by Ryan Uytdewilligen
When you marvel at the scope of the latest popcorn movie, a few occasional questions such as “how did they ever do that?” might arise. That’s most likely what the filmmakers wanted you to think.
But few moviegoers actually consider or investigate the nitty-gritty reality of how much goes into creating a scene, whether it’s faking weather conditions or carving realistic worlds with the hands of cinema’s finest set builders.
The answer is a lot: a lot of money and a heck of a lot of material to make it so. If a scene requires rain, water is often pumped through rain towers to create that illusion. Structures large and small are often constructed for one day of shooting and then the materials tossed away like it was never so.
Then there’s the world you can’t see on screen: the endless parade of trailers and trucks filled with makeup and scripts to the pop up restaurants that feed the army of hungry crew. It takes a village and then some to make a movie.