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Great effects in movie history

Turner Classic Movies

“King Kong” (1933)

  • Special effects wizard Willis O’Brien staged a stop-action, one-frame-at-a-time wrestling match between Kong and a Tyrannosaurus rex.


“Jason and the Argonauts” (1963)

  • O’Brien protégé Ray Harryhausen created a stop-action swordfight between Jason and his crew and a small army of skeletons.

“2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968)

  • Stanley Kubrick used motion-control cameras and a huge circular set to show Gary Lockwood going for a jog inside the spaceship.

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“Alien” (1979)

  • The creature that bursts from inside John Hurt was a hand puppet pushed through a piece of fiberglass on his chest, accompanied by fake blood and real animal organs.

“Jurassic Park” (1993)

  • The scene of the T. rex attacking the lawyer hiding in a toilet was a mix of live action and digital work. The dinosaur was an actual model. The lawyer was computer generated.

“Forrest Gump” (1994)

  • When Tom Hanks competes in a Ping-Pong match, there are no balls in the film. They were all digitally added.

Warner Bros.

“The Matrix Reloaded” (2003)

  • Keanu Reeves gets into a street fight with hundreds of Agent Smiths. Multiple digital cameras recorded Hugo Weaving from different angles, his body was “cloned,” then his face was digitally added to each of them.

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