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Ten Of The Best Movie Special Effects Of All Times

A film can stay in your mind for ages with the way it projects itself especially in terms of visual effects.

In the 21st century there are many of them falling under this category and here is a list of absolute genius works.

10. Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)

A VFX treasure comes in the form of Dead Man’s Chest in the Pirates of the Caribbean Franchise.

The Motion Capture technology used on Bill Nighy to make him Davy Jones with the iconic squid face leading an army of barnacle zombies makes every penny spent worth.

Whether it is the Kraken or strategic fights between Jack and enemies, this movie gifts the effects in the best way possible.

9. Hugo (2011)

A transcendent view of space was created by the perfect team of Martin Scorsese, Rob Legato and Robert Richardson.

There are varied camera optical movements, miniature designs, never ending references from cinema an all kinds of 3-D imaginable.

8. Ex Machina (2015)

Despite the fact that her design of the character shows Alicia Vikander as Ava in Ex Machina to be unreal, the effects applied on her force the mind to think she is.

Barring the head, her whole body is joined together by wires and metal parts.

The green screen technique was applied in this production and later rotoscoping was applied for the robot effects.

7. Life Of Pi (2012)

With each hair visible on the body of the tiger, this movie reels in the minute perfections that come with using modern technology for animation.

The boy along with all the animals travels on an unbelievable adventure shot in the biggest self-generating wave tank in the world.

6. Interstellar (2014)

Christopher Nolan manages to woo the audience yet again with the masterpiece of Interstellar.

The surreal space experience coupled with hopping from planets to travelling through time, the lifelike effects trick everyone to feel as if the shots were really in space.

The VFX stole the show with pulling emotional strings and giving visual treats.

5. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

Guillermo Del Toro’s fantasy world is beautifully depicted with the help of CGI and VFX effects in this horrific tale.

With characters being contorted to look creepy such as Pale Man, a faceless and hungry creature, their prosthetic designs would take a long while to leave the mind.

4. The Jungle Book (2016)

Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book realm was constructed beautifully by Jon Favreau. James Cameron and Rob Legato gave their expertise skills of VFX for the digital world.

A huge team of creative people was called for and the digital effects were so real that the audience took the talent put for granted at times.

The animals were the most realistic creations that have been till date.

3. Gravity (2013)

In a beautiful amalgamation of Framestore’s creative VFX, Andy Nicholson’s innovative design and Emmanuel Lubezki’s aesthetically pleasing cinematography, Gravity leaves a ‘floating’ impression in the mind of viewers.

There are many exploratory shots where Sandra Bullock is shown with different perspectives.

Most of the effects were created beforehand using techniques such as LED Light Box, cameras fixed on robot arms, specially designed rigs to name a few before the actors were imposed into the scene through technology.

2. The Lord Of The Rings (2001, 2002, 2003)

With the use of character animation and motion capture the infamous character of Gollum was created by Weta Digital.

The company worked hours on the 73 minutes worth of visual matter spreading over a whopping 799 shots.

The software Massive revolutionized this cinema by constructing digital warriors that acted along with the human extras.

1. Avatar (2009)

The much awaited special effects movie was Cameron’s Avatar which shattered the wall the director and viewer have.

The immersive effects took on a visually gratifying journey of the sci-fi world full of action. A special kind of camera, Simulcam was used to create performance capture shots where a virtual world was set on a motion capture stage.

The interaction of the CG actors and aliens was directly observed on a LCD monitor.

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