Tenet: Nolan blew up a real Boeing 747 in the movie

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Christopher Nolan is committed to making Tenet his greatest work to date. Famous for preferring to work with practical effects instead of CGI, this time the filmmaker went to another level and used a real Boeing 747, in a sequence in which the plane collides with a hangar and explodes. Part of the scene can be seen at the end of the second trailer.

During an interview with Total Film magazine, Nolan revealed that the original idea was to make scenes with miniatures, but during production he found an old plane and decided to buy it to make the scene more real.

“I planned to do this using miniatures and assemblies and a combination of visual effects and everything,” explained the director. “However, while looking for locations in Victorville, California, the team discovered a huge variety of old planes. We started to do the math and … It was obvious that it would be really more efficient to buy a real plane of the real size and execute this real sequence in the camera, instead of building miniatures or using computer graphics ”.

“It’s a strange thing to talk about – as a type of impulse purchase, I suppose,” continued Nolan. “But we took a chance, and it worked really well, with Scott Fisher, our special effects supervisor, and Nathan Crowley, the production designer, figuring out how to make this great sequel on camera. It was a very exciting thing to shoot ”.

And it wasn’t just Nolan who was impressed with the recording of the scene. Robert Pattinson also said he was impressed by the scene, one of Nolan’s most insane ideas.

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“You wouldn’t think there was any reality in which you were doing a scene where they have a real 747 to explode!” Said Pattinson. “It is so bold as to look ridiculous … I remember, when we were filming, thinking, ‘How many more times is this going to happen in a movie?’ ”

Tenet is scheduled to premiere on July 16 in theaters. The date may still change, depending on the reopening or not of the cinema networks.

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