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Watch: Explore 136 Years Of Special Effects In 3-Minute Supercut

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by Ben Brock
May 20, 2014 10:27 AM
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Official announcement from The Internet ™: these videos of lots of special effects from across the ages are A Thing now. We had one from the Academy themselves and one that was heavy on the recent releases. And now comes a very even-handed one that, while including the genre-obligatory Epic Music, takes us all the way back to 1878, before there even really were movies: it's an Eadweard Muybridge zoopraxiscope shot you're seeing.

From there the clip has something from almost every year between then and now, charting the initial reliance on “graphics” in the really very literal sense of things drawn onto film, through the rise of models, stop-motion, clever montage work, elaborate costuming and the like, until computers begin to rear their electronic head with early classics like “Tron” and through to the recent, CGI-rich (or entirely-CGI) work that we now all know so well. Nice work from Jim Casey. Maybe the Academy needs an award for these things? [Wired]

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2 Comments

  • George Lucas | May 20, 2014 4:22 PMReply

    You know that any idiot can write and shred someone's hard work of compiling and editing? You criticize everyone. Temme, have you every done already one days hard work related to cinema? NO, writing reviews doesn't count.

  • D | May 20, 2014 10:48 AMReply

    Waaay to fast for my taste.

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