How do they film buildings on fire for TV without destroying them?
I just watched an episode of Chicago Fire where a dry cleaners was on fire. Lots of smoke, and tall flames coming off the roof. Interior seen through glass doors and windows full of smoke. It was a real establishment, easy to verify since they didn't change the name or signs, and it's right there on Google Maps and Street View. And it's still in business!
I thought the building might have been scheduled for demolition, and sold to the producers for use in the series. But no, it's still there and open.
So how do they make it look like the building is up in flames?
- dripLv 71 month agoFavorite Answer
Smoke and mirrors.
Fire is controlled. And can be turned off and on. Smoke is from machines not the fire
A set can be built of a real establishment. A fake building with no insides.
- H&MLv 71 month ago
*** Question de truquage... ^^
- PAMELALv 71 month ago
Computer special effects of course.
- ?Lv 71 month ago
They build a replica of the building on a lot and torch it, then superimpose the burning building onto the real location
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- TavyLv 71 month ago
The fire is superimposed onto a film of the building
Smoke and mirrors it's called.
- skeptikLv 71 month ago
It's called "visual effects."