Impressive Showcases of VFX in Movies

28 November 2018

VFX has been around for longer than one might think. For example, the Green Screen originally was, in fact, neither blue nor green. It was black as when people first started using visual effects the color cameras had not been invented yet.

Since then it has certainly come a long way. Now it is used in most movies that are being produced. Not only that, but many people now even use the green screen to produce videos in their rooms. However, there is certainly a difference between you making a video with a green screen and the usage of VFX in high budget movies. So we have gathered a list of some of the most impressive scenes that had VFX in them.


Avengers (2012)

We all know about the Marvel Cinematic Universe by now. They have been taking the world by storm for a decade with their blockbusters; one of the most iconic movies they have made has to be Avengers.

Prior to this movie coming out they made multiple movies about some of the Avengers individually — Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor. After establishing these characters, the audience was amazed to see all of them together.

The most iconic scene in Avengers has to be when Bruce Banner turns into Hulk and the fully assembled Avengers start fighting together. The VFX in this scene is great and it was even more impressive back in 2012.


Avatar (2009)

When Avatar came out it was an instant hit. Audiences were amazed by the VFX in this movie. The entire rendering of Avatar reportedly required over 1 Petabyte of storage space, which is the equivalent of 500 hard drives of 2TB each. That’s the amount of CGI that has gone into this movie and the final result is certainly beautiful.

You can choose any scene in this movie and admire the CGI. The scene we have chosen might not be packed with action but it is no less impressive and beautiful. The two main characters are arguing when the “seeds of the sacred tree” start surrounding Jake and fly away after a few moments; it’s a simple scene but we liked it anyway.


The Revenant (2015)

While Leonardo Dicaprio is a dedicated actor and the director wanted as little VFX as possible, it was not realistic to expect anyone to fight an actual bear. Instead, the bear you see in the movie The Revenant is no more than a man in a blue suit, but the final result is more than convincing.


Life of Pi (2012)

In this movie, the main character is stuck on a boat in an ocean with several animals including a tiger, an orangutan, a hyena, and a zebra. However, most of the movie was filmed in a room surrounded by blue screen. Most of the scenes with animals were CGI except for some scenes with the hyena and the tiger. But these were small scenes where only the animal was present. And for the scenes where Pi was actually interacting with the tiger, they used a blue stuffed puppet withdrawn on eyes.


War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

While all three movies in the Planet of the Apes trilogy shows some exceptional VFX, the third one in the franchise is especially impressive. That, of course, makes sense — it came out in 2017 while the first film did in 2011.

Choosing only one scene was difficult considering that the entire movie features CGI apes who are in reality actors dressed in grey suits with dots on them. I could have chosen pretty much any scene, but I decided to go with one where the war between humans and apes had already broken out. There, the apes were just starting to realize other effects of the Simian virus — the virus that made them intelligent in the first place. Contrary to their initial beliefs that the humans die from the Simian virus, apes realize that people just become mute. In the scene, they come across three bodies one of whom but already mute. So the apes decide to kill him to relieve him of a slow and painful death.

What also makes the scene great is that in the scene it was snowing. That means that besides having to animate all the individual hairs on the apes they also had to animate all the snow particles on them. The end result looks very realistic and extremely impressive.

And there you have it; a short list of great scenes from movies with brilliant VFX. People sometimes see bad CGI effects and complain about there being too much CGI in Hollywood.  However, the same people often fail to notice the good CGI in movies, falsely thinking that is how it should be. Of course, we doubt that a lot of people were fooled into thinking the apes in War for the Planet of the Apes were real but to be quite honest, they could have fooled us.



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