1. Any superhero movie is going to have a ton of computer-generated imagery, but it's pretty cool to see the physical sets in Wonder Woman

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2. We've come a long way since Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, but it's impressive how well they were able to capture Andy Serkis' performance with technology that's well over 15 years old

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3. Mad Max: Fury Road used a lot of CGI, but the movie also utilized a surprising amount of practical effects (and tons of real-life extras)

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via iloura 


4. The Martian did not actually film on Mars, contrary to popular belief

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5. CGI has made many aspects of moviemaking much easier, but it had to be hard for Emma Watson and Dan Stevens to deal with this

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6. Game of Thrones isn't a movie, but it does have movie-like production values

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via Iloura


7. We're cheating a bit again here since it's not traditional "CGI," but it's so cool to see this classic scene from The Empire Strikes Back from another angle

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8. In the case of things like X-Men: Days of Future Past, sometimes the "Before CGI" screenshot looks exactly like you think -- just a harness and a whole lotta greenscreen

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9. Independence Day: Resurgence may not have been a great movie, but that doesn't mean talented artists didn't work hard on it

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10. Alice in Wonderland was even more fantasy than I realized

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11. The kid in the "live action" version of The Jungle Book was more or less the only human in the film, but that doesn't mean he was always alone on set

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via MPC


12. With something like Everest, it's always interesting to see where production teams draw the line between what to build into a practical set and what to make out of CGI

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13. For something like HBO's The Pacific, CGI is vital for creating a sense of time and place -- it would be pretty tough to get a bunch of WWII battleships out in the ocean for this shot

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14. As evidenced by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pt. 2, movie magic is in its own school of wizardry

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15. Weirdly, The Hobbit trilogy, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and every single Transformers movie all have the exact same "Before" picture

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