When you go to a movie, unless you are watching a documentary, you are usually aware that what you are seeing is entirely a work of fiction. But even with that knowledge, some movies are even more fictitious than others. And that's because, while some films may be completely natural, most a little (and often a lot) of special effects. Thanks to green screens and CGI, what you see on the screen often bares little resemblance to what really happened on the set. For instance, seen here is a tiger on the boat from the movie Life Of Pi.
However, when the move was actually being recorded, there was no tiger. Instead, this odd blue plush creature was used as the tiger's stand-in. We can only assume that using this instead of a tiger made life on set just a little less stressful for the movie's human actors.
The answer, is, of course the beam was fake...but so was the airport itself. Instead of filming at a real airport or an airport set, it was all simply green-screened in later. For some reason, real life airports aren't interested in having people dressed as superheroes running around in a battle while people are trying to make their flights.
In the new Godzilla, there's no guy in a suit. And there's no big body of water or much of anything else. There's no massive green creature, but there is a massive flat green surface. It's not as fun as a guy stomping on tiny buildings, but it still works.
Gravity starred Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts working to survive and accident in space. And we can only assume that the studio didn't quite have the budget to actually send their stars and a film crew into the real outer space. For that to work, Bullock and Clooney would have probably needed to take a HUGE pay cut.
Here's what Gravity looked like without the effects. You may notice that there's no green screens in the background. Instead, they used TV screens in the background, in order to have the lighting look as real as possible.
Just when you thought the Jurassic Park movie franchise was over, along came 2015's Jurassic World. And, once again, producers failed to clone actual dinosaurs and put them in the movie. Whatever happened to realism?
Here's what some of the dinosaurs in Jurassic World actually looked like while being filmed. To help with motion capture, in this scene they actually DID use people in dinosaur costumes, similar to an old school Godzilla movie. They would be replaced with CGI dinosaurs in the final version, which I think we can all agree is a true shame.
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If you want to see more of what these movies look like, without the effects, watch the video from Fame Focus above. Or you can click here to see more behind the scenes footage from Life Of Pi. And hopefully, after all this, you're still able to suspend disbelief and enjoy your favorite movies.