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A History Of CGI In The Movies
The highs and lows of a game changer

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A History Of CGI In The Movies  | Fight Club
Fight Club

Year: 1999
Significance: First use of photogrammetry

We’d be impressed if you remember this film for its use of photogrammetry, and double points if you actually knew what the word means. It's the method of measuring objects using photographs, and its emergence in Fight Club was an important step towards finding a balance between CGI and storytelling. Most notably applied in architecture, engineering and geology, its practical use in film was uncovered by David Fincher when he looked to solve a common filmmaking problem. The story goes that in the ‘kitchen explosion’ scene Fincher wanted to avoid the camera being seen in the reflection of the stove as it passed over. Instead wire-frame 3-D models were rendered from photographs to map and recreate the set seen in previous shots. Not exactly a straightforward solution.

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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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