While watching many movies, viewers don’t realize how complicated some of the scenes can get. Simple moments, specific angles, and acting choices all rely on a process known as movie magic. Over the years, some of the more basic scenes have taken hours or days to film. Learn the secrets about these movies and what took them so long to film when compared to some other more complicated special effects and grand shots.
Using zero gravity while flying can get some pretty great shots, but The Mummy remake took a long time and a whole lot of flights for something that could have been done on a green screen. Horror movie scenes need just the right timing to get things right, including the infamous shower scene in Psycho or some of the crazy 3D effects in Friday the 13th Part 3. Classic films like Rocky and The Empire Strikes Back featured some crazy action scenes, but some of the more simple moments were hard to film. In the movie The Shining, Jack Nicholson got to chop his way through dozens of doors. The Hercules song Zero to Hero wasn’t animated from scratch. A whole video was made using live-action singers and performers. The Hobbits in the Lord of the Rings could have been made with CGi, but Peter Jackson decided to create a lot of forced perspective footage to showcase size differences. Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 went to great lengths just to reshoot a scene of Peter Quill talking. Watch to see all these moments and several others from some of your favorite movies!