How Did Robert Zemeckis Film the Opening of 'Back to the Future'?

September 24, 2014
Source: Movies.com

Back to the Future

There's no doubt that Back to the Future is one of the classics. The film is highly regarded as one of the best time travel movies ever made, but even outside of the realm of sci-fi, it's simply one of the best motion pictures in history. And while over the years there's been a lot of focus on the DeLorean time machine or even the elements that come into play Back to the Future II like hoverboards and whatnot, it's time to just hunker down and look at the hard work and talented filmmaking that went into the film. One of the sequences that goes overlooked is the long-take, opening sequence of the first film with all the clocks. It seems simple, but it turns out that making that whole sequence happen was anything but that. Watch now!

Clip from Back to the Future (commentary from special effects supervisor Kevin Pike) via Movies.com:

So where did this come from? Well, you might remember the name Jamie Benning because he's done those extensive and incredible "filmumentaries" on the original Star Wars trilogy, and both of Steven Spielberg's classic films Jaws and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Now he's set his sights on Back to the Future, and this tidbit comes from his research and interviews as he's putting the project together. It's crazy to think how hard something like getting dog food to slop on a bowl can be, but a sequence like this must be meticulously planned. It's all about timing (no pun intended). We can't wait to see what else Benning learns.

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Lovely. This opening is pure gold.

DAVIDPD on Sep 24, 2014


Love it.

Xerxexx on Sep 24, 2014


Wonderful. Worth all the effort.

AwesomeWave on Sep 24, 2014


ahh yes! some praise for the original!

Joker's hideout on Sep 24, 2014


Still the greatest time travel movie ever.

TheOct8pus on Sep 25, 2014

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