6 Movies That Changed VFX and 3D in Their Days

Since the 80’s, digital visual effects and 3D effects have been the tools of enchantment that make the films very persuasive. VFX is as crucial as any element and the filmmakers have to imagine for a living to bring our dreams into focus.

According to this movie essay, Star Movies took the world by storm when a scene in Young Sherlock Holmes was created by CGI character. The impressive effects opened the gates for other studios to begin utilizing computer generated VFX. The digital era was ushered in.

Here Are 6 Movies That Changed VFX and 3D in Their Days


  1. Dawnofthe Planet of the Apes

Written by Twentieth Century Fox, is a story of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar threatened by human survivors. The survivors of a devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier struggle to survive with their only hope being to revitalize a hydro-electric dam that would restore power.

To reach the dam, the humans need to pass through Caesar’s domain. The human group leader Malcolm achieve an understanding with Caesar allowing the restoration to take place. However, the peace is short-lived when Koba a victim of animal experimentation usurps Caesar.  The two sides are brought into war to determine who will emerge Earths dominant species.

This tale of humans battling for survival with super-intelligent apes in a post-apocalyptic future did not disappoint. The Weta digital Characters are well thought in that the shots involving human actors interact with the CG apes really stand out.

The digital apes were created by using a motion capture footage of Andy Serkis and a mix of hand animation. The hard work of the artist resulted in VES awards and an Oscar Nomination for the Best Visual Effects.

  1. Lord of the Rings

A Hobbit named Frodo accidentally comes into possession of an ancient ring. The antique ring of the Dark Lord Sauron had been lost for centuries, but through a strange twist of events, Frodo owned it. Gandalf advises Frodo to embark on a dangerous journey to destroy it.

Frodo does not go alone and is accompanied by fellow hobbits an elf, dwarf, Gandalf among others. For the characters to appear within the desired size, large and small scale doubles were used, and forced perspective created the illusion of the creatures able to interact despite their varying sizes.

The Weta Digital had a competent team of artists: frame animators, motion editors, compositors, software engineers and digital paint artist that created the special effects of the movie.

The New Zealand based company also introduced the first digital database storing the frames shots in a digital library. The technology allowed digital manipulation of every single frame shot that appeared in the film.

  1. Avatar

Paraplegic Marine Jake Sully decides to take up his dead brother place in a mission on a distant world: Pandora. At Pandora, he learns of Parkers’ dubious plans of driving off the native humanoid to mine a precious material in the rich woodland. Jake gathers Intel for the military in exchange for spine surgery to fix his legs.

James Cameron, the movie director, made use of motion capture techniques and developed a camera 3D to shoot 3D images. Sixty percent of the film made use of computer-generated images despite the technology not have been invented yet.

  1. Interstellar

Christopher Nolan manages to persuade the viewers to visualize the un-visualizable. The studio artist’s incorporation with physicist Kip provided theoretical mathematical calculations of a Tesseract four-dimensional space and a black hole with time as a physical dimension.

The film involved scholars like Kip Thorne, Oliver James that helped the director to generate realistic images of the alien world, black hole, a wormhole among other special effects.  Hollywood awarded the science-fiction film an Oscar.

  1. TheMatrix

A movie about a future world where reality is simulated. The Matrix subdued humans and used their electrical activity as energy sources.

The science fiction film went down in history as the first film to raise the standards for the choreography of fight sequences. The most memorable scene is the ‘bullet time’ a frozen moment where Neo dodges the bullets fired at him.

The team used 122 still cameras that were triggered in sequence to circle the subject. The cameras allowed a shot to progress in slow-motion producing an orbiting viewpoint.

  1. Avengers: age of Ultron

In my opinion, the Avenger was and still is the biggest Marvel Studios’ cinematic thrill. The Industrial Light and Magic took 800 VFX shots and had three CG characters. A lot goes on in the movie that it would be an injustice describing the scenes.

As I conclude, visual effects industry and 3D technology will continue playing a vital role in the film industry.

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