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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  | Young Sherlock Holmes
Young Sherlock Holmes

Year: 1985
Significance: Pixar’s first work on stained glass warriors

In 1984, a gifted young Lucasfilm employee was given the chance to work on a scene in Barry Levinson’s detective romp Young Sherlock Holmes that, for the first time in cinema history, aimed to blend CG and live-action seamlessly. For John Lasseter the experience constructing the movie’s stained glass knight was formative, ILM boss Dennis Muren’s collaborative approach defining his own approach at Pixar and Disney. “The room was always open for discussion, and Dennis really listened to everybody,” Lasseter reflects on Muren’s dailies sessions every morning. For Muren, the technique – real-life models that were then painstakingly digitised – was frustrating, but revolutionary: “You could design the thing exactly the way your mind conceived it. It was really great being there, working on it with the pioneers of that whole process. The stuff really stands up today.” The Academy agreed – Young Sherlock adorned 221B with an Oscar for Best Visual Effects.

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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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