Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make

Technology is really amazing.

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When I was a kid, we were still using puppets and men in suits to make movie monsters. Now, they’re all made on the computer.

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In fact, a surprising amount of what you see on a movie screen is added in after filming wraps.

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And photos from the set show just how different things look in real life:

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Life of Pi

Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
Not as cuddly in person.20th Century Fox
Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
No surprise here, cats hate bath time. 20th Century Fox
Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
20th Century Fox
Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
20th Century Fox

Alice In Wonderland

Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
Walt Disney Studios
Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
Walt Disney Studios
Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
Walt Disney Studios
Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
Walt Disney Studios
Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
Walt Disney Studios
Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
Walt Disney Studios

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
“Uh, Bill, I think there’s something on your face.”Walt Disney Pictures

Cinderella

Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
Walt Disney Pictures

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
20th Century Fox
Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
20th Century Fox
Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
20th Century Fox
Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
20th Century Fox

For a closer look at how the cast transformed for the movie, check out this behind-the-scenes video.

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The Wolf of Wall Street

Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
Who feels like a quick trip to Venice?Paramount Pictures

For this shot, the lion was real but his human co-stars were added in later.

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Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
Paramount Pictures
Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
Paramount Pictures

Wonder Woman

Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
Warner Bros.
Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
Warner Bros.
Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
Warner Bros.

District 9

Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
TriStar Pictures

Ender’s Game

Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
Summit Entertainment / Lionsgate Films
Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
Summit Entertainment / Lionsgate Films
Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
Summit Entertainment / Lionsgate Films

Game of Thrones

Of course, this HBO fantasy show isn’t a movie, but it relies on special effects as much as any blockbuster.

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Including when its actors transform into their characters.

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Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
I wonder why they didn’t use a real dragon for this shot.HBO
Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
HBO
Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
HBO

Beauty and the Beast

Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
Not beastly, but very silly.Walt Disney Pictures
Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
Walt Disney Pictures

If you really want to appreciate Emma Watson’s performance, you can watch them tape this scene before the beast’s costume is added on.

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The Hobbit

Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
Warner Bros.
Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
Warner Bros.
Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
Warner Bros.
Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
Warner Bros.

Oz the Great and Powerful

Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
Walt Disney Pictures

The Harry Potter series

Quidditch is obviously tricky to film…

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Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
Warner Bros.
Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
Warner Bros.

And so are floating books.

Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
Warner Bros.
Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
Warner Bros.

The Jungle Book

Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
No tigers were harmed in the making of this movie.Walt Disney Pictures
Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
Walt Disney Pictures

The Great Gatsby

Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
Warner Bros.
Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
“Traffic is pretty light today, old sport.”Warner Bros.

Avatar

Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
20th Century Fox
Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
20th Century Fox

The Matrix

Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
Warner Bros.

Everest

Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
Don’t look down…Universal Pictures

Inception

Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
A mountain lair…Warner Bros.
Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
With convenient street-level parking.Warner Bros.

The movie’s gravity-defying scenes were pulled off using giant, rotating sets.

Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
Warner Bros.
Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
Warner Bros.
Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
Warner Bros.

You can see the set in motion in this video.

Okja

Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
Netflix
Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
Netflix

Man of Steel

Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s an actor on a fishing line.Warner Bros.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
Walt Disney Pictures
Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
Walt Disney Pictures
Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
Walt Disney Pictures

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
Summit
Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
Summit

Forrest Gump

Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
Paramount Pictures

The Lord of the Rings

Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
Warner Bros.
Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
Warner Bros.
Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
Warner Bros
Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
Warner Bros.

300: Rise of an Empire

Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
Warner Bros.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
Paramount Pictures

Iron Man 2

Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
Paramount Pictures
Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
Paramount Pictures

Gravity

Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
So they didn’t film in in outer space? Disappointing.Warner Bros.

Captain America

Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
Paramount Pictures

Notice: Chris Evans is shrunk down to play his scrawny character before he transforms into Captain America.

Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
Paramount Pictures

The Avengers

Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
Walt Disney Studios
Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
Walt Disney Studios
Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
Walt Disney Studios
Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
Walt Disney Studios
Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
Walt Disney Studios
Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
Walt Disney Studios
Incredible Behind-The-Scenes Photos That Show The Difference Special Effects Make
Walt Disney Studios

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Emma C
Freelance Writer