Technology has done an amazing job at improving the quality of films and games these days. Most of today’s biggest films rely on a proper combination of real world tinkering and digital magic. Now it’s time that we all learned what goes in, and results from, these amazing and tedious works of art, especially when it comes to animating and making things move while making them look realistic.
1. Ironhide’s Guns
In the 2007 live action Transformers movie, the robots were given more alien and in a way, “organic” looks compared to their blocky old-school counterparts. With these changes came more intricate designs. One notable character is the cannon-spinning Ironhide. In the movie, Ironhide has two massive cannons, one for each arm. It may not look like it, but those two cannons each hold 10,000 CGI pieces. Holy wow
2. A Game of Openings
The iconic opening sequence of Game of Thrones is as amazing as the show itself. Created by Elastic, the opening sequence shows of certain locations in George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. The opening sequence was also what got the TV series its first ever Emmy Award. Regarding the concept, director Angus Wall said that the sequence means to show a spherical world, a twist on the classic flat fantasy maps.
3. Super Suits
Now we all know that uhh… less than ideal… live action Green Lantern movie starring Ryan Reynolds. In addition to that, we also know the amazing movies that had Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man (Iron Man 1, 2, 3, Avengers 1 and 2, Captain America Civil War, Spiderman: Homecoming). What some of you might not know is that the Green Lantern Suit and the Iron Man armors were all digitally added on to Reynolds and RDJ. Both actors were outfitted with special suits that allowed the special effects team to track their movements and lay the super suits on their moving bodies. For Iron Man, RDJ wore some pieces of the armor every now and again for certain shot, but majority of the armor pieces, especially those on his lower body, were added digitally.
That’s some next level cosplay right there.
4. You’re an All-star
Aside from being the source of numerous internet memes, the 2001 animated movie “Shrek” starring Mike Myers, Eddie Murph, and Cameron Diaz, was also the first recipient of the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. Shrek has since then spawned numerous spin-offs and sequels, video games, and a bunch of other media, including a musical.
5. Piece by Piece
Let’s go back to Transformers, partially because the guy writing this article is a huge fan and has been invested in the franchise for two decades. If you thought designing and moving the whole robots were tough, then hold onto your socks because this next bit will pretty much knock you off your rocker. The titular robots never have a default transformation sequence because whenever they change modes, the animation happens PIECE BY PIECE MANUALLY. That means that all those tiny bits of digital metal spinning and folding and whatever, have a guy or a team manipulating them one by one manually.
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