Modern film fans have become a bit spoiled when it comes to visual effects as the rise of CGI has made things once deemed completely impossible a reality for filmmakers. We can invent entire worlds with computers, make actors do seemingly impossible things, and create completely unforgettable images thanks to the power of technology.
Yet, while modern artists are practically digital wizards, the art of visual effects in film has been around since the dawn of the medium. Artists and filmmakers have been making movie magic on-screen since the earliest days of cinema – and this cool video celebrates not only those early pioneers, but the guys pushing boundaries today.
YouTube user Jim Casey assembled this loving ode the art of visual effects, a three-minute clip that showcases the evolution of the craft. Casey writes that it’s presented in chronological order (minus the first three clips) and that it took him quite a bit of time to put it all together.
The video features effects shots from classic films like Creature from the Black Lagoon alongside more modern fare such as The Matrix. The results are stunning, especially for anyone who’s interested in how this art form has evolved over the past century or so. Those old effects may look quaint, but some of them still hold up really well.
Check out the video above and celebrate the work of some of cinema’s greatest visual effects artists.
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