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Behind-The-Scenes Shots Of Films That Used Special Effects Are Hilarious

Behind-The-Scenes Shots Of Films That Used Special Effects Are Hilarious

There's a rule in boxing that says that fighters shouldn't share photos of other fighters sparring, because it can often make them look silly.


Similarly, there is a rule in life that you shouldn't share photos from a certain level of drunkenness after a night out, for similar reasons (and if you don't adhere to this, then never go on the swall with me, because I don't trust you.)

The basic point here is that certain things should remain behind closed doors for the sake of all concerned.

There are no points given for showing your working in life, even if there are in your Maths GCSE.

Now imagine, in a world of fast editing, green screens and CGI, if this rule was applied to Hollywood blockbusters.

There are literally hundreds of different takes and different angles of just about everything filmed and, boy, wouldn't it be terrible if some of those were taken off the cutting room floor and onto Twitter.

Well...stand up Sara Salamat, a photojournalist who has shared a bevy of behind the scenes images that show just how debased modern acting is.

One shows Dava Bautista stroking the head of Rocket the racoon in Guardians of the Galaxy: a heartwarming scene, for sure, but one that loses a little when you see it without the CGI and green screen, when it is just a huge former WWE wrestler pawing the head of a bloke in a green skinsuit.

Similarly, another image shows a skinsuited man getting the loving he needs - this time from Kirsten Stewart in Twilight, with the man taking the place of an enormous wolf.


Animals are something of a theme, actually. One of the photos shared by Salamat is from the CGI heavy Life of Pi adaptation, a key feature of which is the battle of wits between the central character and a tiger called Richard Parker, with whom he is forced to coexist on a lifeboat floating aimlessly through the Pacific Ocean.

It's dramatic stuff, for sure, but undermined by an image of the un-CGIed Richard Parker, aka a blue stuffed toy with eyes drawn on in felt tip pen.

More confusing is some of the choices taken when filming The Great Gatsby. There are green screen scenes of 1920s New York, which kind of makes sense - although New York is definitely still there - and more confusingly, a heavily green screened shot of people walking down a pier.

What, are there no real piers anymore? I could swear that I was walking down one in Spain not that long ago that looked exactly like the one CGIed into this particular scene...

If you were looking for a way to waste the rest of your day, then I'm just given it to you.

You can thank me later.

Mike Wood

Mike Meehall Wood is a freelance journalist and translator. He writes for LADbible, VICE and countless sports publications, focusing on rugby league, football and boxing. He is a graduate of Leeds University and maintains a fizzy pop obsession. Contact Mike at [email protected]


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