The idea of watching Neo, a cyber-criminal, fighting the forces involved in enslaving humanity inside a complex virtual reality system should make sci-fi fans drool.
That is until that is, they find out what the set of the film really looks like.
The Hunger Games franchise showed us how difficult it is to escape from the nation of Panem, what with all that high-tech surveillance equipment.
The whole setup was projected by a computer. They were merely playing with their hands in the air.
The realization that The Chronicles of Narnia was actually written and published in the 1950s, shows how advanced and deep C.S. Lewis’ thoughts were.
There is no doubt that the main challenge in filming the world of Narnia lay in the reproduction of his vision.
This picture here shows CGI edits to make him appear wounded. The clever technology would have to heal that wound, too, since Wolverine has a regenerative ability.
Effects also had to highlight his enhanced physique and abilities, as well as his keen senses.
Mark Ruffalo needs to go fit into his huge costume every time Banner is turned into an eight-foot-tall green monster that weighs a stunning 1,400 pounds.
Even if he doesn’t have to fit in his costume sometimes, he still looks awkward in a CGI suit compared to the rest of them.
I Am Legend
This photograph reminds us of that part of the movie where Robert Neville becomes hopeful of curing infected dogs with his serum.
Ultimately all that attacked Will Smith’s character was only controlled by a puppeteer in a green morph suit.
Beauty And The Beast
This surely isn’t what the French novelist had in mind when he wrote the classic story of Beauty And the Beast.
Also, it’s commendable how Emma Watson is able to keep her composure. Perhaps that’s why she looks so stern, staring straight ahead and not glancing at her partner.
Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince
Aren’t we always fascinated by flying scenes? Here is one of the most difficult parts in the filming of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: the quidditch event.
Actors shoot individually as they are surrounded by blue and green screens. Everything else is created by computers, imagery and all.
This photograph captures what it was like to be a ruler during the Persian Wars. The feel of the time was masterfully recreated, so modern viewers could truly appreciate its historical value.
To work on the scenes, effects specialists had to be very precise with their artistry to reflect how advanced the period was.
Wolf of Wall Street
This film was directed by Martin Scorsese and featured Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role. Suitably, this project had an approved budget of $100 million.
That didn’t mean they could just pack their bags and travel to every location the memoir by Jordan Belfort entailed.
Life of Pi
Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel, the protagonist in the story had to survive in the middle of the ocean for 227 days with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker, that he initially feared.
Luckily for Pi’s actors, including Suraj Sharma, they didn’t have to shoot the film around a Bengal tiger that could easily slice a neck in one swipe with its sharp claws.
Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
Bill Nighy’s acting has been fundamental to the success of the character, Davy Jones, in the Pirates Of The Caribbean series.
But the CGI helped. All that tentacled animation was well taken care of without a smudge on his face, and he only had to focus his efforts on acting out his role.
Game Of Thrones
HBO’s huge budget for the making of Game Of Thrones allows us to watch our favorite characters operate in an incredible world that looks believable on screen.
The reality of Jon and the Wildlings climbing the wall? If you stood beside it you’d probably tower over the actors crawling horizontally across it.
Uma Thurman played the role of the Bride in the movie, Kill Bill, who traveled to Japan to avenge an attempt against her life and the loss of her unborn child.
Here, she is photographed with strings attached to her like a puppet. This is to protect the actress if she ever failed to balance herself during leaps and high kicks.
If actor, Robert Downey Jr. had to have a weighty suit walking all around the set, we highly doubt he’d reprise the role of Iron Man for a decade. The superhero film has gone a long way since its 2008 debut.
Here is a picture of both actors with and without the robotic suit. No wonder they are able to breathe freely with all that metal.
If Superman had his audience mildly confounded on screen, flying at the speed of sound across the sky, the set where it was filmed was rather bland and stationary.
It might be a bit disenchanting to find him merely suspended up in the air with strings attached to his sides and back. Safe to say, he isn’t going anywhere.
Hugh Jackman smiles as rubber snakes are planted all over his body by cast members. This was taken on the set of X-Men: Days of Future Past.
The production of the film involved the employment of 12 studios that produced a total of 1,311 visual effects shots throughout the movie.
The budget for the film may include having to rent out vacant spaces, so the show can appear as credible as possible.
The rest of the space looks wide and far-reaching now, thanks to Hollywood’s use of advanced technology.
At one point or another, moviegoers wonder how bombs that are set off in movies are actually filmed.
This photograph was taken during the shoot of Infinity War, but blue screens were used instead of explosives to minimize actual damages, attached to the walls.
Game Of Thrones
As Emilia Clarke’s character sits on a rock in the mountains, she lifts her hand and pats and soothes her dragon-like a baby, and this picture makes sense of it all.
Her dragon doesn’t have sharp horns, nor is it rough-skinned. It is smooth because it is merely a pillow with a large stick stuck behind it.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
When actor, Andy Serkis, auditioned for the role of Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, he didn’t have to worry so much about simulating a chimpanzee’s facial reactions.
This way, Andy Serkis’ role became considerably easier. At least, aesthetically, CGI technology has taken care of the film’s visual effects very well.
The making of RoboCop involved the use of stop motion models, where objects are manipulated between photographed frames.
Fortunately, its actor didn’t have to walk around the set with heavy metal cases draped over his body. As you can see in this picture, all the guy has are cool shades and headgear.
We mentioned Keanu Reeves acting out his role single-handedly through his own imagination. All that surrounds him seem so real to us until we find vestiges like this from behind-the-scenes.
Men in green assist Reeves, and co-star Carrie-Anne Moss to dodge virtual bullets fired at them by leaning back into a position that defies gravity.
Luckily, Sandra Bullock didn’t have to act her role in the movie, Gravity, while being surrounded by whimsical props, that are supposed to be shown as high-tech space equipment.
Advanced computer imagery took care of all that, and she is photographed here working on basic apparatus in the studio as the cameras roll.
Mad Max: Fury Road
Set in a dystopian world where fuel and water are scarce, the makeshift automobiles and trucks roar across the dangerous desert, trailing behind the warmth of George Miller’s futuristic imagination.
They really didn’t leap high up the dunes. All that was possible in post-production, thanks to green screens and suspended platforms on set.
The film, 300, is based on the 1998 comic series by Frank Miller. To translate this into a film, they had to recreate the places during the Persian Wars.
They used the superimposition chroma key technique, so archival images could be brought back to life. Also, the production involved plenty of prosthetics, dummies, and props.
To embody a supervillain in a modern movie would require extraordinary visual effects and more. Otherwise, it would almost certainly be a flop, considering the standards viewers have developed in judging movies.
To make all these traits tactile to the audience, they had to scan the actor’s facial expressions and match it with CGI. Whatever Brolin’s facial expression was, Thanos’ version was automatically generated.
A Good Day to Die Hard
Bruce Willis likes to do some of his stunts, although we feel this could have been more of a thing when he was much younger.
This photo shows the set of A Good Day to Die Hard. Thanks to CGI, nobody had to die in the scene.
Life Of Pi
The book, Life Of Pi was so successful that a film adaptation was created in 2012, detailing the spiritual experiences of the character, Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel.
Here he is gazing perhaps not too far away, beyond the edge of the swimming pool with his invisible tiger beside him.
For Boardwalk Empire, producers had to turn to a company that specialized in visual effects to recreate certain places in America as they were during the prohibition era.
All the data they compiled was used and protected by layers of green screens, as featured in this picture.
This 1997 film directed by James Cameron was inspired by the latter’s fascination for shipwrecks. But Leo and Kate were not on a real ship.
All it took mostly were some scaled models and computer-generated imagery. Then there’s a green screen to build upon the rest.
These superhero films are not only action-packed, but the stunts coupled with the air, sea, and land battles are just absolutely created to near perfection.
Stunt doubles have reason to sigh in relief with the advent of blue and green screens.
It goes without saying that the world of Tron is entirely created with the use of CGI.
It’s color combinations had to be properly thought of, and they had to match all that with futuristic sound effects.
Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix
If you imagined the library scene or any other spot in the world of Harry Potter in an otherworldly manner, expect to be disappointed with this picture.
Those books didn’t really float or fit themselves on the shelves, and these green hands don’t belong to magical creatures
If you want to have a clear picture of how much Hollywood has gotten better in terms of employing high-tech effects in movies, try watching Godzilla.
In 2014, to make the fictional monster look even more realistic, visual effects specialists had to study certain animals to emulate the structure and movements.
The Dark Knight
Playing the role of Harvey Dent, whose left side of the face is grotesquely scarred after an acidic solution was thrown at him.
Half his face looks menacing, all riddled with CGI indicators, as he is angered by the death of his girlfriend, Rachel.
Robert Downey Jr. must be so fond of his role as Iron Man for having agreed to reprise his character for over a decade.
Here in this picture, we see proof of the fact that CGI takes care of all of that.
Guardians Of The Galaxy
It was difficult at first for the casting directors to find someone who could effectively voice for Rocket, the cybernetically modified raccoon.
What were serious scenes on the silver screen must have been comic to witness in front of the cameras with Gunn all in green and being patted like a puppy.
How lucky Michael Jordan is, to be with them in the movie Space Jam. How fun it must be to play basketball with cartoon characters; how soft and velvety they must be!
They must wonder how it feels to have Bugs Bunny sitting on the palm of their hands.
A three-film saga that acts as a prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit is no less filled with wonderful storytelling and jaw-dropping scenes.
In this particular scene, Bilbo Baggins (played by Martin Freeman) is filmed with a magical mountain as a backdrop; only there wasn’t actually a mountain.
Another scene from The Hobbit, this one features the majestic Gandalf and the beautiful Galadriel (played by Ian McKellen and Cate Blanchett, respectfully).
These two A-list actors are very much real, what’s not is the stunning mountain scenery we see in the background.
Alice in Wonderland
Some thought that a modern-day, CGI-filled remake would just butcher such a timeless tale, while others couldn’t wait to see these trippy characters in 3D. The result? A mix of both.
Still, take the scene pictured above; that fantastic staircase is impressive enough, add a swirling, magical tree, and trippy flowers, you’ve got yourself a CGI Wonderland.
Avengers: Infinity War
Remember the epic battle scene in Avengers: Infinity War, when you see the avengers fighting off a group of aliens?
They digitally enhanced the scene to make it look like 70 people were actually 500. Oh, and they also added about 10,000 digital aliens in post-production.
South African director Neill Blomkamp, also famous for Elysium and Chappie, released District 9 in 2009.
One of the most unique elements of the movie is how they chose to portray the aliens as technologically advanced, instead of your average gooey, green little man.
Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Since the first installment in the saga, Twilight wowed viewers with its CGI effects – flying vampires, humans that quickly shapeshift into wolves, an astounding battle scene, and more.
It’s easy to forget that there was never really a handsome, kind, and rich vampire after Bella; or a strong, adorable, and loyal wolf, for that matter.
Alice in Wonderland
Tim Burton’s version of Tweedledee and Tweedledum, both played by Matt Lucas, definitely added an extra creepy element to the characters.
But alas, Lucas actually wore a special suit to make him look much taller and bigger overall; and of course, this made it much easier to simply add visual details afterward.
The Great Gatsby
Baz Luhrman managed to bring 1920s New York back to life with the help of CGI and green screen effects. Feel like you’ve been taken back in time to the roaring 20s?
All we can do is be grateful for the invention of green screen technology. Otherwise, millions of people around the world would never know what a bustling New York in the 20s looked like!
Game of Thrones
This scene of Ygritte (played by actress Rose Leslie) as she falls off the huge ice wall in the north took a lot of work.
This impressive scene was shot from above, making the huge drop look even bigger. Together with a violent snowstorm added in post-production, this scene was nothing short of amazing.
Oz, The Great And Powerful
When it came to filming Oz, The Great and Powerful the visual effects supervisor, Scott Stokdyk said that this was the most challenging film he had ever worked on,
With most of the scenes being done on a green screen backdrop, we’re sure that James Franco had to pull out the artistic guns to make his expressions look as genuine as possible.
Despite it being amongst the least popular films on our list, the scene showed below was worth the mention.
Just look at that green screen effect – wouldn’t you wish you could just create a stunning cruise ship out of thin air sometimes, too?!
Ridley Scott is well-known for making epic movies that leave us in awe long after we’ve left the movie theater. And The Martian did just that.
Since the majority of the film takes place on Mars, which would be a bit of a problematic location to use in real life, most of the scenes are done with a green screen effect.
Based on the Marvel comic books, Deadpool made its film debut in 2016. After an experiment goes wrong, Deadpool is left with supernatural healing powers and a very twisted sense of humor.
You didn’t actually think Ryan Reynolds would voluntarily get into an upside-down floating car, did you? It still looks pretty cool, don’t you think?
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
It is always incredible to see such majestic stories brought to life by modern-day technology, especially when it comes to battle scenes. Take the below scene, for example.
What looks like a regular archery scene rehearsal in the first photo, is transformed into an eerie, dark, freezing-cold image of archers fighting for their lives.
Since the first episode came out in 2005, we all became personally involved with the characters of Seattle Grace hospital.
Like the scene photographed above, using a green screen to give us a beautiful Seattle skyline backdrop, minor visual effects were used in some instances throughout this famous series.
300 – Rise Of An Empire
After witnessing the mind-bending special effects in the battle scenes of Zack Snyder’s 300, we weren’t expecting anything less grand for its sequel, 300: Rise of an Empire.
To be fair, the costumes, the horse, the extras, the set design, it’s all very impressive. But, it wouldn’t be the same without the vast, dark landscape in the background.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn
In another famous scene from Twilight: Breaking Dawn, fans around the world were anxiously waiting for the moment when Bella and Edward’s honeymoon.
In the scene above, the two lead actors are off on a deserted island that looks like paradise on Earth. Or, as the producers like to call it, the green screen room.
Despite the A-list celebrities, the film wasn’t so well received by critics, but nonetheless, the scene below is worth seeing.
We suspect it’s far easier to control a computer-generated world than a real one. Either way, we’re loving this transformation.
Into the Woods
A fantasy film in which Meryl Streep plays an evil witch? Just the sound of that makes us want to run to the theaters.
It’s insane to think how a blue screen could transform what seems to be someone’s backyard into a fantastical kingdom. Just look at that view!
The Maze Runner
What looks like a deserted parking lot in the middle of nowhere, turns into a futuristic empire, in the science-fiction, dystopian film, The Maze Runner.
Did you spot the huge, dead beast in the second photo?! Yes, calm down, it’s also a blue-screen effect.