We all watch movies. No matter which genre your preference may be in, you have watched a considerable number of movies to have noticed the special effect and stunts used by them when the real world situations do not seem satisfactory to bring the movie to life. This is where the directors make the decision of adding motions like rain, added figures and notable weather changes into the scenes. We will be looking at some of such features used in the past and the recent past, which made notable appearances in your favourite movies. You might be in for a surprise with the technology, quality and the efforts put into bringing these movies to life.
How did they work it out before the technology of CGI came to light? Did they go to every location just to get a shot? Or did they have a better alternative to make it work? The simple technique used in the olden days was to place matte paintings at the background so that the scenery seems realistic enough for the movie. The best instance for this effect is in the movie, Planets of the Apes from 1968 where you see the statue of liberty appear out of sand and also the sight of Emerald City in the historic movie, The Wizard of Oz from 1939.
The red sea effect
The red sea effect from the movie, The Ten Commandments from 1959 is known to be the most expensive effect in all of movie history due to many number of special effects used for that particular scene. It was not as simple as adding winter effects to a present movie, but a more complex situation where a blend of different effects like matte paintings, water tanks, rear projection, miniatures along with water of 30,000 gallons were used.
Have you seen the Star Wars movie series? If not, you have been missing out on quite a lot. This movie which made a great impact in the history of film making industry brought about a revolutionary change in the special effects field. In the second Star Wars movie, A New Hope, along with realistic artificial snow they used a motion-controlled camera for the very first time in movie history. This is named Dykstarflex motion control system, which was named after its special effects supervisor, John Dykstar is now used in many movies.
Another movie that you must have seen in your childhood is Jurassic Park. It is no doubt that this movie required many special effect features in order to bring life those dinosaurs that roam about freely. In total, this movie contains dinosaur footage for 14 long minutes from which only 4 minutes were created using computer graphics and the rest using real life men dressed as the creatures and animatronic models.
The movies you watch were made using great effort and technology that takes days and months to prepare. Do not underestimate the works of a film crew as they put in their heart in soul into one production.