Unbelievable tech filmmakers use to shoot car scenes today

It's so well executed you'd never know.
  • Most car scenes are faked, including the ones with no special effects
  • A screenwriter shared an Instagram reel showcasing one of the most used techniques
  • It is financially more sound in terms of production costs, and safer for the actors

Published on Jan 29, 2024 at 8:04PM (UTC+4)

Last updated on Jan 30, 2024 at 7:12PM (UTC+4)

Edited by Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

A screenwriter who goes by kellytheyounger on Instagram shared a reel to showcase how car scenes in movies work.

And most people had no idea what they were in for.


A lot of people assume that most car scenes simply consist of the actors going for a drive.

In other words: the ones with crazy special effects, are quasi real.

That’s not actually the case, as even scenes that don’t require special effects are ‘faked’ with a variety of techniques – and the one you see here is the most common.

In short, the car is parked against a green screen on which moving images are projected.

So that means the car remains stationary, and it’s the backdrop around it that changes and moves.

In the past, a lot of scenes used to be filmed with the car loaded onto a trailer.

So the car was indeed moving, but the actors weren’t doing any driving.

That technique is often is replaced with a green screen these days and there are various reasons for this.

For starters, renting a studio to do this is a lot cheaper (and easier) than shutting down entire blocks of a city and obtaining filming permission.

It’s also safer for the actor, and easier to fix in the edit if somebody got something wrong with the scenery around the car.

What’s crazy is we’d never be able to tell in a million years when watching the finished product, i.e. the movie.

It speaks volumes about how complex modern cinematography is.

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