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Backdraft

Today's #OneShotWed comes from Backdraft (1991), filmed all over Chicago and its suburbs. In this scene, Chicago's vacant Uptown Theater catches on fire. The victim: the unsuspecting man in today's screenshot.


As AFI points out, Backdraft was praised universally for its special effects, particularly the look of fire onscreen.


"Fire presents itself as a personality with motive and intent, moving across ceilings and down walls in ways that defy the laws of physics. Filmmakers achieved this by building a set upside down and filming the fire in slow motion as it traveled its natural course along the floor and up the wall. A similar 'upside-down effect' was used to film smoke that appears to retreat of its own accord."


Watch some of these effects in the video below.

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