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.