Older movies with special effects that still hold up


Like “T2,” Steven Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park” stands out from the other films on this list because it wasn’t created before CGI, but rather as an early opportunity to capitalize on technology in its infancy. Spielberg was also smart enough to mix it up with practical effects, keeping the CGI minimal.

As a result, the history of film visual effects can probably be divided into two eras: before “Jurassic” and after. Where the team excelled is in recognizing both the limits and potential of the technology they had, seamlessly blending it with other tools in their kit to create a world that always fools people. public eyes making him believe he’s real, all those years later.

Using a mix of hands-on effects from Stan Winston and Lucasfilm’s ILM, “Jurassic” used animatronic puppets, a full-size animatronic T-Rex, stuntmen wearing Velociraptor suits, and an in-depth study of animals like giraffes and elephants to understand how these animals would manage, graze and attack. Darkness was also exploited in scenes like the famous Jeep attack (with the scene mostly lit by a spotlight), allowing the ILM team to focus their energy (a single photo of the T-Rex took endless hours to create) on things like skin texture, teeth, and light refraction.

“Jurassic Park” simply did everything it needed to visualize, at the cutting edge of computer-generated imagery, while still using practical effects such as close-ups of eyes and scales to sell the ever-stunning footage of prehistoric creatures on the hunt. Many films that have happened since “Jurassic Park” have relied almost exclusively on CGI, but few have looked so good.


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