Worth Watching: Visual Effects: 100 Years of Inspiration Video
by Alex Billington
August 30, 2009
I don't know a good way to introduce this. It's one of those great videos that you just need to watch simply based on the title alone. It's called Visual Effects: 100 Years of Inspiration - a "5th-grader-friendly" collection of clips and making-of footage from notable visual effects films of the past century. YouTube user bengraphics says it was "originally intended for educational use as an introduction to a classroom lecture." It's pretty damn awesome to see and will definitely be nostalgic for anyone that loves great visual effects. I first found it on Awards Daily but apparently it also came from Cinematical before that. Watch this now!
Ryan of Awards Daily puts it best: "It's a reminder of a simpler era when pulling a top hat out of a charcoal sketch was so pants-shittingly awesome genies had to wear adult diapers." It is also reminds me why I'm so excited to see James Cameron's Avatar - I think he's taking us into a new era with that movie just as he did before with The Abyss and Terminator 2, two movies which were featured in the video. Oh and the music was awesome too - it was "Rods and Cones" by the Blue Man Group. As great as it is to always look back at so many wonderful visual effects, it makes me excited to think about what's coming up next in the future.