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Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Thom, Nov 30, 2012.
Yeah. I wish they'd left it.
Yes. Blur. Yes.
Yeah, I would imagine they would have it rigged so as to preclude an accident. Or maybe I'm more sensitive to that because I have seen a friend get slammed into a building by somebody playing around and acting like they were going to hit her. Prank went bad - woman lost a leg.
Anyway, I enjoyed the episode too and the whole Sheldon/Howard thing was pretty funny. Didn't notice flesh-color shorts so I fear I am going to have to retrieve episode and check it out (what is WRONG with me??).
Apparently the same thing that's wrong with me....
Well, my willpower is holding up quite nicely, thank you very much!
It's more likely that a couple grips were behind the car pushing.
I looked, unless they were hiding very well, you could see the back of the car. Unless they were edited out in post.
The right rear area was hidden.
It's not a heavy car if you remove the engine.
One grip ducking behind it could have easily pushed it.
Somehow I don't think they're going to pull the engine just for one gag, unless it was a car already on the studio lot for such purposes, which I doubt.
You don't think that with all the TV production they do in SoCal, much of it in closed sets that are made to look like the outdoors, that they couldn't find a prop company with an engine-less car for exactly this type of situation?
It depends if they got a Mini because it was available without an engine, or they wrote in a Mini on purpose, and then had to go find an engine-less Mini.
Is anyone finding it ironic that it was a Mini Cooper and Sheldon's last name is Cooper.
When Reno 911 had the idea for a gag that needed a Miata with a trailer hitch, the production guys called the local car clubs and rented one from a private citizen. (Me.)
I noticed that immediately.
Reno 911 was shot on a much more limited budget and not at a major studio.
(I think they did some shooting at the same Sun Valley soundstage that Babylon 5 used.)
Plus they needed a fairly specific car for the joke to work with the Dangle character.
TBBT is shot at the Warner Brothers Studio complex which maintains a fleet of vehicles, some prop, for various productions shot there.
Even if the engine isn't pulled, the Mini Cooper has a curb weight of 2535 lbs.
It's not that hard for one or two people push a few feet.
TBBT threads in this forum are not always about the show and sometimes more about something tangential. For a show that has arguments about Superman's dry cleaning, it actually fits in with the show pretty well.
So did Turtleboy. Yesterday.
Seriously, has no-one on this thread ever had to push-start a manual transmission vehicle before? Pushing even a 6000# pickup on level ground isn't exactly a super-human feat.
True, but doing so with control and accuracy (for taping) takes some effort and grace. I'm now thinking they cut a hole in the bottom, and Howard powered the car Fred Flinstone style.
I've seen productions attach rods/bars to the side of a (prop) vehicle so that the stagehands can have better control when moving it.