When we watch a movie, we generally do not take into account that the director carefully planned each scene and that what we are seeing is the result of the images of his mind captured on the screen. For this reason, sometimes, for a scene to be exactly as the director wanted, it is necessary to repeat the filming several times. In fact, a shot that seems simple can take a whole day to shoot.
These scenes are pretty well known in the movie world, but we did some research and they were actually very difficult to shoot. Either because the shot had to be repeated several times or because the actors had to expose themselves to situations they weren’t used to, these takes required more time and effort than others.
1. Spider man
The scene in which Mary Jane slips in the cafeteria and Peter Parker prevents her from falling by holding her with one arm while catching all the food on the tray with the other, as if she were an expert juggler, was not recorded with special effects. It’s a real shot that required filming 156 times and a little glue on Tobey Maguire’s hand so the tray wouldn’t fall off.
2. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
Tom Cruise is famous for doing stunts himself where many other actors would require a stuntman. And so he did when he had to climb the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, at 828 meters high. The actor was hanging outside the tower at 518 meters above the ground. This was probably one of the most difficult shots of his career, but the result is one of the most impressive scenes in action cinema.
3. The Bridge on the River Kwai
To shoot the final scene of the film, in which the bridge is destroyed, they did not build a scale model or model, but a wooden bridge that they actually detonated for the film. This scene cost a lot of time and money, plus it had to be shot in a single take with no margin for error.
In order to film the scene in which we see London completely deserted, the police closed some of the main streets of the city at 4 a.m. m. and filming was to be completed in an hour. To achieve this, some promoters kindly asked the drivers to wait an hour or to take another route to reach their destination.
5. The glow
Stanley Kubrick is known for being extremely detailed. In this film, there were several scenes that had to be repeated until the director was satisfied. Both leads declared that it was one of the toughest movies they had to shoot. The scene in which Wendy defends herself against Jack with a bat had to be repeated many times, putting the actress in a high state of stress.