Director Robert Rodriguez’s family film We Can Be Heroes was popular with audiences when it hit Netflix Christmas Day. From alien fights to little kids showing off their superhero powers, all the action-packed scenes filmed at Rodriguez’s Troublemaker Studios in Austin, Texas, were pure movie magic.
Now, Netflix has revealed how some of that magic was created with a quick behind-the-scenes look at the actors and crew on the set of the movie. Each scene is presented as raw footage, so audiences can see all the harnesses, green screens and hard work put into creating each spectacle. Then, the finished scene is revealed as seen on Netflix.
In one scene, Lavagirl (Taylor Dooley) blasts out of an active volcano riding a molten lava rock. In real life, Dooley is hooked to a harness and assisted from behind by a crewmember wearing a green bodysuit. A fan is used to blow her hair back as if she were flying through the sky.
In another scene, kid actor Andrew Diaz, who plays the superhero character Facemaker, gets to do his own stunt when his fellow kid co-star knocks him out of his chair with an enlarged fist. The behind-the-scenes footage shows how much the kids are having fun when Diaz is whisked into the air with wires.
If you’re the kind of person that doesn’t like to know all the secrets behind a magician’s tricks, the “making of” video is probably not for you. It’s better to keep thinking that a little girl with the shark strength can transform water into weapons.