BEST of BTS

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BEST of BTS

A selection of some of the most awesome Behind-the-scenes shots I’ve seen from some famous movies. Back when set designs were huge and hand made, when special effects where mechanical and photographic and film stars were risking their lives on the set.

source: Ain’t It Cool News.

A self portrait of Stanley Kubrick with his daughter, Jack Nicholson and the crew @ the set of The Shining.

A self portrait of Stanley Kubrick with his daughter, Jack Nicholson and the crew @ the set of The Shining.

on the set of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis — the actress inside the Maria robot taking a breather.

on the set of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis — the actress inside the Maria robot taking a breather.

The Empire Strikes Back - filming the Crawl.

The Empire Strikes Back – filming the Crawl.

Sesame Street

Sesame Street

Rebel Without A Cause — James Dean, Natalie Wood and director Nicholas Ray.

Rebel Without A Cause — James Dean, Natalie Wood and director Nicholas Ray.

Requiem for a Dream — Jennifer Connelly strapped into a SnorriCam.

Requiem for a Dream — Jennifer Connelly strapped into a SnorriCam.

The Gate (1987) — Giant special effect set. © Craig Reardon

The Gate (1987) — Giant special effect set. © Craig Reardon

The Birds (1961) — Tippi Hedren with Hitchcock.

The Birds (1961) — Tippi Hedren with Hitchcock.

Rio Bravo — Hawks and Angie Dickinson.

Rio Bravo — Hawks and Angie Dickinson.

Set of Alien

Set of Alien

Ghostbusters II – Marshmallow man.

Ghostbusters II – Marshmallow man.

Superman seems flying on the set.

Superman seems flying on the set.

On the set of Mothra (1961) - special effects director Tsuburaya Eiji.

On the set of Mothra (1961) – special effects director Tsuburaya Eiji.

Dr. Strangelove — Sellers & Kubrick.

Dr. Strangelove — Sellers & Kubrick.

The French Connection — The Rig set in Gene Hackman's car before one of the best car-chase scenes in movie history.

The French Connection — The Rig set in Gene Hackman’s car before one of the best car-chase scenes in movie history.

Tron (1982) — David Warner and Bruce Boxleitner fuck around in costume.

The Howling - 1981.

The Howling – 1981.

Nosferatu (1922) — only Max Schreck “lounged” like that.

Nosferatu (1922) — only Max Schreck “lounged” like that.

On the set of Faust. 1926

On the set of Faust. 1926

The Twins on their mark, on the set of Kubrick’s 'The Shining'.

The Twins on their mark, on the set of Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’.

Godfather — fish-line bullet holes.

Godfather — fish-line bullet holes.

Marathon Man — Hoffman & Olivier.

Marathon Man — Hoffman & Olivier.

King Kong (1933)

King Kong (1933)

Cockpunch on the set of 'Giant', with Dean and Hudson

Cockpunch on the set of ‘Giant’, with Dean and Hudson

On the spaceship set of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

On the spaceship set of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

  • Avec le temps

    Nice Collection thank you !

  • http://www.thedigitalflavors.net Nacho

    INCREDIBLE!!!!!!! PERFECT!!!!!!!!

  • http://nevacooper.com/ Neva Cooper

    I just realized how much I miss good movies. Thanks for posting, really amazing. Reminds me of what I used to love about movies. Magical almost.

  • ClintBartonWannabe

    Would have loved to see Sir Lawrence turn around and scare the crap out of Hoffman. He looks to be very much “in character”.
    I would have just told him, “You bet it’s safe!” the first time he asks.

  • Revenant Shadow

    Superb gallery. I especially like the “Marathon Man”, “The Godfather” and “2001:ASO” pics.

  • http://fotosimplu.blogspot.com/ Adrian

    Nice find.

  • http://umbrelladesign.net/ Anna Gomes

    Awesome! Absolutely amazing. Sharing it.

  • Delilah

    Absolutely mesmerizing……

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/proof-of-concept Proof of Concept

    Outstanding collection.

  • Matt

    Fishing line is attached to a disk, basically a button which is under flesh tone makeup or fake skin & stage blood under the button. On que, the string is yanked and voila, instant bullet hole. Then, if it’s needed, the line is brushed out in post and sound is mixed. Personally I think it’s much better than CG bullet holes and blood. CG is a crutch anymore and makes people on sets lazy.. The whole “we’ll fix it in post” attitude can end up costing producers a lot of money and sometimes takes creativity out of the equation.

    • Chryhelia Digesta

      just watched a documentary called “sound city” and folks were saying the SAME THING about the music industry. computers take away all the creativity of putting an album together the old fashioned way and not just with some software and autotune. great docu BTW paul mccartney and the surviving members of nirvana jam at the end…magic.
      these photos are fantastic.

  • Ollie

    I think that the fishing line is a mechanism for creating the entry wounds of the bullets. Im guessing it is a trigger mechanism so when they are either pulled or triggered it looks as though an entry wound has been created.

  • Felipe

    The fishing lines are probably pulled to reveal a bullet shot under it, giving the effect of him being shot on camera

  • Lolalola

    Those pictures are totally awesome. I didn’t know that it took three people to handle Burt and Ernie. I guess that hand just doesn’t move itself. I loved the final photo you know the Space odyssey. I felt like I was watching from the bottom of where the people are even though I am sitting upright in a hard chair. The Artist is quite talented.

  • Sean

    Yeah I was also wondering about the fishing line effect

  • Adme

    Sesame Street one ruined my childhood.

  • http://www.showroomlogic.com/ Mike Annable

    Great job. I’m curious about the Godfather pic. What’s with the fishing line?

  • Himani Tyagi

    These are really some rare and amazing collection… One hardly gets to know from anywhere how films were produced in those days.. It would be great if you have more!!!!! Good work……

  • Jeff

    Ghostbusters 2 man.

  • Len

    It’s like finding the wizard behind the curtain, I enjoyed this inside the box collection. Any more?

  • Tom

    Skevos, If you want to know about THE GATE, check out http://www.cinefex.com/backissues/issue30.html. I saw the film many years ago and it made extensive use of forced perspective. Quite ingenious for the time.

  • http://www.meganandstefan.com stefan

    What a collection!

  • moni

    This is really amazing.. metropolis, star wars, etc. wow.

  • http://www.mavart.com Skevos Mavros

    That first shot of Kubrick’s daughter is interesting – her short documentary on The Shining is actually quite interesting, as is her optional commentary (on the Shining DVD double disc set).
    The shot of The Gate set looks like the top half might be a matte painting or hung miniature? Can’t find any information online about it, but it looks like it could be. Still an impressive in-camera effect though!

  • http://www.freemp3zz.com freemp3zz

    I just love how you put the 2001 space odyssey pic at the end…. as they say, last but not the least.
    Super Collection btw !

  • Claire

    This is incredible and inspiring.