When CGI first began to grace our screens as a regular thing back in the
eighties, it was hard to conceive of the transformative effect this innovative
technology would come to have on the medium of cinema. Within a decade of its initial
invention audiences were marvelling at masterworks of computer-generated
imagery ranging from many of Jurassic Park’s inhabitants to the liquid metal monstrosity
that was Terminator 2’s T-1000.
Nowadays audiences couldn’t even hope to keep track of
all the CGI trickery utilized by filmmakers, with creators like David Fincher
using the art form to add subtle details even in otherwise conventional dramas
like The Social Network. However, there are still a few hold outs who refuse to
rely on CGI at every available opportunity, much to the delight of genre purists
who bemoan the lack of practical effects in modern movies.
Sometimes it’s a stunt which simply couldn’t be faked convincingly
with the aid of computers, sometimes it’s a case of actors going above and
beyond by choosing to upskill and perform a difficult part themselves instead
of relying on the aid of technological fillers.
Regardless of the motivation, here are ten scenes which
you’d be surprised to learn actually didn’t rely on CGI - as well as some answers
as to how they did pull off the impressive effects.