CGI Magic That Made Your Favorite Films and Shows Possible

Nick and Amy Dunne's muted, lifeless home is lit so perfectly that it's hard to believe it was shot on a sound stage. However, the breakdown reel shows that everything beyond the walls of the house was a green screen. Shooting on a sound stage allowed Fincher the flexibility to shoot without being concerned with natural lighting.


Everyone knows that Tom Hooper's nightmarish live-action Cats wasn't exactly well-received. A violent response from audiences and critics alike to the Cats trailer forced the visual effects team to redo all of their CGI immediately after its release. Hooper was working on the film right up until the day before its world premiere. Fortunately, the film's "digital fur technology" may revolutionize the portrayal of CGI animals in the future.

On its opening day, Universal notified theaters that they would be receiving an updated version of the film with "some improved visual effects" within the next few days.

"This isn't a joke: Cats was rushed into theaters before being finished so a new version is being sent to theaters with updated effects," wrote Variety features editor Jenelle Riley. "How do you know if you have the old version? Look for Judi Dench's human hand, wedding ring and all."

Blade Runner 2049

Jack Nelson was responsible for the CGI that brought Rachael to life in the Academy Award-winning sequel to 1982's Blade RunnerBlade Runner 2049. Great measures were taken to ensure that the process, which took over a year to complete, was developed in total secrecy.


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