotta use horses

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still wouldn’t fancy it though

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don’t understand what’s happening in the video in the OP

Superman flies off then Lois walks back into her apartment.

The camera adds 10 cows

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He’s a man but he has “super” powers, e.g. (in this film) flight

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The glasses hide his real identity

I wonder if one day people will be going “back then we had to do this on a computer and it too like ages, these days of course it’s all [TECHNOLOGY THAT HASN’T BEEN INVENTED YET]”

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The Raid 2


Love how there is a cameraman disguised as a car seat
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Incredible! :slight_smile:

edit, not appropriate

okay