CGI Magic That Made Your Favorite Films and Shows Possible

Spielberg had always intended to keep the CGI in Jurassic Park to a minimum. While the advancements of CGI were far more limited back in 1993 when compared to modern times, Jurassic Park revolutionized the use of moderate CGI. The film was awarded a well-earned Academy Award for Best Visual Effects in 1994.


Whether you believe it or not, Christopher Nolan's Interstellar didn't use a single green screen. Nolan shot the entire film on a single handheld IMAX camera. Although Interstellar is a space epic, the film steered away from CGI in favor of detailed physical sets. Instead, the crew projected space onto 60-foot-tall backdrops in order for the actors to engage more authentically with the world Nolan had built around them.

To create a scientifically accurate black hole, Interstellar's VFX team wrote a rendering of software based on the equations of an actual astrophysicist. Some of the individual frames took up to 100 hours to render. "Chris really wanted us to sell the idea that the black hole is spherical," said Paul Franklin, the film's visual effects supervisor. The film won an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.

The Irishman

Martin Scorcese's The Irishman wasn't the first movie to age actors in reverse using CGI, but it was easily the most successful. The $140-million Netflix production experimented with a combination of groundbreaking AI software, motion-capture technology, and an experimental three-camera rigging system. These groundbreaking advancements in technology have paved the way for a new type of filmmaking.


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