May 15, 2017
What used to be a game-changing cinematic technique is now an antiquated special effect. Learn the history of rear projection.
Rear projection used to be a special effect that opened the doors for new ways of filmmaking. Once it came along, filmmakers could put their characters in scenes with giant monsters, nose-diving crop dusters, and even moving cars all while being able to record audio. Decades and many technological advances later, rear projection looks, well, hokey and unrealistic, but there are still modern filmmakers out there who still use it on occasion.
In this video essay from Fandor, we get to take a look at rear project, how it came about, the role it played in SFX during its time, and how directors of today like Quentin Tarantino use it in their own work despite the techniques obvious age. Check it out below: