CGI stands for Computer Generated Imagery, and it describes the art of using technology to create entire worlds and notable realistic changes on screen that we wouldn’t be able to do with make-up and props. If you can dream it, then CGI can help it come to life… or at least, life on screen. As we humans have progressed, so have our imaginations and our freedom of editing technology.

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So what exactly is CGI?

Explosions. Monsters. Dragons. How can you be in your living room? How can you be immersed in a new world filled with magical creatures?

CGI stands for Computer Generated Imagery, and it describes the art of using technology to create entire worlds and notable realistic changes on screen that we wouldn’t be able to do with make-up and props. If you can dream it, then CGI can help it come to life… or at least, life on screen. As we humans have progressed, so have our imaginations and freedom of editing technology. 

When was it first used?

CGI was first used in the 1950s when computers created animation patterns. The first-ever film it appeared in was Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo (1958). Over time, as technology has advanced, the movie industry has been able to transform CGI from a bit of animation to creating whole scenery, 3D characters, explosions, creatures, and so much more! 

When done correctly, Computer Generated Imagery can fool you into thinking there is no animation at all done! It makes actors look younger or change their hair or eye colours! When done badly, it’s noticeable, and you can tell because whatever they tried to make sticks out. 

Using CGI has many advantages in the film industry! 

Filmmakers now have no limit to what they can put on the screen. It makes for a more believable and fantastical watching experience and provides the director with even more creative freedom than they know what to do with! It’s also a lot cheaper to run as film sets won’t have to hire make-up artists, costume designers or set changes. 

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