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

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

Shazam!

Inconspicuous CGI Shazam! The production had trouble securing the right to shoot at the Philadelphia steps-and when they finally did, the skyline was obscured by fog, so they had to digitally recreate it. CRACKED.COM

Source: WatchMojo.com/YouTube
Image Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Les Misérables

Inconspicuous CGI Les Misérables The singing was not added in post-production, but recorded right there with the actors singing their hearts out while they shot their scenes. Clever use of CGI was made to hide the earpieces and microphones the cast was wearing. CRACKED.COM

Source: TGN Star Wars/YouTube
Image Credit: Universal 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

Source: WatchMojo.com/YouTube
Image Credit: Universal Pictures/DreamWorks Pictures/Imagine Entertainment

Die Hard With a Vengeance

Inconspicuous CGI I HATE Die Hard With a Vengeance Bruce Willis did not really stand in the middle of Harlem with that N-word sandwich board. The board was blank, and the FX team adde the hate word (and a surprisingly bland I hate everybody for the TV version). CRACKED.COM

Source: TGN Star Wars/YouTube
Image Credit: 20th Century Studios

Blood Diamond

Inconspicuous CGI Blood Diamond For the scene of Leo DiCaprio' saying goodbye to Jennifer Connelly, they added one single CGI tear to her performance. It's seamless, it does give the scene the sort of oomph that the average movie desperately needs-but on the other hand, do they dare question Jennifer Connelly's acting? CRACKED.COM

Source: WhatCulture/YouTube
Image Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

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

Source: TheThings/YouTube
Image Credit: Summit Entertainment

Children of Men

Inconspicuous CGI Children of Men Remember American Sniper's plastic doll scene? This is the exact opposite of that. The newborn is all CGI, completely blending with the scene's lighting and even documentary feel. CRACKED.COM

Source: WatchMojo.com/YouTube
Image Credit: Universal Pictures

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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