Green Screen Photos Show Us How Hollywood Really Works

Movies have the power to inspire us. Thanks to the advancement of technology, the introduction of the CGI and green screens, our favorite characters come so close to life. Places we’ve never dreamt of are just a button flick away.
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When the Hulk screams, you can be sure to hear a real roar. Aliens crash on the surface of the Earth, machine gun fire really seems to break apart the targeted foes. Check out these pictures from behind the scenes in Hollywood, and get a glimpse of how funny and ridiculous some actors look in their work environment when all the visual effects can’t be seen and it’s just them and the strange green screen.

The Matrix

The idea of watching Keanu Reeves playing the role of Neo, a protagonist who was was a cyber-criminal, fighting the forces involved in enslaving humanity inside a complex virtual reality system should make sci-fi fans drool… until, that is, they find out what the set of the film really looks like.

 

Considering that the production was always going to heavily involve CGI technology, the warehouse where the set was based should be quite bare. Well, they still used green screens, but other than that, most of what Neo kicked, evaded, or broke, was pretty much imaginary.

Hunger Games

The Hunger Games franchise showed us how difficult it is to escape from the nation of Panem. Almost nothing actress, Jennifer Lawrence, who played the character of the young and beautiful Katniss Everdeen, tried ever allowed her to evade the watchful eyes of its totalitarian government.

 

However, a few steps into the studio would reveal that not only did the cast not work on high-tech surveillance equipment, but there was actually nothing placed on their table. This photograph shows they didn’t have knobs or handles, or switches to manipulate. The whole setup was projected by a computer. They were merely playing with their hands in the air.

Narnia

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. He was a genius, a man ahead of his time, and his book sold over 100 million copies worldwide. It would be really unfortunate if such a work was ruined by poor filming techniques as it was adapted on film.

 

There is no doubt that the main challenge in filming the world of Narnia lay in the reproduction of his vision. Not only was it necessary to recreate the world of Narnia as conceptualized by C.S. Lewis, but it must also have the overall feel suited to the story’s theme.

The Wolverine

Hugh Jackman captured our imagination when he played the role of Wolverine. Where, at first, we doubted his character for having to fight all his enemies with only his three retractable claws, Jackman played it so well that he has fans worldwide convinced.

 

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.

The Avengers

Bruce Banner doesn’t want to be angry, and be turned into the angry Hulk. Maybe he wishes he could just play it cool most of the time, like Captain America,and Thor, but it’s simply not in his genes anymore, I guess. And the real actors behind them are also tasked a bit unfairly. Like, Mark Ruffalo, who 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.

 

Isn’t it a much busier role compared to the rest of the Avengers? 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. Here he is again, this time photographed with Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Chris Evans (Captain America).

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. They try to ensnare a Darkseeker so they could test its efficacy, but its failure depressed him.

 

The real sad part is when his dog, Samantha, is bitten by the other dogs and becomes contaminated. He is forced to kill her with his own hands, and this is the most heart-wrenching part of the film. We are gladdened to find a picture of the set to remind us that Sam, at least the real German Shepherd that played its role, is alive and well. And that Darkseeker 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. And it doesn’t seem like a fairy tale or a love story; more like a comedy if you want our opinion. Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve would turn in his grave if he saw this picture of how his fictional beast gets an astronaut look.

 

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, who’s wrapped doubly in a padded suit. She dares not look down and see his stilts.

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.

 

Pretending to be up in the air while they are moved by rigs, the challenge of the actors is to react to attacks, and carry out the swerves, all with perfect timing. The ability to portray movement, and urgency is important, and it’s difficult because, in reality, they are merely surrounded by blank walls. And there were no brooms used!

300

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. This picture shows the leader’s private room to be very spacious, flanked by large beast statues guarding his bed. Its whole architecture seems very detailed and grand.

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. But it didn’t mean they could just pack their bags and travel to every location the memoir by Jordan Belfort entailed.

 

The story has its characters traveling from the US to Italy, Switzerland, Monaco, and more. Imagine all the expenses they were able to save, thanks to CGI. Here is a photograph of the set where they even had to use green screens for a simple walk across the pier in Europe.

Life of Pi

This fantasy adventure movie is popular for its unique way of conveying spiritual discoveries and lessons through its shipwrecked character. 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. As deep and insightful as the movie is, this picture of the set makes the whole filming process seem cute and funny with a stuffed toy being used in place of Richard Parker.

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. We all had certain prior expectations of what the captain of the Flying Dutchman should look like, but we never expected him to have a cephalopod-like head.

 

Bill Nighy must be relieved he didn’t have to wear an icky mask to shoot. Thanks to CGI, 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 credible on screen. The cinematography is smooth, and they employ a number of cinematographers to maintain its amazing quality.

 

The effects used around their battles and dragons must cost serious dough. The use of advanced effects, and the green screen in this fantasy drama is necessary. And the wall, as monstrously high as it seems, tickles your stomach any time you watch Jon and the Wildlings climb it. In reality? It is horizontal. It isn’t really as high as three hundred feet. If you stood beside it you’d probably tower over the actors crawling horizontally across it.

The Avengers

Since Mark Ruffalo replaced Edward Norton in 2012 to play the role of Bruce Banner, and Hulk in The Avengers, the response from general viewers has been mostly positive. Because of his impressive performance, he’s under contract to reprise that role, and here he is, photographed as the Hulk fighting against Thor.

 

Before he transitions from Dr. Banner, Ruffalo has to drop by the dressing room for a quick change, and voila! Here he becomes the green monster on checkered spandex, or something that looks like it, called a CGI-suit.

Kill Bill

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. The idea of fighting the mafia on their turf is suicidal and, therefore, demonstrating her fighting skills topped the list of challenges she had to hurdle.

 

Thankfully, Uma Thurman had a stunt double under her employ. That way she could focus her energy on the acting while the double does the killing. 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.

Iron Man

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.

 

The images are sharper, the sound effects better, the storyline, too, has improved considerably. By the time Marvel Studios came up with the War Machine character, played by Don Cheadle, they were at the top of their game. 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.

Superman

No, it isn’t a bird, nor a plane. If Superman had his audience mildly confounded on screen, flying at the speed of sound across the sky, the set where this wildly popular superheroes feats were filmed was rather bland and stationary.

 

This is a picture of the actor looking poised and calm as he is supposedly made to fly from one state to another, in pursuit of his villains. 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.

X-Men

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.

 

Their work includes Wolverine’s ability to self-heal after he is shot or stabbed, or whichever way he happens to be wounded. They also transformed a vacant airfield into a Vietnam prisoner camp, and many more. The movie was nominated for an Academy award for its special effects.

Walking Dead

The production of The Walking Dead TV series involved the thinking up of desolate, abandoned places where apocalyptic zombies—called walkers—roamed. The budget for the film may include having to rent out vacant spaces, so the show can appear as credible as possible.

 

But it didn’t have to be huge portions of a city, nor vast highways just so they could line up vacated automobiles, strewn across the lanes. They just had to make use, perhaps, of vacant back lots, like this one shown in the picture. The rest of the space looks wide and far-reaching now, thanks to Hollywood’s use of advanced technology.

Infinity War

At one point or another, moviegoers of different ages wonder how bombs that are set off in movies are actually filmed. We get curious about how studios make it appear so real. Perhaps that is why film budgets are normally through the roof, so they can create such destruction and simply pay it off.

 

Well, they usually look for abandoned places where they can lay down their groundwork for a battle scene. And Infinity War had lots of fighting that needed to be created for our viewing pleasure. This photograph was taken during the shoot, but blue screens were used instead of explosives to minimize actual damages, attached to the walls. After a scene is done, the raw file is sent out for heavy editing.

Game Of Thrones

As Emilia Clarke’s character sits on a rock in the mountains, one of her dragons slowly walks toward her to be stroked. Daenerys Targaryen smiles and obliges. 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. It’s like a large vegetable pulled out of a tree, and if the other dragons were pictured here they wouldn’t intimidate you at all. These dragons are too cute.

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. Not unlike the supervillain, Thanos, in Infinity War, this would require a number of facial scans on the part of the actor, which would be applied to computer imagery.

 

This way, Andy Serkis’ role became considerably easier, but still challenging nonetheless. Caesar is not an ordinary, innocent animal, and his behavior can be complex at times. At least, aesthetically, CGI technology has taken care of the film’s visual effects very well.

RoboCop

The making of RoboCop involved the use of stop motion models, where objects are manipulated between photographed frames. When these series of frames is played back it would appear as if it had its own independent motion. The production group also had to create full-sized models of the robot.

 

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. Everything else that you do not see, the computer created on screen.

The Matrix

We mentioned about Keanu Reeves acting out his role single-handedly through his own imagination, in a bare warehouse surrounded by green screen sound-stage where a virtual reality system is borne. All that surrounds him seem so real to us until we find vestiges like this from behind-the-scenes.

 

Here is further proof of Hollywood’s effects in motion. 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.

Gravity

Imagine working on a movie set in outer space without heavily relying on the green screen. That’s how tough it must have been back in the day, and when we watch old science fiction movies today they look not only implausible, but silly, too (though we still love them).

 

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

The Mad Max franchise fuels your predilection for speed, action, and firepower. 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.

 

But none of those blasts really occurred, and the unique pieces of post-apocalyptic vehicles didn’t really tumble or get broken into small parts. 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.

300

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, and it is said that it took them sixty days to film it, retelling the events of the Battle of Thermopylae.

 

The visual effects relied a lot on the green screen, which had to surround soldiers clashing in the middle. 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.

Infinity War

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.

 

Now imagine creating Thanos, who was born in Titan, planet Saturn’s moon, and carries the Deviant’s gene. Thanos must have looked so horrific that even his own mother, Sui-San, was shocked by it, and had wanted to murder him. She feared that Thanos would soon grow up to be so evil that he would destroy the universe. This one-of-a-kind supervillain appeared in the film, Infinity War, which was released in 2018, and the character was played by Josh Brolin. 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. He is best known for his action movies such as the Die Hard franchise. He did pose with two of his stunt doubles, and it is not unusual to have more than one on standby, especially if the movie is quite risky to shoot with lots of fight scenes.

 

This photo shows the set of A Good Day to Die Hard. Bruce Willis wouldn’t want to be in the middle of a series of explosions like this, and having to run through it so he could escape via a chopper. Thanks to CGI, nobody had to die in the scene.

Life Of Pi

Life Of Pi sold over 10 million copies worldwide. After initially being rejected by publishers in London, it finally found its home in Canada. The book was so successful that a film adaptation was created in 2012, detailing the spiritual experiences of the character, Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel, adrift in the majestic Pacific Ocean; an exploration of life from a unique angle, of personal growth through adversity with a Bengal tiger.

 

If you love the book and the film so much, take a look at this photograph of “Pi,” as he stands atop his white boat. He’s gazing perhaps not too far away, beyond the edge of the swimming pool with his invisible tiger beside him. Thanks to today’s special effects, such scenes look so real.

Boardwalk Empire

The filming of the crime drama TV series, Boardwalk Empire, cost producers a considerable amount of money. They had to turn to a company that specialized in visual effects to recreate certain places in America as they were during the prohibition era.

 

To accomplish this objective, they had to use numerous old photographs, architectural plans, and even postcards; everything that they could find to inspire an accurate recreation of Atlantic City. The toughest part was specifically working on the pier where things continually changed during summer. All the data they compiled was used and projected by layers of green screens, as featured in this picture.

Titanic

This 1997 film directed by James Cameron was inspired by the latter’s fascination for shipwrecks. The making of the movie was granted a budget of $200 million, the most expensive at the time. It’s returns skyrocketed with over $2 billion in ticket sales worldwide. With all the huge numbers involved, don’t expect this iconic scene between Leonardo Dicaprio and Kate Winslet to be shot in real ship.

 

In fact, it doesn’t need a huge liner to complete such a short part. All it took mostly were some scaled models, and computer-generated imagery. Then there’s green screen to build upon the rest. Here are the main characters behind the scenes, stripped down of its romance on stage with a microphone floating in front of Rose’s pan.

The Avengers

Marvel Studios has been nothing but marvelous when it comes to the production of The Avengers. 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. All that, plus the timing of the visual and sound effects, and the directing skills employed as vital scenes unfold.

 

Certainly, none of these would have been possible without computer generated images. To have shot this film decades ago would have been too risky, not to mention, less dramatic with poor cinematography. Stunt doubles have reason to sigh in relief with the advent of blue and green screens.

Tron

It goes without saying that the world of Tron is entirely created with the use of CGI. That fictional world in the middle of the software of a mainframe computer is where its story is focused. This is where fights and competitions had to take place so its character could escape the technological snaggle.

 

To make this world appear realistic, a lot of color screens had to be installed to film this movie, and they also applied a process called “backlit animation.” 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; cold, murky, wizards gliding in between the long columns of books like phantoms, expect to be disappointed with this picture.

 

It just looks so painfully ordinary. And so those books didn’t really float, or fit themselves in the shelves, and these green hands don’t belong to magical creatures. How it shatters every fantasy the movie had created in our minds!

Godzilla

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. Compare the original film shot in 1954 with the 2014 version, and be amazed at the monster’s creative evolution throughout the years.

 

One might say that Godzilla video games are way better than how it was during its incipient years. In 2014, to make the fictional monster look even more realistic, visual effects specialists had to study certain animals and applied that data to its structure and movements. The character was fully portrayed via CGI.

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 inside the court of justice, is a task that needs serious acting skills. Aaron Eckhart is the man for the job, and here he is photographed simulating a two-faced persona.

 

It’s quite impressive as it is, imagine how cool it would appear on screen with the added effects. Half his face looks menacing, all riddled with CGI indicators, as he is angered by the death of his girlfriend, Rachel.

Iron Man

Robert Downey Jr. must be so fond of his role as Iron Man for having agreed to reprise his character for over a decade. How cool it is that Tony Stark has all the money in the world backed up with the intelligence to come up with all sorts of war machine inventions?

 

Of course, as enamored as we are with Iron Man, we know that Robert Downey Jr. doesn’t have to fly across the sky or stand on the edge of a building for the filming of the superhero. 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. They hired Bradley Cooper for the job, and he was able to keep up with the character’s fast-talking, while Sean Gunn acts out the physical part of the role for him.

 

Rocket is a funny character that can quickly turn into a mean fighting machine. But what’s really funny is that, behind the scenes, Gunn had to pose subserviently on set like a domesticated pet, low on the floor. 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.

Space Jam

Most kids can’t contain themselves from asking too many questions. However, their curiosity never bothers to doubt whether cartoon characters are real, and that’s just part of their charm as children. It is as if Bugs Bunny and his gang of loony characters really live, and their existence is accepted as an inviolable fact.

 

They must wonder how it feels to have Bugs Bunny sitting on the palm of their hands. 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!

The Hobbit

Ever since Lord of the Rings, every single person was anxiously waiting to see what Peter Jackson would get up to next; and reality certainly met our expectations when The Hobbit was released. A three-film saga that acts as a prequel to Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit is no less filled with wonderful storytelling and jaw-dropping scenes.

 

However, though it is mostly filmed in New Zealand, which, let’s be honest, looks like a place straight out of a fairytale, there are many scenes in the film that were done with the help of a green screen. 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, but a lot of lights, some bushes and a green screen. Oh the wonders of cinema…

The Hobbit

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. Even the pinnacle of a castle was added into the frame, just look at the lower-right corner of the second picture!

 

To his credit, Peter Jackson does build a lot of the sets himself, and even with the use of a green screen, this man is undoubtedly one of the greatest artists of our time.

Alice in Wonderland

There was a lot of contradiction regarding Tim Burton’s version of the classic 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.

 

While it is undeniable that the visual effects of Burton’s Alice in Wonderland are absolutely mind-blowing, there is a sense of that coming at the expense of the actual movie plot. Still, take the scene pictured above; that fantastic staircase is impressive enough, add a swirling, magical tree, trippy flowers and a mind-bending forest in the backdrop, and you’ve got yourself a CGI Wonderland. Lewis Carol would be proud…or maybe not.

Avengers: Infinity War

Remember the epic battle scene in Avengers: Infinity War, when you see the avengers fighting off a group of aliens? Well, to be fair, they were actually fighting…just not quite in the way we saw on screens. The photo below depicts the famous scene of the Battle of Wakanda, in which at least 70 extras and stunt people participated in. So how did they make it look like there was an army 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. Reportedly, this is the largest battle Marvel has ever brought to the screen. We can believe that.

District 9

South African director Neill Blomkamp, also famous for Elysium and Chappie, released District 9 in 2009. An obvious criticism of South Africa’s history of apartheid, the plot follows a dystopian world in which aliens, that arrived on Earth 30 years ago, have been segregated into an area in South Africa called District 9.

 

One of the most unique elements of the movie is how they chose to portray the aliens as technologically advanced, terminator-looking machines, instead of your average gooey, green little man. Considering the film was produced by Peter Jackson, this is not surprising. But of course, a green screen had to be involved. Now, if you ever watch the movie again, you’ll know that behind each alien is a regular man with a grey suit.

Twilight Saga: Eclipse

The Twilight film saga took the world by storm. The endless war between wolves and vampires, and a beautiful lead character to boot, turned viewers into hard-core fans – millions of them. 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. But ladies, next time you’re dreaming about this beautiful, noble wolf, remember it’s just Taylor Lautner in a grey suit.

Alice in Wonderland

Again we had to mention another scene from 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. While it was obvious that CGI and special effects had been involved throughout most of the film, many viewers thought these two characters were completely computer-made.

 

But alas, it was far more intricate than that. 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. Oh, and the dodo bird was an actual person too!

The Great Gatsby

Even though Baz Luhrman’s remake of this literary classic received some criticism when it hit theaters, one thing is undeniable – the set design and visual effects were astounding. Luhrman managed to bring 1920s New York back to life with the help of CGI and green screen effects. Just look at the scene below; doesn’t it 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

We’ve mentioned Game of Thrones a few times on this list, simply because it is one of the most visually astounding cinematic works of our time. Take this scene, for instance, of Ygritte (played by actress Rose Leslie) as she falls off the huge ice wall in the north. Obviously, filming an actual person falling off an ice wall in the middle of a snowstorm wasn’t feasible, but thankfully, they can always pull out the trusty green screen.

 

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. Besides, the look of terror on Ygritte’s face is real enough to make us believe she’s actually in danger.

Oz, The Great And Powerful

Critically-acclaimed director Sam Raimi has worked with the same visual effects master for all three of the Spiderman movies, and he wasn’t about to change when it came to filming Oz, The Great and Powerful. Visual effects supervisor, Scott Stokdyk said that this was the most challenging film he had ever worked on since every single frame of scenery had to be created from scratch!

 

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.

Deadly Honeymoon

As the name clearly states, this was a crime drama film about a couple that goes on a cruise for their honeymoon when things suddenly take a turn for the worse. Despite it being amongst the least popular ones of 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?! It makes you wonder, what other famous movie scenes that have left us breathless were all just mere illusion?

The Martian

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. Featuring Matt Damon as the leading actor, the film follows the story of an astronaut that has been left in Mars by mistake and is now forced to rely on his skills and wit to survive on the red planet.

 

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. And that doesn’t make it any less impressive since it gives viewers the chance to feel like they’re catching a glimpse of what life on Mars would be like, if even for just the two hours and thirty minutes the film lasts.

Deadpool

Based on the Marvel comic books, Deadpool made its film debut in 2016. Portrayed by the hilarious Ryan Reynolds, Wade Wilson is a former Special Forces agent that now works as a mercenary, and was transformed into Deadpool by an evil scientist. After an experiment goes wrong, Deadpool is left with supernatural healing powers and a very twisted sense of humor.

 

Needless to say, a green screen was needed to give this hero his supernatural powers. Like the scene above; 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

The story of King Arthur has been done countless times and, of course, there had to be a modern gree-screen version of it. Besides, with thrill-loving director, Guy Ritchie, at the helm, what else could you expect? 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, with clear skies and greenery all around, is transformed into an eerie, dark, freezing-cold image of archers fighting for their lives.

Grey’s Anatomy

Since the first episode came out in 2005, we all became personally involved with the characters of Seattle Grace hospital. But since most of the series was filmed at the hospital and Meredith Grey’s house, you would think there weren’t many opportunities, or the need really, to use a green screen. Well, you thought wrong.

 

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. Green screen or not, we ill always have a place in our hearts for Grey’s Anatomy.

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. And we were right. The scene below is just one of many throughout the film that will make you gasp for air.

 

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. Did we mention that Eva Green and Lena Headey are in the film? And who wouldn’t want to see these talented, beautiful women in an epic battle scene?!

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn

We had to mention the Twilight saga once again. Another famous scene from Twilight: Breaking Dawn, fans around the world were anxiously waiting for the moment when Bella and Edward finally got married and went on their 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. The backdrop of a moonlight ocean certainly looks infinitely more appealing, don’t you agree?

Paranoia

Released in 2013, Paranoia is a decent thriller film featuring the likes of Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Amber Heard, and Liam Hemsworth. Despite the A-list celebrities, the film wasn’t so well received by critics, but nonetheless, the scene below is worth seeing. Isn’t it just incredible how a good old-fashioned, American downtown street can be created so perfectly?

 

With all the places in the U.S. that still look like this today, we wonder why the director didn’t opt for the real thing. 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. Unfortunately, Into the Woods didn’t live up to the hype, according to critics, even though children all over the world and a lot of adult viewers loved the film. And how could they not? The mere image of the scene below would be enough to make us want to see it.

 

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! Once special effects are onboard, virtually nothing is impossible.

The Maze Runner

This is one of the most impressive blue screen illusions on our list. 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.

 

An American trilogy based on the novels by James Dashner, The Maze Runner follows the story of Thomas, a boy that is put in an all-boys community after having his memory erased. Unfortunately, Thomas soon discovers that they’re all trapped in an actual real-life maze, and the only way out is to work together.