How Real Explosions Are Made For Movies And TV | Movies Insider

Rowley SFX has created practical explosion effects for the first two seasons of "Peaky Blinders" and the BBC's "World on Fire." It produced weather effects and practical effects for Netflix's "The Stranger," the upcoming StudioCanal adaptation of "The Secret Garden," and "Everybody's Talking About Jamie."

The company was founded in 1946 by Alf Rowley and is now run by members of the same family, including Ian Rowley and his son Rob. It started as an action props manufacturer for beloved UK children's TV shows. More and more movies rely on visual effects to create impressive explosions, but companies like this one use all kinds of inventive methods to give a reference for VFX, as well as for actors and stunt performers to react to.

We sampled dust hits, which mimic machine-gun bullets hitting a wall. We also sampled Rowley SFX's Ladco blaster, which is filled with nitrogen or propane to give an explosive effect or generate a fireball. Ladco blasters come in different sizes, but the one we sampled gave a fireball of 9 to 10 meters. The final test was an explosive mortar effect using soil and fuel to simulate a shell hitting a field.

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The transformer is wrong it’s age of extinction

I thought they were made at cgi


It’s great u r using fat presenters. Well done

Passionnant ce reportage ! I want more please !! Love to learn more about these kinds of effects

Ian Rowley looks like the old man from up

0:24 "as well as the actors something to react to"
Guy walks by like nothing happened

I dont want to unlike bcz the like is at 69

It blew up by order of peaky focking blinders

0:11 by by garrison

Everything about the woman pisses me off I don’t know what

Now I kinda wanna do something like that, too. Would look cool on a profile picture

And people wonder why gas prices are so high

Ya, les blow some stoff up

2:36 it's Bollywood movie commando 3 I think

You transformers movie wrong

Just one comment: fire your sound engineer.

I'm blasted.

How do you get a license to do this

*She must've had a blast*

This whould be the best Heist crew for robbing a bank

nice information

8:13 - не заставляйте ее больше бегать. Смотреть больно

Main protagonists: *stands in front of a mini gun and yet all shots miss*

Some side character: appears for 5 minutes, stands 100 feet away from shots fired and dies

Why wouldn'zmt they use cgi instead? Wouldn't that be cheaper?

Transformers age of extinction "Revenge of the fallen"

“So we have come all the way up to Yorkshire”. Way to make it sound like a animalistic country

How about environmental effects from using that much fuel?


I would not like to be their neighbors

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Why does that woman look like she is 9 and a grandma already

1:30 all of u gonna say “ RIP AIM” 😂

Michael bay is laughing at this vid


She’s a nerd

Explosive company: *Exist
James Bond movie series: *Exist
Michael Bay: STONKS

These are probably the same people that are crying about climate change.... 😢


That explosion effect realy useful When "they" use it in WTC 9.11

All these men are former sas demonlision experts

A short focal length is a wide angle lens

Clearly the reporter is dumb

Not wearing eye or ear protection seems a little irresponsible, no?

Explosive company: Exist
Michael Bay: I’m going to fund this company’s whole career

Rule of Boom: The guy walking slowly away from the explosion w/the ice chill countenance is the one responsible for said explosion.

Find that dude on some security cam and that’s your guy.




Michael Bay: Give me your entire stock right now

Bruh i might be a nerd but at 0:12 that's not transformers "revenge of the fallen" it transformers "the age of extinction"

I'm so glad they added the arrows to point out the massive explosions in case i missed them...

Anyone here before they changed the thumbnail?



look so fun

Imagine have this badass job

What about pollution?

Imagine how many explosives they had waste for a movie


Pollution just for a movie

Damn that accent. 🥺

Imagine living on their neighborhood, you get to used that everyday is a newyear day

Why is Michael Bay not there?

I could create these explosions...... I just can't guarantee the actors wouldn't get burnt around the edges.

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Idk why but do it

Finally one of my life questions have been answered.

VFX is cheaper and safer.

I thought they just edited in some explosion thing or sum 😂

“For actors and stunt-performers to react to”
(shows a clip of a character walking by a massive explosion, totally unphased by it)


This is awesome! I love this kind of stuff and practical effects. I feel like a balance of CGI and practical is fine, but too much CGI, especially in horror films can ruin it.

I didn’t know they were real. I thought they were cgi or chroma key or something

You take a lactose intolerant person to Ben and Jerry’s.

Marta is the one that you can get me

O good. I thought actors used real guns and missed on purpose. Excellent marksmanship i thought...but then i found out about camera tricks.

I exploded once

Imagine living on their neighborhood
You get to used to smell napalm in the morning



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6:05 is fucked

Thank you for this post!

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