10 Movie Scenes You Won't Believe Didn't Use CGI

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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.


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