The fantastical universes of great movies are made with CGI special effects. But before they can be rendered by visual effects artists, filmmakers first need to put the actors in strange situations. Back in the day, filmmakers used matte paintings, miniature models and trick photography to achieve impossible looking cinematic effects. Today, Hollywood has nearly perfected the art and application of computer-generated imagery (CGI) in movies and TV shows.

Would you recognize any of your favorite films without visual effects? Take a look at the revealing before-and-after pictures we’ve compiled for you below to see what we mean. You’ll never look at movies in the same way again.

1Fat lady

2Hogwarts in Harry Potter


4Thor Ragnarok (2017)

5Dr. Strange

6The hunger games

7Harry Potter behind the scene

8Dead Man's Chest (2006)

9Lord Voldemort

10Harry Potter

11Avengers: Age of Ultron

12Game of Thrones 7

13Avengers: Infinity War

14Avengers: Infinity War

15Doctor Strange

16Doctor Strange

17Night at the museum

18Deadpool 2

19Deadpool 2

20Night King in Game of Thrones

21Avengers: Infinity War

22Avengers: Infinity War

23Justice league

24Thor Ragnarok

25Avengers: Infinity War


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