How did the special effects in the film "Guest from the Future"
• How did the special effects in the film "Guest from the Future"
While in the 1980s in Hollywood filming "Terminator" and other "predators" in the approaching collapse of the Soviet Union rocked two cinematographic events that without a hint of irony, have the right to be called a cult. Adults still vast country heartily sympathized with the Brazilian "Cinderella" Izaura and children each summer waiting for the return to the screens of a futuristic kind of magic called "Guest from the Future."
For many, the culmination of the summer holidays were the same five happy days, when one of the two or three available channels, the little girl Alice looked huge eyes on the other side of the TV screen, promising "a beautiful far away." And yet there is little doubt that even if not soon, but someday, in the new century, we do see the Institute of time Kosmozoo, humanoid robots, machines with a free issue of different delicacies and, of course, be able to fly on a flip or pull the rest to the moon.
Probably every generation should have their idols and the islands of memory, which pleased to return decades later. For someone such islands will be "Harry Potter" or songs of Max Korzh, and then 20-30 years ago, all the boys and girls had been ill "alisomaniey". This year, the film "Guest from the Future," a kind of anniversary - the legendary television series began filming in 1983. What are the difficulties faced crew and what tricks they used to film the most spectacular scene, we describe in this article.
In the 80-90s of the last century it was difficult to find a boy who is not fond of fiction. For these, of course, the most interesting were the first two series of "guests" in which director Paul Arsenov with the help McGee tried to lift the curtain on the future, which, if you're lucky, had to wait for all of us.
"Beautiful far" met the audience and Kohl Gerasimov Institute of sterile cleanliness of time. The inside of the building was removed in the pavilion at the studio to them. Gorky. Room with the time machine plastered white wallpaper and illuminated as vividly as possible. Decoration imitating the endless corridors of the institute was actually relatively small, and the effect of entanglement was created only because of the actors' performances and special shooting from different angles.
For lighting corridors "future" cost standard while incandescent bulbs. They are inserted into a special box of frosted glass, and voila - you get a very futuristic at the time coverage.
Immersed in the green input in time removed Institute in Moscow Botanical Garden. But the building of the institution itself -. Not more than the layout of a height of about 50 cm It was hung on the ropes and perspective combined with the clearing, where the Institute allegedly stood.
According to the art director of the film Olga Kravchenya, what is today easily done on the computer, then had a long and painstakingly created manually. Take the spaceport. For general plans drawn film makers its upper part, which is then at the film it was necessary to combine with the lower part of the scenery. "Film was shot on film, on which it was necessary to work with" masks "that is filmed one part of the image, and then" imprinter "other. It was necessary also to combine light, color in both images to the connection line was invisible. The work of many professions, including art director, schemers, costume, make-up artist was combined into a single unit under the leadership of the main picture of the operator, "- says Olga Kravchenya.
to create "space" atmosphere inside the spaceport was decided to use glass tubes that were used in chemical plants. In this case, the crew was going through, survive whether the brittle material to a desired scene. Kosmozoo partially filmed in the botanical garden capital of the USSR, as well as the input came from the area near the metro VDNH. Initially cosmic zoo wanted to shoot in Gagra - painfully appropriate nature, exotic. However, due to prolonged inclement weather the film crew had to leave with nothing, turned his attention to Moscow landscapes. From shot in Gagra material is suitable only waves of shots that can be seen behind the doors of "bus" with instant teleportation.
By the way, look for unusual fantasy flat plywood bus came up with director of the film. Paul Arsenov did not want to come up and so an eyesore in every film of similar subjects consoles and piling up buttons. Why not make the process of the instant motion as simple as possible in the future - opened the door, and you're on the other side of the Earth?
On the way mielofon was more difficult. The device, due to who started the whole "mess", not really described in the primary source, it was necessary to invent it yourself. Designers were many options of the external appearance of the device for reading thoughts. But after the director saw the crystals used in the production of cameras, then I settled on the idea of "crystalline mielofon".
It is much more difficult to force the film studio was to make a time machine. Employees are used to create the fake shop historic surroundings with the help of imitation stucco and unusual "fabulous" invoice, but a brilliant plastic proved they can not afford. Something had to make to order, and for registration of the remote amiss Rubik's Cube. Why is he? Yes, simply because in 1980 the Hungarian puzzle has been extremely popular.
With the time machine is linked to the most advanced of the Soviet cinema of the time video effect. Remember lightning, rainbows, stars and contour lines that accompanied the journey Koli in time? All this was done by hand. Optical effects are created in the laser Laboratories, filmed on a film, and then the frames were combined complex manner. The creation of one of the left frame in the best month.
The famous old buildings, in the basement of which today there was a time machine, found by chance in the street, which houses almost all were demolished. The basement is a room entirely is built into the scenery pavilion. Walls painted African motifs to add a patina of mystery. Columns made from foam and cardboard to the explosion in the last series of the film does not hurt the children. Rings of foam obtyanuli cardboard, sawed at predetermined locations, laid back Pyrocartridges and at the right moment blew up.
Perhaps one of the most exciting episodes of "Guest from the Future" began frames, where there flips. Among the students of Minsk even went to the legend, they say, in Moscow really is a ride with the flying showers! In fact, the cabin were common, but extremely expensive props. In Lithuania, they produced five pieces, each flip cost about 5000 rubles - a respectable sum for those times, which is quite possible to spend on these "Lada".
In addition, it was made several miniature copies flips with models of people in them. They were used for long-range shooting with high-flying plans for aids. These toys were hung on a wire to the crane with a boom of about 20 meters, and then selects the appropriate background, such as the hotel "Cosmos". That the wire is not shining, it painted over the color of the background.
The full-size heavy flips with real actors set in the back of trucks on special designs in the form of protruding bars on the sides of cars. If the frame are two flip simultaneously, then needed two trucks that were supposed to go smoothly and close with a jeweler's precision. Sometimes these episodes noticeable too sharp rocking - so flying illusion broken by potholes. One day during filming, even stripped were traveling towards the "Zhiguli" - had to pay a fine of 200 rubles. According to the memoirs filmmakers on the set of all out everything - and adult actors, and children. Laughter We played Vyacheslav Innocent, despite its size, was ready to do all the stunts himself, which he, however, was not allowed. And Mikhail Kononov often so improvised that it turned out so much better scenario options.
Yevgeny Gerasimov masterfully embodied in the robot Werther screen - the hero, from A to Z coined specifically for the film. Why reinvent the complex mechanisms or recourse to expensive animation, if one person using gait and specifically set speech were able to show the perfect robot of the future? Plus, of course, costume, wig and makeup.
In the scene of the murder of Werther in the actor's costume inserted a pair of metal plates attached to them pyrotechnical. Yevgeny Gerasimov he pressed the button that activates the fuse, and thus "set fire" himself for about one and a half minutes until the pirates shot at him. By the way, the laser beams - the usual hand-drawn animation, which is superimposed on the exposure ready frames with plastic "blasters" in the hands of the Rat and Laughter W.
In the literal sense, a heavy burden was borne Alexey Fomkina, inimitable Kolya Gerasimov. Remember the fourth series, in which Alice perched on the shoulders of his girlfriend Julia fungal and wearing a long cloak, shows a very tall lady in a huge dark glasses? Who plays Julia physically could not wear Natasha Guseva. Alex came to the aid Fomkin. They put on his socks, sandals, school uniform, seated on his shoulders and sent Alice to parade down the street.
Samu Natasha Guseva taught properly disperse to shoot a spectacular six-meter long jump in gym class. The girl was siganut through the chamber to the operator, which priporoshit sand. Who plays Alice Selezneva then I told that terribly afraid of falling on the operator and break his neck or back. Fortunately, everything worked out.
But in the episode where Alice throws trolley shot girl-stuntman. She ran at the same speed, and just before the "shock" trolley accelerated, escaping further. In this case, the viewer does not see the point of the "clash" because the frame is covered by trolley. However, if you look closely, you will see and easy to run, and the time of acceleration, and the flashing of the trolley-foot (it was at the end of the second series).
Such "kinolyapy" in the movie a lot. For example, the crew did not like how the episode turned out to Kosmozoo when Alice tries to read the thoughts of a crocodile. Predator fashioned from foam, and, in principle, it was very similar to that of the alligator. But divers who ran the layout, not deep lowered into the water. It was evident that it is not real crocodile, but still too light, floating on the surface. Particularly attentive viewers may even consider diving.
In the survey "Guest from the Future" went for two long years. During this time, many of the children involved in the shooting, had time to grow. This is especially noticeable when you consider that the first filmed scenes on location in the "present" and "future" postponed to the last phase.
The authors of the series of our childhood have developed different fates. Unfortunately, for some of them the future was not so bright, what promised Alice. But many of those who remember the film, and today no longer dream flipnut to the spaceport, stroll through Kosmozoo or open the door of the bus in Minsk and get anywhere in the Maldives. Will it is ever implemented?
When, during one of the interview is now an adult performer role Bori Messerer was asked if he would like to live in the future, shown in the film, the actor said, "the question is incorrect. To live in this world is impossible, because it is so unreal ... "" It was clear even in 1984, that all that is portrayed there, it is not futurology. No. It's some absolutely sterile world, which was only for the realization of certain ideas. He vague and unreal. As if in the center of focus and blurred at the edges of all the world ... This is, unfortunately, in my view, a certain imprint utopias of the sixties, from the same series as the Strugatsky. All around there is science, scientific and technological progress jerked, little kids engaged in science. And now we see that science in our country, and abroad has absolutely no tendency to engage in it the place that dreamed Bulychev and others. The reality is that 85% are not interested in serious things, and all sorts of rubbish. And the rest so overwhelmed with life's problems, that is more on what time is left "- he added.