Fast & Furious 6 Airplane Sequence

The most impressive thing about this new Fast & Furious 6 behind the scenes featurette: the lengths to which director Justin Lin and his VFX team go to make as much of the film’s ridiculous final action piece a practical affair. Watching it on the big screen, it’s hard not to assume that most of that carnage was created on a computer, despite the franchise’s long-standing commitment to real cars, real speed and real destruction for 5 consecutive films. Little did we know that a great deal of that huge exploding plane at the end was built by the crew, as you’ll see in this brief but illuminating featurette.

Watch the featurette, courtesy of Wired and the folks at Double Negative:

And because you want more, you need more behind the scenes ridiculousness, here is a piece from the making of Fast Five:

And for the stake of nostalgia (from 2009), here’s a piece about the opening scene of Fast & Furious:

I could reasonably do this all day, but we’ll cut it off here. Ever since the fourth Fast & Furious film, the action has been elevated every single time. There aren’t enough kudos for the vision of Justin Lin and the technical teams that put these stunts together. Mostly practical, always exciting and just entertaining enough to help us forget about all the mediocre dialogue.

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