Bo's garage was constructed within our tiny sound stage. A mock
up prop of the computer generated torpedo sub had to be made
as did the Grapplervision helmet, along with various tools and
things that would be found in a garage.
trick here was that we did not want to deal with the weight
of a V8 engine on the prop sub, so rather than sculpt a detailed
engine, David decided that we would attempt to composite a CGI
engine in post. The results were better than anticipated, especially
when the flash from the arc welder were added to the CGI engine
in sync with the strobe used to simulate the torch.
we weren't trying to drown Bo (actor, Cliff
Barrineau), we were trying to set him ablaze. In this scene,
Bo was supposed to be lighting a cigarette while pouring gas
into the sub and the gasoline would ignite. This was all fine
and good, but the scene also called for Erwin to be unaware
of the blaze behind him, all the while telling what the episode
was about. It took quite a few takes to get all to go off without
a hitch and needless to say no one was hurt, but Cliff is still
attempting to grow back the singed hair on his arms.