Movies have captivated the attention of audiences since the medium was first discovered, developed, and shared with the masses in the late 19th century. From the early rise of silent black and white pictures to digitally enhanced and technically perfected films we’re accustomed to today, there’s an attraction to being whisked away into a movie. We like escaping to these alternate universes, which is why so many classic hits, cult favorites, and box office sensations seem to be filled with the most action, drama, and romance. But, there’s a whole other world behind the scenes.
While immersed in each film’s narrative and compelling visual effects, we tend to lose sense of the fact that the characters we see on screen (and those off-screen) are people in real life — actors, directors, and crews doing their jobs. It can be just as enveloping to step out of the realm of the film to sneak a peek into the intense process that goes into the mechanics of these big budget blockbusters like Transformers and Inception. Even the three-man operation of animating puppets Bert and Ernie is absolutely fascinating. There’s also something inexplicably engrossing about watching these professionals donned in elaborate costumes, like Sir Ian McKellan dressed as Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings, taking a break to look over their lines.
Check out some of the most interesting behind-the-scenes shots of popular films, from Gone with the Wind to Star Wars, below.
“Gold Rush” and Charlie Chaplin, 1925
“The French Connection.” Gene Hackman before shooting one of the best chase scenes in movie history.
“ET” – fiction film 1982.
“Back to the Future”
“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” The photo director Tim Burton and actor Johnny Depp.
“The Evil Dead 3: Army of Darkness”
“The Birds.” The photo director Alfred Hitchcock and actress Tippi Hedren.
“Space Odyssey 2001″, 1968.
“Glow”. The stage director Stanley Kubrick.
The shooting of the legendary Ridley Scott – “Alien”
“Titanic.” Left to the stage director – James Cameron.
“A Nightmare on Elm Street”
“Apocalypse”. The photo stage director Mel Gibson and actors.
“The Green Mile.” The stage director Frank Darabont and actor Tom Hanks.
“Requiem for a Dream.”
On the set of the movie “Kill Bill”
Filming lion that roars in the legendary Splash Metro Goldwyn Mayer.
“Back to the Future”
“Superman.” Flying on the ropes
“The Three Musketeers”
Film set coming out in early June 2012 prequel to the stranger – “Prometheus” by Ridley Scott.
“Titanic”. The stage director James Cameron, the actors
”Gone With the Wind”
”The Lord of the Rings.” The picture directed by Peter Jackson and actor Ian McKellen
“The Matrix. Restart”
”Some Like It Hot”
“Star Wars”. Shooting in the credits crawl
”Silence of the Lambs.” In the frame of Anthony Hopkins and director of the film