The Director Of ‘Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World’ Offers A Glimpse Into How They Filmed A Very Intricate Sequence 😮

Today’s hyper-technical filmmaking means no visual image is really off-limits. Even the most high-tech sequences can be made at home if you have the right software and the right know-how.

So when a filmmaker elects to do things the old-fashioned way–basically, by hand–it can be pretty thrilling and impressive.

And recently, filmmaker Edgar Wright revealed a few behind-the-scenes facts and tricks about a couple parts of his 2010 film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World in which he emphatically chose to do things the hard, old-fashioned way–no digital tricks and no computer-aided sleight-of-hand.

And fans were pretty impressed!

The first reveal pertained to one of the film’s most iconic shots: when the character Knives, played by Ellen Wong, goes to a big-box retailer to by hair dye, and is standing in front of a vast, multi-colored display of literally hundreds of boxes in different shades of dye.

The trick? It’s that there isn’t one. Wright’s crew painstakingly created every single box in the frame by hand.

But why go to all that effort when you could just Photoshop it?

Fair enough! In discussing this little bit of behind-the-scenes craftsmanship, another fan asked about another iconic shot in the film.

In the shot in question, Michael Cera’s character gets up from the couch in his living room, goes to the bathroom to pee, and when he leaves the bathroom, he’s in a school.

So what’s the big deal? Look again: the entire sequence happens in one single, unbroken shot–no cuts to change sets.

Digital effects can create this sort of “magic,” but Wright decided if he was going to do it, he was going to keep it real:

Now THAT’S movie magic! And fans were pretty exhilarated by these glimpses behind the scenes.

Look at all this joy and wonder! Just goes to show, some of the old-school ways of doing things are worth keeping around.