CGI Effects are amazing, mind-blowing, and all over the place in Hollywood. But it’s amazing what can, and has, been accomplished without the aid of a computer. Subscribe:
Here’s our list of the 10 best Practical Effects in movie history, some are classics, some are surprisingly contemporary.
What did you think of the list? Any of these effects you were surprised weren’t CGI? Any favorite practical effects you think we left off the list? What other movie topics should we cover in future lists?
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The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001-2003)
Sure, there were a lot of CGI effects in this film series, but you’d be surprised how many camera tricks helped the production along.
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
The man-to-wolf transformation involved makeup effects truly unprescedented scale.
The Thing (1982)
The sheer volume and quality of creature work here will blow your mind, and give you nightmares
The Ten Commandments (1956)
The parting of the Red Sea involved thousands of gallons of water, rather than thousands of gigabytes of data, and is all the more impressive for it.
Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)
The artists at Industrial Light and Magic made the Star Destroyers, Millennium Falcon, and every creature in that movie come to life for a generation of fans.
Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
The skeleton fight took several months for Ray Harryhausen to complete
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
The trippy stargate effect was accomplished completely in-camera.
Royal Wedding (1951)
It still boggles the mind how they pulled off this Fred Asaire dance number
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
There were plenty of digital effects available to Christopher Nolan to create the plane heist in this movie. But nope, all practical
Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)
There was a lot visually impressive in this movie, but we were blown away by a subtle little practical effect.
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