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“Back to the Future Part II” (1989): VistaGlide motion-control camera
For 1961’s “The Parent Trap” Hayley Mills appeared in frame playing two characters at once. But filmmakers had yet to devise a way to pull off that trick for a shot with a moving camera. The sequel to “Back to the Future” set out to tackle that issue when various actors played multiple characters and characters who encounter past and future selves. In one shot, the camera pulls back and pans up from a pizza to show three members of the McFly family all played by Michael J. Fox sitting at the kitchen table. VistaGlide was developed for shots like that. The robotic, motion-controlled camera dolly system allowed the filmmakers to mimic exactly the camera’s movement in a previous take.