Strange Movie Facts, Take 1

Discover lists 20 little-known cinematic tidbits

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 3, 2009 5:33 PM CDT

(Newser) – Did you know film’s been around since 1887? Or that an IMAX projector is so bright, if aimed upward it could be seen from space? Discover lists 20 little-known movie facts:

  • Thomas Edison’s firm made the first motion-picture camera in 1891—but didn’t invent a projector.
  • The mechanical shark in Jaws was tough to use, so Steven Spielberg had to settle for scenes from its perspective.

  • “Audio illusions” account for many sound effects. Crunchy snow is made from cornstarch on ice; flapping gloves sound like flying birds.
  • Crowd noise is called “walla,” and can be generated by a group of people saying just that over and over.
  • A large buttered popcorn can deliver 1,600 calories.
  • The inventors of IMAX were a group of young Canadians who won over investors by renting out and decorating classy offices.

The first celluloid film was developed in 1887.   (Shutterstock)
A large popcorn can contain 1,600 calories.   (Shutterstock)
One of the first color techniques involved projecting black-and-white film through red and green filters.   (Shutterstock)
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