Introduction – 1st draft

Visual Effects has been around for many years and has developed into a Titan within the film industry. At the beginning of the 20th century, Visual magic was used to great effect. However over the century later, Visual Effects has evolved into a digital and technical driven form of art. When computers replaced optical printers, Visual Effects was taken to new heights.

Due to the growth of technology, films are now able to create what previously would have been unimaginable. However, have we taken it to far? Do filmmakers and directors over use it instead of focusing on what makes a film so interesting – The Story!

The top 10 most grossing films ever made are all heavily Visual Effects based, but what makes these films so good is the storyline. The Visual Effects assists in making them so great.

Some people argue that despite the enormous success of Visual Effects, filmmakers are overusing it and therefore destroying the quality of the film. Films such as The Hobbit trilogy have been heavily criticized for its overuse of Visual Effects. The Fellowship of the Ring however has been critically acclaimed for its use of originality.Viggo Mortensen has stated that it had “an organic quality to it, actors acting with one another”[1].

Over relying on Visual Effects then throws the performance of actors into question if all they are doing is running against a green screen. Visual Effects has not always been relied on in film. The original Star Wars trilogy is a great example of that, but due to the development of technology, there are no boundaries in what can ben achieved in Visual Effects. There have been certain key elements throughout the 20 and 21st century, which has allowed Visual Effects to become the colossus it is today.

[1] Robey, T. (2014) ‘Viggo Mortensen interview: Peter Jackson sacrificed subtlety for CGI’, The Telegraph,


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