Polaroid cameras are usually used on filming sets for TV and movies to keep track of continuity as well as of actors’ appearances, and to document some candid shots of or by members of the cast and crew. In this week’s list, we’ll share with you some of these interesting behind-the-scenes snapshots!
1. Martin Scorsese’s “Taxi Driver” (1976)
The photos above were taken for continuity purposes, as you can read in notes scribbled above each one. Here we see a mohawked Robert De Niro as his character Travis Bickle, with the area from his jaw to his chest smeared in fake blood.
2. Stanley Kubrik’s “The Shining” (1980)
The shots served the same purpose as the ones from “Taxi Driver,” and were shot by the movie’s continuity supervisor June Randall. The actors in the photos above are the film’s editor Norman Gay as an injured guest, Shelly Duvall as Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson)’s wife Wendy, and Scatman Crothers as chef Dick Hallorann.
3. Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner” (1982)
This time around, it’s a shot of actors goofing around on set! Sean Young, who played the role of Rachael, leans towards lead actor Harrison Ford as retired police officer Rick Deckard as he takes a silly photo of the two of them.
4. James Mangold’s “Girl, Interrupted” (1999)
These Polaroids were also taken to keep track of scenes and actors’ appearances. Actress Winona Ryder poses in different locations for certain scenes in the movie as her character Susanna Kaysen.
5. Michel Gondry’s “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” (2004)
With the “SC 65” written on the space below the photo, we’re guessing this photo was taken in order to perceive what the film’s 65th scene should look like. Here, Kate Winslet and Jim Carey are both in character as Clementine Kruczynski and Joel Barish, respectively.
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