Strand had one shot at making a powerful enough impact to breach Lola’s gates.
In a new video detailing the making of Fear the Walking Dead Episode 11, the crew explains that the stakes were just as high for them.
Blowing up the water tanker involved two weeks of prep, seven gallons of gasoline and a heaping amount or sand soaked with gasoline.
The crew had only one tanker and thus, only one chance to get it right.
When it was go-time, the cast and crew were safely sealed off from going anywhere near the truck because what looked like one giant explosion was actually 14 of them.
“There were 14 hits on that truck that all happened within a second. To you, it looks like one explosion,” explains Special Effects Supervisor Frank Iudica.
A water hose kept the tank appearing as if it was leaking water and down feathers gave off the ash effect.
There were quite a lot of moving parts, but “we’re happy it went well,” says Iudica.
Click here to watch the video and see exactly how the crew made the fiery scene possible.
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