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It's nice to know filmmakers still give half a shit. How do we know? Because when they can simply take the easy way out and CGI the fuck out of their movies, some still go with practical effects. We like to think it's because they love us, but we know it's really because they're just trying to show off. Or save money. Probably the latter.

(As always, thanks to AuntieMeme for the voodoo she works putting these together.)

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Remember the wormhole scene in Interstellar? That wasn't CGI. The Tesseract, artificial that an construct depicts time as a physical dimension, was an

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Escape From New York showed a wireframe view of the city. AOSE VTEW And it was done with tape and a black light. The filmmakers wanted to create a hig

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In 28 Days Later, Murphy wanders through a totally empty London. That wasn't a set. lt was actually London. The filmmakers got the scene by shooting i

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Charlie And The Chocolate Factory. has nut-sorting squirrels. Those are real, live, trained squirrels. It took months to train the squirrels to sort n

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The Lord of the Rings trilogy mixed hobbits, dwarves, and humans. With forced perspective. Making normal-sized actors look vastly different in SiZE wa

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In Iron Man 3, several people get sucked out of Air Force One. The scene was shot in midair with skydivers. The travelers freefalling in midair are ac

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In Evan Aimighty, God asks Evan to build an ark. So the crew built a full-sized ark. The wooden monstrosity was constructed to be 250 feet long, 80 fe

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Remember how digital the original Tron looked? That was achieved with practical effects. It was 1982, and the CGI it would take to render the high-tec

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The raptors in Jurassic Park weren't CGI. Those were men in costumes. John Rosengrant was the main raptor Suit performer. To make his movements convin

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Cabin In The Woods featured some truly frightening monsters. And they weren't CGI. Joss Whedon and director Drew Goddard decided they wanted sequence

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The characters got thrown around in 2012. And SO did the actors. Not only did filmmakers create a sinking ship scene by rotating the whole set, they f

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You'd think Dejarik would be CG by The Force Awakens. lt's not. It's still stop-action animation. The original props had deteriorated, though, sO spec