VIDEO: Back To The Future's FX chief explains film's opening sequence

It's hard to believe Robert Zemeckis' Back To The Future turns 30 next summer, but as they say, time flies.  Back in the '80s, production designers and special effects teams relied mostly on ingenious practical methods to produce their cinematic magic.  The kinetic opening sequence in Doc Brown's lab sets the tone and pace for the entire film, with carefully executed camera moves and an intricate series of choreographed shots to create a shotgun start to the fun fantasy flick.  

Filmmaker Jamie Benning is crafting a retrospective on the making of Back To The Future for its milestone anniversary.  Here's an enlightening segment narrated by the movie's fx supervisor, Kevin Pike, who explains just how all those marvelous machines and collection of clocks were set in motion for the three-minute title sequence.  Have a look and stay tuned for more video breakdowns as the project progresses.

(Via Hollywood Reporter)

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