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The Modern Film A majority of current movies on the market today most likely have one thing in common, Computer Generated Imagery, or CGI. Imagine how crude a movie would be without the use of computers and the quality they would posses if these technologies didn’t exist. From Star Wars to The Matrix and even a vast majority of all the more recent animated films such as Toy Story or Monster’s Inc have all used computers to enhance the experience of the movie. Movie goers have been enjoying the quality that these technologies have been adding to movies for years, maybe even longer than some might know of. It’s said that John Whitney, Sr. was the first to bring computer graphics to the film industry with his slit-scan technology creating the visually powerful “into the monolith” imagery of 2001: A Space Odyssey. Over the years computers would keep proving there worth in movies such as Tron, the film many people associate with the birth of Hollywood computer graphics. In 1985 Pixar produced what is said to be the first CGI character animation in film with the stained glass window come to life effect in the Young Sherlock Holmes. Disney, the maker of popular children’s movies of all kinds would later acquire Pixar and take animated movies from the classic sketched scenes of Cinderella and Bambi to the first full length CGI movie, Toy Story. Toy Story changed the way of viewing for animated movies making the characters seem more realistic and giving more detail to the worlds created in the movies. Another big maker of all CGI movies that would prove its worth would be DreamWorks Animation which would follow in the steps of the new Disney/Pixar to bring such movies as Antz and Shrek to the big screen. Today these companies are still going strong with multiple movies being made on the average of probably about one to two per year taking full advantage of the use of computers to bring their characters to life. CGI isn’t just used solely for animating though; it has become predominantly useful in all movies that are made these days. One of the more popular films to take full use of the effects that could be rendered using CGI would be The Matrix. From explosions to making the characters appear to move incredibly slow or fast there doesn’t seem to be a limit to what can be done in movies with the use of computers. One of the advantages of the use of CGI would be where there used to be scenes that might be dangerous the actor can now be replaced with a computer generated image or even the whole scene can be rendered in CGI making the impossible possible. The detail straight down to the hair and the movement of the hair in these CGI rendered scenes is so fantastic it is hard to tell the actual actor from the computer created image. Overall the use of CGI has had a huge impact on the movie scene and has made movies far more believable and enjoyable. From family movies like Toy Story to movies like The Matrix the experience is incredible considering what these films would be like without the use of computers and CGI technology. Its really amazing to see how far movies have come in the use of this computer technology in the last couple of decades alone. At the same time its crazy to think of what’s to come in the future for movies and to the extent at which these modern films will push the borders of the imagination.

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