It's hard to fully nail down precisely what goes into crafting a truly memorable cinematic sequence. A whole host of different genres, stories, and techniques have birthed moments that routinely leave audiences picking their jaws up off the floor, whether they're watching a scene go down for the first time or simply reliving an old favourite.
But just when you thought you'd discovered everything there is to know about some of the most chilling, iconic, or spellbinding passages of time ever to be committed to the big screen, we're here to inform you that there are a few more hidden truths that make these unforgettable scenes even more impressive.
Whether actors were simply throwing caution to the wind and adding in some now-legendary improvisation, sucking it up and putting their bodies through hell in order to capture the perfect take, or simply pretending to perform a deeply uncomfortable act in front of the last person on earth they'd want around in that moment, the truths behind these brilliant scenes only make us appreciate what made it onto our cinema screens that little bit more.
10. The Whole Cast Had To Do Some Serious Food Acting - The Philosopher's Stone
Over the course of the epic saga that was the Harry Potter movie series, fans the world over were treated to countless scenes depicting the students of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry tucking into monumental feasts within the walls of The Great Hall.
However, a few days after the cast sat down for the first time to munch on everything from chicken legs to sweetcorn, a rather sobering fact came to light. As Warwick Davis, a Potter regular, recounted a few years back, the actor distinctly recalled thoroughly enjoying the many delicacies on offer during the first day of shooting a feast scene. Then, as the next day of filming commenced, the actor revealed that the food had in fact been left out overnight, meaning that eating was a strict no-no.
The kicker here is that the shooting of these scenes in particular could go on for three to four days, meaning that by the end, as Davis put it, "you could smell The Great Hall before you got in it."
Those joyous faces of happy students devouring said feasts just became a whole lot more impressive. Luckily, this approach was scrapped by the time Prisoner of Azkaban rolled around.