Eli5: In movies, why are the streets always wet when showing driving scenes?

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It always looks like it just rained when there are car chases or scenes that involve outside car shots. Is there a reason for this in filming or for the shot to look clean?

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Anonymous 0 Comments

I was an extra on the set of Pearl Harbor. There was a water truck on the set, and I asked one of the AD’s if that was part of some fire safety or something. He said no, the water truck hoses down the ground before the shoot. After asking him why, he said it makes the shot look better and more dynamic.

That’s it. Just looks better in the shot.

Anonymous 0 Comments

I wasn’t sure what you mean, so I looked up some car chases that came to mind and I don’t see what you’re talking about. Do you have an example?

Is it possible you’re thinking of mirages that appear like water? If so I can explain that but not sure if that’s what you mean, maybe image search to see if that’s what you’re thinking.

Anonymous 0 Comments

I’m not sure if there’s an objective answer to this question, but in my experience as a movie fan there are two reasons the production would make the road wet:

1. For aesthetics. Light bouncing off of shiny black tarmac looks nice.
2. To perform driving stunts. In car chase movies (specifically from the 1970s) they would wet the road to make it easier for the cars to slide/drift around corners. (looks a little corny when just the corner patch is wet)

In one of the more recent James Bond movies I remember hearing they soaked the road with Coca Cola to actually make it grippier (I think the bridge chase sequence where it’s all brown and beige) so there are a lot of reasons to soak a surface in filmmaking

Anonymous 0 Comments

The bit of mist looks cool. That’s really it. It’s kind of like why action films sometimes add powder to points of impact. The powder goes poof when the action is happening, accentuating the impact.