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Using a Lit Can of Sterno to Create Heat Waves in 'Do the Right Thing'

Using a Lit Can of Sterno to Create Heat Waves in 'Do the Right Thing'

For a few shots in the film ‘Do the Right Thing,’ cinematographer Ernest Dickerson created the look of the hottest day of the summer by lighting a can of Sterno and holding it underneath the camera lens. The heat waves drifted up and acted as a filter between the lens and the action.

It’s tidbits like these that are among our favorite behind the scenes aspects of filmmaking. Simply brilliant.

Gorgeous 4K Trailer for the Upcoming Re-Release of Orson Welles' 'The Third Man'

Gorgeous 4K Trailer for the Upcoming Re-Release of Orson Welles' 'The Third Man'

Audrey Hepburn, 1953

Audrey Hepburn, 1953