Greatest Visual-Special Effects (F/X) Milestones in Film History
There’s a great comprehensive website that lists the history of the greatest visual and special effects milestones in history and it’s called appropriately enough “Greatest Visual-Special Effects (F/X) Milestones in Film History“. The list is organized in chronological order so it’s easy to navigate and gives a nice little synopsis of the special effect that made it noteworthy. It’s a great and informative site to browse through and see just how far the art of special effects has come in the last 100 years.
Some of my favorite special effects milestones include Pauvre Pierrot (1892), which is the first publicly broadcast animated film. Another milestone for animation was Gertie the Dinosaur (1914) was another major breakthrough in animation, as it was the first ‘interactive’ performance/show. The cartoonist Winsor McCay interacted with Gertie the dinosaur, giving her commands and even disappearing behind the screen only to reappear in the film.
Who can forget E.T., Indiana Jones, Close Encounters of the Third Kind…the list goes on and on. Not to mention Star Wars (1977), it broke ground in so many areas of special effects that there are whole books about the subject. Once computers really started being used visual effects took on a whole new turn. The advancements came fast and furious with so many productions entering the special effects pipeline. Enter today, we have entire feature-length movies done completely with computer animation and CGI visual effects have become a major part of most films.
So browse the list of great effects movie, reading about what made them special and remembering all of the great films you probably haven’t seen in a long time and possibly some that you have never seen.