Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!
Superman: The Movie, the first film to make it cool to like comic books, is a special piece of cinema magic. To this day I still believe a man can fly. I technically know how they pulled off some of their shots, but when I watch the movie and see Superman fly for the first time in the Fortress of Solitude, straight at camera and then banking away, my mind says “Holy shit, that dude can fly!”
Much credit goes to the stunt designers, much credit goes to Christopher Reeve for selling the flight with his body posture and expression and a lot of credit goes to Richard Donner for shooting it creatively. Today’s photo is another “Oh… that’s how they did that!” from the set of Superman.
You have Richard Donner and Jimmy Olsen watching Superman take off after the the earthquake rescue. The camera would just see Supes rise out of frame and Olsen’s face, so why rig up an intricate wire system when you can just hook The Man of Steel up to a camera crane and pull him straight up for each take?
Thanks to a reader calling him/herself HallandOates for sending this one along. Click to embiggen!
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Tomorrow’s behind the scenes pic… Jon-A-Than! Jon-A-Than- Jon-A-Than!