Tagged With special effects

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Video: Even if there is too much CGI in movies these days (and there is), let's be thankful that the CGI we're bombarded with looks good. Or, at least, it looks so much better than the utter crap computers spat out back in the '90s. God, that era of CGI was awful. Diane Bullock edited together this clip of CGI footage to show how bleak things were back then. Do you remember how bad the aeroplane crash scene from Air Force One was? Or how silly Kurt Russell looked in the surfing scene in Escape From LA? It was hilarious.

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Video: Jurassic Park still holds up. It's an excellent movie that's still fun to watch, the dinosaurs are still scary as hell, and the visual effects still look spectacular. How is that possible? Even though Jurassic Park changed the way films use visual effects, the restraint it used with its own effects is what has made it stand the test of time.

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Video: As Alfred pointed out in The Dark Knight, some men just like to watch the world burn. To them, a day at the beach spent lounging in the sun isn't particularly enjoyable. But a day at the beach spent terrorising swimmers with this amazing animatronic shark suit? Now that's an afternoon well spent.

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Video: Here's an interesting portrait of Howard Berger, a special makeup effects artist who's worked on films like The Chronicles of Narnia and Inglorious Basterds, and the work he does to transform actors into, well, monsters. You get to see everything: Adding clay to an actor's lifecast to build the form, the moulding process to create the prosthetics, the baking to get everything settled, the painting for detail and the application on the actors themselves.

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Video: The Battle of the Bastards in Game of Thrones was one of the best battle sequences seen in TV or even film, and a lot of it had to do with the set up, the show's characters and how Game of Thrones incorporated stunning practical effects. But even more probably had to do with how excellent the special effects were. Here's Iloura's reel showing off all the spectacular visual effects that went into the battle. You can see how a giant gets on the field of battle, how digital horses are sent to induce chaos and how a hundred extras can look like thousands.

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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.

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Video: John Whitney was one of the earliest pioneers of computer graphics, most memorably known for his work on the opening sequence of Hitchcock's Vertigo. But even in this educational video for IBM in 1968, the distance that computer graphics has come is startlingly clear.

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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.