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The mother-lode of little-known sci-fi facts

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May 22, 2018

Here at SYFY WIRE, we love a good little-known sci-fi fact. But we may have just unearthed the mother lode of them!

If you’re into uncovering interesting production and effects tidbits about some of our favorite genre films, then may we recommend checking out indie game developer David Amador’s (@DJ_Link) ever-growing Twitter game?

With gifs, vids, and photos backing up his findings, Amador has uncovered some wildly interesting gems about some of our favorite films.

Let's start with the post last week that kicked it all off, showing that even the Wachowskis couldn't hide the camera out of every shot in The Matrix...

And did you know that in Sam Raimi’s first Spider-Man film, Tobey Maguire actually performed the cafeteria tray stunt using practical effects, and it only took 156 takes!

Or how about the fact that in filming Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’s squirrel scene, where Veruca Salt meets her rodential fate, the filmmakers actually put live squirrels through what director Tim Burton referred to as “Squirrel Training Camp”...

But let’s not overlook one of the most innovative sci-fi movies ever made, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Amador’s observations only cement that claim...

Speaking of innovative, when Tron came out in 1982, it looked like nothing that had ever preceded it. See what hard work can do...

Granted, hard work and innovation is just part of the territory for VFX specialists…

Finally, while we may have known Jurassic Park's Dennis Nedry is a huge fan of The Goonies, it’s worth noting again, because of just how great his taste in clothing is…

Believe it or not, this smattering of tweets is just the tip of Amador’s little-known sci-fi fact iceberg. There’s plenty more where these came from, so check them out, then let us know in the comments which facts you found most fascinating.  

(via Insider)