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  08 August 2013
Empire: Cinema's Greatest Effects Shots Picked By Hollywood's Top VFX Specialists

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From Eadweard Muybridge and George Méliès to James Cameron and Phil Tippett, the history of movie effects is basically the greatest bedtime story never told. Except it’s a yarn so full of dragons, dinosaurs and mimetic polyalloy killing machines sent back from the future that you’d never get any sleep after hearing it. As Life Of Pi and Avatar amply demonstrate, there are many chapters still to be written and innovations still to be forged, but whether in-camera, matte, prosthetic, CG, or just lovingly modelled by a man with a passion for Plasticine, effects have brought magic to the movies since the silent era. In a unique celebration of the art, Empire asked the people who make them happen to pick their favourites.

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http://www.empireonline.com/feature...atest-vfx-shots
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  08 August 2013
I'd have placed the Hoth battle or the Asteroid Chase from Empire Strikes Back in there...

Also Genesis Effect from Wrath of Khan.

...but maybe I'm thinking "iconic" as opposed to greatest.
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  08 August 2013
Personally, I think 'iconic' is a greater compliment than 'greatest'.

Edit: Wow I did a terrible job of explaining my view. I'm sorry. I prefer 'iconic' because many of the FX we like we do so because we like the context surrounding them. I'll give you an example: Dick Jones' death in Robocop. The effect of him falling out of the window was... humorous. But the scene was awesome! "Dick, you're FIRED! Thank you! *bang*"
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  08 August 2013
T-1000 is 15 ? ... no way ... T-1000 is in the top 5 easily !

Avatar / Matrix / LOTR ?
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  08 August 2013
The Indiana Jones shot is a bit odd choice too. Even for that film.
I loved its clever impact as an ending shot-but wasn't it 'just' a matte painting?! I would have thought the melting faces were more profound (and harder to 'develope') VFX shot...
 
  08 August 2013
Originally Posted by circusboy: The Indiana Jones shot is a bit odd choice too. Even for that film.
I loved its clever impact as an ending shot-but wasn't it 'just' a matte painting?! I would have thought the melting faces were more profound (and harder to 'develope') VFX shot...



This is where the word 'iconic' comes into play. I'll put it another way: The lightning bolt that struck the clock tower wasn't that great of an effect, but....
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