Top SFX shots No.19: Back To The Future Part II

News 12/29/2008 at 6:04AM

The secret to a good effects shot (at least one where you know that the shot is impossible in the real world) is integrating the impossible element with the parts of the scene that are manifestly real. Here the ever-ingenious Robert Zemeckis uses a street-lamp to mask the transition between model and real DeLorean. The matching of shadows and lights is extraordinary, and if it weren't for the fact that the car's headlights only have a road-reflection after they pass the street-light, it would be a perfect SFX illusion.

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