10 CGI Moments In Recent Movies NOBODY Noticed

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Black Widow

CGI is everywhere in modern movies - all but the most low-budget films employ comprehensive use of visual effects for a number of reasons, from creating gorgeous far-flung worlds to fixing unexpected issues that arose during the shoot.

And while bad or excessive CGI can certainly help ruin a movie, sometimes VFX are deployed with such impressively subtle artistry that you don't even realise they're there.

While nobody watched any of these 10 recent movies under the assumption that they were conceived entirely practically, each nevertheless features a CGI moment that you almost certainly didn't notice.

From incredibly sly use of blue screen technology to mind-blowing actor replacements, totally photorealistic set extensions, and everything in-between, these moments are a testament to the applications of CGI both artful and sneaky.

While you might feel a little hoodwinked in retrospect - "is anything real in Hollywood anymore?" - the important detail in each case is that you were fooled while watching.

These moments all successfully sold a mesmerising illusion to all of us, and prove just how far the magic trick of CGI has come over the years. If you somehow noticed any of these VFX moments, well done...

10. Nat & Yelena In The Bar - Black Widow

Black Widow
Marvel Studios

It's of course no secret that every single Marvel Cinematic Universe movie contains a ton of CGI in practically every scene, but you might be surprised at just how extensively VFX are used in even the most basic and "practical" of camera setups.

When a VFX breakdown was released shortly after Black Widow hit screens, it revealed that even the scene where Natalya (Scarlett Johansson) and Yelena (Florence Pugh) hang out drinking in a bar required the use of blue screen technology.

At a cursory glance there's nothing about the scene - which simply involves two people sitting down and talking - which necessitated CGI, most likely suggesting that this portion of the scene was a reshoot captured many months later.

It's been stated before that the crew of every MCU movie captures clean background plates of all major camera setups, so if it's discovered that shots are missing or a scene isn't quite working in editing, pickups can be efficiently shot in front of a blue screen and composited in front of the plates.

While it's easy to view this use of CGI as excessive, it's certainly a smart way to keep reshoot costs down by ensuring the crew doesn't need to revisit the original location, or worse still rebuild a set that was destroyed after principal photography wrapped.

And considering you almost certainly didn't notice it, do you really care all that much?


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