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10 Cool Special Effects Movie Scenes That Didn't Use CGI

Video: It’s always nice to know that not everything in movies is done with computers and CG and green screens. Almost all of it is, of course. But! There are still some directors using practical effects in some action movies, and those scenes always look awesome. Here’s ten of ’em.

Motion Capture Visualisations Reveal The Beauty Of Kung Fu

Video: The movements in kung fu are so graceful that even when you replace the human with random digital objects, the art of it still shines through. Tobias Gremmler captured the motion of kung fu and then recreated it with different digital variations: as a fabric woven over time, expanding into emptiness, reconstructing shapes from motion. It’s lovely.

Visual Effects Reel Reveals How They Make A Dog Attack A Person

Video: Dogs are friendly, loveable best friends. They don’t want to hurt anyone! So how do movies get dogs to attack people? With visual effects. A special effects team basically creates a digital double of a real dog and then makes it so that the CG-created dog attacks the actor in the way that the movie wants. In this VFX reel of German movie Look Who’s Back, it shows how that whole process works.

Check Out 20 Popular Movies Before And After Visual Effects

Video: It’s absolutely no surprise that blockbuster movies rely so heavily on special effects and CG all the time now. When the effects are good, it just makes more sense for the fictional world they are building and the shots they are making. But it will forever be hilarious to see the actors act out in ridiculous suits and fake action against a green screen. It’s all so damn silly.

Digging Deeper Looks At The Freudian Undertones To CGI In Popular Movies

Video: Digging Deeper has produced some really interesting videos about Jurassic Park and Serenity, and in their latest video, they make the case for the use of CGI as a sort of fetishisation of images.

Feast Your Eyes Upon The Visual Treats In This Stunning CGI Highlight Reel

Video: The Association of Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques might not have the most exciting name, but every year Siggraph draws the most talented programmers, engineers and artists to its conference to show off their brilliant CG creations and developments.

Seeing The Special Effects Behind Jurassic World Is More Fun Than Seeing The Actual Movie

Video: If you guys didn’t know, the dinosaurs aren’t real in Jurassic World. Sorry. As for the rest of the movie née money printing nostalgia machine that didn’t have half the soul of the original, not much of it was real either. Here’s how ILM pulled off the visual effects in Jurassic World. You can see the tricks they employed like transforming humans on all fours into little dinos that kids could ride. Awesome.

Seeing Naked CGI Bodies Fall On Top Of Each Other Is So Absurd (NSFW)

Video: You know what the logical thing to do when you build a perfect CG model of the human body? Make this silly video of those bodies falling on top of each other in an invisible column. Even better, make the colours totally weird and let the physics take over so that they fall on top of each other ever so naturally. The video is completely absurd but the CG is actually really impressive.

10 Movies That Had Embarrassingly Bad Special Effects Scenes

Video: When you go see a big blockbuster movie that’s been heavily done over in CG, you’re not exactly expecting reality. But you also don’t want to see huge visual effect gaffes that make you laugh at the ridiculousness of it either. Whether it’s bad practical effects like the dummy in The Fugitive or if it’s terrible vfx like in The Mummy Returns, seeing scenes with terrible effects totally removes you from the movie you’re watching and turns everything into a joke.

Roller Coaster Tycoon In Real Life Would Totally Be The Craziest Thing

Video: I wasted a ridiculous amount of my youth building fictional roller coaster parks on my computer with Roller Coaster Tycoon. It was so fun! Building new rides, dealing with your customers, handling demand, creating park layouts, it all made me want to work for Six Flags. This video from AndrewMFilms imagines a day at a Roller Coaster Tycoon park from the perspective of a customer. Using visual effects, he captures so much of what made that video game special (Crashes! The people picker upper tool! Vomit!) in perfect detail.

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