Neither the pen nor him playing ping pong are real
There are films that, for how well made they arewe don’t even realize that they use special effects, and we are referring to both mechanical and optical special effects or, of course, digital, which are precisely the ones that interest us on this occasion. Believe it or not, Forrest Gump used a good amount of the latter, and that in 1994 we did not notice (almost) nothing was and still is quite an achievement.
Of course jurassic park dates back to 1993 and continues to surprise even todayand at that time the special effects were done with more affection, and above all in much smaller quantities. She did not abuse them, as has happened in the cinema of recent years. We all have in mind the scene of Matrix Reloaded on the basketball court and the many Smiths or the most recent The Flash with babies, right? Well that.
They were different times, and as happens not only with the seventh art, things were treated differently. If you knew you had a fantastic script and that your film was going to star an already established but still rising actor like Tom Hanks, the last thing you wanted was to screw up with the special effects, and except in the historical shots where Forrest (Tom Hanks) has been inserted through the use of a computer, the truth is that, if they don’t tell us that There’s otherswe wouldn’t have even seen them.
Forrest Gump’s special effects
Those who have seen them have been those responsible for the YouTube channel Fame Focus, dedicated to analyze famous Hollywood movies and to show us the secrets hidden behind many of its most iconic or visually impressive scenes.
Forrest Gump is one of them, and of all the videos that we can find among her uploads, it can be the most curious, unexpected.
In addition to placing Forrest alongside the most obvious John Lennon or Richard Nixon, a variety of “invisible” effects were created for the film, including the iconic falling featherLieutenant Dan’s transformation into a double amputee, war scenes in Vietnam, crowds on the National Mall, the Olympic ping pong battle, and filling an Alabama football stadium with boisterous fans.
The effects team Industrial Light & Magic (there’s nothing) was honored with the Academy Award for Visual Effects in 1994.
You can see Forrest Gump on Netflix.
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