Incredible viral video reveals famous movie stunts are optical illusions

A still from an old movie
(Image credit: Hal Roach Studios)

Everyone's seen at least one black and white slapstick movie, right? But did you know that most of the famous Hollywood stunts were all just tricks of the camera? That's right, they were just clever optical illusions - and you know how much we love a good old mind-boggler here at Creative Bloq. 

Instagram account Historyinmemes has shared an animated behind-the-scenes look at how Hollywood shot stunts before the likes of green screens and digital effects. The clip shows how the movies used the likes of custom-made sets, angles and optical illusions to create the stunts. If you're making your own movies, make sure you check out our roundup of the best video effects software

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Amelia Bamsey
Staff Writer

Amelia is Creative Bloq’s Staff Writer. After completing a degree in Popular Music and a Master’s in Song Writing, Amelia began designing posters, logos, album covers and websites for musicians. She now enjoys covering a range of topics on Creative Bloq, including posters, optical illusions, logos (she's a particular fan of logo Easter eggs), gaming and illustration. In her free time, she relishes in the likes of art (especially the Pre-Raphaelites), photography and literature. Amelia prides herself on her unorthodox creative methods, her Animal Crossing island and her extensive music library.