Sunday, 20 November 2016

Not CGI- 3

The Thing: "Kennel Thing" Scene

The Thing: 'Kennel Thing' Scene
John Carpenter's The Thing is one of those movies some people can't handle because the effects created by Rob Bottin and Stan Winston are so realistic and gruesome they're truly the stuff of nightmares. One scene in particular sticks with viewers, especially if they're animal  —  the kennel-thing scene. The kennel-thing somehow manages to look alien, terrifying and pitiful all at the same time, and even though the creature didn't receive a ton of screen time, it's is widely remembered as one of the most nightmarish creatures in the movie. Created using a combination of practical puppetry, animatronics, and hydraulics, the kennel-thing showed artists there are no limits to what can be achieved with practical effects.
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Terminator 2 Judgment Day:Rebooting the Terminator

Terminator 2 Judgment Day: Rebooting the Terminator
Special effects artist Stan Winston had to find creative ways to integrate the android's mechanical body into human form seamlessly while working on the Terminator films, and his creations did not disappoint. There was one scene which didn't make it into the final cut, yet furthered the art of practical special effects in a major way — the scene in which John and Sarah Connor peel reboot the Terminator. 

The effect had to look realistic, yet allow for real-time interaction as Sarah takes an electric screwdriver to the Terminator's head, all while Arnold continues to deliver his lines. It has has been imitated many times since, but Stan's effect still stands as a game changer, despite the fact that audiences didn't get to see it in the film. 

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Jason and the Argonauts: Skeleton Fight

Jason and the Argonauts: Skeleton Fight
1960's audiences were introduced to the future of special effects with Jason and the Argonauts. The valiant Jason battled a skeleton army at Thebes, but they weren't guys in suits or plastic props on strings —  they were scary warriors who looked realistic and who thrilled audiences. 

This groundbreaking effect combined the stop motion wizardry of Ray Harryhausen Jr. and the incredible acting skills of Todd Armstrong. The animator similarly brought living actors together with stop motion puppets in The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad, but the sheer difficulty of making that many skeletons look like they're actually on the same stage as Armstrong is what makes this scene in particular so influential.

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Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark: Melting Head

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark: Melting Head
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark featured many action packed moments, but audiences took the melting head scene home with them. It was so terrifyingly realistic, that viewers were disturbed and amazed that it was done without any digital help, but it was actually the most low tech effect on this list. The gruesome effect was achieved by covering a stone skull with gelatin skin on a concrete bust. The skin was then heated with propane space heaters, resulting in a really cool face-melting effect.

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