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Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by StephenA, Sep 25, 2002.
Watching Tron last night got me to wondering this. So what was the first movie to use CGI?
Vertigo (1958) employed analog CGI for the vortexes in its opening sequence (courtesy of the slit-scan techniques of pioneer CGI-artist John Whitney).
i'm not sure if it was the first, but definitely one of the very earliest was "young sherlock holmes".
i still remember the scene where the knight pictured in the lead-glass window comes to life. i was like, whoa!
i even think ILM was involved, but not sure...
Don't forget also, Star Wars: ANH. It wasn't much, but as I recall, the Death Star plans were rendered (hah!) off of an Apple //e onto 16mm (I think) film. Plans were then rear-projected, interlocked to the camera crystal.
Also, other early CGI stuff includes Last Starfighter.
I think "Star Trek II" was the first to use CGI as we now think of it. The Genesis effect for the library tape viewed by Kirk was computer generated.
In Star Wars ANH, wasn't the spinning starfield seen from inside the escape pod the first shot ILM ever did? Or do I have my stories mixed?
That's indeed the first shot ever done by ILM, although it isn't CGI, it's a model effect. Wrath of Khan was definitely an early one. Also in Return of the Jedi there's the CGI wireframe model of the new Death Star, which was another early use. And yes, the Young Sherlock Knight was ILM. It was one of the first shots done by some guy named Lassiter at ILM's then-new divsion called Pixar, which was later sold to Lucas' pal Steve Jobs and well... you know the rest
The Great Mouse Detective used some early form of CGI.
*Not a John Whitney Jr. site as I wrongly stated yesterday.
Yes, the real first CG effect as we know was used in Star Trek II – The Wrath of Khan. Young Sherlock Holmes came later and has the honor of the first CG Character.
Don't forget the cgi created Jabba the Hutt in Star Wars-A New Hope made way back in 1977, a bit crude now, but for 1977 it was way ahead of its time!! Way to go George and ILM!!
Yes I'm being sarcastic and this demonstrates how adding cgi to ancient movies can screw up discussions like this one in years to come. What I posted above is what people will believe as fact in 20 years time, special effects history is being messed around with, we must put a stop to this people before its too late!![hysterical sobbing]
Thanks for the responses. Anyone else know about early movie adopters of CGI?
THE BLACK HOLE - 1979 The opening credit sequence was the first entirely CGI effect. The other sequences mentioned (Westworld, Star Wars) were actual photography with added computer manipulation. Changed by a computer, but not created on a computer.
Star Trek II, as mentioned, was the first to use CGI as we know it today. ( a textured 3-D model)
The Young Sherlock Holmes was the fisrt to use a Computer generated character.
This is a frequently asked question...we need a section in the FAQ for this.
The most obvious one I remember was "The Last Starfighter".
Well, speaking as a person who makes a living as a CGI artist, everyone who has mentioned Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan is pretty much on the money. All CGI artists consider this to be the first use of photo-realistic digital animation in a theatrical motion picture.
"Photorealistic" is the exact keyword I was going to insert, Robert. Things like the wireframe animations in Star Wars and The Black Hole don't count. I'd say that the Genesis simulation in Star Trek II was the first.
This Early Computer Graphics in Film site that I linked above also makes this claim, now as to whether anyone agrees....
My recollection at the time is that a big deal was made out of the pioneering use of computers in Looker as well.