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75th anniversary of the WIZARD OF OZ! How they really made that tornado scene. COOL STUFF

 
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75th anniversary of the WIZARD OF OZ! How they really made that tornado scene. COOL STUFF
It’s the 75th anniversary of the release of “The Wizard of Oz” which was the first movie to depict an authentic looking tornado using improbable “1930’s style” special effects. Through the decades, this all-time classic has inspired movie-goers and “weather weenies” alike with the scene of a twister lifting Dorothy’s home into the sky over rural Kansas farm land.


As far as the tornado scene is concerned, it is still regarded as incredibly realistic – even in today’s era of computer-generated special effects. The first attempt at a tornado by the movie’s special effects director, Arnold Gillespie, was to use a 35-foot tall rubber cone, but this turned out to be too rigid and simply wouldn’t move.

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