Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes pulls back the curtain and lets you see how movies are made, from the initial script, the casting and how the jaw-dropping special effects come to life.


Flying a helicopter over water is more dangerous than it looks; rough weather could make a shoot downright deadly. So how do those who shoot in choppy waters all the time -- say, people who film crab boats -- keep themselves safe up there?

Along with motion pictures, Hollywood has a knack for creating other things: controversy and scandal. So which scandals are the juiciest -- and why?

For filmmakers to tell a better story, the technology needs to advance. Which innovations have changed the way we see movies?

How do you inject new blood into an old, but beloved film franchise, while keeping the die-hard fans happy? That's the question McG hopes he answers in the latest installment of the "Terminator" series.

More than two decades since the "Watchmen" comic book series debuted, the cult favorite has finally been made into a movie -- with most of its violence, nudity and sex in tact.

W.C. Fields famously warned against working with animals and children, but the makers of "Hotel for Dogs" ignored that advice. How did they get 70 dogs and nearly twice as many trainers to behave?

"Defiance" is not your typical Holocaust movie, and not just because the reigning James Bond plays the hero. It's a story of three brothers who dared to fight back and save their fellow Jews during the Holocaust.

Fifty-seven years after the original debuted in America, the sci-fi classic gets a modern remake, with a giant robot, alien spheres and Keanu as Klaatu. But the main point remains the same: man is mistreating their fellow man and the planet.

They're sexy, dangerous and live forever -- no wonder vampires have always held a fascination for mere mortals. And the current vamp-related pop culture phenomenon is "Twilight," the story of a teenage girl and her vampire love.

What do Bo and Luke Duke have in common with James Bond? Superb driving skills. When these characters take off in a high-speed chase, who's behind the wheel?

Forty-six years since James Bond first battled baddies in "Dr. No," Ian Fleming's martini drinking, Aston Martin-driving British superspy is back in his 22nd installment "Quantum of Solace."

Three years after "Batman Begins" reinvigorated the ailing Batman franchise, Christian Bale is back in the Batsuit to battle forces of evil in Gotham City in director Christopher Nolan's highly anticipated sequel "The Dark Knight."

In the crowded summer movie marketplace, a great gimmick can make a film stand out, provided it's done well and fits the story. As the first live-action flick shot in digital 3-D, "Journey to the Center of the Earth" scores big on both counts.

When people fantasize about having super powers like Herculean strength, indestructibility or the ability to fly like the heroic icons of comic books, they're probably not thinking of Hancock. Who is he, and what can he do?

Opening today, the "Get Smart" franchise gets another theatrical revival starring Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway. The film showcases all of the signature gadgets and memorable catchphrases of the original, plus spectacular action.

Talking animals have been a mainstay of animation since the early Disney days. But "Kung Fu Panda," DreamWorks Animation's latest CG endeavor starring Jack Black in the title role, is a whole other animal.

Speed Racer and his tricked-out Mach 5 have had a cult following since it premiered in 1967. Now, Warner Bros. has turned this popular anime cartoon into a live-action movie. Buckle your seat belt and get ready for quite a ride as we go inside "Speed Racer."

"Little Miss Sunshine," the hero from "300" and an uncharacteristically comedic Jodie Foster join forces in a fantasy adventure set in an island paradise.

"21" is a movie based on the best-selling book, Bringing Down the House, about a group of math prodigies who use card-counting to win big in blackjack. How does card-counting work, and can you still get away with it?

In "Shutter," ghostly photographic images haunt a young couple. What is spirit photography -- and could this happen in real life?

"The Bank Job" re-created a scandalous 1971 bank robbery. Why has the story been covered up for so many years?

The making of "10,000 BC" was truly a mammoth undertaking. The crew created all sorts of ancient beasts for the prehistoric movie -- and battled fierce weather on two continents.

The visual effects team for "The Water Horse" faced a unique challenge: Take a mythical creature and make it come alive on-screen from baby to adult. Take a look behind the scenes of "The Water Horse" to find out how they met the challenge.

Imagine New York City suddenly devoid of life save for a solitary man and his dog. That unsettling vision sets the scene for "I Am Legend" starring Will Smith. Go behind the scenes of this suspenseful film.

The Golden Compass features some of the most complex effects sequences ever seen on film. Check out this article, where some of the movie's visual artists tell us how they brought Phillip Pullman's beloved novel to life.