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Rear projection in Strangers on a Train

by Oliver Gaycken

Like many special effects, rear projection can serve as a means to make the process of filmmaking easier and safer. In this scene, rear projection is used to render a dangerous event more manageable, as the footage of the merry-go-round going of out control is being rear projected in concert with extras. Rear projection is not the only special effect in this scene. The speed of the film has also been manipulated in order to make the merry-go-round appear to be moving more quickly.

Rear projection in Strangers on a Train

An example of rear projection in Strangers on a Train

from Strangers on a Train (1951)
Creator: Alfred Hitchcock
Distributor: Warner Brothers
Posted by Oliver Gaycken