10 More CGI Movie Shots You Never Noticed

Did you spot one actor's fully CGI tooth?

Mission Impossible Dead Reckoning
Paramount Pictures

When used badly, CGI can stick out like an excruciatingly sore thumb.

Whether because the VFX artists involved simply weren't given enough time or money to create something believable, or the technology of the time just wasn't at the level needed to produce a convincing shot, cartoonish and jarring digital effects have regularly been known to drag audiences out of the features they are experiencing.

However, when the brilliant minds crafting these digital moments are given the right environment to create some computer-generated movie magic, the end result can be so seamless that many don't even notice CGI is present in a scene.

There have been a ton of instances over the years of VFX artists using this movie-making tool to masterfully bring everything from an actor's entire face to a pair of unblinking eyes to screens - as seen in the previous version of this list. There were so many, in fact, that trying to cram all of them into one list just felt wrong.

So, here are 10 more movie shots you almost certainly didn't realise boasted a decent amount of CGI.

10. Falling Objects On A Train - Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning

Mission Impossible Dead Reckoning
Paramount Pictures

The mighty Tom Cruise prides himself on very much diving head-first into just about every practical stunt possible during the shooting of any of his movies. And sure enough, Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning once again saw Cruise driving a motorcycle off a cliff, running/fighting on the top of a train, and hanging onto the inside of many of said vehicle's carriages as it dangled off a bridge for real on-screen.

However, just because these moments often required the Hollywood superstar and his co-stars to do some entirely practical stunt work doesn't mean that the whole scene was free from digital assistance.

Take that aforementioned many falling carriages sequence, for example.

While Cruise and Hayley Atwell were definitely scrambling their way up the vertical carriage - with the two being connected to wires as a practical rig of the train was flipped - you likely didn't notice that a bunch of what you saw here is actually CGI.

As revealed in a fascinating Industrial Light & Magic Behind the Magic clip, everything from the location seen outside the windows, to the moving curtains, to just about every piece of furniture that dangerously drops down next to Ethan Hunt and Grace were all digital. 

And that piano that dramatically plummets out the back of the carriage? That was computer-generated, too, making an already thrilling sequence that little more impressive when you realise just how much of it was brilliantly added into the scenario digitally.


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