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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  | Tron
Tron

Year: 1982
Significance: first extensive 3D

Steven Lisberger’s sci-fi was seminal because it didn’t so much push back the boundaries of CGI as ramraid them with a light cycle, and it did it using a computer that boasted – wait for it – 2Mb of memory. To put into context, that’s about 1/2000th of the capacity of your average PC. Despite the constraints Lisberger and co. were working with, they conjured entire CG sequences in Tron World, more than a quarter of an hour’s worth of digital effects in total, including the 3D light cycle race that streaked across our subconscious in a neon blur. Triple-III, the CG pioneers of Westworld, were called in to realise Syd Mead’s designs for Sark’s ship and the solar sailer.
 

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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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