6 Tiny Movie Moments That Took Insane Amounts Of Work

Movies are hard to induce. Director have to deal with a million different things, from a diva starlet’s demand that she only be illuminated by organic free-range illuminations, to trying to wrangle hundreds of thousands of extras in full medieval gear who are interested, more than anything else in this world, to pee. But it’s all worth it when that big action sequence dampens the seats of theaters across the globe, right? Well, what about the smaller stuff? The hours movies put insane work into little things that nobody ever noticed? Who will cry for them? Will you ?


Everything In Who Framed Roger Rabbit Was Laborious And Amazing

There is more great art hidden in Who Framed Roger Rabbit than an Argentine Nazi safehouse. Almost every frame incorporates hours of labor, all to attain the cartoons interact with the real world as believably as possible. Most of which goes completely unnoticed by the casual viewer. For instance, take a look at the scene in which Roger is dancing, get stuck with the skipping record player, and starts transgressing dishes over his head 😛 TAGEND

Did you ever wonder how they managed to get a cartoon to break real dishes over its head? No? You’re not some weirdo, you say? Well, they did it by building a dish-smashing machine that fit the beat of the song, and painting Roger over it 😛 TAGEND

Walt Disney Pictures Precisely as Asimov predicted.

Then there’s the cigar-smoking Baby Herman 😛 TAGEND

That’s a real cigar he’s “smoking.” There was yet another custom-made machine for this, fully articulated, which could perform six different gestures. It’s not clear exactly which gestures, but knowing Baby Herman, we have a pretty good idea.

Walt Disney Pictures We don’t know why it was necessary for the robot to be able to poop itself, but maybe that’s why we’re not in the movie business.

How about when Roger’s hiding from gun-toting cartoon villains in the sink?

The handguns were real, and needed puppeteers to operate every single one. Then, when Roger comes up for air and spits water, that’s real water. Of course it was pumped through a machine they built solely for that scene.

Walt Disney Pictures Sometimes you get to be Yoda, sometimes you get to do this.

This is all because of one subtle thing you may have overlooked: Roger may be a cartoon, but in his world, there are rules. If he swallows real water from the sink Eddie has his hands in, then it has to be real water that he spits out. If a cartoon puts a handgun in Eddie’s face and it really might kill him, it has to be a real handgun. They called it “bumping the lamp, ” after the scene in which Eddie saws through the handcuffs binding him to Roger, and this became the whole doctrine for the induce of the movie.

Look at the layers of run that went into that. By having Roger bump into everything, he feels like a real presence in the room, but that means everything has to be set up to fall over or shake when he does so — boxes, lamps, people. It all has to be timed perfectly. Having Roger bump the lamp was a particularly weighty decision, because the animators had to adjust Roger’s shadows accordingly. And it was all done so well that none of us even batted an eyelid.

But the real genius is the scene wherein Eddie and Roger arrive at Maroon Studios.

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While shooting this scene, Bob Hoskins made a rare slip. He accidentally looked at where a normal-sized person would be standing in front of him , not where the head of a vertically-challenged cartoon bunny “wouldve been”. Zemeckis didn’t notice at the time, so when the movie was handed over to the animators, they didn’t know what to do. After some head-scratching, director of animation Richard Williams ran it out: They had Roger stand on his tiptoes, bringing his head to a level with Eddie’s gaze.

Walt Disney Pictures This is the kind of stuff they don’t teach you in art school.

They knew that get the live-action actors to look at the exact place where the nonexistent character’s eyes would be was essential to suspending the viewers’ incredulity, even if they weren’t totally aware of it. That’s why the cartoon scenes in Mary Poppins feel so fake. It doesn’t look like those humans are actually interacting with those cartoon characters. But Who Framed Roger Rabbit nailed it time and time again, scene after scene. That’s one potential downside of being an animation genius: By doing their task so well, they stimulated it so none of us noticed what they did.


Shell Cottage In Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Was Ridiculously Overbuilt

At the end of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows — Part 1( Of 72 ), the gang escapes the wizard-Nazis by teleporting to a relative’s beach home, Shell Cottage. There, Dobby the house-elf promptly succumbs from the revelation that airborne knives can teleport too. It’s a moment so devastating that you were reasonably distracted from everything else going on in the scene, which was arguably also devastating for a few key people. Almost everything in the background of that scene had to be created from scratch, including Shell Cottage itself, the outside of which this is the only way see in two brief glimpses in Part 1 . Find it? No, all the way back there.

Warner Bros Pictures You may not have been able to see it through all your tears.

The cottage was mostly constructed at Leavesden Studios, carted to Wales, then dragged by tractor up the coast, along with a trail of confused Welsh motorists. Once there, the setmakers then individually glued 4,500 scallop shells to the roof.

Warner Bros Pictures “Wait, I assure a nautilus shell there! Tear it down, start over.”

Like Batman’s pecs, that’s a lot of work for not much screen period. But hey, since they divided the narrative into two parts, we get to see all the production designers’ hard work up close in the next movie, right? Not really. We only assure the cottage from the outside again very briefly( three seconds ) in Part 2 , when Harry goes to pay his respects at Dobby’s grave.

Warner Bros Pictures * tears continue to impair vision *

And you can’t even ensure the damned shells.

That shot took even more work . To stop the whole thing from being shattered by the strong Welsh gusts, they had to weigh it down with nearly 11 tons of water . And that was only the beginning. Take a look at all that beautifully snarled grass. Every tuft of it was individually garmented into the sand to make it was like the Cornish coast. Because the most important thing about making a movie based on a children’s volume in which kids carry magical firearms and play football on broomsticks is staying true to Cornwall.


It Took Six Years Of Research To Construct Pompeii

Pompeii is the story of gladiator/ slave Milo( Kit Harrington) falling in love with aristocrat Cassia( Emily Browning) right before Mount Vesuvius destroys the titular city. It’s the worst-timed love story since Titanic . There are big detonations, a tsunami, and plenties and lots of volcano-related demise. You likely don’t remember that, because if you’re read this, that means you’re human, and virtually no humen watched Pompeii .

If you happen to be one of the outliers, there were still some quieter moments that you may not recall, like when Cassia and her friend Ariadne arrive in Pompeii and get out of the cart to walk through the crowded marketplace streets.

TriStar Pictures It was a lot like malls are today, only with a stronger fart smell.

That innocuous scene required as much work as anything else in the movie. Director Paul W. S. Anderson wanted complete authenticity, so he hired craftspeople to recreate all of Pompeii digitally — and for some scenes, physically. Right down to the exact type of bread that people feed back then.

TriStar Pictures But merely stared at briefly in the movie.

She’s thinking what we all are: “Why did they even bother? “

Even the cobbles were handmade to be as accurate as possible, based on information gleaned from years of onsite digging, all in order to generate the most realistic define for the stupidest tale. We only watch those laboriously handcrafted cobblestones in the background, and merely for a second or two at a time.

TriStar Pictures Those raised white stones are also the proper thicknes for a Roman chariot to pass through. Not that you care.

And the actors just walked all over them, the goddamned thespians. The whole process took six excruciating years . All for a movie two people saw.


Children Of Men Is Full Of Subtle Futuristic Quirks

Children Of Men is a 2006 film set in a dystopian world in which humen can no longer reproduction, which is either bleak as hell or ideal, depending on your faith in humanity today. We gratified the main character, Theo, in London in 2027. He grabs a coffee, pushes his way past the crowd( including two policemen ), then stops outside to booze up his drinking, like we all do every single morning, even though we’re not supposed to mention it. He merely narrowly misses being blown up by his ex-wife and her militant friends. Like we all do every single morning, even though we’re not supposed to mention it.

But while we’re following Theo in the foreground, we’re ignoring all the fun the filmmakers had with the background. There are tons of details to assure you that this is in fact the future, predicted as accurately as possible from the vantage point of the Bush administration. Let’s return to that opening shot.

Universal Pictures “I wonder what my ex is up to these days.”

See the pointy buildings in the distance? The one on the left is St. Paul’s Cathedral, the other is the Shard, modern London’s tallest build, and one of its most iconic. Here’s a real photo from approximately the same place 😛 TAGEND

Haha, they mixed up the locations of the buildings! Idiots!

Except that the movie was filmed, shot, and released before building even began on the Shard. All they knew was that it was going to be part of the London skyline eventually, so they did the best they could, utilizing architect Renzo Piano’s early architectural describes as a reference. If you see it at all, it’s merely for a few seconds in the background of the opening scene, when the audience is still trying to open their M& M’s.

When Theo is pushing his way out of the crowded coffeehouse, he passes two policemen. Can you spot the futuristic detail?

Universal Pictures Definitely not those haircuts.

Give up? Seem at the police helmet. The “Bobby on the Beat” currently wears this 😛 TAGEND

savoilic/ iStock Sexy and functional.

The “E II R” up there stands for “Elizabeth II Regina” — Queen Elizabeth II. Now go back and look at the helmets worn in the movie again. You can barely make it out, but it says “CR” on the badge, which entails “Charles Rex, ” or King Charles. By 2027, Queen Elizabeth has died, and Charles has ascended to the throne( probably the least realistic aspect of the whole movie ).

Universal Pictures We also now desperately want a male royal named “Tyrannosaurus” to ascend the throne.

They even made some trashy tabloid headlines for his reign 😛 TAGEND

Universal Pictures Also, test tube newborns have failed, even though we’ve already mastered that technology in reality.

It’s almost impossible to read, but it says “CHARLES SHOULD BE THRONE OUT.” That one shitty pun on a blurry newspaper in the background of a single throwaway scene lets you know, without question, that much like the cockroaches they are, The Daily Mail is still going strong even while the rest of society crumbles.


Blade Runner Financially Crippled Itself With Background Details

One of the many reasons Blade Runner is considered a classic is the level of detail you’ll never catch unless you watch the whole thing in slow motion( almost certainly while high, trying and is inadequate to sync it to Pink Floyd ). Those details overrun your brain the first time you see it — the neon umbrella, the Gaudi-inspired Aztec architecture, the Millennium Falcon build …

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Warner Bros Pictures Worth it.

That copious background conceals all kinds of amazing details, which required hours upon hours of hard work to create. Like when Roy Batty is walking down the street with fellow replicant Leon Kowalski on their way to kill Lo Pan.

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Check out those futuristic parking meters.

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Warner Bros Pictures Meanwhile, as the actual 2019 approaches, most parking meters still don’t take credit cards.

When constructing that set on a backlot street, the contemporary parking meters appeared out of place. But instead of adding a Jetsons -style fin and calling it a day, the setbuilders constructed entirely new ones. Their meter has an electronic card register, since physical money is no longer a thing( recollect, this was built in the quaint days of 1982, when charge card were still for hipsters and communists alone ). It also has a “post-mechanical case, which can be electrified” if someone tries to attack it, as well as lighting that directs traffic. If you zoom in, you see that it even has instructions/ warnings for citizens parking there.

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Warner Bros Pictures Cool Hand Luke would have been a lot shorter.

Precisely none of which we see in the movie. Hell, the streets are so thick with rain and smoke that we can barely see the characters. Production designer Syd Mead had “only been originally hired for a few days at $1,500 a day, ” producer Michael Deeley afterward explained. “Suddenly he was on the thing for weeks. It was one factor in going over budget.” Blade Runner ‘s infamous budgetary problems were one reason the theatrical cut was edited to be more appealing to mainstream audiences, which inexplicably necessitated cinema’s worst voiceover, as well as some bullshit “happy ending” that utterly disfigured the film.

But damn, look at those parking meters!


Everything You Assure In Signs Was Built( Or Grown !) For The Movie

M. Night Shyamalan’s flawless tale of hydrophobic foreigners intentionally visiting the Solar System’s wettest planet is set almost entirely at Mel Gibson’s farmhouse and the surrounding cornfields. So the crew likely expended a few weeks scouting for the perfect farmhouse/ cornfield combo, offered the folks living there some money to cinema, then went and added some CGI for the crop circles, right? Naive fools. Nothing is ever that simple when Shyamalan is involved.

Everything we see in the movie was built solely from scratch. The only thing on the set set there by God was the grime, and the producers presumably had to explain to Shyamalan that they couldn’t make it themselves. This is what the situate looked like months before shooting started 😛 TAGEND

Touchstone Pictures “And over here, we will grow my plot twist.”

Not merely did they grow the corn themselves, but they also construct the house, the barn, the backyard, and likely Abigail Breslin.( Seriously, this was her first movie. You prove she existed before 2002.) Supposedly, all of this was necessary because they couldn’t find an existing Midwest farmhouse that the set designers were allowed to paint red, white, and blue. That was symbolically important to the tale, for reasons, surely.

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Touchstone Pictures ‘Murica reasons.

Then there are the crop circles. We all guessed this organization is CGI, didn’t we? Hell, in the film, Gibson himself says, “It can’t be by hand, it’s too perfect.” But it was, because Shyamalan demanded it. Production designer Larry Fulton wanted to CG most of it, “but Night doesn’t like CGI, he wants everything practical.” That meant his squad had to spend weeks inducing real crop circles by hand — and not just the one on the farm set. In the movie, the family watches a news report depicting other harvest circles popping up around the world.

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Touchstone Pictures For the last one, the crew just did a middle thumb with the initials “MNS” next to it.

Sure, they could have use stock footage, but that wouldn’t be insane, would it? Instead, the production team created two more harvest circles — which, by the route, was “as tough as chopping down trees.”

All for a few shots, spanning a few seconds.

In a movie.

Which proving to be Signs .

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