Even James Wan Has No Idea How Contact’s Wild Mirror Scene Was Filmed, But I Do

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The 1997 science fiction movie Contact could be remembered for many things. Crafted by the esteemed American astronomer Carl Sagan, the film is celebrated as one of the best space movies ever made and as a highlight in Matthew McConaughey’s filmography. Also, Contact‘s controversial ending continues to spark discussions among fans and critics alike. Amidst these notable attributes, one aspect of the film particularly captivates audiences and filmmakers: the enigmatic mirror scene. This complicated sequence has even puzzled industry veterans, like James Wan, who expressed his fascination with it in a new social media post. But I know how it was executed, so let’s dissect the iconic sequence.

Few scenes have sparked as much intrigue and head-scratching as the iconic mirror scene, directed by Robert Zemeckis. James Wan, the mastermind behind blockbuster horror movies like The Conjuring and Saw, recently took to his Instagram stories, posting a clip of the mirror scene and expressing his bewilderment in a caption that read:

I’ve asked Don Burgess [Contact’s Cinematographer] many times about how this was shot, and I still scratch my head every time going ‘huh?’

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