Fire in the hole!
Here’s what it really takes to bring the heat to our TV screens.
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..