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10 Photos That Show What Really Happens Behind the Scenes of Our Favorite Movies

When we leave the cinema after another big premiere, each of us experiences what we’ve seen in our own way. Some reflect on the characters, others hum the melody of the soundtrack. What makes us so enthralled is the work of so many people and, sometimes the events behind the scenes are as dramatic as the story’s plot twists and turns.

In this article, we’ve put together a long list of things that will open your eyes with a behind-the-scenes look at the film industry.

1. Titanic (1997)

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Of course, such a massive film could only have been made thanks to the incredible efforts of the director and the whole team. Meticulous attention to detail, a talented cast, and the sheer scale of the production ensured that Titanic amassed a huge box office win and endless fan love.

For example, a life-size replica was used to film the sinking of the ship. It was divided into several sections. Each was used in its own way to create the necessary illusion. As a result, the on-screen scene of the ship’s destruction looked incredibly real and epic.

2. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)

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Make-up artists also play an important role in creating magic onscreen. Many films prove this, like in the Jack Sparrow franchise, they did their job phenomenally.

Stellan Skarsgård, who played the role of Will Turner’s father, recalled the process of applying makeup in numerous interviews. He had to spend 4 and a half hours daily in his dressing room chair. This paid off with the incredible look of his character on screen and helped him get into the role as much as possible.

3. Suicide Squad (2016)

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Actors can sometimes have a difficult time in the making of a film. Margot Robbie, for example, was remembered by millions of viewers for her portrayal of the inimitable Harley Quinn, but her beloved costumes often made the actress uncomfortable.

For instance, when shooting rain scenes, maintaining a look that included makeup and a wig was a challenge. In any case, the actress did well, judging by how vivid and memorable her character became.

4. Corpse Bride (2005)

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When it comes to animated films, the creation process can be just as complex as that of major Hollywood blockbusters. The process of filming Tim Burton’s creation involved the use of maquettes and freeze-frame animation. The maquettes were made with close attention to detail, and on the screen, they made a truly great impression.

The good thing is that video and photos from the filming are now available so that we can fully understand how hard it is to get perfect results and that this hard work pays off with the love of fans worldwide.

5. Inception (2010)

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Filming his next hit, Christopher Nolan didn’t hold back and, to create one of the action scenes, he had the film crew buildcorridor set inside a massive centrifuge that rotated 360 degrees as the actors acted out the fight scenes.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt performed the stunts himself and spent more than 2 weeks on set, getting to know the construction and adjusting to it to make the scene as successful as possible. We think these methods of working on a film deserve at least a round of applause.

6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

The Harry Potter story has charmed millions of fans around the world, especially the love line between Ron and Hermione. But while millions of viewers watched the long-awaited kiss of the beloved couple, Emma Watson admitted that filming this scene was not as satisfying as it may have seemed.

She says filming that day was “horrifying,” and the director of the film, David Yates, recalls talking to the actors beforehand, setting them up as if before a “major sporting event.” Both of them did a fine job, as the kissing scene remains canonical for every devoted fan of the saga.

7. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

We all remember the opening scene of the famous trilogy, in which Gandalf rides into Hobbiton. And many of us are familiar with the fact that Frodo Baggins’ homeland has been recreated in reality by Peter Jackson. The film team built a real Hobbiton in New Zealand, made up of many miniature houses.

But what’s amazing, and proves the passion with which the Middle-earth films were made, is that the sets were built a year in advance of filming. Thus, by the time filming began, Hobbiton had become overgrown with grass and looked really colorful and picturesque.

8. Jaws (1975)

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The making of this film can rightly be considered extremely difficult. Steven Spielberg didn’t want to make it from the start, the actors were hired days before shooting started, and some didn’t believe the film would succeed at all.

As for the film’s main star, the shark, the story is even more twisted. The producers, who hadn’t thought it through from the beginning, decided they needed a real shark for the movie. It was only after a failed attempt to train a real animal that they agreed to create expensive mechanical sharks. In the end, the film became a classic of the genre and has won the hearts of people all over the world.

9. Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

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One of the most beloved characters in the famous film universe doesn’t speak a word on screen, but he has incredible charisma. Chewbacca looks touching even in the action scenes, but it wasn’t easy to play him at all.

For example, the director only spoke to the actor when he was wearing a costume, because this was the only way to get the feeling that he was communicating with the character. At some point, filming took place in Norway, which was experiencing the coldest weather in a hundred years. Temperatures then dropped to −29°C and snowdrifts reached 18 feet.

10. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

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It seems the director of the Marvel hit failed to train a real raccoon to play one of the lead roles.

It’s a good thing that, in modern times, advanced technology makes it possible to practically create a character from scratch thanks to green screens and weird costumes. Thus, the role was played by the brother of the director, Sean Gunn. He had to get into the role and be in a funny costume the whole time because it was necessary for the special effects. And James was giving him instructions at the same moment, which resulted in this picture.

Would you like to take part in the making of a movie yourself, or would you prefer not to know about how the magic of cinema is created?

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