Monday, November 29, 2010

Cowboys and Aliens Wrist Blaster Lighting Effect Blooper

Cowboys and Aliens: Light that's supposed to have come from the ray gun actually came from a different source.

Cowboys and Aliens is a movie based on a graphic novel in which cowboys are pitted against aliens. The cowboys, primarily Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford's characters, must do with simple guns and their horses most of the time. But there's an advanced weapon attached to Craig's character's wrist which, in one scene, is used to take down an alien ship.

The weapon blasts away creating bright light and hits the alien ship, causing it to explode in mid air before crashing. More explosive light is created in the scene. Nothing appears amiss in the lighting, but if you look closely at the shadows, the sources of the illumination are not the objects concerned in the scene. The light that's supposed to have come from Craig's wrist weapon actually comes from the right side of the scene (note the shadows of the debris on the ground in the top picture) and the light that's supposed to come from the exploding ship originates from a visual effect that doesn't appear to create shadows (below).

Grappling cables instead of tractor beams in Cowboys and Aliens?

Olivia Wild stars in Cowboys and Aliens

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