In the third instalment in our series looking at the development of VFX in films, Andy Stout looks at the rise of the computers and takes us from the basic (TRON) to the frankly sometimes terrifying (Jurassic Park)
Everyone knows about Boris Effects. And, if you're old enough, you'll remember that in the mid to late 90s, it was suddenly possible to create amazing effects and transitions on the slow and clunky NLEs of the time - that looked like they cost a million dollars to produce
From World War II to the 1980s, the model men and the optical effects units held sway in the world of movie VFX. Computers were on the way, but first the world's effects teams had to deal with the little problem of colour. By Andy Stout.
The critically-acclaimed Gravity thrilled audiences with its mesmerizing portrayal of astronauts struggling with an outer space worst case scenario. Prime Focus World, a leading VFX and post services company, made this breakdown to demonstrate how they created a parallel stereoscopic conversion and VFX workflow for the film.
Andy Stout concludes his look at over a century of VFX in the movies with a glimpse at the pre-digital practical tools and the techniques that have been used over the decades to make an audience's collective jaw hit the floor
Here's a great video that shows the intensive research and development that goes into creating an iconic VFX shot