ByJancy Richardson, writer at
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Jancy Richardson

Cast your mind back to the late '90s, in the height of the delightful and culturally beneficial Spice Girls era. Everyone who was anyone had seen Titanic many times, and the Heart of the Ocean was on our minds.

One scene that stood out to those bright young things in movie theaters across the nation was the jolly dance below decks — Jack and Rose's grinning faces whirling around, locked in an endless swing, but...


Did you know how that shot was filmed?

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In a rare moment in which Rose did NOT, in fact, LET GO, she swung her beau rapidly around as cheery Irish peasants whooped and hollered around them. As a kid I was too preoccupied by the sight of Kate Winslet's boobs to consider the finer points of film-making, but there's something satisfyingly low-tech about how the iconic spinning shot was made. Are you ready?

This is how it was done in 'Titanic' [Credit: Paramount Pictures]
This is how it was done in 'Titanic' [Credit: Paramount Pictures]

Yup, cameradude just ran around after them. Sometimes the simplest solutions are the best.

In case you'd forgotten the basic plot of Titanic, here's a handy video.

(All images: Paramount Pictures)


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