Since its origin, cinematography has progressed significantly, particularly in the field of stunning visuals (visual effects). CGI has dominated numerous films in recent decades, from tragedies to blockbusters. The use of CGI, while groundbreaking, has received significant attention in recent years. But what exactly is computer-generated imagery (CGI), what does it entail, and how is it utilized to depict more fanciful yet credible stories?

Since its beginning in the 80’s, computerized special effects in movies have evolved a lot. Many 3d films now rely on special effects companies, including Scientific Light & Magic, as well as Weta, to enrich their storylines with breathtaking visual effects.

Grab some popcorn and join us this week as we take a sequential journey through some of cinema's most memorable visual effects scenes that actually…aren't computer generated at all. 

Anything remotely difficult in real life now appears to be CGI to us, but that doesn't mean it is. Consider the following scenario:

The Handmaid's Tale

Some of the Chicago War Zone in Season 5 of The Handmaid's Tale wasn't CGI. When June and Janine are trying to run from the planes, and there's an explosion, that was a practical effect-which meant the art department needed to make pre- and post-explosion versions of the street. CRACKED. COM


The Last Jedi

The stone building blowing up in The Last Jedi didn't use any CGI. It's the moment when Luke realizes Kylo Ren and Rey are communicating using the Force, and it was all done as a practical effect. CRACKED COM


Game of Thrones

When Dany burns the temple in Game of Thrones, that wasn't CGI. Even the exterior was practical-they really built the set and burned it, and the flames went up to some 80 feet in the air. CRACKED COM



The train sequence in Solo involved putting the actors on a real train. Well, sort of-it was a 50-foot train car that was mounted on a rig. CRACKED COM


First Man

Key aircraft and spacecraft sequences in First Man didn't use green screen. The X-15, Gemini 8, and Apollo 11 sequences were shot with actors in front of gigantic, 60-foot diameter LED screens. CRACKED COM


Charlie & The Chocolate Factory

The chocolate river in Charlie & The Chocolate Factory wasn't CGI. CGI wouldn't just cost more, it would really limit what they could do on set, so they went with practical effects. Tim Burton's note was just to Make sure it looks edible. CRACKED COM


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