Special Effects on ANTR and Titanic 1953


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Jamie Dodds

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How did they make the special effects on those two movies, i heard it included dry ice and wind up lifeboats, does anyone know ?
 

Ernie Luck

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Jamie

Have you seen 'The Making of ANTR'? It's a 60 min. film on the reverse side of the DVD. Readily available on Amazon.

They hired a liner being dismantled in Scotland, somewhere. It was painted in White Star colours and they used it for the scenes of lowering the boats using one side only. I believe some of the scenes of lifeboats were achieved by using small models
 

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Hi Michael

Yes, they built a large mock-up section of the ship at Pinewood Studios - built on the angle with hydraulic rams so that they could increase the tilt as required. The creaking noises made when the set was tilted by the hydraulics were ideal as they made a sound similar to that of a sinking ship. They used 4000 tons of steel to produce this set - capable of holding 500 technicians and actors.

Michael, I do hope you have got this DVD? - it's a must for all Titanic enthusiasts.
 

Ernie Luck

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Michael, What a dreadful admission!! Put it on order straight away. (I was referring to 'The Making of ANTR')
 

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The model lifeboats had electric motors to move the oars up and down, and were filmed at double speed to slow them down to a more realistic pace in the final print. Bill MacQuitty, the producer, was given one of these as a memento. He later offered it for auction, in 1980 before the name Titanic had become a license to print money, and the winning bid was less than £70. More recently it changed hands again - for £3,600.

Mike, Ernie is quite right, your credibility has suffered a mighty blow by your terrible admission in this thread. Unless you have obtained the full dvd release of ANTR (with extras) within 7 days, your membership of this forum will be terminated without further notice. You will then be left alone with your Webley to do the gentlemanly thing.
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This information is probably on some other thread, but the model of the Titanic used in the 1953 movie TITANIC is on display at the Marine Museum in Fall River, MA. The model of the Titanic used in A NIGHT TO REMEMBER was cut up for the sinking because the tank was not as deep as the model was long. So as the sinking progressed, more and more of the model disappeared beneath the waves and was cut off the model. The giant model for the movie RAISE THE TITANIC is still weathering away on the island of Malta. The stern of the model used in James Cameron's TITANIC can be seen in the Hollywood Casino in Tunica, Mississippi. There is a large model of the Titanic in the Titanic attraction in Orlando, FL and another large model of the ship is in storage in Branson, MO, waiting to go into the new attraction being built there. Robert H. Gibbons
 
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Hi, Robert!

"Cut off" might be a tad extreme. Since the tank where they were filming the sinking wasn't all that deep, the model was built with removable sections that could be taken away as the angle increased.

Also, the sounds of the Titanic creaking and groaning were the actual sounds of the movie set being tilted on end.

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>>i heard it included dry ice <<

In the extra material on ANTR DVD, it was noted that it was being filmed in very cold weather and those breath "clouds" from the actors and actresses mouths were real. In Titanic (1997) they were produced separately and added digitally.
 
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Also, Lightoller and many others remarked that the ocean that night was "as calm as a mill pond"...and the lifeboat scenes in ANTR were filmed on a mill pond, in addition to it being very cold.
 
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The sinking scene from "Titanic" (1953) was used in a brief scene in "The Unsinkable Molly Brown."
Since the "Molly Brown" film was in technicolor, they tinted the black and white movie in blue.
 
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