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05.21.2015
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The evolution of special effects is a fascinating one, and while computer generated imagery reigns over most films these days (often much to its detriment), there's no doubts that a lot of hard-working people have put in a ridiculous amount of their time in order to bring these effects to life. As most of you probably know, George Lucas formed Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) in 1975 to create the special effects for his space opera STAR WARS. Since that time, ILM has contributed to over 300 films earning 15 Academy Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Visual Effects and 28 Scientific and Technical Achievements from the Academy.

To celebrate their time contributing to cinema, ILM has thrown together a (surprisingly) short tribute video covering some of the movies you may or may not have been familiar with, ranging from the original STAR WARS all the way up to STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. Here's hoping that artists continue to push the boundaries of film and that effects houses like ILM continue to make the seemingly impossible, real. Happy 40th, ILM!

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7:37AM on 05/22/2015
I still don't think CGI can do fur and hair quite right yet (although Rocket looked pretty great). That's why Davy Jones looks so damn good. It's also why Gollum looks so good. Davy Jones and Gollum (Hobbit version) are the high water mark for CGI characters in film so far. Godzilla last year did CGI backgrounds exceptionally well, mainly for the brilliant use of (CGI) smoke, fog, and dust.

It's a long way since Scorpion/The Rock gave the People's eyebrow in The Mummy Returns.
I still don't think CGI can do fur and hair quite right yet (although Rocket looked pretty great). That's why Davy Jones looks so damn good. It's also why Gollum looks so good. Davy Jones and Gollum (Hobbit version) are the high water mark for CGI characters in film so far. Godzilla last year did CGI backgrounds exceptionally well, mainly for the brilliant use of (CGI) smoke, fog, and dust.

It's a long way since Scorpion/The Rock gave the People's eyebrow in The Mummy Returns.
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2:23PM on 05/21/2015
Nothing from Warcraft? Poodoo. But ILM is amazing.
Nothing from Warcraft? Poodoo. But ILM is amazing.
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1:53PM on 05/21/2015

Groundbreaking stuff all around

True story - I remember watching "POTC: Dead Man's Chest" with my grandma, and she made a comment half way through along the lines of "I wonder how long it takes to put on all that MAKE-UP" in regards to Davy Jones. Kind of goes to show how much we take for granted the intensely photo-real rendering of CGI nowadays. I can only assume it's our cynical, movie buff, know-it-all brains that can only see CGI because, well, we KNOW it is.
True story - I remember watching "POTC: Dead Man's Chest" with my grandma, and she made a comment half way through along the lines of "I wonder how long it takes to put on all that MAKE-UP" in regards to Davy Jones. Kind of goes to show how much we take for granted the intensely photo-real rendering of CGI nowadays. I can only assume it's our cynical, movie buff, know-it-all brains that can only see CGI because, well, we KNOW it is.
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