20 Practical Effects That Look Like CGI, and 20 Digital Effects That Look Like Real Life

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20 Practical Effects That Look Like CGI, and 20 Digital Effects That Look Like Real Life

Gone are the days of Steamboat Willie, where if you wanted to make an animal beat up another animal, you could just force your underpaid, non-union animators to draw it. These days, you have to force an underpaid, overseas army of CGI artists to render it

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Amazing effects made without CGI Little Shop of Horrors The carnivorous plant Audrey II is animatronic, which makes her fluid, smooth lip motions amazing. To achieve that, the animatronic was shot at 12 to 16 frames per second, then sped up to the regular 24. CRACKED.COM

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Amazing effects made without CGI Scanners The FX team built a plaster skull with a gelatin exterior and insides made of everything, from latex scraps to burger leftovers - and then the supervisor just laid down behind it and blew it with a shotgun. CRACKED.COM

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Amazing effects made without CGI Metropolis How do you have a real throng walking through a huge futuristic city in 1927? Easy -you film the people through a narrow slit, with the rest of the shot taken up by a mirror reflecting a painting of the city. BAVISSAN Mirror Real people CRACKED.COM

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Amazing effects made without CGI The Thing John Carpenter rejected the idea of a guy in a suit, so his FX team created several incarnations of the Thing, mimicking different creatures and organs. The result feels and moves like it is truly alive - perhaps because there's very little stop motion as well. CRACKED.COM

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Inconspicuous CGI Brokeback Mountain Yup, the first thing in our minds when we think of this movie is heavy CGI (and only that, because we don't feel like crying, OK?). Seriously, trees, clouds, mountains, flocks of sheep, entire sceneries were digitally constructed and composited. CRACKED.COM

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Inconspicuous CGI Tag Who could forget Tag, the beloved comedy about, erm, sentient price tags, we guess? Jeremy Renner broke both arms doing a tricky stunt, and since the shoot could not be postponed, he had to wear casts and the arms were then digitally added. (Also, we now know something about the movie Tag!) CRACKED.COM

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Inconspicuous CGI Shazam! The production had trouble securing the right to shoot at the Philadelphia steps-and when they finally did, the skyline was obscured by fog, so they had to digitally recreate it. CRACKED.COM

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Inconspicuous CGI Machete Jessica Alba was not actually naked during the shower scene. Alba has a strict rule against doing nude scenes, so she and Robert Rodriguez agreed that digitally erasing her underwear would work. CRACKED.COM

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Inconspicuous CGI Blood Diamond For the scene of Leo DiCaprio' saying goodbye to Jennifer Connelly, they added one single CGI tear to her performance. It's seamless, it does give the scene the sort of oomph that the average movie desperately needs-but on the other hand, do they dare question Jennifer Connelly's acting? CRACKED.COM

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Inconspicuous CGI Children of Men Remember American Sniper's plastic doll scene? This is the exact opposite of that. The newborn is all CGI, completely blending with the scene's lighting and even documentary feel. CRACKED.COM

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Inconspicuous CGI I HATE Die Hard With a Vengeance Bruce Willis did not really stand in the middle of Harlem with that N-word sandwich board. The board was blank, and the FX team adde the hate word (and a surprisingly bland I hate everybody for the TV version). CRACKED.COM

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