Likewise, the Superman TV show didn’t have the tech or budget to show Supes really flying. Wouldn’t it be COOL to see Superman really flying?
So as I grew up in the 80s, I got to see it all. And then some.
- Real spaceships in Star Wars (not hanging from strings)
- Superman flying for real
- Dinosaurs in Jurassic Park (big, mean and scary, not models or men in rubber suits)
- Liquid man in Terminator 2
- Toy Story animation
- Bullet time in the Matrix
- Forrest Gump interacting with historical figures
- Jar Jar / Gollum (convincing animated character interacting with real actors)
- Titanic really sinking (not an obvious model)
- Realistic mass destruction (any Roland Emmerich movie)
I know some of these effects haven’t aged well compared to today’s standards, but I think most were quantum leaps for their times.
Today, the effects are as good as ever (though I still prefer practical effects). But I’m not as excited as I used to be. I’d always wanted to see real Transformers. They looked great, but felt like “the next step” instead of something really groundbreaking. Maybe we’ve been too spoiled with CGI. Have we really seen it all? With the proliferation of CGI, I can’t think of any effect than can’t be done with a typical blockbuster budget.
My questions to you:
What effects do YOU really want to see?
For what effects would you hire a babysitter and pay full price on opening night?
What effects have previously not been practical, or possible, except in your imagination?