78 Behind-The-Scenes Photos Of Tricks That Filmmakers Used In Famous Movies

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On-screen, everything looks picture perfect. From close-up shots to elaborate fight scenes, it seems there’s no room for error in our all-time favorite movies. And although it’s true, that doesn’t mean it’s a given.

In fact, many A-list filmmakers have been putting all their best effort, ingenuity, and talent into coming up with something as good as the iconic rooftop scene from The Matrix.

So this time, Bored Panda has compiled a list of the most incredible behind-the-scenes photographs that reveal all the big and small cinematographic tricks. Get your popcorn ready, we’re about to find out how on earth do they do this!

#1 Exterior Of The Sewer Set In It

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#2 Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)

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When you hear someone talking about visual effects, movies like Star Wars, Blade Runner, or Jurassic Park often come to your mind. But VFX aficionados often find their passion not exactly in the entire movies (like film critics), but rather in particular shots that blow their minds in their complexity.

A great example of one is the mirror shot in Robert Zemeckis’ film Contact from 1997, where young Ellie races to a medicine cabinet, with the camera right in front of her face. As she finally comes upstairs, the viewers realize we have been watching her reflection in the mirror.

According to visual effects and animation journalist |937965633ab5f4452e52b555df3a2ea3|, this scene embodies all that good VFX should have. “Not only is it a shot considered a milestone in invisible and seamless visual effects, it is a scene that even VFX pros regularly admit they have no idea how it was pulled off.”

#3 The Phantom Menace (1999)

The Podracing Crowd In ‘The Phantom Menace’ Was Really 450,000 Q-Tips Being Blown About

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#4 Baby Driver (2017)

How the car was driven in Baby Driver when the actors were busy acting inside

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The VFX Supervisor Ken Ralston, who worked on the mirror shot in Contact, said that initially, the mirror shot wasn’t going to be that at all.

“One of the things that we were starting to pursue was a very, very early version of what is now called ‘bullet time,’ shooting something with stills and using those, like in The Matrix [which came out in 1999]. At the time, we were looking at The Rolling Stones’ music video that had been done,” he told animation journalist Ian Failes in the interview.

#5 Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

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#6 Avengers Endgame (2019)

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#7 Back To The Future Part III (1990)

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#8 I Am Legend (2007)

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#9 Men In Black (1997)

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Fast forward to today, and people are still mesmerized by the scene without a clue of how the team pulled it off. But when it comes to visual effects, Ralston believes that it all comes down to being presented in a simple way. “The beauty of it is, anywhere else, there’d be cutaways, of course, to show what you need to know.”

A shot like that one, according to Ralston, “just gotta be right or it’s not going to work.” “You have to be grounded somehow in a movie, or believing in what you’re seeing, or it just doesn’t mean anything.”

#10 The Tiger (2015)

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#11 The Matrix

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#12 Star Wars: BB-8

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#13 Forrest Gump (1994)

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#14 Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

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Essentially, visual effects have allowed filmmakers to transcend the limits of the screen and create impossible worlds. Sometimes it’s motion-capture footage blended with hand animation as in The Dawn Of Apes (2014).

#15 The Call Of The Wild (2020)

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#16 The Future Part II (1989)

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#17 Star Wars

Grant Imahara (RIP) and Tory Belleci from Mythbusters working on Trade Federation battleship from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

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#18 Matrix 4 (2021)

Matrix 4 in the making .. above San Francisco!

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#19 Tiger In Westworld (2016)

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Other times, it takes never-before-used solutions to come up with something very creative, like the iconic bullet shot in The Matrix where Neo dodges a bullet. This frozen shot was executed by the VFX Supervisor John Gaeta, who worked with the directors and cinematographer to place 122 still cameras around Keanu Reeves before triggering them one by one

#20 The Matrix 4 (2021)

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#21 The Invisible Man (2020)

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#22 Titanic (1997)

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#23 The Mandalorian

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#24 Avengers : Infinity War (2018)

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.Another iconic VFX shot from The Matrix is the code onscreen, which hadn’t been done before. Gaeta’s idea was to give the audience an impression of what it’d be like to think in code. The team surely succeeded in doing so by making some of the most memorable visual effects ever shown on screen.

#25 Shutter Island (2010)

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#26 Jurassic World (2015)

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#27 E.t. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

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#28 Space Jam (1996)

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#29 Pulp Fiction (1994)

What Was Inside The Glowing Briefcase In Pulp Fiction

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#30 The Shining (1980)

”Wendy? Darling? Light, of my life. I’m not gonna hurt ya.” A behind the scene photo of the horror movie The Shining

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#31 The Mask (1994)

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#32 The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)

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#33 The Walk (2015)

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#34 Mulan

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#35 Alice In Wonderland (2010)

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#36 Aladdin (2019)

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#37 Avengers: Endgame (2019)

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#38 The Truman Show(1998)

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#39 The Hunt For Red October (1990)

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#40 Spider-Man 2 (2004)

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#41 Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

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#42 Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (2019)

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#43 Hannibal

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#44 The Godfather (1972)

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#45 1917 (2019)

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#46 The Mandalorian ( 2019 )

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#47 Avengers: Endgame (2019)

Spider-Man, War Machine, and Hulk behind the scenes Avengers: Endgame

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#48 Batman Returns (1992)

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#49 Inception (2010)

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#50 Rampage (2018)

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#51 Inception (2010)

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#52 Breaking Bad

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#53 Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (2019)

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#54 Die Hard (1988)

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#55 John Wick (2014)

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#56 Game Of Thrones

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#57 Harry Potter#58 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)

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#59 The Great Gatsby (2013)

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#60 Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015)

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#61 Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Opening Scene – Inglourious Basterds – LaPadite Farm

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#62 Goldeneye (1995)

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#63 Knives Out (2019)

In Knives Out, Matt Mania (Key Grip) cleverly sculpted mattes to reshape the lighting equipment into scenery you’d realistically expect to see reflected in the glasses.

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#64 Blade Runner 2049

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#65 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)

Mike Myers In Makeup As Fat Bastard In “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me”

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#66 Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

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#67 Alice In Wonderland (2010)

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#68 Jurassic World (2015)

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#69 The Call Of The Wild (2020)

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#70 A Christmas Carol (2009)

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#71 X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

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#72 Non-Stop (2014)

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#73 Baby Driver (2017)

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#74 Before & After Vfx.

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#75 Avengers: Endgame (2019)

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#76 Alfred Hitchcock (1948)

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#77 La La Land (2016)

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#78 Space Odyssey, 1968 (2001 )

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