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13 Extreme Lengths That Filmmakers Have Gone To While Making Movies

Limits were meant to be pushed. From fires to extreme locations to mind-blowing scenery, there are many ways to push the boundaries when making a movie. And that's exactly what IBM did when it moved atoms to make the world's smallest movie.

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1. Burning of old sets to create a real fire:

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For the burning of Atlanta Depot in Gone With the Wind, they torched scenery pieces from The Garden of Allah and King Kong. Telephone lines were clogged with people thinking that MGM was on unintentionally on fire.

3. Animating with atoms:

For "A Boy And His Atom," IBM moved atoms with a scanning tunneling microscope to make its actors, props, and scenes. The lead character is a single nanometer in size (one 25 millionth the size of an inch), and Guinness World Records has certified it as the world's smallest stop-motion film.

9. Filming in Antarctica for thirteen months:

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The director and crew spent over a year filming these adorable creatures for March of the Penguins, sometimes only getting three hours to shoot because of the intense cold. Morgan Freeman only spent one day in a recording booth.

11. Dealing with freakish storms and back injuries:

Terry Gilliam

Terry Gilliam's attempt to film an epic Don Quixote movie was so disastrous that a documentary was made about the process (The Man Who Killed Don Quixote has yet to be finished).

Inspired by the world's smallest stop motion movie:

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