First of all, the refinery building that actually blows up is a beautiful, highly detailed miniature that was about six or eight feet long in reality. Built by Joshua Culp, it was set up in a field near our location. We used several “sticks” of very powerful high explosive for the scene, though I don’t remember the exact number. They were embedded in plastic drums full of dust and powder inside the miniature building. The special effects team always has to be very careful not to use anything that would become dangerous shrapnel in a blast. The crater, I’m proud to say, is NOT CGI. It is a genuine old-school film special effect called a matte painting. It was painted by Rocco Gioffre to exactly match footage of the actors that we had already shot. It was then filmed and combined with that footage to create the final image of the characters walking toward it. S. S. Wilson still owns the original painting.
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