‘Tenet’ Crew Bought a Real Boeing 747 to Blow Up Because It’s ‘More Efficient’ Than VFX
Christopher Nolan is well known for opting for practical effects over CGI, but he’s taking that preference to new extremes in his upcoming espionage epic “Tenet.” A key sequence in the film features a Boeing 747 airplane crashing into a building and exploding. Naturally, Nolan purchased a real Boeing 747 to blow up instead of relying on visual effects to pull off the stunt.
“I planned to do it using miniatures and set-piece builds and a combination of visual effects and all the rest,” Nolan said to Total Film magazine. “However, while scouting for locations in Victorville, California, the team discovered a massive array of old planes. We started to run the numbers…It became apparent that it would actually be more efficient to buy a real plane of the real size, and perform this sequence for real in camera, rather than build miniatures or go the CG route.”
“It’s a strange thing to talk about – a kind of impulse buying, I suppose,” Nolan added. “But we kind of did, and it worked very well, with Scott Fisher, our special-effects supervisor, and Nathan Crowley, the production designer, figuring out how to pull off this big sequence in camera. It was a very exciting thing to be a part of.”