15 Stunning Shots That Show How Hollywood Uses Special Effects to Transform Our Favorite Movies
We all know that the ‘Lord of The Rings’ movies were shot in New Zealand but did you know that the Jungle Book movie was shot on a set and not a real jungle? Yes, Hollywood has the technology now that they can create a lifelike jungle while the actors act on a studio set.
Today, we’re diving into the fantasy world of special effects. These are as important to a movie as the story and performances of the actors. You’ll see some of the biggest movies and even some of your favorites before and after the special effects were added.
This trilogy was based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s 1937 novel of the same name. These movies also serve as the prequels to ‘The Lord of the Rings’ films. The movies starred some famous actors like Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Cate Blanchett among others. The fantasy movie was largely based on special effects.
2A Good Day to Die Hard
This 2013 action movie was the fifth movie in the massively successful Die Hard franchise starring Bruce Willis. Though the movie was a box office hit, it received massively negative reviews for its impracticable and implausible action sequences, weak plot and overall mediocrity and lack of focus. As the picture shows, special effects were a major part of the action sequences.
The 2015 science fiction movie is the fourth movie in the ‘Jurassic Park’ franchise and the start of the ‘Jurassic World’ trilogy. It starred Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard in lead roles. The special effects, as this picture demonstrates, were used for the scenes featuring dinosaurs. No wonder the movie looked so good!
4Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle
The movie released in 2018 and was directed by Andy Serkis. It was based on the stories in the collection called ‘All the Mowgli Stories’ by Rudyard Kipling. The film stars Rohan Chand, Frieda Pinto, Matthew Rhys along with motion capture and voice performances by Benedict Cumberbatch, Christian Bale, and Cate Blanchett. The film was criticized for having animals with human faces.
5The Jungle Book
This 2016 Disney fantasy adventure film received great critical acclaim for its writing, direction, and overall complexity. It was inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s stories and Disney’s 1967 movie of the same name. The live action/CGI movie featured several popular actors in motion capture including Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, and Lupita Nyong’o.