Director Jan De Bont talks special effects on the first Twister film….

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special effects on the first Twister - Director Jan De Bont reveals all

With the release of Twisters only a couple of weeks away director Jan De Bont who helmed the original film released back in 1996 has been taking about the challenges of that film and talks special effects on the first Twister film.

That first film acted as a sort of technological follow-up to Jurassic Park and would further expand on his use of  in-camera practical effects which arguably helped pave the way for the modern blockbuster with the director saying, “I believe that we helped dramatically improve the technologies based on what we developed for Twister. We made a lot of future movies really easy to do and really simple in a way,”

He was asked about the challenges of making Twister and whether he envies the technology that is around today would have made his life on the shoot easier. He replied,

”Not really, actually. I believe that we helped dramatically improve the technologies based on what we developed for Twister. We made a lot of future movies really easy to do and really simple in a way. I was always so convinced that you could not get the action to work in an action movie with only visual effects. You had to have physical effects in front of the camera and actors in between. The background could be visual effects, but with real life all around us. So you have to make a total picture. I did not want any of those things to stand out from each other, and that happens so often right now. I can spot visual effects from special effects almost immediately.

Special effects are always different because things never fall as they should fall. You drop them and then they roll in a way you could never anticipate, but visual effects always drop the same way. So the combination was key, and I insisted that the movie be made like that. I didn’t want the whole film to be shouldered on the visual effects. That would be really insane because actors cannot react to visual effects. Those effects are kind of soulless. They’re pretty beautiful and they look really real, but there’s something missing.

So that’s why Twister was probably one of the last movies to have the combination of all three items, and that is, to me, one of the reasons why the movie was successful. People could identify more with it. It was much easier to really understand what was happening and the impact of things falling and a storm blowing in your face. So, to see that really happen on actors’ faces was really key for me.”

He went on to say that he also doesn’t consider Twisters to be a proper sequel since it’s telling a new story involving new characters.

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source: deadline

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