Special Effects (F/X) -
Milestones in Film
|Film Title/Year and Description of Visual-Special Effects|
Although nominated for the Best Visual Effects Academy Awards Oscar, the film lost to Inception (2010) (see below).
Many now common-place features of the Harry Potter films are actually special effects magic, often unnoticed or blending in seamlessly with the story, e.g.
In this particular film, notable action scenes were the flight to the Burrow on thestrals and brooms (and Hagrid's harrowing motorbike encounter with traffic, and tunnel, and Death-Eater attacks), and the two wand shoot-outs (in the coffee-house and in Malfoy Manor).
Extremely advanced special effects techniques were used in the early scene in which 6 doppelganger Harry Potters were created, by having six of Harry's friends (George, Fred, Ron, Hermione, Fleur and Mundungus) drink Polyjuice Potion at Privet Drive. The multiple Harrys were designed to thwart the coming attack of Voldemort and his Death-Eaters.
The CGI characters of house-elves Kreacher (pictured) and Dobby were animated visual effects, as was python-like Nagini's early appearance, followed by its emergence from Bathilda Bagshot and subsequent attack against Harry.
The illusionary vision Ron experienced while threatening to destroy the locket-horcrux with the Sword of Griffindor was a startling image of Harry and Hermione kissing topless, as well as a large dark monstrosity and spiders.
Exceptional animation was evidenced in The Tale of the Three Brothers, homage to the hand-cut paper silhouettes in one of the earliest animations in cinematic history by Lotte Reiniger.
Christopher Nolan's mind-bending suspense thriller about invading people's dreams won four technical Oscar awards, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Mixing and Sound Editing, and Best Cinematography. A dream manipulator named Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his team entered the multi-leveled psyche of an energy tycoon (Cillian Murphy) to implant an idea about how he wouldn't follow in his father's footsteps.
Some of the most astonishing, surreal and ground-breaking special effects were seen in the various dreamscapes where the laws of logic and gravity didn't hold.
Film Milestones in Visual/Special Effects (F/X)
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