Posted by: bluesyemre | May 20, 2014

The Evolution Of Visual Effects (136 Years of Special Effects Evolution in a Three-Minute Video)

  • When Fritz Lang debuted Metropolis in 1927, it was unlike any movie that had ever been made. The silent film was a marvel of modern filmmaking, pioneering special effects like the Schüfftan process, which uses mirrors and miniature models to give the illusion of life-size cityscapes. Pretty low-tech stuff compared to today’s CGI Godzillas, but at the time this miniature technique was so revolutionary it was adopted by the likes of Hitchcock and even used by Peter Jackson to illustrate grand shots of Gondor in 2003′s Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. Even more than a century ago filmmakers were in the habit of playing cinematic tricks on us. Special effects have been around for as long as filmmakers have needed a way to represent the unrepresentable. These illusionary effects are often a way to answer a director’s nagging question: How do you film the impossible? A new video from Jim Casey rolls 136 years of special effects into a three-minute reel, and it’s magical.



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