While modern movie fans are quite used to scenes featuring advanced computer graphics, detailed makeup techniques, and cutting edge technology - some might be surprised to know that special effects in film are about as old as film itself.
Many films from the silent era used clever engineering techniques, tricks of perspective, and the manipulation of physical film to create unexpectedly brilliant special effects that still hold up today. Here are just a few:1906: The Life of ChristDirectors:
Alice Guy-Blaché (collaborating director: Victorin Jasset).Starring:
The actors are not credited. Genre:
Drama, Religious Film.Length:
You know it - it's the re-telling of the story of Christ. It's been retold countless times through film but this is one of the first (maybe THE first?) examples by one of the first directors in film history, Alice Guy-Blaché. The effects:
The scene depicting the resurrection of Christ is talked about in the documentary, Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy Blaché
where Mark Stetson, a visual effects supervisor, likens the techniques Blaché uses to similar techniques used on Superman Returns.
The effects featured in this film are some of the earliest in movie history.Can I watch this film now?:
Yes! You can watch it on YouTube here.Interesting Facts:
While not one of Blaché's most interesting films, in my opinion, it makes the list because this film features some of the earliest special effects work in film history and had a huge budget for the time. Guy-Blaché, along with many other early women filmmakers, has largely been written out of history by dumbass men who think they own and solely pioneered all of the arts. Her work was massively influential and the documentary linked above provides some great insight into her life and her legacy. She was one of the first filmmakers to use the medium for narrative purposes and one of the first to experiment with synchronized sound in film and she directed, wrote, and produced comedies, dramas, and stories about social issues like child abuse and feminism. When this blockbuster film came out in 1906, Blaché was already the head of production at Gaumont Film Studios in France. Everyone interested in movies should know her name. ( Read more...Collapse )
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Documentary on Alice Guy-Blaché Source: TVO.org