100 Years Of Cinema FX In 5 Minutes

The industry of cinema may be dying or reinventing itself but the Art of cinema will live on. One of the great things about the movies was not the recreation of reality but the creation of non-reality.

There’s a great book called The Invisible Art: The Legends of Movie Matte Painting which shows brilliantly how much of what we took for granted as being real in cinema was actually images painted by hand.

The techniques of manipulating light to create moving images is centuries old and has been absorbed into our psyche, our culture and our day-to-day vocabulary to such a degree we are no longer the same kind of human beings which existed before the dawn of cinema. I won’t get into arguments as to whether that’s good or bad – it just is.

Newer technologies are calling to us now and changing us further. It always helps to take a look back now and then to remind ourselves where we came from and how far we’ve travelled on this journey of augmented evolution. And it’s fun too!

I found this over at Gizmodo. It’s 100 years of visual effects crammed into 5 minutes.

If you have any others to add go to the Gizmodo post and offer your comments – they’ve allowed for posting of video snips too.

Enjoy your day.


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4 Responses to “100 Years Of Cinema FX In 5 Minutes”

  1. Kit says:

    Dang Mills, you’ve always got something here to lure me in!

    I was gonna post some comment about them omitting Young Sherlock Holme’s CG and insanely using the Star Wars “Special Evil Edition” Deathstar footage. But It was all covered in the orginal post’s comments.
    Instead I’ll remember when Bob Zemeckis’s love of tech actually created some good movies… Back to the Future, Roger Rabbit, Forest Gump… Bob, please stop playing with mocap…

  2. Robbo says:

    Yeah – Zemeckis has kinda disappeared up his own ass lately. Jim Cameron’s “Avatar” promises to be something worth seeing.

    There’s so many different titles out there than can – and should be held up and celebrated. I haven’t had a chance to scour through all the Giz comments but I’m sure someone hollered: “Where the fuck is George Melies?!”


    P.S. The Zen Captcha knows the cold weather is coming: “Alison woolies”

  3. Kit says:

    Avatar looks amazing. But there’s a great example of a story needing Mocap tech. Charles Dickens… not so much.

  4. Robbo says:

    Yeah – if Zemeckis announces he’s gonna re-do Gone With The Wind or Citizen Kane in mo-cap he’s pretty much issuing a fatwa on his own ass. I’ll hold him – you pop a cap in his junk – we’ll let everyone else strip the flesh from his bones.

    And the Zen Captcha for this one is: “suspect sorriest”

    Yeah, Zemeckis, you’re a sorry suspect already – don’t push it, bub.