Making of “The Impossible”
Juan Antonio Bayona is the director of the amazing movie The Impossible. The film has become a complete success since its release in 2012. The Spanish production counts with a magnificent cast that includes Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor. The movie is based on a true story of a family that was vacationing in Thailand at the time of the Indian Ocean tsunami on December 26th, 2004. This event was known as The Boxing Day. Lots of people died, and the whole place was completely destroyed. With a mix of practical, miniature and digital effects, the filmmakers achieved incredible and breathe taking scenes that show exactly how terrible the tsunami was.
The bungalows and surrounding buildings were crafted at a 1:3 scale. Only three and a half bungalows were built and then duplicated in compositing. The large scale miniatures were shot on an open air 80×100 meter water tank in Ciudad de la Luz, Alicante, Spain.
Before shooting in the Alicante tank, several tests were undertaken to design the look of the wave impact. Finally, the final tank constructed was 25x12x4 meters and held more than a million liters of water. It consisted of a fast opening doors system that could generate a 1.5m high wave (4.5m in real scale).
In the flood
All of the scenes in which the characters are caught in the water happen in a kilometer long journey torrent of water. For this, a 15×60 meter channel complete with 35 water pumps was constructed. The pumps were able to move water around at the rate of 350 liters per second. This gave the same effect as it was a real flood.
As we can see, the making of the film The Impossible required a lot of special effects for creating a realistic tsunami. A lot of hard work and sacrifice it’s shown at very single scene of the movie. Because of all these, the film has had a big success in theaters. People could have a close look at how it felt and looked the tragedy of The Boxing Day.