The Unexpected Truth About The Bus From Speed
The bus played a central role in the film and deserves as much acclaim as the actors. Because the movie is from the 90s, a lot of the stunt scenes were not filmed using CGI technology and instead performed live. AV Club reports that buses were specially modified to be used in their respective scenes. For example, some buses had their windshield removed, other buses were used for shooting high-speed sequences, some were brought in, only to be blown up, and there was a stripped-down bus for the climatic final scene at the end.
Hands down, the biggest stunt was the death-defying jump scene where the passenger-filled bus appears to leap over an unfinished freeway. Fortunately for the actors, no bus jumped over this fictional unfinished bridge in real life. Instead, “Speed” producers hired a stuntman to make the jump off an 8-foot ramp they built on the set. They then used computer technology to stitch together bus footage from different angles of the footage to create the illusion that the bus spent 11 seconds in the air (via AV Club). The first jump didn’t go as expected: it flew 109 feet in the air, which was much farther than needed. So, they did the stunt twice to make sure they had the shot.
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