I have to say that I have always wondered how they blew up cars in the movies and how they made it look so real but yet it wasn’t real. How they made those cars, trucks or so on just go flying around like they were a feather and still have no one get hurt in the shooting of the film. I was totally baffled so this past week I was at the Shooting of the Transformer 4 movie and I finally was able to see how they do it. If you have not seen it in person I’m about to enlighten you on how they are able to do this amazing shot and I have to say my son’s and I were amazed at how it was done and how long it took to get just this one shot done and it only take a few minutes to “Blow” it all up! I have to say that I have a new found appreciation for film directors, actors and actress’s as well as for the extra’s in the movies. Watching the making of Transformer 4 was really enlightening as to how long it really takes to make a movie and how much work goes into making it happen!
To do this shot for just one explosion it took them a number of hours to make holes in the perfect spots in this lawn for the pyrotechnics to be placed in them for the blowing up of the car scene. It took 6 ground crew members to dig each hole the perfect size and in the correct area so that no one would be hurt and the shot would go off without a hitch. I have to say that it was really interesting to watch them figure out where each hole needed to be and I have NEVER found it so interesting to watch the placement of holes or been so excited to see holes in a lawn before! Yes, I was soooo excited to wait for this shot to be done, it was going to be amazing and I wasn’t going to miss it! Although I was not the only one as there were crowd’s waiting for this scene to be shot!
Not only does it take the grounds crew to dig the holes for the pyrotechnics to get this shot to look amazing but it also takes the use of this big glorious flatbed to make this great shot happen. I have to say I LOVED the American flag flying on the front hood of this truck, I’m not sure you can see it in this photo but the whole front of the truck has a photo of the American flag on it. This flatbed rolled in and was loaded with tanks, cables and everything it needed for this shot. It was also equipped with 6 to 7 men to make sure that everything was hooked up correctly and they were ready to make this amazing shot happen.
There are these two cars that were blown up in the shot. The cables from the flatbed above are already attached and ready to pull them across the lawn and into the pyrotechnics that are in the lawn that will “Blow” them up at the right moment. This took some time to really get set up for this shot.
These two cars were pulled by the cable and flatbed off their hoists they were perched on and into the pyrotechnics on the lawn and laid to rest in this spot. You can see where the pyrotechnics were set off and made it look like a real explosion when they were shooting this shot. It really is amazing at how long this 1-2 minute shot for the film takes to make happen. I would say all in all for just this shot it took about 8 hours of them working on it to make it all happen. When the pyrotechnics went off it was like the 4th of July but on the ground shooting up and the dirt was flying and the shot was amazing. This was all apart of the Transformer 4 movie filming that we were able to see on August, 23rd 2013. It was an amazing Experience for the whole family to see how they film a movie and how long it really takes to set up these amazing shots for the movie. I have to say that it gave all of us a new love of movies and how they are made. We were able to see all of this from our room at the Hyatt Mc Cormic in Chicago. We had an amazing view of all of the filming.