Brainstorm Movie Behind The Scenes

Making Brainstorm

Brainstorm Picture
And ice queen Louise Fletcher


Go behind the scenes on the 1983 Sci-Fi movie starring Christopher Walken, Jordan Christopher, Natalie Wood More Cast

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Natalie's untimely death during production made it very difficult to finish the movie. Stand-ins and revisions were the order of the day...
Thanks to Laura Grayson
I was the Body Double for Natalie Wood in the pick-up shots for the end of the movie, sadly, after she had died. I sat across Christopher Walken as he connected with what should have been Natalie Wood. It was strange and very sad...
Thanks to Skyler Shirra
The film was originally conceived by director Douglas Trumbull as a showcase for a new film technology he invented called "Showscan". It's a process that uses large-format 70mm film but records and projects film at 60 frames-per-second instead of the movie standard of 24 frames.

Those who have seen Showscan for themselves have said it creates an incredibly realistic looking picture, like a window into another world. It would have been used for the "mind-recorded" segments in Brainstorm in order make those scenes have a much higher impact than the rest of the film.

Unfortunately, the plans fell through to use this new film technology; the studio thought it would be too expensive to both film the movie this way, and also to install new equipment in theaters just for it's presentation. So as a compromise, the director filmed at 24fps with the special segments filmed in 70mm and surround sound effects, while everything else was filmed in regular 35mm and mono sound.
Thanks to Adam Pingel
I saw an early premier of the film where the writer was present. He gave a talk after the film on how difficult it was to finish the project after Natalie Wood's death. They enlisted Lloyd's of London to help insure the production and the crew were so grateful they all wore Lloyd's of London t-shirts.

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Deleted Scenes

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