Slo-mo car explosion

An example of the ‘work’ we do on the SFX/VFX MA course at the National Film and Television School, this burnt-out wreckage was the climax of our first-year pyrotechnics course. We used a total of 15 litres of petrol, vaporised and ignited by a few lengths of detonation cord to engulf the unfortunate Saab 9-5 in glorious, beautiful flames. The slow-motion footage reveals the complexity of the fireball and the sheer force of the explosion smashing, burning and ripping parts of the car clean off the chassis. Flanking the car are two additional explosions, as if to simulate a cluster bomb enveloping the immediate vicinity.

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