An Evolutionary History of Special Effects



Here is a Chronological, In-Depth Description of how Greenscreen Effects work, and How Keying and Special Effects have evolved from the first film with special effects, all the way to the latest and greatest.

Video Breakdown:

This Video Sort OF Demystifies some of the ways that special effects are able to come to life in film, but even more so, it explains HOW it was done from the start, and how even today the same basic principles apply just as they did on the first film in 1902 by Georges Méliès. This video Example for lack of better word “Blows my Mind”. As I watched it with my mouth open like a child, wondering, how in the world did he pull these effects off with the technology they had in 1902, if that can even be called it was all ORGANIC Film, and he had to literally splice and black out parts of the film stock then run them through twice to get the effects he wanted, PHYSICALLY. Nowadays we new filmmakers wouldn’t even think of something like this with Adobe After Effects and the type of camera we can get our hands on at our local stores.

But in all its Glory here it is.

This is one of the first if not the FIRST Film with Special Effects by Georges Méliès. A Trip to the Moon / Le Voyage dans la lune – 1902. This was named one of the greatest 100 films of the 20th century by The Village Voice. Georges Méliès was an illusionist and this film was, to me, one of the greatest illusions ever, seeing that it was the first of its kind.

Before and After Examples using modern techniques

Back To the Future GreenScreen Example

The Great And Powerful Oz BlueScreen Example

Now here is a breakdown of how they did the special effects STEP by STEP for one of the scenes in The Great and Powerful OZ. This is an example of how it is done now.


[Source: Filmmaker IQ]

Leave a reply

* Copy This Password *

* Type Or Paste Password Here *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>