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Le ballon rouge (1956)/The Red Balloon: How?


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A red balloon with a life of its own follows a little boy around the streets of Paris.
Director: Albert Lamorisse

One of the favorite short of all time among filmmakers. Beautiful music, color and story. But I have very practical question: How did they control the balloon? Obviously, they used various different techniques to create the illusion that it is flying by itself. For example, you may notice a some kind of fishing line sticking to the balloon at the moment when it is following the bus.
But it doesn`t explain such moments when it is very high, besides the movements of the balloon are very smooth for being controlled with rope all the time.
Any thoughts?