10 Jaw-Dropping Special Effects That Weren't CGI


Sometimes, creating effects in a computer can be easier and safer than designing practical effects that can be filmed on-camera. CGI has become so ubiquitous, it’s all the more impressive—and surprising—when contemporary filmmakers decide to include complex, and sometimes dangerous, practical effects in their films.

In “10 Amazing Movie Effects That Did Not Use CGI,” Screen Rant showcases some of the most jaw-dropping practical effects in recent film history. Instead of green screens and motion capture suits, the video is packed with daring stunt people, high-tech robots, and actors putting themselves in some pretty precarious situations. The short video includes clips from The Dark Knight (2008), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), Jurassic Park (1993), and more.

“While digital effects are extremely photo-realistic and an easy, safer method, there are those who still prefer to do things the old-fashioned way," the narrator explains in the clip. "Practical effects still have a place in Hollywood and are arguably making a comeback in big budget productions.”

Check out some of the best practical effects of the last few decades above.

[h/t Gizmodo]

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