Over the years movies like Avatar have paved the way in the world of special effects, particularly those that feature computer-generated effects or CGI. With so many high tech movies being churned out on a yearly basis, it can be hard to know which have been the most tech-savvy of all-time. After some careful consideration, and a lot of movie watching these are the most high-tech movies to date.
Ex Machina (2015)
This psychological robot thriller may not seem like it is that high-tech upon first glance, but as soon as the Turing test begins, you get your first taste of the artificial intelligence that is Ava. The Turing test takes up a lot of the film, and essentially it is designed to see how ‘human’ a robot is. In terms of CGI, the robot herself has been designed to look both human and machine, which took a lot of finessing. All of Ava’s mechanical parts whirr at different times, which took the special effects team quite a bit of time to achieve. They had to work on each part of her body separately.
This list would not be complete without Avatar, as it is really the film that paved the way for the 3D film movement we see now. When James Cameron, the director of the film, began designing the world of Pandora and what it would look like, he knew that modern filmmaking techniques could not achieve his vision. Thus, he began to adapt the existing technologies to suit his needs. At the time, new green screen technologies were used with the 3D platform to create the live-action method that was used in this film. Stars would perform the physical actions and then these would be used for their onscreen characters’ movements. This technology has been adopted into the mainstream movie-making industry and it is all thanks to Cameron.
Blade Runner (1982)
Ridley Scott’s 80s masterpiece, Blade Runner, featured a very young Harrison Ford hunting down cyborgs in a dystopian future. It was lauded as revolutionary when it first hit screens. His vision of the future which had cyborgs hiding amongst humans, flying vehicles, and zipping elevators was unlike anything the world had seen. To stay true to its artificial intelligence roots, Scott decided to try using cameras that did not have a human behind them but a computer. They were activated once actors began moving in front of them, and once the actors removed themselves from the scene they would quit filming. It took a lot of hours to film each scene and get each futuristic component just right, but Scott definitely achieved the aesthetic he wanted.
The Matrix (1999)
When Neo was first tasked with choosing the red pill or the blue pill, audiences knew they were in for a wild ride. But what they did not expect were the awe-inspiring special effects that would be used to create the ‘Matrix.’ The technique which made the special effects team from this film famous was their ability to make things that should be moving extremely fast slow down. You know that scene where Neo appears to stop time to move out of the bullet’s way? This would be the pioneering CGI method which would be used in many other films.
These movies paved the way for the future of special effects and CGI seen now is a direct reflection of those early methods.
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