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17th Jul '16 10:15:04 PM PaulA
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* ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans'': The newer version uses computer animation as replacements for the stop-motion effects of the 1981 version.

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* ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans'': ''Film/{{Clash of the Titans|2010}}'': The newer version uses computer animation as replacements for the stop-motion effects of [[Film/ClashOfTheTitans1981 the 1981 version.version]].
20th Apr '16 12:24:10 AM erforce
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* ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'': The original ''Film/TheTerminator'' film was just a modestly budgeted film, albeit one with a rather convincing (if not in movement) T-800 "skeleton". Then came along ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', which had animatronics much more convincing than the "go motion" endoskeleton, and one of the more famous early uses of CGI involving seamless liquid metal effects of the T-1000. ''Film/TerminatorSalvation'' even used CGI Terminators for the most part.
* ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'', made 19 years after ''Film/TheLastCrusade'' had a lot more CGI used in its action sequences.

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* ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'': The original ''Film/TheTerminator'' film was just a modestly budgeted film, albeit one with a rather convincing (if not in movement) T-800 "skeleton". Then came along ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', which had animatronics much more convincing than the "go motion" endoskeleton, and one of the more famous early uses of CGI involving seamless liquid metal effects of the T-1000. ''Film/TerminatorSalvation'' even used CGI Terminators for the most part.
* ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'', made 19 years after ''Film/TheLastCrusade'' ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'' had a lot more CGI used in its action sequences.
27th Feb '16 5:06:29 PM Morgenthaler
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* For the first three ''Film/DieHard'' movies, they all depended on actual explosions (with the exception of one scene in the first movie), miniatures and live ammunition. It's stated that the directors favored the real thing over the then-new CGI. Then ''Live Free or Die Hard'' had its oil refinery explosion, the F-35 shredding a highway to bits and CGI cars flipping out.

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* For the first three ''Film/DieHard'' movies, they all depended on actual explosions (with the exception of one scene in the first movie), miniatures and live ammunition. It's stated that the directors favored the real thing over the then-new CGI. Then ''Live Free or Die Hard'' ''Film/LiveFreeOrDieHard'' had its oil refinery explosion, the F-35 shredding a highway to bits and CGI cars flipping out.
27th Feb '16 11:25:44 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'': The original ''Film/TheTerminator'' film was just a modestly budgeted film, albeit one with a rather convincing (if not in movement) T-800 "skeleton". Then came along ''Film/Terminator2JudgementDay'', which had animatronics much more convincing than the "go motion" endoskeleton, and one of the more famous early uses of CGI involving seamless liquid metal effects of the T-1000. ''Film/TerminatorSalvation'' even used CGI Terminators for the most part.

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* ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'': The original ''Film/TheTerminator'' film was just a modestly budgeted film, albeit one with a rather convincing (if not in movement) T-800 "skeleton". Then came along ''Film/Terminator2JudgementDay'', ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', which had animatronics much more convincing than the "go motion" endoskeleton, and one of the more famous early uses of CGI involving seamless liquid metal effects of the T-1000. ''Film/TerminatorSalvation'' even used CGI Terminators for the most part.
6th Jan '16 9:09:36 AM HowlingSnail
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*** Editing became a lot cheaper during Season 5 (1967-8) and 6 (1968-9), which enabled them to do things that had been impossible before. "Enemy of the World" has DoubleVision, "The Wheel in Space" has a lovely MatchCut, "The Seeds of Death" has StopTrick used for only parts of the screen while other characters move in the foreground, and so on. We also get our first BBCQuarry in "Tomb of the Cybermen"!

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*** Editing became a lot cheaper during Season 5 (1967-8) and 6 (1968-9), which enabled them to do things that had been impossible before. "Enemy of the World" has DoubleVision, "The Wheel in Space" has a lovely MatchCut, "The Seeds of Death" has StopTrick used for only parts of the screen while other characters move in the foreground, and so on. We also get our first BBCQuarry in "Tomb of the Cybermen"!
5th Aug '15 6:01:12 PM TompaDompa
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* The ''Film/JamesBond'' series makes pretty good viewing to see how special effects have come along from 1962 to 2012. Although ''Film/CasinoRoyale'' has actually cut ''back'' on CGI.

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* The ''Film/JamesBond'' series makes pretty good viewing to see how far special effects have come along from 1962 to 2012. since 1962. Although ''Film/CasinoRoyale'' has ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'' actually cut ''back'' on CGI.
19th Jul '15 1:47:51 AM MechWarrior
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* Parodied in the ''{{Freakazoid}}'' episode "The Curse of Invisibo". When he first appears, the titular villain is portrayed by a staff suspended from obvious wires, and the narrator interrupts, asking the audience to pretend that it's scary. After a couple of minutes, the narrator comes back and says they've successfully embarrassed a bigger FX budget out of the network, at which point the staff now seems to float and [[PowerGlows glow]] on its own.
* In the {{DCAU}}, the use of conspicuous CGI backgrounds and vehicles (particularly in the animated films) has continued, but is done much better. Compare the Batwing in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanAndMisterFreezeSubZero'' to the Batwing in ''BatmanUnderTheRedHood''.

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* Parodied in the ''{{Freakazoid}}'' ''{{WesternAnimation/Freakazoid}}'' episode "The Curse of Invisibo". When he first appears, the titular villain is portrayed by a staff suspended from obvious wires, and the narrator interrupts, asking the audience to pretend that it's scary. After a couple of minutes, the narrator comes back and says they've successfully embarrassed a bigger FX budget out of the network, at which point the staff now seems to float and [[PowerGlows glow]] on its own.
* In the {{DCAU}}, the use of conspicuous CGI backgrounds and vehicles (particularly in the animated films) has continued, but is done much better. Compare the Batwing in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanAndMisterFreezeSubZero'' to the Batwing in ''BatmanUnderTheRedHood''.''WesternAnimation/BatmanUnderTheRedHood''.
8th Jul '15 10:37:46 AM pinkdalek
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** The Twelfth Doctor's era uses less in the way of CGI and more PracticalEffects, due to a less experienced CGI team and a reduced budget. Whether it's a strict improvement depends on your taste, but the focus on physical props prevents the CGI having to compete with the much more expensive effects in things like ''Series/GameOfThrones'' and gives the show its own unique visual character.

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** The Twelfth Doctor's era uses less in the way of CGI and more PracticalEffects, due to a less experienced CGI team and a reduced budget. Whether it's a strict improvement depends on your taste, but the focus on physical props prevents the CGI having to compete with the much more expensive effects in things like ''Series/GameOfThrones'' and gives the show its own unique visual character. The practical effects are easily the best looking in the series' history, and allow the actors to do more.
8th Jul '15 10:35:08 AM pinkdalek
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' is ''made'' of this trope.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' is ''made'' of this trope. It ends up being something of a microcosm for the BBC as a whole, with its style slowly developing from 'televised theatre' to 'cinematic'.



*** There's a rather large bump between Seasons 1 and 2, as the budget got boosted when the BBC realised they had a hit on their hands. Everything in Season 1 (with the exception of a minute of location footage in the last story of the season, shot with a location double) is shot in a tiny and rather run-down little sound stage, but Season 2 is able to experiment with bigger sets (including some location filming), better props (benefiting from PropRecycling from the Amicus [[Film/DrWhoAndTheDaleks Dalek]] [[Film/DaleksInvasionEarth2150AD movies]]), more elaborate set-pieces and so on.
*** Editing became a lot cheaper during Season 5 and 6, which enabled them to do things that had been impossible before. "Enemy of the World" has DoubleVision, "The Wheel in Space" has a lovely MatchCut, "The Seeds of Death" has StopTrick used for only parts of the screen while other characters move in the foreground, and so on.
*** While the effects remain at the same level as they were before (looking slightly worse due to the shift to colour), there's a massive bump in quality of the fight scene choreography in Season 7 caused by a lead actor who was a martial artist and liked to [[NoStuntDouble do his own stunts]] whenever possible, and talent inflow from various SpyFiction series of the era. The sets also become more convincing due to more limited settings (meaning more detail could go into recurring sets like the UNIT HQ), [[BackedByThePentagon the UK military giving them extras and equipment]] and more location filming.

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*** There's a rather large bump between Seasons 1 (1963-4) and 2, 2(1964-5), as the budget got boosted when the BBC realised they had a hit on their hands. Everything in Season 1 (with the exception of a minute of location footage in the last story of the season, shot with a location double) is shot in a tiny and rather run-down little sound stage, but Season 2 is able to experiment with bigger sets (including some location filming), better props (benefiting from PropRecycling from the Amicus [[Film/DrWhoAndTheDaleks Dalek]] [[Film/DaleksInvasionEarth2150AD movies]]), more elaborate set-pieces (a chase sequence through the streets of London!) and so on.
*** Editing became a lot cheaper during Season 5 (1967-8) and 6, 6 (1968-9), which enabled them to do things that had been impossible before. "Enemy of the World" has DoubleVision, "The Wheel in Space" has a lovely MatchCut, "The Seeds of Death" has StopTrick used for only parts of the screen while other characters move in the foreground, and so on.
on. We also get our first BBCQuarry in "Tomb of the Cybermen"!
*** While the effects remain at about the same level as they were before (looking slightly worse due to the shift to colour), before, there's a massive bump in quality of the fight scene choreography in Season 7 (1970) caused by a lead actor who was a martial artist and liked to [[NoStuntDouble do his own stunts]] whenever possible, and talent inflow from various SpyFiction series of the era, and HAVOC, a newly-formed group of young, gifted stunt performers who became the BBC's go-to stunt people for the era. The sets also become more convincing due to more limited settings (meaning more detail could go into recurring sets like the UNIT HQ), [[BackedByThePentagon the UK military giving them extras and equipment]] and more location filming.



*** The set design is kicked up a notch from Season 12 starting from the stunning cryonic chamber in "The Ark in Space" (which was so expensive to construct they were forced to spend most of the plot there). It was, unfortunately, all kicked back down again in Season 15 due to slashed budgets and a massive recession, to some absolutely shocking levels (like building sets entirely out of [[ChromaKey CSO]]ed miniatures because they couldn't afford real ones).
*** Advances in camera technology allowed for murkier, grainier, almost 'film-look' video shots in Season 13 onwards, allowing the team to turn the lights right down for the first time. This was very helpful for the show's GenreShift into GothicHorror. See "The Talons of Weng-Chiang" and "Horror of Fang Rock" for stunning dark video shots.
*** There's a large bump in Season 18, caused by a bigger budget, a new production team eager to establish a 'polished' look, new technical innovations becoming available to the show (like a new system which allowed them to [[ChromaKey CSO]] actors into model shots and have the camera move, making simulated sets possible), advances in SFX makeup, better editing technology that meant that they could do cinematic-style editing cheaply, and some early colour processing. And due to the previous season not being a high bar to clear.
*** Particularly noticeable in the last four seasons, which featured a large advance in effects from the previous couple of seasons (a lot of which is still convincing today) and some early CGI. The bump may have been even more noticeable had the budget not been slashed following the 18-month hiatus.
** A lot of fans found it very jarring when the new series premiered and the spaceships and aliens actually ''looked'' like spaceships and aliens, and none of the props were made out of egg cartons and bubble wrap any more. The new series also lacks the 'soap opera effect' due to digital technology meaning they could shoot on video and 'filmise' it to make it look expensive.

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*** The set design is kicked up a notch from Season 12 (1975) starting from the stunning cryonic chamber in "The Ark in Space" (which was so expensive to construct they were forced to spend most of the plot there). Season 13 (1975-6) is similarly gorgeous, with the jungle in "Planet of Evil" and Solon's castle in "The Brain of Morbius" being particular high points. A new production schedule from Season 13 onwards also meant the location shooting was now done in summer rather than winter, which means the exteriors are much prettier, flowerier and more colourful ("Pyramids of Mars" and "The Android Invasion" particularly benefit). It was, unfortunately, all kicked back down again in Season 15 (1977) due to slashed budgets and a massive the UK recession, to some absolutely shocking depressing levels (like building sets entirely out of [[ChromaKey CSO]]ed miniatures because they couldn't afford real ones).
*** Advances in camera technology allowed for murkier, grainier, almost 'film-look' video shots in Season 13 12 onwards, allowing the team to turn the lights right down for the first time. This was very helpful for the show's GenreShift into GothicHorror. See "Genesis of the Daleks", "The Talons of Weng-Chiang" and "Horror of Fang Rock" for stunning dark video shots.
*** There's a large bump in Season 18, 18 (1980-1), caused by a bigger budget, a new production team eager to establish a 'polished' look, new technical innovations becoming available to the show (like a new system which allowed them to [[ChromaKey CSO]] actors into model shots and have the camera move, making simulated sets possible), move), advances in SFX makeup, better editing technology that meant that they could do cinematic-style editing cheaply, and some early analogue colour processing. And due to the previous season not being a high bar to clear.
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*** Particularly noticeable in the The last four seasons, which seasons (1986-9) featured a large advance in effects from the previous couple of seasons (a lot of which is still convincing today) and some early CGI. The bump may have been even more noticeable had the budget not been slashed following the 18-month hiatus.
** A lot of fans found it very jarring when the new series premiered (2005) and the spaceships and aliens actually ''looked'' like spaceships and aliens, and none of the props were made out of egg cartons and bubble wrap any more. The new series also lacks the 'soap opera effect' due to digital technology meaning they could shoot on video and 'filmise' it to make it look expensive.



** The Twelfth Doctor's era uses less in the way of CGI and more PracticalEffects. Whether it's a strict improvement depends on your taste, but the focus on physical props prevents the CGI having to compete with the much more expensive effects in things like ''Series/GameOfThrones'' and gives the show its own unique visual character.

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** The Twelfth Doctor's era uses less in the way of CGI and more PracticalEffects.PracticalEffects, due to a less experienced CGI team and a reduced budget. Whether it's a strict improvement depends on your taste, but the focus on physical props prevents the CGI having to compete with the much more expensive effects in things like ''Series/GameOfThrones'' and gives the show its own unique visual character.
20th Jun '15 11:55:58 AM Morgenthaler
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* The ''Film/HarryPotter'' movies started in 2001, so they used plenty of CGI from the start. However, the quantity and quality of the CGI increases with each film. It's telling that Jim Henson's Creature Shop only worked on the first ''Potter'' film while ILM worked on every film in the series.
** In the first film, the floating candles in the Great Hall were done with wires. In fact, after Quirrell announces the troll in the dungeon, there's a close-up of [=McGonagall=] in which you can [[SpecialEffectsFailure plainly see the wires which the candles are suspended from]]. An accident with a falling candle prompted them to make the switch to CGI candles for safety reasons.
** For the first six films, the Hogwarts exterior was [[MiniatureEffects a large model built at 1/24th scale]]. For ''Deathly Hallows Part 2'', they switched to a CGI version in order to properly create the Battle of Hogwarts.
* In ''Film/IronMan'', there was both the digital and the practical suit. In the sequel, the practical suit was used without the lower part (i.e. the legs and such are CG) as it was hard to wear and unconvicing. In ''Film/TheAvengers'', every time Tony Stark is wearing his suit it's a CG version.
* ''PlanetOfTheApes'' has two: from the original series to the Creator/TimBurton 2001 reinvention, the evolution of make-up; from the 2001 movie to ''RiseOfThePlanetOfTheApes'', the evolution of CG (which in the latter is used to create the apes themselves).

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* ''Film/HarryPotter'':
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The ''Film/HarryPotter'' movies started in 2001, so they used plenty of CGI from the start. However, the quantity and quality of the CGI increases with each film. It's telling that Jim Henson's Creature Shop only worked on the first ''Potter'' film while ILM worked on every film in the series.
** In the first film, ''Film/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'', the floating candles in the Great Hall were done with wires. In fact, after Quirrell announces the troll in the dungeon, there's a close-up of [=McGonagall=] in which you can [[SpecialEffectsFailure plainly see the wires which the candles are suspended from]]. An accident with a falling candle prompted them to make the switch to CGI candles for safety reasons.
** For the first six films, the Hogwarts exterior was [[MiniatureEffects a large model built at 1/24th scale]]. For ''Deathly Hallows ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Part 2'', they switched to a CGI version in order to properly create the Battle of Hogwarts.
* In ''Film/IronMan'', there was both the digital and the practical suit. In the sequel, the practical suit was used without the lower part (i.e. the legs and such are CG) as it was hard to wear and unconvicing. In ''Film/TheAvengers'', ''Film/TheAvengers2012'', every time Tony Stark is wearing his suit it's a CG version.
* ''PlanetOfTheApes'' ''Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes'' has two: from [[Film/PlanetOfTheApes1968 the original series series]] to the Creator/TimBurton [[Film/PlanetOfTheApes2001 2001 reinvention, reinvention]], the evolution of make-up; from the 2001 movie to ''RiseOfThePlanetOfTheApes'', ''Film/RiseOfThePlanetOfTheApes'', the evolution of CG (which in the latter is used to create the apes themselves).
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