20 Movie Scenes We Had No Idea Used CGI

20 Movie Scenes We Had No Idea Used CGI

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This might come as a surprise to you, but that office chair you’re sitting in? That’s CGI. Weird, uh? You would think the fifth-dimensional hyper-sprites could have just given you a normal chair instead of adding it in post, but who knows, they’re probably perfectionists or something. Similarly, sometimes movies also use inconspicuous digitally-constructed images to achieve the exact shots that they need, and we can’t even tell. After all, CGI usually calls attention to itself precisely because it is used to achieve impossible images, right?

In this Pictofact, we take a look at a bunch of examples of CGI that we didn’t even know were CGI. We’ve studied scenes that seemed like CGI but weren’t and awesome CGI-like effects from the pre-CGI era. We’ve also giggled at how goofy CGI-heavy scenes look without it, and we’ve even cried looking at cases of awful digital effects. That was traumatic. Here, though, we focus on realistic, non-flashy CGI that in another dimension could have easily just been practical effects. In that dimension your chair would also be real, but now that we say it that just sounds strange. Seriously, take a look at the wheels. That is just hurried compositing, sorry. FX workers of the world, unite!

Spider-Man 2

Inconspicuous CGI Spider-Man 2 Doc Ock sacrifices himself and sinks in an Oscar- worthy close-up full of powerful dramatic gravitas -that's pure CGI. Alfred Molina wasn't even on set. CRACKED.COM

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Image Credit: Columbia Pictures/Marvel Entertainment

Black Swan

Inconspicuous CGI Black Swan Darren Aronofsky used tons of CGI trickery to take us down this terrifying descent into madness, but one of the uncanniest must be Natalie Portman's weirdly elongated hands. That's not a hand double, but a CGI alteration of Portman's own hands. CRACKED.COM

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Image Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures

A Beautiful Mind

Inconspicuous CGI A Beautiful Mind As Russell Crowe's John Nash is losing his mind, he leaves his baby in the bathtub. Obviously, they were not going to risk drowning a baby, so they filmed the kid in an empty bathtub and composited the shot with a CGI-altered, real bathtub with water. CRACKED.COM

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Image Credit: Universal Pictures/DreamWorks Pictures/Imagine Entertainment

Gone Girl

Inconspicuous CGI Gone Girl Mirroring the much better-known CGI ping-pong balls in Forrest Gump, we give you: CGI gummy bears. Tyler Perry is not a master marksman, so to get the gummy bears to hit Ben Affleck in the exact places David Fincher wanted, CGI was used. CRACKED.COM

Source: Screen Rant/YouTube
Image Credit: 20th Century Studios

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1

Inconspicuous CGI The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part 1 Kristen Stewart did not lose 30 pounds, but was instead under heavy makeup, and even prosthetics were used. Still, the final touches were done with a good use of CGI (unlike that damn creepy CGI baby). CRACKED.COM

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Image Credit: Summit Entertainment

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Inconspicuous CGI Spider-Man: Homecoming For the scene where Tony chastises Peter on top of a building, the time of day was changed late in production, so CGI was used to adjust both characters' hair. This included lighting, the wind messing up the hair, and probably overworked FX artists. CRACKED.COM

Source: TheThings/YouTube
Image Credit: Columbia Pictures/Marvel Studios

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