How did they do that in 1957?
Posted 21 June 2007 - 07:59 AM
Anyway, in the end the little boy flies up and away over Paris with his cluster of balloons and it struck me - how the hell did they do that in 1957?
You can clearly see in the wides that it's not an adult. It's also to high to be a crane. That leaves us with a helicopter - but there's no visible wire. And surely they wouldn't fly a little child on a monofilament under a rickety helicopter, even if it was 1957?
Posted 21 June 2007 - 09:20 AM
Posted 21 June 2007 - 10:30 AM
& perhaps the dummy&balloons was suspended from a much bigger hot-air balloon...
Posted 21 June 2007 - 02:59 PM
Posted 21 June 2007 - 03:22 PM
Probably a dummy and done for real, yeah. Looked like he moved, though, but it's hard to tell.
I'd never seen that Adam, i can see why it was on the curriculum. Amazing!
Thanks for posting it.
Posted 21 June 2007 - 03:31 PM
Posted 21 June 2007 - 04:08 PM
I think I have this on DVD, I'll haven't watched it years - I'll take a closer look and see.
Just watched the DVD i have - definitely a dummy - the whole thing, particularly the legs remain completely motionless.
It must have been a real achievement figuring out how to get that balloon to move in such a multitude of different directions.
Posted 21 June 2007 - 06:53 PM
At the end, there could have been several tricks. I'm intrigued that all the yellow balloons seem to have vanished as soon as we go to the wider shots as the kid takes off. Different bunch of balloons? Or could they have been doing some kind of travelling matte work? Bluescreen was around in the 1950s. It's impossible to tell on the youtube version. Otherwise I'd say it's a dummy - seems to have longer legs than the boy - in proportiuon to his body length.
Still a good film.
Posted 21 June 2007 - 07:01 PM
I was expecting that melting balloon at the begining to burst and scare the living cack out of me..
Posted 22 June 2007 - 04:17 PM
Edited by Alex Wuijts, 22 June 2007 - 04:20 PM.
Posted 26 June 2007 - 04:36 PM
"...By the way, Mythbusters tried to replicate the balloon carrying a kid away scene. It took over 4,000 balloons to lift a 44-lb girl. Oh well, the magic of film!"
Posted 26 June 2007 - 05:58 PM