This Is What Movies Would Look Like Without Visual Effects

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‘Gravity’ wouldn’t have looked like a masterpiece without the effects work of Framestore. Framestore / YouTube

While watching a movie at home or in theatres, sometimes we forget the special effects that go into bringing a film to life.

This year, “Gravity,” “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” “Iron Man 3,” and “Star Trek Into Darkness” are all nominated for visual effects Oscars.

Would you recognise any of those films without their added special effects?

We’ve gathered together images from visual effects studios Industrial Light & Magic, Framestore, Sony Pictures Imageworks, and Rhythm & Hues along with visual effects software company Imagineer Systems to show what popular movies would look like without added effects.

From Oscar-nominated films to box-office successes see what popular movies would look like without effects.

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title=”… filmmakers saw Robert Downey Jr. in a full body suit.”
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title=”Before Optimus Prime was on the big screen in ‘Transformers’ …”
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title=”… he was a computer-generated image.”
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title=”Without visual effects in ‘Alice in Wonderland’ …”
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title=”Lewis Carroll’s world looks pretty ‘Wonder-less.'”
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title=”When James Franco was touring through Oz …”
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title=”… he was only travelling on a yellow brick road.”
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title=”Digital versions of buildings and structures were modelled, painted, and placed into the set.”
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title=”The scenes of Hong Kong getting smashed up in ‘Pacific Rim’ …”
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title=”Computer-generated.”
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title=”… he wasn’t really in any danger.”
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title=”That entire awesome final train scene in ‘The Lone Ranger’ …”
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title=”… was filmed in front of a blue screen.”
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title=”And, the 3D touchscreens in ‘The Hunger Games’ …”
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title=”… would be rendered flat and green.”
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title=”Mark Ruffalo wore a capture suit while filming ‘The Avengers’ to make the Hulk look realistic.”
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title=”The visual effects team translated Ruffalo’s actions into a 3D rendering …”
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title=”‘The Avengers’ didn’t film in New York.”
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title=”The majority of its action sequences consist of the team on a green screen set.”
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title=”Instead, the crew filmed seven miles of New York City streets while the actors were in town for a few days …”
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title=”… to create a 20 block replica of the city.”
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title=”So, when Scarlett Johannson was flying through the skies in ‘The Avengers’ …”
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title=”… she was safe on the ground.”
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title=”There weren’t really 80,000 people in the Pittsburgh Steelers’ stadium during ‘The Dark Knight Rises.'”
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title=”Rather, small groups of more than 11,000 people that showed up were filmed and spread throughout the stadium to make it appear full.”
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title=”As for the blown-up field, director Christopher Nolan and his crew couldn’t actually destroy it.”
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title=”You’ve seen what your favourite movies would look like without visual effects …”
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Now, see which ones you should check out this year >


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