Fire in the hole!

Here’s what it re­ally takes to bring the heat to our TV screens.

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Noth­ing says ac­tion quite like gi­ant balls of fire flash­ing across your TV screens. Whether it’s the brave fire­fight­ers bat­tling an out-of­con­trol blaze in Chicago Fire (2012cur­rent) or the Winch­ester broth­ers send­ing a de­mon to its fiery death in Supernatural (2005-cur­rent), when it comes to fire, there’s a lot more to the flam­ing scenes than sim­ply strik­ing a match and mak­ing a run for it.

TV py­rotech­nics, or the use of flammable ma­te­ri­als to cre­ate fire or sparks, has been around since 1956 when leg­endary Hol­ly­wood movie pro­ducer Ce­cil B DeMille in­cluded fire in his film The Ten Com­mand­ments (1956). These days, it’s hard to imag­ine tele­vi­sion and film with­out it. The cre­ation of on­screen flames has also come a long way since then, with var­i­ous ma­te­ri­als and tech­nolo­gies mak­ing our view­ing that much more ex­plo­sive. When asked about the art of py­rotech­nics, in­dus­try ex­pert and free­lance Joburg-based py­rotech­ni­cian Jim Souza can’t hide his ex­cite­ment. “The sky is my can­vas and fire’s my paint. It’s just cool. It’s the coolest thing ever!” he ex­claims.

Chicago Fire lit­er­ally goes up in flames ev­ery episode..

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