Sunday 8 June 2014

Lifeboat 1944

There is some masterful miniature work here by Fred Sersen's department at 20th Century Fox. Made and set during the second World War, pretty much the entire film is a special effect with most of it shot against a rear projection process screen.

The opening title sequence is a large scale close up miniature of a smoking funnel which in a long continuous shot sinks into the sea. A German supply vessel is blown up and sinks with very effective pyrotechnics and some effective split screen composites of foreground lifeboat, midground live action row boat and background miniature.

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