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A History Of CGI In The Movies
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A History Of CGI In The Movies  | Starship Troopers
Starship Troopers

Year: 1997
Significance: First large-scale CG battle scenes

A box-office flop weighed down by its $100m+ budget, Paul Verhoeven’s sci-fi war movie was the first film to feature a large-scale CG military battle, with the VFX wizardry of Phil Tippett and Tippett Studios to the fore. Starship Troopers was also nominated for a Best Visual Effects Oscar, which it might just have won were it not for Titanic’s sailaway success that year. Over 300 artists and technicians were hired to digitally breed that icky strain of alien bug warrior, and those CG designs still hold up today, helping enshrine Starship Troopers as cult viewing. Some filmmakers have tried, and failed, to replicate its iconic battle scenes; others, like Peter Jackson on Lord Of The Rings, Zach Snyder’s 300 and Ridley Scott’s Kingdom Of Heaven all struck CG gold, each benefitting from the steps first made here.

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1 RE: RE:
Well clearly Star Trek II was beaten to it by several movies there. Flight of the Navigator should be included really though. More

Posted by rich on Thursday December 23, 2010, 22:01

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I think you missed out Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan - I've always been led to believe that the Genesis Device simulation was the first CGI sequence in cinema. More

Posted by Mandragora on Thursday December 23, 2010, 20:46

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Classic film The Last Starfighter:) Surely it must be included as it had a floating camera during which showed the 3d space and super imposed cock pit space battles. Long before the star wars trilogy 1997 special eds. Also dont forget Flight of the Navigator (also 1985 i think) which had morphing and reflection effects on the ship. More

Posted by jimbosolo on Wednesday December 22, 2010, 14:49

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