Dottie Pearl applying Karo syrup blood effects to Marilyn Burns in preparation for the final scene in Texas Chainsaw Massacre, 1974.

Final testing of the Beetlejuice snake hybrid animatronic head, with audio. You’ll hear* the track slowed way down to help perfect the small movements, and then again at regular speed. Source: (well, you would have, if it had stuck, which it didn’t. watch the vid. It’s pretty great)

Buzz Neidig turning Jim Fye into the Statue of Liberty for Ghostbusters 2.

Creating the drone effects for Westworld. The actors wore a full-body stocking base layer, a face-prosthetic mask, waist-cinching corsets, and then a fully sculped bodysuit over the top of it all, with a visor-like plastic plate over the face. In the source video, Lisa Joy says of the costumes challenges “It’s just like being sealed in a ziploc bag. It’s a very physically taxing day.” There’s some really amazing and slightly unsettling footage of one of the drone actors, who is a fully trained ballet dancer, doing ballet moves in his drone costume.

A few scenes from Kung Fury, before and after CGI FX added, 2015. At the very end you’ll see for a split second a dude in a green suit busting his ASS to make the his bandana sashes blow in the wind….

And here’s a detail shot of a different scene from Kung Fury where the Super Woosh Master is really earning his keep. Brilliant!

Amy Poehler’s makeup test continuity photos from her time with the sketch comedy series Upright Citizens Brigade.

Wilhelm Homburg before having photo taken that will be turned into painting of Vigo the Carpathian in Ghostbusters 2. They also shot the subsequent footage of him coming out of the painting at the same time.

Makeup testing using CGI greenscreen effects to create bitless zombies.

Filming the “Helping Hands” scene from Labyrinth, 1986. They made over 100 pairs of latex hands to create the scene, and then practice making faces together until Jim Henson felt like they really nailed it. This clip came from a 4 minute video which shows some of the amazing process of how Jim and Brian brainstormed the hands “faces” and then watching the puppeteers work through it, which is well worth the watch:

3 visible puppeteers and one below the floorboards working with Sigourney Weaver filming the armchair scene in the original Ghostbusters, 1984.

Testing the animatronic heads and faces and costume functionality for the first TMNT movie, 1990. The suits/heads were created by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, and each character had different suits for conversations/straight acting and for the stunts. The suits for acting had more sophisticated animatronics, while the stunt suits focused on making the suits themselves lighter and more flexible.

Christopher Reeve and Richard Pryor rehearsing for Superman 3.

Filming the helicopter scenes for True Lies, 1994. The US Government supplied three Marine Harriers and their pilots for a fee of $100,736 ($2,410 per hour).

Bob Anderson and Mark Hamill practice their lightsaber skills at Elstree Studios for Return of the Jedi. Bob replaced David Prowse as Darth Vader in various fight scenes due to Prowse’s tendency to break the lightsabers.

Continuity polaroids of Drew Barrymore’s characters for Charlie’s Angels, 2000.

Harrison Ford practicing his whip skills for Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1981.

David Prowse and Mark Hamill filming the classic hand removal you’re-not-my-dad! scene in The Empire Strikes Back, 1980. Spoilers, I guess.

Doug Bradley getting a little blowdry while having his Pinhead makeup done on the set of Hellraiser, 1987.

Crispin Glover, Helena Bonham Carter, and Johnny Depp shooting a scene for Alice in Wonderland, 2016.

I knew this movie was ridiculously CGIed to within an inch of its life, but I was still surprised to see Crispin marching around in his green togs complete with green cape.

Multiple puppeteers working to bring E.T. to life on the set of E.T. the Extra Terrestrial, 1982.

George Lucas with Maria De Aragon in her Greedo costume on the set of Star Wars, 1977. Greedo is commonly attributed to Paul Blake, but Maria De Aragon provided close-in pickup shots as well. Also she really helped Greedo rock those heels.

POV shot of the amazing camera work to film the car chase down the Las Vegas strip for Jason Bourne, 2016.

To shoot this scene (and subsequent scenes entering the casino), they shut down a half mile of the strip for filming from midnight to 6 AM, for two weeks. In 6 hours they would dress the scene with over 200 vehicles in various stages, shoot as much as they could, extract everything, clean up, and reopen the streets.

Harrison Ford and his stunt double Vic Armstrong on the set of Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1981.

How the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and the Ghostbusters were filmed to be composited together for the final battle scene in Ghostbusters, 1984.

Jenny Joseph modeling for reference shots for the Columbia Pictures logo, 1991.

From photographer Kathy Anderson’s blog:”In July of 1991 the lady with the torch that you see at the beginning of every Columbia Pictures had a humble beginning in the living room of my New Orleans apartment, which had been converted to a small photo studio. When the amazingly talented illustrator (and friend) Michael Deas asked me to shoot reference photos for a painting, I had no idea how iconic that artwork would become.

My penchant for large soft box light modifiers was perfect for the assignment. A co-worker, Times-Picayune newspaper page designer Jenny Joseph (now a Houston muralist and mother of two) was the perfect model and the rest is history.

Looking at these image still makes me smile.”

How Darth Vader really took Han’s blaster in Star Wars, 1977. I never realized midichlorians were so big…or wore wristwatches.

Jack Nicholson getting his Joker makeup done to film Batman, 1989.

Shooting practical effects and stunts for The Amazing Spiderman 2, 2014.

John G. Avildsen filming Sylvester Stallone in the iconic stairtop scene in Rocky with the help of Sasha Stallone, Ralph Hotchkiss, and Ralf D. Bode.

Margot Kidder and Christopher Reeve preparing for the flying date scene on the set of Superman, 1978.

Robin Shelby getting into the Slimer suit on the set of Ghostbusters 2.

And here is Robin on set as Slimer for blue screen filming, with Tim Lawrence and Michael Gross. The legs remind me of old dancing cigarette pack commercials from the early 50s.

FX artists work to bring the Grand monster to life on the set of Slither, 2006.

Creating the speed of light travel effects while piloting the Millenium Falcon in Solo, 2018.

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