It’s almost a bit cliché to write about the importance of James Cameron’s “Titanic.” It’s the second highest grossing movie of all time, after “Gone with the Wind” (adjusted for inflation, the only metric that really matters). That metric may change slightly if you include lifetime and re-releases, but it’s certainly in the top 5. Clearly, this movie struck a chord with people. I don’t need to spend time convincing you why since, let’s face it, you’ve probably seen it!
What you may not know, however, is the extravagance behind the scenes. At the time, Titanic’s $200 million budget made it the most expensive film ever made. Adjusted to today, that 200 million is equivalent to around $325 million. Where did all that money go? Well, some of it went to building a titanic replica 90% full size, only to sink it! The scene where the water comes flooding in must have been a stressful take. You only get one chance.
One of the most iconic—and tragic—scenes of the whole movie is also its most hotly debated. As Leonardo DiCaprio’s Jack is dying while allowing Kate Winslet’s Rose to lay comfortably on a wooden door, fans (and scientists!) have argued over whether or not he could’ve fit. They filmed this whole scene in a giant pool called a horizon tank. This one was specifically in Mexico’s Baja Studios as there are only a couple in the entire world.
A horizon tank is basically a giant pool, usually next to an ocean to create a horizon. They also deck it out with blue screens and filmmaking capacities. This allows filmmakers to simulate the feeling of the ocean without having to work in those rough conditions.
Check out this behind the scenes video of what it was like on the Titanic replica and in the horizon tank.
Also, I don’t think this needs to be said, but I’ll say it anyway. Jack definitely could’ve fit.