Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!
There really wasn’t any other option today, was there? As we close in on our 1 year anniversary of Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day I realized this is the first Fourth of July for the column and we’ve never covered Independence Day… it’s like fate was telling us it’s time to cover one of the biggest summer blockbuster spectacles of my teen years.
Unfortunately I didn’t have any images, but the very kind Philip Guest responded to a call-to-arms on Twitter with some great images scanned from his collection. So, thanks for that Mr. Guest.
I’ve got multiple images to share with you today. It’s a celebration, so why not go hog wild with fireballs and some fantastic model work. ID4 fell at an interesting crossroads of big budget filmmaking… CGI was a new technology that was still finding its legs. ID4 slipped in just before the norm for this scale production was green screens, wire-frames and rooms filled with animators.
That’s not to say that ID4 wasn’t cutting edge at the time or that CG didn’t play a part, but take a look at today’s pics and tell me that if this movie was made 5 years later that any of these shots wouldn’t be completely CG. That’s part of the charm of the movie… when you see the White House get blown up you know something real is getting blown to shit.
Thanks to again to Philip Guest for pulling out his Making of Independence Day book for all of us to enjoy on this very day! Click to embiggen!
If you have a behind the scenes shot you’d like to submit to this column, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tomorrow’s behind the scenes pic has a certain ring to it.