The Evolution of Special Effects: Early Years

One of the most recent films to come out has been the latest installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe “Doctor Strange.”

While some of the solo films in the franchise have not done as well as the studio has expected, the newest entry has a stunning showing of special effects.

Early Years:

A small form of SFX have been in film since the beginning. 6029315722_0d7aa564be_zIn the short, “Trip To The Moon”  features  SFX. They show the moon itself with a face and the bullet in its right eye. They later shows the explorers fighting moon natives and when they would make contact with them they would essentially explode into dust. One of the earlier showing of SFX in film. The effects shown in this short epic tale may seem simple or laughable when seen today. And when i first saw it I did chuckle under my breath. But at the time these effects made the audience stare in awe.

Fast forawrd over 60 years and your introduced to “J” and their famous skeleton army fight scene. They were somehow able to create a skeleton army for the talent to actually

interact with on screen and actually have the real talent 410634616_5099974b6b_zand the skeletons on screen at the same time. To the audience it seemed like magic. But it was simply stop motion film. Again, the animation may not hold up to today’s effects and seeing those skeletons you can tell that they are very fake compared to skeletons that you may see in today’s films. But at the time these animations dropped the jaw’s of the viewers.

Special Effects have come a long way. Providing magic to the screen allows the audience to feel transported into the film and be a part of a new world for the duration of it. It reaches into our imagination and pulls out the impossible. Films wouldn’t be the same without it.

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