The Matrix

CGI don’t believe it! 

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The revolution of cinema: Five films that changed the big screen’s special effects forever

King Kong

King Kong (1933) was one of the first films to really perfect the technique of stop-motion, paving the way for some of the best monsters cinema has ever seen. The film is still considered a masterpiece. The film cost mastermind Willis O’Brien more to produce than expected, resulting in their being very little budget allocated for the cheesy sequel Son of Kong, which was made in the same year. 


Terminator 2

James Cameron took CGI to new levels with his 1991 blockbuster Terminator 2: Judgment Day. The film deservedly won four oscars for best effects and sounds, and still looks better than many films today. “T2” was also the first production to cost more than US$100 million dollars. 



In 1999, motion slowed right down to make ‘bullet time’. Shot with 124 cameras, action could effectively be stopped and viewed from any angle. Still influential 15 years later.


James Cameron was one again setting the pace in 2009 when he gave the new 3D generation its first blockbuster. In fact, it’s still the benchmark of 3D…and three sequels have been announced. 

Pacific Rim

The digital technology in Guillermo del Toro’s monsters-v-giant robots epic of 2013 had a real impact in terms of visual force. You knew it was all made up, but it felt kind of real.

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02 2015 The Red Bulletin

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