This Instagram Account Reveals How Movies Look Before Special Effects Are Added

Published 5 years ago

Everyone knows that computer-generated imagery (CGI) plays an important role in the making of most new Hollywood movies – or did you seriously think the Hulk was real? And while we only get to see the polished façade in the screens, there’s quite a bit of work in creating the amazing scenes we see in the final product.

One Instagram account, named movies.effects, lets you take a glimpse at scenes from various famous movies before CGI is applied, and we’re sure the pictures will amaze you. From Davy Jones’ tentacle beard in Pirates of the Carribean to the dinosaurs in Jurrasic Park – CGI is as close to magic as one can get. Check out the scenes in the gallery below!

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#1 Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)

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The Rocket Raccoon From the Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014) was not actually played by a really talented raccoon – it was portrayed by actor Sean Gunn and voiced by Bradley Cooper.

#2 Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)

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Turns out Davy Jones’ tentacle beard in Pirates of the Carribean (2006) did not involve any real octopuses – it was all CGI. And it still looks impressive after more than 10 years.

#3 Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince (2009)

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The floating books in the Harry Potter films are not just held in the air by fishing wire – they are actually handed by weird green hands.

#4 Atomic Blonde (2017)

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During the shooting of this 2017 spy film that takes place in late 80s Berlin, the creators ran into some trouble when shooting aerial shots – they were either not easy to get or were simply illegal. That’s where CGI came in to help – the film crew was able to recreate entire districts using the technology.

#5 War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)

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Once again, no animals were harmed during the shooting of the movie – and even P.E.T.A. showed support by stating that the it “proves that computer-generated imagery, or CGI, has no limits, offering powerful anti-captivity, pro-animal rights messages along the way.”

#6 Alice In Wonderland (2010)

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Most of this 2010 movie directed by Tim Burton was created using CGI technology. So much of it, in fact, that people even started saying that the creators overused it.

#7 Game Of Thrones (2011)

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Not only is the Game Of Thrones series the most expensive TV series ever made, with a single episode in the latest season costing as much as $10 million, it’s also know for its impressive use of CGI.

#8 The Jungle Book (2016)

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The 2016 version of “The Jungle Book” used CGI to recreate all of the dangerous wild animals. It even received an award from P.E.T.A. for finding an innovative way of not harming animals.

#9 The Matrix (1999)

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Sadly, neither Hugo Weaving nor Keanu Reeves knows how to fly or stop bullets – it’s all green screens and lots of suspending cables.

#10 Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011)

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No noses were harmed in the creating of the Harry Potter series! Voldemort’s iconic nose (or lack of it, thereof) was created using impressive makeup and CGI.

#11 Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)

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While some recreated beards and noses in CGI, the programmers editing Pirates Of Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) recreated an entire ocean!

#12 Beauty And The Beast (2017)

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The Beauty And The Beast (2017) is another amazing example of what clever costume design and computer-generated imagery can do.

#13 Deadpool (2016)

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This movie that gathered a whopping $786,717,745 in box office owes most of its success to talented actors and the magic of CGI.

#14 The Avengers (2012)

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See, we told you the Hulk wasn’t real!

#15 Pirates Of The Caribbean (2003)

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Even Davy Jones’ creepy crew wasn’t spared from CGI during the filming of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006).

#16 Doctor Strange (2016)

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Doctor Strange (2016) is another wonderful example of the magic of CGI – someone even called the movie “Marvel’s marvel”.

#17 Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

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Many people were praising Avengers: Infinity War (2018) for its creative use of computer-generated imagery – and it’s not hard to see why.

#18 Deadpool (2016)

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While most of the backgrounds were computer-generated when filming Deadpool (2016), the costume worn by Ryan Reynolds was, in fact, real.

#19 Jurassic Park (1993)

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When Jurassic Park first came out back in 1993, people couldn’t believe the amazing special effects, even though the computer-generated dinosaurs were only shown on screen for a total of 15 minutes.

#20 Harry Potter (2001)

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No rocket-propelled brooms here – just a green screen and a handful of talented programmers.

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One day, this guy just kind of figured - "I spend most of my time on the internet anyway, why not turn it into a profession?" - and he did! Now he not only gets to browse the latest cat videos and fresh memes every day but also shares them with people all over the world, making sure they stay up to date with everything that's trending on the web. Some things that always pique his interest are old technologies, literature and all sorts of odd vintage goodness. So if you find something that's too bizarre not to share, make sure to hit him up!

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