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21st May '16 8:52:53 AM erforce
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* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' used heavy amounts of practical effects throughout. Many of the Library Ghost effects were practicals: books on wires, library cards being blown through copper pipes, etc. Also, when Stay-Puft kicks over a fire hydrant, the miniature actually sprays blue sand rather than have a gusher added in post-production.

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* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'' used heavy amounts of practical effects throughout. Many of the Library Ghost effects were practicals: books on wires, library cards being blown through copper pipes, etc. Also, when Stay-Puft kicks over a fire hydrant, the miniature actually sprays blue sand rather than have a gusher added in post-production.



* ''Franchise/JurassicPark'' is constantly lauded for its great use of combining practical and digital effects. It stands among [[Creator/StanWinston Stan Winston's]] greatest ever work, which is saying something. While the effects, both practical and computer generated, have aged very well (the CGI probably even has better musculature), scenes like the kitchen chase with the ''Velociraptors'' would have been much less taut without the ability for close ups of the 'raptors' faces or pots and pans being knocked and clashed and jangled by the dinosaurs.

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* ''Franchise/JurassicPark'' ''Film/JurassicPark'' is constantly lauded for its great use of combining practical and digital effects. It stands among [[Creator/StanWinston Stan Winston's]] greatest ever work, which is saying something. While the effects, both practical and computer generated, have aged very well (the CGI probably even has better musculature), scenes like the kitchen chase with the ''Velociraptors'' would have been much less taut without the ability for close ups of the 'raptors' faces or pots and pans being knocked and clashed and jangled by the dinosaurs.
17th May '16 9:44:19 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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* ''Film/{{Alien}}'' the titular alien (being a man in a suit), the face-hugger, and chest-burster are all practical effects. The film would likely not have aged as well had they used stop motion.

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* In ''Film/{{Alien}}'' the titular alien (being a man in a suit), the face-hugger, and chest-burster are all practical effects. The film would likely not have aged as well had they used stop motion.
4th Mar '16 5:55:55 PM eroock
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* ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' came with groundbreaking CGI effects but still relied heavily on animatronics FX as showcases in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uKRNlpT1X0 this featurette]].
27th Jan '16 7:37:58 AM Unityd3v
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** Speaking of Star Wars, ''[[Film/TheForceAwakens Episode VII The Force Awakens]]'' goes out of its way to use practical effects to almost the same level as the original trilogy.
14th Jan '16 1:59:33 AM jormis29
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* ''Film/{{Oblivion}}'' had some great special effects but its most impressive visuals were the practical techniques used for the Sky Tower. Unable to actually build a set at such a height, the effects crew did the next best thing and filmed countless hours of the 360 degree view from the top of a volcano in Maui. They then projected this on a silver screen around the set. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DCkIuv82Q4 Take a look.]] Why does the skyline and lighting in the tower look so beautiful and ridiculously accurate? [[TheWorldIsJustAwesome It's all being provided by the real thing]]. The actors gushed about how beautiful this made the set look and Tom Cruise even declared it the most beautiful set he'd ever seen.

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* ''Film/{{Oblivion}}'' ''Film/{{Oblivion 2013}}'' had some great special effects but its most impressive visuals were the practical techniques used for the Sky Tower. Unable to actually build a set at such a height, the effects crew did the next best thing and filmed countless hours of the 360 degree view from the top of a volcano in Maui. They then projected this on a silver screen around the set. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DCkIuv82Q4 Take a look.]] Why does the skyline and lighting in the tower look so beautiful and ridiculously accurate? [[TheWorldIsJustAwesome It's all being provided by the real thing]]. The actors gushed about how beautiful this made the set look and Tom Cruise even declared it the most beautiful set he'd ever seen.
31st Dec '15 4:52:56 PM jormis29
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* The special effects crew of the 2012 ''Film/RedDawn'' remake ''actually blew up a building in Mount Clemens, Michigan'' for one particular scene.

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* The special effects crew of the 2012 ''Film/RedDawn'' remake ''actually blew ''Film/RedDawn2012'' actually ''blew up a building in Mount Clemens, Michigan'' for one particular scene.
26th Dec '15 8:06:44 AM SpectralTime
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Rightly or wrongly, though, practical effects are seen by many as being in some way superior to ComputerGeneratedImages or CGI. Certainly early CGI was much more prone to SpecialEffectsFailure, the lower resolution, texturing and lighting flaws would push the images into the UncannyValley while even a bad practical effect could be seen to be physically real. The more modern [[ConspicuousCG CGI can be very conspicuous]] compared to well integrated practical effects.

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Rightly or wrongly, though, practical effects are seen by many as being in some way superior to ComputerGeneratedImages or CGI. Certainly early CGI was much more prone to SpecialEffectsFailure, the lower resolution, texturing and lighting flaws would push the images into the UncannyValley while even a bad practical effect could be seen to be physically real. The more modern [[ConspicuousCG CGI can be very conspicuous]] compared to well integrated practical effects.
effects. And there is an argument can be made that it's easier for actors to turn in a good performance when interacting with something physical.
16th Dec '15 8:34:17 AM potatokingmike
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* The special effects crew of the 2012 ''Film/RedDawn'' remake ''actually blew up a building in Mount Clemens, Michigan'' for one particular scene.
16th Oct '15 11:44:56 PM nombretomado
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* In the 2001 version of ''PlanetOfTheApes'' only the space scenes and some backgrounds were done with CGI (as well as some harness wires removed in post), but otherwise it was all practical effects (including, among other things, the apes outrunning galloping horses).

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* In the 2001 version of ''PlanetOfTheApes'' ''Film/{{Planet of the Apes|2001}}'' only the space scenes and some backgrounds were done with CGI (as well as some harness wires removed in post), but otherwise it was all practical effects (including, among other things, the apes outrunning galloping horses).
24th Sep '15 10:10:34 AM StFan
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* In John Woo's ''HardBoiled'' the elevator trick similar to ''Good Night and Good Luck'' above was applied. During the final act hospital shoot out, a long take is made of Tequila and Alan shooting their way through that lasts for 2 minutes and 43 seconds and doesn't break when they get into an elevator.
* The earlier ''Film/HarryPotter'' films mixed animatronics and CGI. Fawkes, generally speaking, is an animatronic when he's perched and CGI when he's flying. The animatronic Fawkes could even cry "real" tears for the scene when he heals Harry's arm. Supposedly, it was so convincing that Richard Harris thought it was a real bird, commenting "they sure do train those things well." In the spider grove scene from the second film, Aragog is animatronic and his children are CGI. Lupin's Werewolf form even had a practical suit with stilts made for certain shots though it was pretty much impossible to get realistic movement out of it so most of it is CGI. ([[SpecialEffectsEvolution CGI took over more as the series went along]]). Though is likely do to the rising complexity of the film. WordOfGod states that if they could do it practically they did. Many of the creatures in the later films such as the inferi would have been impossible to do practically. Ginny shattering the prophecies in the fifth film was another one that would have been impossible to do practical, at least not within any reasonable amount of time or budget.

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* In John Woo's ''HardBoiled'' ''Film/HardBoiled'', the elevator trick similar to ''Good Night and Good Luck'' above was applied. During the final act hospital shoot out, a long take is made of Tequila and Alan shooting their way through that lasts for 2 minutes and 43 seconds and doesn't break when they get into an elevator.
* The earlier ''Film/HarryPotter'' films mixed animatronics and CGI. Fawkes, generally speaking, is an animatronic when he's perched and CGI when he's flying. The animatronic Fawkes could even cry "real" tears for the scene when he heals Harry's arm. Supposedly, it was so convincing that Richard Harris thought it was a real bird, commenting "they sure do train those things well." In the spider grove scene from the second film, Aragog is animatronic and his children are CGI. Lupin's Werewolf form even had a practical suit with stilts made for certain shots though it was pretty much impossible to get realistic movement out of it so most of it is CGI. ([[SpecialEffectsEvolution CGI took over more as the series went along]]). Though it is likely do due to the rising complexity of the film. WordOfGod states that if they could do it practically they did. Many of the creatures in the later films such as the inferi would have been impossible to do practically. Ginny shattering the prophecies in the fifth film was another one that would have been impossible to do practical, at least not within any reasonable amount of time or budget.
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