So, have no fear; you aren’t the only one accidentally flashing your private parts. Even in the glamorous world of Hollywood, fashion can go havoc. Continue reading to see some of the worst wardrobe blunders in movie history.
Raiders of the Lost Ark: Jeans and 1980s Fashion Don't Fit In Indiana Jones' 1930s Setting
You might not consciously notice extras when you’re watching movies, but they are there, in all their glory, waiting for their few seconds of fame. And not only are they there, but they contribute a lot to the atmosphere of a film. They help viewers gain a sense of the setting of the film and its era. Therefore, it’s important to also set requirements for the actors’ clothing. In this film, one extra seemed to have slipped under the radar and not follow suit with others.
If you watch the film enough and pay close attention, you’ll notice that among the tapestry and other extras dressed appropriately for 1936, you’ll see a man standing in his jeans. They are nice jeans and all, for 1981. But, for 1936, the jeans and this man seem very out of place.
My Girl: Mood Rings Weren't Popular Yet
In 1991, "My Girl" was released. While it did have some pretty big actors, like Anna Chlumsky, Macaulay Culkin, and Jamie Lee Curtis, some critics loved it while others hated it. One thing that the film succeeded in doing is enveloping its viewers in 1970s nostalgia. But, if you noticed one particularly misplaced accessory, you might have lost track of the sense of the 70s for a second.
The mood ring that Vada (portrayed by Anna Chlumsky) wears is a great piece, especially for a young girl. Who doesn’t love a device which is able to determine whether you’re happy or sad? But, unfortunately for the film’s accuracy, mood rings weren’t in existence until 1975 and not in 1972, when the movie is set to take place.
Braveheart: Kilts Weren't A Thing Yet In The 1200s
This 1995 epic war film was a huge hit that provided people with a lot of enjoyment. And enjoy they did. The film received positive reviews from critics who praised the actors’ performances. It grossed $210.4 million worldwide against a $75.6 million budget. At the 68th Academy Awards, the film was nominated for ten awards and won five of them.
Mel Gibson directed and starred in it as the amazing William Wallace, a steely Scottish knight. He surely looked dashing in that kilt. While we know that looks are important, for the sake of historical accuracy, Gibson and his fellow men should have gone without the kilts. Nothing says Scottish like a good ol’ kilt, but Scottish people haven’t always rocked the kilt. The kilt came out much later in time, and not in 1280, the year during which the film takes place.
Unforgiven: Hackman's Pants Had Loopholes
1992’s "Unforgiven" was a big commercial success. Although it had a small budget of $14 million, it made over $159 at the box office. It was nominated for four Academy Awards, 4 of which it won. Among those awards, it won for Best Picture, making it the third Western film to win this award.
But don’t be mistaken by its success. The film still has its faults, as minor as they are. Let’s take Gene Hackman, for example. Sure, he gave an outstanding performance as “Little” Bill Dagget, but one part of his wardrobe leaves us questioning the decisions made by the costume designer of the film. Let’s take his character’s pants with loopholes. These types of pants did not exist in 1880, the year during which the film is meant to take place. Fortunately, the film is that great, so we forgive this error.
Pulp Fiction: Bullet Holes Before The Bullets
The 1994 American crime film "Pulp Fiction" was a major critical and commercial success. It received seven Oscar nominations and won for Best Original Screenplay. Travolta, Jackson, and Thurman were all nominated for Oscars for their performances. It’s safe to say that the film completely revitalized their careers and brought them worldwide fame. The film, which marked an important turning point in film culture, is widely regarded as Tarantino’s masterpiece. Its award-winning screenplay introduced some of the most famous one-liners in film history and is Tarantino’s most quotable film. And yet, despite the film’s success, it is not without errors.
In the film’s most famous scene, when Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield attempt to collect Marsellus Wallace’s suitcase from Brett’s apartment, a surprise assailant jumps out and tries to shoot them with a gun. The shots miss, and Vega and Winnfield kill the assailant, and Winnfield concludes it as divine intervention and begins citing biblical verses. If you watch carefully, you will notice that before the bullets start being fired, there are already bullet holes on the wall behind Jules and Vincent.
Gladiator: Russell Crowe's Lycra Shorts
We have no problem giving credit where it is deserved. It definitely took a lot of talent to master the fight scenes in this 2000 action film. Making sure that each move looks realistic but still flows smoothly and guaranteeing that actors are under safe conditions is not an easy task. But, there is one blooper that most viewers overlook in the film.
When Russell Crowe fell, viewers can see his lycra shorts. While there’s nothing like a man in some lycra wear, nobody in ancient Rome would have been wearing Lycra shorts. Even if they wanted to wear it underneath their armor, those shorts didn’t exist in those times. And sorry to say, but the ancient Romans definitely missed out!
Seabiscuit: The Strapped Helmets Didn't Exist Yet
Everybody loves a good horse movie, especially when it involves a race to victory. The 2003 equestrian sports film "Seabiscuit" is based on the life and racing career of Seabiscuit, who experienced unexpected success. He was a popular media sensation in the U.S. during the Great Depression. The movie fared pretty well with critics as well as with moviegoers. It was nominated for seven Academy Awards. Tobey Maguire starred in the film as Red Pollard.
As touching as the film was, it was still ridden with flaws. The historical event takes place during the time of The Great Depression. Yet, the jockeys in the film wear strapped helmets that definitely did not exist during that time. But you know what they say, it’s better to be safe than sorry, and it looks like the producers wanted to adhere to this.
The Wedding Singer: Drew's Short Hair Wasn't Typical Of The 80s
The 1998 music-filled romantic comedy, "The Wedding Singer," attracted a large fan base, many thanks to Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. While it didn’t receive rave reviews from critics, it performed very well at the box office, making $100 million against its humble $18 million budget. In the film, Drew Barrymore plays a waitress named Julia.
"The Wedding Singer" is set in the ’80s. One small inaccuracy in the film doesn’t have to do with wardrobe, like most others on this list. But, the short hairstyle that Barrymore dons isn’t a very fitting style for the ’80s. It seems like a bit of the 90s snuck its way into the film.
Catch Me If You Can: Adams' Braces Didn't Exist At The Time
Braces seem to be the perfect addition to further encourage a character's naive and shy persona. It makes the smile they flash all the more adorable and quirky. This was surely the case with Brenda (played by Amy Adams) in 2002’s "Catch Me If You Can." Despite the film being a financial and critical success, producers overlooked this; these types of braces worn by Brenda weren’t around during the time the film took place.
"Catch Me If You Can" is set in 1963. However, Amy Adams wears stick-on braces that didn’t become mainstream until the late 1970s, so it might have been unlikely that someone would have braces like that. Still, the film received favorable views from even the harshest critics.
The Ten Commandments: Underwire Bras And Blue Dresses In Ancient Egypt? We Don't Think So...
Even during Biblical times, women needed the support of a well-fitted bra. So, in biblical films, it’s no surprise that females in the movie would be donning a bra. In the 1956 film "The Ten Commandments," Nefretiri (played by Anne Baxter) looks dashing in her exquisite jewelry and sheer blue dress.
While she had most viewers mesmerized by her beauty, she definitely had her female viewers thinking something else as well. As stunning as she looked in the sheer dress, she could have benefited from a better bra, and the editing of the film could have used better censors. Regardless, Baxter’s lacy bra is clearly visible through the thin material of her dress. The color of the dress is also not so relevant to the time period, as it would have been virtually impossible during those times to get a color like that. One might say that Nefretiri is a trendsetter.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: Nazis Didn't Have Medals Pinned Onto Their Uniforms Back Then
It’s no secret that the Indiana Jones franchise was a huge commercial success. "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" was released in 1989 and was a great addition to the franchise. It received raving reviews from critics. It made over $474 million at the box office against a $50 million budget. Despite its success, there was one historical inaccuracy that was quite obvious.
The Nazis in the film look pretty convincing, thanks to their uniforms. But, one accessory on their uniforms wouldn’t have been around at the time, as the film shows. The medals pinned to the Nazis’ chests didn’t come to fruition until the end of the war. However, the film takes place in the middle of the war.
The Doors: An 80s Ray Ban Sunglasses Model In A 60s Film
We just have to point out that something in this film did not exist during the time that it is meant to take place. What’s more is that there are some sunglasses in the film that seem very out of place, despite that Val Kilmer wears them quite well and pulls off a convincing Jim Morrison.
1991’s "The Doors" is based on a true story. It follows the life of Jim Morrison and his timeless band The Doors. In the film, Jim Morrison can be seen wearing Ray-Ban sunglasses. But, the model that he wears was released only in the 80s, which means it was more than a decade later than Jim Morrison’s death in the 70s. Most of the film took place in the 60s, so they seemed to have stretched several decades into a short film.
Singin’ in the Rain: Beautiful Dress, But Not For The 1920s
The 1952 musical-romantic comedy film portrayed Hollywood in the late 20s. While the film was only a modest hit when it was first released, it has since received the title of the best film musical ever made and has a score of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. The film gets even the most forbidding of souls singing along with it. But, despite its perfection, according to Rotten Tomatoes, the film contains one inaccuracy, which for the sake of our list, prevents it from being entirely perfect.
Debbie Reynolds, who played the part of Kathy Selden, gave a legendary performance. While her acting and singing skills were on point, the same cannot be said of her wardrobe. During one scene, one of her outfits clashed with the time period of the 1920s. Reynolds sported a pink dress, which fit her like a glove, and flaunted her figure, yet didn’t fit the setting of the movie and the fashion trends that would have been popular at the time.
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves: Telescopes Didn't Exist In The 12th Century
When "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" was released in 1991, it wasn’t received so well by critics. But, it did take in a nice $390.5 million at the box office.
But, one small detail bewildered viewers. During one scene, Robin Hood’s friend is quite captivated by a telescope. He shows Robin Hood with a spark in his eye. While the scene is charming, it’s far from accurate. The telescope wouldn’t have existed during the film’s time, which was set in the year 1194. The telescope wasn’t invented until the 17th century.
Back to the Future: Marty Plays A Non-Existent Guitar
“Great movie, but–that did not exist back then!” As you probably know by now, this was the case with many popular movies. And yes, this is unfortunately what we have to say about Robert Zemeckis’ 1985 classic "Back to the Future." Sure, the movie was a huge commercial success that grossed over $381 million worldwide. It was the highest-grossing film of the year and won the Academy Award for Best Sound Effects Editing. However, that doesn’t mean that it didn’t have its flaws.
The science-fiction adventure film stars Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, who accidentally travels back in time to 1955. You must have thought that Marty had an aptitude for the guitar. And there’s no doubt that he did. Nobody else could have played “Johnny B. Goode” quite as well as him. And there’s a good reason for that. The amazing Gibson ES-345 guitar didn’t exist in 1955. The guitar came out only in 1958. So it seems that he would have needed to time travel to get his hands on the futuristic guitar.
Pride and Prejudice: Rubber Boots Didn't Exist In 1810
"Pride and Prejudice," the film, was released in 2005. It is, of course, based on the Jane Austen novel with the same title. The film strayed a bit from the novel’s details, as films often do, which is understandable. But, it’s harder to justify the film also drifting from historical facts.
Do you recall those trendy rubber boots that Lizzie (played by Keira Knightley) wore in the film? Those actually didn’t exist in Jane Austen’s time at all. Jane Austen passed away in 1817 when people definitely weren’t moseying around in rubber boots. Rubber boots were first invented in 1852. Luckily, this detail is quite minor, and for most of the film, they are hidden beneath Lizzie’s long dress.
Pulp Fiction: Split-second Peep Show
Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 crime film classic is known for many things, like famous one-liners, dance moves, and even a signature Mexican standoff. But, it isn’t known for its actors showing too much skin. You would actually be surprised to know that Butch Coolidge, portrayed by Bruce Willis, unintentionally exposed himself while filming.
While Butch is talking to his girlfriend Fabienne after he takes a shower, he naturally dries off with a towel. But, when he goes to wipe his face with the towel, he pulls the towel away from his body for a second and unintentionally gives viewers a showing of his downstairs region.
Pearl Harbor: Women's Bare Legs Were Rarely Seen In The 1940s
"Pearl Harbor" is a 2001 romantic period war drama film that starred Ben Affleck and Kate Beckinsale, among others. The film is based on the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. When you’re basing a film on an actual event, every detail is important. The details can make all the difference between engaging your audience and creating an authentic film to losing your audience completely. "Pearl Harbor" got negative reviews from critics, and transparent flaws, both plot-based and historical, are one of the reasons why. But, there was one wardrobe-related flaw in particular, which many people may have actually overlooked.
Of course, "Pearl Harbor" is set during World War II. The attack took place in 1941, during a time when women would have dressed in a certain manner. If you pay close enough attention, you will notice that the girls in the film were with their legs bare. But, women during this time period would never have been seen like this. They would have been wearing nylon stockings or painted on stockings with a line down the back of the legs considering that nylon was in short supply.
Django Unchained: Django's Shady (Not At All Accurate) Shades
Quentin Tarantino’s 2012 "Django Unchained" had quite the talented cast, including Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, and Samuel L. Jackson. It’s no surprise that the film won several awards, as Tarantino directs a mean film. "Django Unchained" is packed with action and suspect and sunglasses; what? While Jamie Foxx looks very profound in those shades, and it adds to the look of his character, there is a problem with this. These sunglasses wouldn’t have existed during those times.
As fans of the film know, it takes place in 1858, shortly before the start of the American Civil War. People at that time would have been eager to get their hands on a pair of sunglasses so as to protect themselves from the scorching Texas sun. But, realistically, it would have made more sense for Django to go without sunglasses and be left to do what everyone else did at the time- squint through the haze of the sun. But, Jamie Foxx does pull off the look, we must admit.
Spartan: The Boob-Exposing Punch
2004's political thriller, "Spartan," was directed by David Mamet. It starred a bunch of talented names like Val Kilmer, Ed O’Neill, William H. Macy, and Kristen Bell. Kristin Bell makes it on our list as yet another victim of a wardrobe malfunction.
In the movie, Kristen Bell plays the role of Laura Newton, the President’s daughter who goes missing. In one of the scenes, Bell is punched by another man. The punch is so hard that it ends up slightly exposing Kristin Bell's breast.
Schindler’s List: Most Women Didn't Shave Back Then - Especially During WWII
The 1993 Spielberg directed "Schindler’s List," which follows the life of Oskar Schindler, a German businessman who saved the lives of thousands of Polish-Jewish refugees from the Holocaust by giving them jobs in his factories during WWII. The film fared very well at the box office, earning $322 million worldwide against a $22 million budget. Critics also perceived it well. It was nominated for 12 Academy Awards, seven of which it won. It is often perceived as one of the best films ever made. And still, despite its success, there is still something off in the film that we must point out.
You may have noticed that the women in the film have clean-shaven legs. You may also notice that they lack armpit hair. While nowadays, this would hold true as realistic, in those days, women walked around happy with their bodily hair.
Pompeii: You Couldn't Wear Purple Next To Emperor Nero!
When you are more concerned with an entire civilization potentially wiping out from a volcano, fashion is definitely the last thing on your mind. And therefore, it’s the perfect opportunity for us to go ahead and point out a historical inaccuracy from 2014’s Pompeii.
While the generals in the film may have felt very bold in their gaudy purple garbs, this is actually deviance from history. Generals would never have been found wearing purple next to Nero. And if so, they would have definitely been done with.
Where Eagles Dare: A Hairstyle Ahead Of Its Time
The 1968 "Where Eagles Dare" was a big commercial success. The British WWII action film stars Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood. The movie nowadays is considered to be quite the classic and is noted for the phrase "Broadsword calling Danny Boy." While it's a great movie, it’s yet another war film that slightly veered from the style of the time period, particularly in regard to the hairstyles of some of the characters in the film.
Heidi, who was played by Ingrid Pitt, sported quite an interesting hairdo. It did not seem at all fitting for the time period, and that’s because it wasn’t. While the hairstyle would have fared well in a film set in the 60s, it simply just seemed off in the time of WWII.
Amadeus: Zippers Weren't Invented Until 1918
This 1984 film is widely considered to be one of the best films of all time. It received 53 awards nominations and won 40 of them, 8 of which were Academy Awards and 4 Golden Globe Awards. Despite this, even the most dedicated fans are not able to look past the creative liberties the director took. To say the least, the film was hardly lacking historical inaccuracies. Most critics were highly impressed with the film, but some definitely were soured by the way that Mozart was portrayed as an imbecile during parts of the film.
One historical mishap that people may have overlooked was the zippers that dancers donned on their outfits. Zippers weren’t invented until the early 1900s. They clearly didn’t exist during Mozart’s years in the late 1700s. So Mozart could have even lived longer than his young age of 35, and still, it wouldn’t have been until 1918 that the invention would come to life.
Troy: Umbrellas In Ancient Troy?... Not So Much
While 2004's "Troy" didn't fare so well with critics, it was pretty successful at the box office. It grossed nearly $500 million on a $175 million budget. The film was inspired by Homer's great "Iliad," which gave it an epic “everything-must-be-big-and-grand” sort of feel to it. It had watchers completely convinced and enthralled in the war scenes until one particular scene.
During the scene, the character Paris, which was played by Orlando Bloom, stands under a pink parasol. When put like that, you’re probably wondering what in the world a pink umbrella was doing in the middle of a movie like this. And that’s exactly our point. In reality, Homeric warriors weren't privy to such frilly luxuries.
The Last Samurai: A 17th Century Armor For A 19th Century Samurai
2006’s drama war film, "The Last Samurai," did well at the box office, making a total of $456 million. The film was received well upon its release and was praised for the acting, writing, directing, score, visuals, and costumes. Generally speaking, it’s a good movie that avoids major errors. But, there is still one thing that most viewers overlook.
In the film, viewers see Tom Cruise’s character Captain Nathan Algren decked out in detailed samurai gear. While it seems fitting for a samurai to wear this, and it does look good, a warrior during this time period wouldn’t be wearing this. The film took place in 1876, and yet the armor dates back to 1600. So, by the film’s time, the armor would have been outdated.
There Will Be Blood: Day-Lewis' Boots Have Waffle Soles, Which Didn't Exist In The 1800s
With this next mistake, you really would need a good eye to catch it. This movie masterpiece received significant critical praise, particularly for the performance of Day-Lewis as Daniel Plainview. 2007’s "There Will Be Blood" follows the quest of a silver-miner who becomes an oilman on his search for wealth during Southern California’s oil boom of the late 19th century. Despite the critical praise that the film received and the 2 Oscars, we are going to nit-pick because that’s what we came here to do.
So, if you are as detailed as we are, you would have noticed that the bottom of character Daniel Plainview’s boots contradicts history. The pattern on the soles belonged to a type of shoe called waffle shoes, and they weren't around in the late 19th century, which is the time in which the film is set. Still, the flaw is insignificant when considering what a masterpiece the film is.
Saving Private Ryan: Soldiers Mostly Wore Brown Boots In WWII, Not Black
Steven Spielberg’s 1998 epic war film "Saving Private Ryan" is a classic World War II film. It is gory, graphic, and has many intense scenes. The film received universal acclaim from both critics and audiences and grossed $481.8 million worldwide. It proceeded to be a big presence at the Academy Awards, receiving 11 nominations and claiming several of them. Despite the film’s undeniable success, there is one inaccuracy that most people overlook.
"Saving Private Ryan" has many scenes where rough, frantic soldiers are just doing their jobs. Most people overlook this error because of this, and it’s pretty hard to catch. So what error are we referring to? The soldiers' boots, during this time period, would have been jump-boots.
Gangs of New York: Inaccurate Firefighter Uniforms
Martin Scorsese’s "Gangs of New York," which was released in 2002, had some pretty huge actors in its cast like Daniel Day-Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Cameron Diaz, just to name a few. The film is set in the New York slums in 1863 and is inspired by the non-fiction book, "The Gangs of New York." The film follows the New York Draft Riots, which erupted into violence in 1863. Scorsese spent nearly twenty years working on the project until 1999, when Harvey Weinstein acquired it. It was finally released in 2002 and grossed $193 million against a $100 million budget. The film was nominated for ten Oscars.
For the most part, "Gangs of New York" succeeds in staying historically accurate. But, there was one minor detail overlooked by producers. The firemen in the film wear uniforms that aren’t so different than what firemen wear today. Considering that the movie took place in 1863, it’s safe to assume that firefighter uniforms looked much different.
I Dream of Jeannie: You Can See The Stand-in's Face
Jeannie the genie (portrayed by Barbara Eden) and her mortal husband Tony (portrayed by Larry Hagman) enthralled audiences on the hit show "I Dream of Jeannie." They cracked up the world with their mischievous and rowdy ways in the 1960s. Despite this, more observant fans of the show noticed something different in the episode called “My Sister, the Homemaker” during Season 5. Something seemed off.
During this episode, Barbara Eden played Jeannie and her evil brunette twin sister. In order for both characters to be on screen at the same time, a stand-in was used. Of course, the face of the stand-in was supposed to be covered in order to make the illusion successful. But, at one point in the episode, viewers are able to see the stand-in entirely. Whoops!
I Know What You Did Last Summer: Unintentional Peep Show
Those who are fans of horror films most likely overlooked this wardrobe malfunction, especially if they were enthralled by the next moment of gore. And yet, the scene went on long enough to make some viewers notice and others trying to catch a better view.
During one scene, Sarah Michelle Gellar’s character, Helen, is climbing a rope. The scene seems innocent until the perspective of the camera shifts and the cameraman takes some creative liberties. As Gellar reaches for the rope, her poorly fitted dress lets the audience see exactly that which the dress is attempting to hide.
Julius Caesar: No Bullet Bras In The Times Of Julius Caesar
This 1953 adaptation of the Shakespearean play did pretty well in the box office and with critics. It won a few Academy Awards, including one for Best Picture. But most viewers overlooked one small historical accuracy. So, we thought we’d point it out for you.
As you can see from the picture above, the woman is wearing a supportive bra. While most of the time, bras remain under a woman’s shirt and aren’t visible, bullet bras have quite the opposite effect. They protrude quite obviously through clothing. This isn’t a problem at all unless you take into consideration the time period of Julius Caesar. If you think about it, this wasn’t exactly a time period when bras were available in so many different shapes and colors.
The Terminator: Arnie Goes Full Monty
The classic 1984 science fiction film helped establish James Cameron’s directing career while solidifying Arnold Schwarzenegger's acting career. You might be surprised to hear that even the former Governor of California had a bad wardrobe malfunction. In one of the scenes, the governor walks on punks without any clothes on. While the scene is shot from a distance, viewers still see a bit more of Arnie than you thought.
Because the movie was filmed in the 80s, its quality wasn’t great, and therefore, you couldn’t see much. But if you get the Blu-ray version, you’re in for quite the treat.
Gallipoli: Gibson's Privates Slipped Out
In this 1981 Australian war film, 25-year-old Mel Gibson stars as Frank Dunne, an unemployed young man who enlists in the Australian Army during the First World War. Dunne and his friend are sent to fight in Gallipoli. The movie shows the men slowly lose their innocence regarding the purpose of war. This was one of Gibson’s first films. The movie changes certain events for dramatic purposes and thus contains a number of obvious historical inaccuracies.
While this movie drama helped define Gibson’s role as a serious actor, he suffered a significant wardrobe malfunction during filming- when he goes for a swim with several other soldiers, some of his private parts are exposed.
Titanic: The Ever-Changing Beauty Mark On Rose's Face
James Cameron’s 1997 "Titanic" was a huge critical and commercial success. Kate Winslet and Leonardo Dicaprio took the world by storm with their performances, and their romance stole many people's’ hearts along the way. The film was nominated for a whopping 14 Academy Awards and grossed more than $1.84 billion, making it the first film to surpass the billion-dollar mark. And yet, with such success, you would think that the makeup team would have been of the highest quality, no?
Well, they did do a pretty remarkable job, but they made one quite humorous mistake when they switched Rose Dawson’s face around. When Rose Dawson, played by Kate Winslet, first appears in the movie, her beauty mark is on the left side of her face. But, in other scenes, it moves to the right. Magic or just a fault of the makeup artists?
Sense and Sensibility: Modern Diapers In The 19th Century?
Jane Austen’s novel, "Sense and Sensibility," came to life on the big screen in 1995. The drama film, which was directed by Ang Lee, starred Kate Winslet, Elinor Dashwood, and Hugh Grant. The film was a masterpiece, to say the least, and was nominated for seven Academy Awards. Despite its success, nitpicky fans aren’t able to ignore one historical inaccuracy in the film.
The inaccuracy we are referring to involved an adorable baby who is all bundled up. Nothing seems wrong until you notice something very out of place; the baby is doting a modern-day diaper! This sort of luxury clearly would not have existed in those times and doesn’t fit with the 19th-century setting that the film does a good job at creating.
Vanilla Sky: The Accidental Slip
This 2001 psychological sci-fi thriller is jam-packed with action. It has the viewer glued to the screen, waiting to see what will go down next. In one particular scene, David (played by Tom Cruise) has Julie (played by Cameron Diaz) captured and securely tied down to the bed. She isn’t wearing much other than a sheer gown.
As Cameron moves around, the top of her gown falls, revealing her breast. She takes notice of this and quickly shrugs her shoulders so that the gown falls back into place. Regardless of this slip-up, the scene got past multiple sets of eyes and into the theater straight to audiences around the globe. Considering that Cameron Diaz was nominated for both a Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe Award for her performance, we guess the wardrobe malfunction must have done her well.
The Color Purple: No Clip-on Ties In 1916
This is another successful film adapted from a great novel. Alice Walker published "The Color Purple" in 1982. The movie adaptation was released a few years after that. Due to the small window of years in between the novel and film, there wasn’t so much room for messing up the tone of Walker’s novel, and viewers were sure to notice. While the film turned out to be a great success, there is still one thing that viewers may have picked up on.
Albert, who’s played by Danny Glover, sports a clip-on tie. Sure, it’s a nice tie. But, this wouldn’t have existed a decade earlier. The clip-on tie didn’t come into existence until the late 1920s. "The Color Purple," on the other hand, took place in 1916.
Pretty Woman: You Can See Her Entire Breast!
Julia Roberts had a pretty horrific wardrobe malfunction that left her body entirely exposed. This is ironic considering that Julia Roberts stood firmly against nude scenes during her career. Nudity is not her thing; she told E! News. But, in the 1990 romantic comedy directed by Garry Marshall, her values were put to a test.
During one scene, Vivian (played by Roberts) wears a thin gown, revealing much of what’s lies under the sheer material. One can safely assume that this wasn’t a part of the script, considering Roberts’ stance against nude scenes. After Roberts is seen in her gown, viewers can actually see one of her breasts quite visibly.
The Notebook: James Marsden's Hair Is Constantly Changing Color
Regarded as one of the best romantic comedies by many women out there, 2004’s "The Notebook" huddled together many girls for movie night and many couples (not by the men’s choice.) But, this favorite romantic comedy still has its faults, despite its success at the box office and cult following.
Many loved the film thanks to the passionate love that Noah and Allie have for one another. And yet, others are drawn to the film because of the wealthy Lon Hammond, Jr. He looks great; there’s no denouncing that. But, his hair seems to have a special power that leaves even the most sparkling of vampires in despair. From shot to shot, his hair seems to make the impossible possible and changes colors from black to brown. If you are able to look past that and enjoy the movie for what it is, then you might thoroughly enjoy yourself.
Closer: Portman's Bra Goes On Strike
If you thought that bra malfunctions on the list were over, you’re mistaken. In this 2004 star-powered film, Natalie Portman joins the rankings of wardrobe malfunctions with some trouble in the bra department. While you would expect the character to show some skin considering that she plays a prostitute, the young actress hadn’t before shown more than a little of her stomach or cleavage.
But, in one scene in the film, while Portman is having a conversation, she has a wardrobe malfunction when her bra goes on strike, leaving her to show more than she would have preferred to show. This goes without saying that more was shown than the actress or director had expected.
Hello, Dolly! - A Change Of Dress That Was Way Too Fast
Many people were a fan of this 1969 romantic comedy musical film, which was directed by the great Gene Kelly. The film won three Oscars and had four more Academy Awards' nominations. Despite this, it wasn’t a big commercial success. And still, many people loved the costumes and glittery dresses, which perfectly fit the film’s time period of 1890. And yet, despite the exquisiteness of the outfits, there was something particularly off with one beautiful dress. It seemed to be transformed in only a few seconds.
What we are referring to is one scene where Cornelius (played by Michael Crawford) is dancing with a girl who is decked out beautifully in an extravagant red dress. During this scene, it is quite obvious that the dress has its flaws, as is seen by the hem dragging on the pavement and thus dirtying the bottom of the dress. During the next scene, the girl notices that her dress is dirty, so she sets off to change into something cleaner. This happened in a very short span of time. While this is a tiny detail, it nonetheless is a flaw that is worth noting.
Pirates of the Caribbean III: Singapore Wasn't Called Singapore
The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has grossed over $4.5 billion worldwide, making it the 14th highest-grossing film series of all time. The film series has had people hooked from its first release in 2003 with "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl." This first film grossed $654 million worldwide. The films continued to see success and the next film, which was released 3 years later, earned almost $1.1 billion at the worldwide box office. The third film, "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End," was released in 2007.
During this film, the Black Pearl crew are on their way to Singapore in the 1700s. However, all history fanatics out there will know that the area we know today as Singapore wasn’t Singapore at that time. It wasn’t named Singapore until 1819, when the British established a trading post there. When the movie took place, the area was ruled by the Johor Sultanate, which consisted of parts of modern Singapore, Indonesia, and Malaysia. This historical oversight is overshadowed by all the great things the films manage to do, like combine horror, romance, and comedy to create something very unique.
"Pirates of the Caribbean": Redcoats, Really?
What's there not to love about the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise? There is this one thing that history lovers surely noticed, the uniforms designed for the British Soldiers. They were seen in the infamous red coats, but that uniform wasn't used until the late 1700s.
Since the movie's premise takes place in the early 1700s, the uniform's use wasn't quite accurate. That doesn't mean the film wasn't fun!
"Aladdin": They Should Have Covered Up
To change iconic costumes that millions of people grew up with was a bold move. For some reason, Disney keeps making the same old mistake, and "Aladdin" was no different. The costume designers decided to more appropriately clothe each of the main characters for a 2019 film.
This meant that Aladdin wasn't running around with a vest and no shirt, and Jasmine would cover up her midriff, and the audiences were upset. You don't mess with classical Disney!
“The Avengers”: Cap's Armor is Undamaged
We're all aware of the incredible third act of the first “Avengers” movie, which has the entire team taking on an alien army. After two hours of in-fighting, they've finally meshed and worked together as the music swells. Hammers, shields, arrows, bullets, laser blasts, and big green fists go flying in every direction.
At one point, Captain America takes a hit to the gut, dumping him to the ground. Thor hauls him back up, and Cap's armor is scarred at the spot of the hit, but only a few minutes later, we see that the armor is once again whole and undamaged.
“North by Northwest”: He's Ready for Anything
In one of Hitchcock's thrillers, you can expect a powerful little pistol to make an appearance. In “North by Northwest,” the pistol in question, played by Eva Maria Saint, pulls out a handgun and fires at Cary Grant's character, startling everyone in the crowded room.
However, not everyone was caught off-guard, as the picture above shows: one of the extras, a young boy, plugged his ears before-hand, even looking over his shoulder at the principal actors. Gunshots – and even blanks as were likely being used here – are incredibly loud, and it isn't out of the realm of possibility that the filmmakers warned the boy to plug his ears.
“The Goonies”: What Octopus?
The eighties adventure movie “The Goonies” had a pirate treasure, bad guys and girls, and lots more, turning it into one of the most memorable and well-liked movies for kids from the decade.
Near the end of the film, a member of the Goonies, Data, says that the scariest part was “the octopus.” However, if you caught the movie in the theaters, there was no octopus around. Was Data just adding an embellishment? As it turns out, no – there really was an octopus scene left out of the theatrical release. The producers added it back in for the Disney Channel version.
“The Fast and the Furious”: Tran Changing Shirts
Before the shift in filmmaking, this famous movie series was all about racing cars and pulling off stunts. It's still mostly about that, but now it has lots of heists, too. In the very first movie, we get a practically unmissable wardrobe mistake, though thankfully not one that has to be censored later on.
In the scene where Jesse and Tran race, in one shot, Tran is wearing a shirt with sleeves, but in the very next shot, he has a tank top. Did he tear off his out clothing in order to weigh him down less? Was it a bad camera angle? The filmmakers aren't saying.
“Bad Boys”: That's a Cameraman
Before Michael Bay started blowing up Miami, a movie of the same name showed us Sean Penn being sent to reform school after accidentally killing a rival criminal's kid brother.
During the movie, there are plenty of fights and dangerous moments, and during one such tussle, it's pretty easy to see...a cameraman in the shot and clearly not part of the actual cast. Just doing his thing as a cameraman. Your guess is as good as ours as to how this shot stayed in the film when it so easily will take anyone watching out of the film and make them laugh in derision.
“The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers”: Disappearing Handcuffs
Merry and Pippin have been captured by the Uruk-Hai and are being schlepped to Isengard. Their situation has never been direr. That's what they think, at least, until a band of horsemen attacks the Uruks during the night, turning the place into a slaughter.
Merry and Pippin try to slip away, bound by the hand. Except that Pippin's hands come unbound for no reason during his furious escape, only for the restraints to appear again a moment later. No doubt, keeping track of everything during such a hectic scene proved difficult.
“The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers”: Dropping the Hardware
Another mistake from the extensive trilogy that makes up Peter Jackson's opus. In “The Two Towers,” when Éomer first meets Aragorn on the plains of Rohan, he dismounts to speak with Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas. Once the discussion ends, Éomer jumps back onto his horse, dropping his sword in the process.
It's hard to see if you aren't looking for it, but keep your eyes open during the scene, and you'll see Éomer lose his weapon. Not a good look for a leader of this band from Rohan, even if he is currently exiled.
“Braveheart”: A Strange Metal Beast
While watching “Braveheart,” we're witness to numerous historical inaccuracies, such as kilts or the timeline of events, but those were decisions made by the filmmakers. One thing that is pure accident, however, is the gray sedan visible in the background of one shot during a big battle scene.
As horses charge, if you're eagle-eyed enough, you can spot a glimpse of what is clearly just a normal car, very much out of place during the thirteenth century, when the film is set. It only appears once, but that was enough to get people giggling – if they had seen it, that is.
“The Dark Knight Rises”: What Time is It?
During the intense stock market scene in the third installment of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, the scene clearly takes place during the day. Yet while Batman is chasing the bad guys – and being chased by the police himself – through a tunnel, the sun falls faster than it ever has before.
It's suddenly a dark night (ha), which, while it does make for a more fun scene, the time change can be jarring. Even worse, at the beginning of the stock market scene, it looks as if the stock market had just opened for the day.
“Titanic”: Where Do You Want Me?
Seeing a beautiful woman undressing is enough to get any guy flustered. While Leonardo DiCaprio isn't your everyday man, even he is still human. Thus, during the scene in “Titanic” when Rose undresses so that Jack can paint her, he fumbles his line, saying “over by the bed,” before correcting himself and saying “the couch.” It was a real flub by DiCaprio.
The filmmakers found it funny and kept it in the final cut of the movie. Just like, you know, everything else, it humanizes Jack a little bit, telling us he can get nervous too.
“Django Unchained”: The Cut
Leonardo DiCaprio has been in what feels like a hundred movies, which means we're bound to get some mistakes from him. This one is a little bit shocking – when he slams his hand down on a table during one scene in “Django Unchained,” he breaks a glass and cuts his hand. A real cut that is leaking real blood.
He managed to stay in character during it all and finish the scene. Director Tarantino liked the take so much it stayed in. Thankfully, later on, when Leo smears blood on Kerry Washington's face, they used fake blood.
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”: The Wrong Coffee
One of the latest films Quentin Tarantino released was “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” Set around 1969, it revolves around the gruesome murders of Sharon Tate by the Manson cult.
However, viewers noticed a number of mistakes in the film when it came to the timing of items, such as California having numbered exit ramps, which didn't happen in real life until all the way in 2002. They also pointed out that the Pussycat Theatre didn't open until about five years after the film is set. Notably, they also pointed out that Starbucks wasn't even founded until 1971, two years after the film takes place.
“Poltergeist”: What is She Saying?
If you saw “Poltergeist” in theaters, then you can probably recall some of the most famous scenes still. The top of the list of memorable ones is most likely when young Heather O'Rourke's character, Carol-Ann, turning to the camera and saying “They're he-ere.”
It's creepy, it's wonderful, and it will send a chill down your spine. Watch closely, however, and you'll see that the character's mouth doesn't exactly line up to what she's saying. It looks more like she's saying, “They're all here,” and the actress dubbed herself over later on.
“The Wizard of Oz”: Plain Black Slippers
There are a number of things that are iconic about “The Wizard of Oz.” One of them is what Dorothy is wearing, from her gingham dress to her twin pigtails to her red slippers. But during one scene, she seems to have left the latter at home.
While the trees are pelting Dorothy and the Scarecrow with apples, it's possible to catch a glimpse of Judy Garland wearing plain black shoes instead of the red flats she's supposed to have. Whether it was because of the introduction of color or just lax filmmaking standards compared to now, it happened.
“Spider-Man: Far From Home”: No Buses Allowed
In the second Spider-Man movie that is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Peter Parker and the other students from New York travel across the pond to Venice for a trip, which gets Parker involved in another superhero story. At the end of the story, after everything – or most things – have been resolved, Parker and the rest of the students pile onto a bus to head to the airport.
The only problem is, buses, and really any motor vehicles, aren't allowed in Venice. Due to the weight of the city sinking into the soft mud it was built on, some things had to stay away.
“The Last Samurai”: Ouch
There are lots of horses all over the place in “The Last Samurai,” and as every actor or actress knows, animals of any kind will make filming a movie more difficult and even dangerous. One poor extra knows this even more than most.
At one point during the middle of the film, Tom Cruise's character rides his horse into a group of soldiers who are standing at attention. As Cruise dismounts, the horse kicks backward, catching the poor extra right between the legs. Like...RIGHT between the legs. Thanks to the armor he was wearing, he manages to stay in character and props to him.
“American Sniper”: That New Baby Smell
“American Sniper,” starring Bradley Cooper as an Iraq War veteran who has problems adjusting to civilian life again, is said by many to be a very accurate portrayal of the difficulties some soldiers can have when returning home. One aspect, however, wasn't so realistic.
Cooper very clearly picks up and cradles a plastic baby. Meaning... no one who was watching the film and has ever seen a baby thought for a moment that it was anything other than a fake, plastic baby. Cooper himself even laughed about it later on, during an interview with Ellen Degeneres: “I couldn't believe that we were working with a plastic baby...I was just like, this is nuts.”
“Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines”: I Think Those Numbers Changed
While running for their lives and trying to stop the machines from taking over, John Connor and the rest of the cast have to take to the sky to try and stay one step ahead of the machines.
When they approach the plane on the ground, the plane's call number is clearly – as you can see from the picture – N3035C. However, once they're in the air, the plane's numbers change to N3413F. The reason for this is almost certainly difficulties with filming and renting planes, especially while flying.
“Commando”: The Magical Rebuilding Car
The 1985 movie “Commando” includes plenty of fun action scenes with our man Arnold, and one of those scenes is a long car chase sequence. One of the characters is driving a Porsche, and as you might expect from an eighties action movie that stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, the car is pretty beat up by the end of the scene.
In the next scene, however, the car has somehow been rebuilt and repaired. It's part of the charm of movies in the eighties, which were less about stellar filmmaking and more about making a movie that was simply a lot of fun.
“Gladiator”: A Little Bit of Extra Propulsion
As far as historical movies go, “Gladiator” isn't the most accurate, but it's still remembered as one of the best. During the re-enactment of the Battle of Carthage, a chariot hits a wall and flips over, revealing a gas canister hidden in the back to help the vehicle get up to speed for the movie.
The Romans had plenty of technological advancements, but pressurized gas wasn't one of them. Unfortunately, resetting the entire action scene would have cost too much and taken too long, so they had to go with the shot that they got.
“Jurassic Park”: Why Are You Speaking to That Video
Programmer turned thief Dennis Nedry, played by Wayne Knight, is the biggest reason Jurassic Park went from the most amazing theme park ever to a disaster. At one point, Nedry appears to be talking with an accomplice on his computer via a live feed, as we do pretty often today. However, a closer look reveals that he's actually watching a pre-recorded video and speaking back to it.
While it's clearly just a technical limitation the filmmakers had to work around, it's pretty obvious nowadays, and with increasing technical skills, it becomes more and more laughable every year.
“Twilight”: Bella, There's a Cameraman
“Twilight” is fun in its poor filmmaking, thanks in part to the barren expressions of lead star Kristen Stewart. The film itself is rife with errors, and one of the most noticeable mistakes is being able to see a cameraman in the curve of Bella's truck, such as you can see in the picture.
A mistake like this reminds the viewers that they're watching a movie and can take them out of the experience – breaking rule number one for most artists of any stripe, be it writers, directors, or musicians.
“Inglourious Basterds”: Maybe it Kept Falling Off
Richard Sammel's character, Sgt. Rachtman is a brutal and ruthless SS officer that appeared on screen opposite of the Basterds from another one of Quentin Tarantino's violent historical movies.
We already know that Tarantino isn't all that strict about having his movies be historically accurate, but even he toned it down for this World War II flick. Yet a mistake still slipped in during a scene that has Sammel's character wearing a medal on his left breast. In one shot, it's there, in the next, it's gone, and then it returns in the next shot.
“Avatar”: Instant Wheels
Saying there are mistakes and goofs in “Avatar” is like saying there are plums in plum pudding. We all know that it's going to happen, so let's get this over with.
At one point, as Jake tears open his capsule during a tense scene, it's clear that there is no wheelchair near him when the lid of the capsule opens, but when the camera angle changes, the wheelchair is right next to the capsule, close enough for Jake to slid himself into and kept the action rolling. Thankfully, it's a rather innocuous mistake, but there are plenty more where that came from.
“Terminator 2: Judgment Day”: A Magical Healing Jacket
Big Arnold has a habit of being in movies that have items that heal themselves. In this instance, it's the blockbuster “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.” During a scene when the T-1000 is facing down Arnold and John Connor, the enemy terminator unloads a cartridge into the T-800's back, peppering his leather jacket with bullet holes but not doing too much damage to Arnold's robotic body.
A few moments later, however, as the two terminators are in close-quarters, the jacket Arnold has is once again whole and unmarred. Probably not comfortable wearing a jacket with holes in it, but they should have at least tried.
“Dallas Buyers Club”: The Future of Cars
During one scene of “Dallas Buyers Club,” we sit inside the office of Matthew McConaughey's character, Ron Woodroof, who is diagnosed with AIDS and goes on a quest to get medication for AIDS/HIV, during a time when research for the disease was underfunded. The movie came out in 2013, and for the most part, it looks just right in its mid-eighties setting, but there are still a few mistakes.
One of them, behind Woodroof's chair in his office, is a poster of a Lamborghini Aventador, a sweet sports car that, unfortunately, didn't come out until 2011.
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”: Eye Witnesses
Ask any Harry Potter fan, and they will tell you that Harry looks exactly like his father, except he has his mother's green eyes. Not only is it mentioned in all of the books, but the films are full of that mention as well.
So what on god's green earth made the casting director cast young Lily (that's Harry's mom for you) as a brown-eyed girl? No one knows for sure, but the fans will forever remain furious.
Keep reading about The Green Screen photos that show us how Hollywood really works
Movies have the power to inspire us. Thanks to the advancement of technology, and the introduction of CGI and green screens, our favorite characters come so close to life. Places we’ve never dreamt of are just a button flick away. When the Hulk screams, you can be sure to hear a real roar.
Aliens crash on the surface of the Earth, and machine-gun fire really seems to break apart the targeted foes. Check out these pictures from behind the scenes in Hollywood, and get a glimpse of how funny and ridiculous some actors look in their work environment when all the visual effects can’t be seen and it’s just them and the strange green screen.
The idea of watching Keanu Reeves playing the role of Neo, a protagonist who was a cyber-criminal, fighting the forces involved in enslaving humanity inside a complex virtual reality system should make sci-fi fans drool… Until that is, they find out what the set of the film really looks like.
Considering that the production was always going to heavily involve CGI technology, the warehouse where the set was based on should be quite bare. Well, they still used green screens, but other than that, most of what Neo kicked, evaded, or broke, was pretty much imaginary. "The Matrix" still rocks though more than two decades later.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
"The Hunger Games" franchise showed us how difficult it is to escape from the nation of Panem. When it comes to the character of the young and beautiful Katniss Everdeen (played by the brilliant Jennifer Lawrence), there was nothing she tried that allowed her to evade the watchful eyes of its totalitarian government.
The fantastical clock-inspired games arena required a ton of green screen work and special effects to bring it to life. The filmmakers had to portray tsunamis, Jabberjays, and red rain, so it's no wonder special effects were relied upon! And the special effects only got more sophisticated with each entry to the franchise.
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
The realization that "The Chronicles of Narnia" was actually written and published in the 1950s, shows how advanced and deep C.S. Lewis’ thoughts were. He was a genius, a man ahead of his time, and his book sold over 100 million copies worldwide. It would be really unfortunate if such work was ruined by poor filming techniques as it was adapted into film.
There is no doubt that the main challenge in filming the world of Narnia lay in the reproduction of his vision. Not only was it necessary to recreate the world of Narnia as conceptualized by C.S. Lewis, but it must also have the overall feel suited to the story’s theme.
Hugh Jackman captured our imagination when he played the role of Wolverine across multiple "X-Men" films. Where, at first, we doubted his character for having to fight all his enemies with only his three retractable claws. But Jackman played it so well that he has fans worldwide convinced these days.
This picture here shows CGI edits that were made to make him appear wounded. The clever technology would have to heal that wound, too, since Wolverine has a regenerative ability. But that's not all. The special effects team also had to highlight his enhanced physique and abilities, as well as his keen senses.
Bruce Banner doesn’t want to be angry and be turned into the angry Hulk. Maybe he wishes he could just play it cool most of the time, like Captain America, and Thor, but it’s simply not in his genes anymore, we guess. And the real actors behind them are also tasked a bit unfairly.
Like, Mark Ruffalo, who needs to go fit into his huge costume every time Banner is turned into an eight-foot-tall green monster that weighs a stunning 1,400 pounds. Isn’t it a much busier role compared to the rest of the Avengers? Even if he doesn’t have to fit into his costume sometimes, he still looks awkward in a CGI suit compared to the rest of them.
I Am Legend
This photograph reminds us of that part of the movie where Robert Neville becomes hopeful of curing infected dogs with his serum. They try to ensnare a Darkseeker so they could test its efficacy, but its failure depressed him.
The real sad part is when his dog, Samantha, is bitten by the other dogs and becomes contaminated. He is forced to kill her with his own hands, and this is the most heart-wrenching part of the film. We are gladdened to find a picture of the set to remind us that Sam, at least the real German Shepherd that played the role, is alive and well. And that Darkseeker that attacked Will Smith’s character was only controlled by a puppeteer in a green morph suit.
Beauty and the Beast
This surely isn’t what the French novelist had in mind when he wrote the classic story of "Beauty and the Beast." And it doesn’t seem like a fairy tale or a love story; more like a comedy if you want our opinion. Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve would turn in her grave if she saw this picture of how her fictional beast gets an astronaut look.
Also, it’s commendable how Emma Watson is able to keep her composure. Perhaps that’s why she looks so stern, staring straight ahead and not glancing at her partner, who’s wrapped doubly in a padded suit. She dares not to look down and see his stilts.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Aren’t we always fascinated by flying scenes? Here is one of the most difficult parts of the filming of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince:" the quidditch event. Actors shoot individually as they are surrounded by blue and green screens. Everything else is created by computers, imagery, and all.
Pretending to be up in the air while they are moved by rigs, the challenge of the actors is to react to attacks, and carry out the swerves, all with perfect timing. The ability to portray movement and urgency is important. And it’s difficult because, in reality, they are merely surrounded by blank walls. And there were no brooms used!
This photograph captures what it was like to be a ruler during the Persian Wars. The feel of the time was masterfully recreated, so modern viewers could truly appreciate its historical value. As for the film "300," there is no denying that Zach Snyder had a clear vision of how he wanted the tale to look on the big screen.
To work on the scenes, effects specialists had to be very precise with their artistry to reflect how advanced the period was. And when Gerard Butler's character kicks that messenger into the bottomless pit and yells "This is Sparta," you just know that the real pit wasn't actually bottomless.
The Wolf of Wall Street
This film was directed by Martin Scorsese and featured Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role. Suitably, this project had an approved budget of $100 million. But it didn’t mean they could just pack their bags and travel to every location the memoir by Jordan Belfort entailed. Sometimes, Scorsese had to rely on green screen to bring certain locations to life.
The story has its characters traveling from the US to Italy, Switzerland, Monaco, and more. Imagine all the expenses they were able to save, thanks to CGI. Green screen was used to show the money-hungry bunch setting sail on a private yacht.
Life of Pi
This fantasy adventure movie is popular for its unique way of conveying spiritual discoveries and lessons through its shipwrecked character. Piscine Molitor "Pi" Patel, the protagonist in the story had to survive in the middle of the ocean for 227 days with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker, whom he initially feared.
Luckily for Pi’s actors, including Suraj Sharma, they didn’t have to shoot the film in the deep dark ocean or around a real Bengal tiger that could easily slice a neck in one swipe with its sharp claws. Blue screen to the rescue! They still used some water though.
Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
Bill Nighy’s acting has been fundamental to the success of the character, Davy Jones, in the "Pirates Of The Caribbean" series. We all had certain prior expectations of what the captain of the Flying Dutchman should look like, but we never expected him to have a cephalopod-like head.
And to think the end result looked so realistic. Bill Nighy must be relieved he didn’t have to wear an icky mask to shoot. Thanks to CGI, all that tentacled animation was well taken care of without a smudge on his face, and he only had to focus his efforts on acting out his role.
Game of Thrones
HBO’s huge budget for the making of "Game of Thrones" allows us to watch our favorite characters operate in an incredible world that looks credible on screen. The CGI is smooth, and they employ a number of cinematographers to maintain its amazing quality.
The use of advanced effects and the green screen in this fantasy drama is necessary to make viewers believe they are in the "Game of Thrones" universe, where dragons and white walkers roam free. The leader of these creepy creatures is none other than the Night King. His costume was achieved through practical effects while the icy world where he hails from was created using a lot of green screen.
Uma Thurman played the role of the Bride in the movie, "Kill Bill," who traveled to Japan to avenge an attempt against her life and the loss of her unborn child. The idea of fighting the mafia on their turf is pretty dangerous and, therefore, demonstrating her fighting skills topped the list of challenges she had to hurdle.
Thankfully, Uma Thurman had a stunt double under her employ. That way she could focus her energy on the acting while the double does the killing. Here, she is photographed with strings attached to her like a puppet. This is to protect the actress if she ever failed to balance herself during leaps and high kicks.
Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Tim Burton's take on "Sweeny Todd," the gory musical that follows a barbaric barber, is not for the faint-hearted. Johnny Depp certainly made the character his own and put his own playful twist on it. If dark humor is your thing, then this flick will be right up your alley.
Speaking of alleys, in order to achieve the dark and filthy Fleet Street in 19th century London, Burton made good use of a green screen. In many ways, handling CGI in black and white is a lot easier than with color. But with that said, this style also presents its fair share of challenges.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
No, it isn’t a bird, nor a plane. If Superman had his audience mildly confounded on screen, flying at the speed of sound across the sky, the set where these wildly popular superhero feats were filmed was rather bland and stationery. People have given mixed reviews on this early DCEU movie. But we can't deny the effort that went into it.
Here's a behind-the-scenes sneak peek at how the proverbial "Man of Steel" flexes his muscles and lifts any object no matter its size. It's strange to think that the only practical element in this shot was Henry Cavill. Hey, at least the iconic suit is real.
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Hugh Jackman smiles as rubber snakes are planted all over his body by cast members. This was taken on the set of "X-Men: Days of Future Past." The production of the film involved the employment of 12 studios that produced a total of 1,311 visual effect shots throughout the movie.
Their work includes Wolverine’s ability to self-heal after he is shot or stabbed, or whichever way he happens to be wounded. They also transformed a vacant airfield into a Vietnam prisoner camp. But there were so many other examples throughout the movie. In fact, it was nominated for an Academy Award for its special effects.
This female-driven film smashed box office records when it hit the big screen. Diana (Wonder Woman) hails from Themyscira, a fantastical island that is a true no-mans-land. Gal Gadot had already gotten pretty used to all of the CGI when she first appeared as Wonder Woman in the film "Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice."
But things went to a whole new level when she had an entire motion picture dedicated to her character. The filmmakers used green screen to bring the mystical matriarchal motherland to life. We just wish it was real! And Gadot went through it all again when she reprised the role in "Wonder Woman 1984."
Avengers: Infinity War
At one point or another, moviegoers of different ages wonder how bombs that are set off in movies are actually filmed. We get curious about how studios make it appear so real. Perhaps that is why film budgets are normally through the roof, so they can create such destruction and simply pay it off.
Well, they usually look for abandoned places where they can lay down their groundwork for a battle scene. And "Avengers: Infinity War" had lots of fighting that needed to be created for our viewing pleasure. This photograph was taken during the shoot, but blue screens were used instead of explosives to minimize actual damage, attached to the walls. After a scene is done, the raw file is sent out for heavy editing.
Game of Thrones
Daenerys Targaryen isn't called the Mother of Dragons for no reason whatsoever. The character has a deep connection with the fearsome creatures, so much so that she flies with them on their backs. Especially in from the sixth season of "Game of Thrones" onward.
The bad news is that dragons aren't real, but the good news is that a little green screen here and there can make any fantastical creature come to life. Even if it's just for a couple of seasons. But it was certainly worth the wait. And HBO was able to bring even more dragons to life with the prequel series "House of the Dragon."
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
When actor, Andy Serkis, auditioned for the role of Caesar in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," he didn’t have to worry so much about simulating a chimpanzee’s facial reactions. Not unlike the supervillain, Thanos, in "Avengers: Infinity War," this would require a number of facial scans on the part of the actor, which would be applied to computer imagery.
This way, Andy Serkis’ role became considerably easier, but still challenging nonetheless. Caesar is not an ordinary, innocent animal, and his behavior can be complex at times. At least, aesthetically, CGI technology has taken care of the film’s visual effects very well.
JJ Abrams, king of spacey blockbusters, took an intergalactic shot at the cult-classic space adventure series "Star Trek." He recast to have his very own Captain Kirk, Spock, Dr. McCoy, and the rest of the iconic characters from the original series. But he was also able to make his version of "Star Trek" so much more lush on the big screen.
Here we see Abrams directing Chris Pine (who plays James Kirk) and John Cho (who plays Hikaru Sulu) atop a prop spaceship. With the help of some CGI magic, the actors and the vessel were made to hurtle through outer space.
It was no easy feat to bring the world of Wakanda to the big screen. With the help of a blue screen and the incredible artistic talents of the film crew, the Black Panther's beloved home was created, inspiring millions of moviegoers around the world.
Here we see a behind-the-scenes glimpse of a royal room in the Wakanda kingdom. The blue screen in the background shows the sections of the shot that would be replaced with majestic views of Wakanda during post-production. It is still one of the most beautiful movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It might be in the top five.
Imagine working on a movie set in outer space without heavily relying on the green screen. That’s how tough it must have been back in the day, and when we watch old science fiction movies today they look not only implausible but silly, too (though we still love them).
In order to mimic how her character would actually move in an anti-gravity environment in space, Sandra Bullock bravely performed some of her scenes underwater (with professional supervision of course!). While she was filmed in a pool, a green screen was used to place her in a space station. When you watch these suspenseful scenes, it's no doubt that you'll be holding your breath just like Sandra!
Mad Max: Fury Road
The "Mad Max" franchise fuels your need for speed, action, and firepower. Set in a dystopian world where fuel and water are scarce, the makeshift automobiles and trucks roar across the dangerous desert, trailing behind the warmth of George Miller’s futuristic imagination.
But none of those blasts really occurred, and the unique pieces of post-apocalyptic vehicles didn’t really tumble or get broken into small parts. They really didn’t leap high up the dunes. All that was possible in post-production, thanks to green screens and suspended platforms on set. And the movie ended up crushing it at the Oscars because of all that hard work.
300 - Rise of An Empire
The film, "300," is based on the 1998 comic series by Frank Miller. To translate this into a film, they had to recreate the places during the Persian Wars, and it is said that it took them sixty days to film it, retelling the events of the Battle of Thermopylae. And the sequel - "300 - Rise of An Empire," was also a green-screen masterpiece in its own right.
The visual effects relied a lot on the green screen, which had to surround soldiers clashing in the middle. They used the superimposition chroma key technique, so archival images could be brought back to life. Also, the production involved plenty of prosthetics, dummies, and props.
Avengers: Infinity War
To embody a supervillain in a modern movie would require extraordinary visual effects and more. Otherwise, it would almost certainly be a flop, considering the standards viewers have developed in judging movies. Now imagine creating Thanos, who was born on Titan, and carries the Deviant’s gene. Thanos must have looked so horrific that even his own mother, Sui-San, was shocked by it.
She feared that Thanos would soon grow up to be so evil that he would destroy the universe. This one-of-a-kind supervillain appeared in the film, Infinity War, which was released in 2018, and the character was played by Josh Brolin. To make all these traits tactile to the audience, they had to scan the actor’s facial expressions and match them with CGI. Whatever Brolin’s facial expression was, Thanos’ version was automatically generated.
A Good Day to Die Hard
Bruce Willis likes to do some of his stunts, although we feel this could have been more of a thing when he was much younger. He is best known for his action movies such as the "Die Hard" franchise. He did pose with two of his stunt doubles, and it is not unusual to have more than one on standby, especially if the movie is quite risky to shoot with lots of fight scenes.
While the filmmakers had the body of the military helicopter, in order to get the full use and effect of the whirlybird in the film, a fair amount of green screen was needed. That way Bruce Willis stayed safe and sound on the ground.
The Good Place
If you're looking to learn about moral philosophy with a few laughs along the way, then "The Good Place" is the TV series for you. This critically-acclaimed TV series stars the likes of Kristen Bell and Ted Danson. And while it's characters are the heart and soul of the show, it's high concept required some serious CGI work.
The show takes its viewers on a rollercoaster ride through the afterlife, including the Good Place and the Bad Place. Luckily for the actors, no one had to actually travel to the afterlife to shoot their scenes, instead a green screen was used. Phew!
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
The hyper-stylized and highly humorous show follows Mrs. Maisel as she tries to forge a path as a female comedian in New York City in the 60s. Rachel Brosnahan has given the performance of a lifetime on this show. So much so that she ended up becoming the latest actress to play Lois Lane.
Mrs. Maisel and her manager are often running around the city to book any gig they can get for the rising star. That means they often rely on the infamous NYC subway system. Luckily green screen is around to make it look like the characters are actually riding the subway.
This 1997 film directed by James Cameron was inspired by the latter’s fascination for shipwrecks. The making of the movie was granted a budget of $200 million, the most expensive at the time. Its returns skyrocketed with over $2 billion in ticket sales worldwide. With all the huge numbers involved, don’t expect this iconic scene between Leonardo Dicaprio and Kate Winslet to be shot in a real ship.
In fact, it doesn’t need a huge liner to complete such a short part. All it took mostly were some scaled models and computer-generated imagery. Then there’s some green screen to build upon the rest. Here are the main characters behind the scenes, stripped down of their romance on stage with a microphone floating in front of Rose.
Marvel Studios has been nothing but marvelous when it comes to the production of The Avengers. These superhero films are not only action-packed, but the stunts coupled with the air, sea, and land battles are just absolutely created to near perfection. All that, plus the timing of the visual and sound effects, and the directing skills employed as vital scenes unfold.
Certainly, none of these would have been possible without computer-generated images. To have shot this film decades ago would have been too risky, not to mention, less dramatic with poor cinematography. Stunt doubles have reason to sigh in relief with the advent of blue and green screens.
It goes without saying that the world of "Tron" is entirely created with the use of CGI. That fictional world in the middle of the software of a mainframe computer is where its story is focused. This is where fights and competitions had to take place so its character could escape the technological snaggle.
To make this world appear realistic, a lot of color screens had to be installed to film this movie, and they also applied a process called "backlit animation." Its color combinations had to be properly thought of, and they had to match all that with futuristic sound effects.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Sure, this film wasn't the biggest box office success. One thing you can not fault about the film is the filmmaker's creativity and ambition in making it. Not the mention the performances of the two leads in the film, Dane DeHaan and Cara Develingne, who were very good in it.
This spectacular sci-fi extravaganza required a plethora of special effects and CGI to get the film off the script and onto the screen. However, when you consider how much it cost for the movie to be made (a quarter of a billion dollars) and only grossing about $226 million worldwide, you can't exactly call it a commercially successful use of CGI.
What could be more wonderful than having your childhood bedtime stories brought to life? This time it's not your imagination! Roald Dahl's BFG (The Big Friendly Giant), with the help of a blue screen, is as real as ever. And who better to bring this classic tale to life than the master of heartfelt filmmaking, the one and only, Steven Spielberg?
When you have other stunning classics such as "Jurassic Park" and "E.T." under your belt, you fancy yourself tackling any story. Spielberg had his special effects team to thank for bringing a beloved imaginary friend to life. He certainly knows how to pull on our nostalgic heartstrings.
The Dark Knight
Playing the role of Harvey Dent, whose left side of his face is grotesquely scarred after an acidic solution was thrown at him inside the court of justice, is a task that needs serious acting skills. Aaron Eckhart is the man for the job, and here he is photographed simulating a two-faced persona.
It’s quite impressive as it is, imagine how cool it would appear on screen with the added effects. Half of his face looks menacing as he is angered by the death of his girlfriend, Rachel. It's amazing to think that Harvey Dent wasn't even the main villain in 2007's "The Dark Knight."
Robert Downey Jr. must be so fond of his role as Iron Man for having agreed to reprise his character for over a decade. How cool it is that Tony Stark has all the money in the world backed up with the intelligence to come up with all sorts of war machine inventions?
Of course, as enamored as we are with "Iron Man," we know that Robert Downey Jr. doesn’t have to fly across the sky or stand on the edge of a building for the filming of the superhero. Here in this picture, we see proof of the fact that CGI takes care of all of that.
Guardians of the Galaxy
It was difficult at first for the casting directors to find someone who could effectively voice Rocket, the cybernetically modified raccoon. They hired Bradley Cooper for the job, and he was able to keep up with the character’s fast-talking, while Sean Gunn acts out the physical part of the role for him.
Rocket is a funny character that can quickly turn into a mean fighting machine. But what’s really funny is that, behind the scenes, Gunn had to pose subserviently on set like a domesticated pet, low on the floor. What were serious scenes on the silver screen must have been comic to witness in front of the cameras with Gunn all in green and being patted like a puppy.
Most kids can’t contain themselves from asking too many questions. However, their curiosity never bothers to doubt whether cartoon characters are real, and that’s just part of their charm as children. It is as if Bugs Bunny and his gang of loony characters really live, and their existence is accepted as an inviolable fact.
They must wonder how it feels to have Bugs Bunny sitting in the palm of their hands. How lucky Michael Jordan is, to be with them in the movie "Space Jam." How fun it must be to play basketball with cartoon characters; how soft and velvety they must be!
It's the classic filmmaker's conundrum. How do you make a film that's set on a massive spaceship? Well, you use a ton of green screen! Let's be real here - "Passengers" is not going to be considered the best film in anyone's books. Even with Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence as the leads, the film just fails to be a compelling Sci-fi movie.
If you ask us, this film is more creepy than cute. Especially since all the CGI work really made us feel like we were also passengers on the doomed intergalactic vessel. Yeah, we're still waiting for the next great Sci-fi epic - and this isn't it.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
What a wonderful peek behind the scenes from "The Hobbit," this one features the enchanting Galadriel (played by Cate Blanchett). While this A-list actor is undoubtedly real, what's not is the stunning mountain scenery we see in the background. And yet, she remained utterly convincing throughout the take.
To his credit, Peter Jackson does build a lot of the sets himself, and even with the use of a green screen, this man is undoubtedly one of the greatest artists of our time. And it's also important to mention that each Middle Earth movie he made got more CGI-heavy. So if you compare the "The Fellowship of the Ring" to "The Battle of the Five Armies," they feel like very different movies.
Alice in Wonderland
There was a lot of contradiction regarding Tim Burton's version of the classic Alice in Wonderland. Some thought that a modern-day, CGI-filled remake would just butcher such a timeless tale, while others couldn't wait to see these trippy characters in 3D. The result? A mix of both.
While it is undeniable that the visual effects of Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" are absolutely mind-blowing, there is a sense of that coming at the expense of the actual movie plot. Still, take the scene pictured above; the trippy flowers and a mind-bending forest in the backdrop, and you've got yourself a CGI Wonderland. Lewis Carol would be proud...or maybe not.
Avengers: Infinity War
Remember the epic battle scene in "Avengers: Infinity War," when you see the Avengers fighting off a group of aliens? Well, to be fair, they were actually fighting...just not quite in the way we saw on screens. The photo below depicts the famous scene of the Battle of Wakanda, in which at least 70 extras and stunt people participated. So how did they make it look like there was an army of aliens?
They digitally enhanced the scene to make it look like 70 people were actually 500. Oh, and they also added about 10,000 digital aliens in post-production. Reportedly, this is the largest battle Marvel has ever brought to the screen. But there was a battle in "Endgame" that looked a lot bigger...
La La Land
There's nothing that Hollywood loves more than a film about Hollywood! The Tinseltown musical follows the highs and lows of a couple trying to make it in the entertainment industry. Here's a peek behind the scenes that shows how the climax of the movie was filmed.
It's a dreamy and whimsical montage where the stars of the flick, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, literally dance among the stars. To be clear, we're talking about stars in the sky and not the stars in Hollywood! It's amazing to think that this movie was made by Damien Chazelle, the same guy behind the classic movie "Whiplash."
This dystopian tale is set on a train bolting around a snowy sphere carrying all that's left of humanity. Yeah, you read that right! When you have Chris Evans in the foreground, can you really go wrong?
We are really impressed with how the green screen was used to bring the troubled train to our screens. It looks hyper-realistic. However, here's hoping that we'll only see this train in the movies and not in the not-so-distant future! "Snowpiercer" has developed a bit of a cult following over the years. So much so that Netflix ended up making a spinoff series.
Alice in Wonderland
Again, we had to mention another scene from "Alice in Wonderland." Tim Burton's version of Tweedledee and Tweedledum, both played by Matt Lucas, definitely added an extra creepy element to the characters. While it was obvious that CGI and special effects had been involved throughout most of the film, many viewers thought these two characters were completely computer-made.
But alas, it was far more intricate than that. Lucas actually wore a special suit to make him look much taller and bigger overall; and of course, this made it much easier to simply add visual details afterward. Oh, and the dodo bird was an actual person too!
Only the beloved (and never-aging) Paul Rudd could win audiences over with this bring this goofy superhero. Truth be told, all of the "Ant-Man" movies are full of incredible special effects. Hey, when you have a super-hero who can change their size, what do you expect?
We can only imagine just how much green/blue screen was used to make this miniature superhero story worth watching! Who knew that a superhero inspired by ants would be so entertaining? While the third installment, "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania," didn't do so well critically or commercially, you still have to admire the CGI in that movie.
Game of Thrones
Here's a sneak peek behind the scenes of arguably the most heartbreaking scene of the entire series of HBO's "Game of Thrones." Maybe even topping the "Red Wedding" episode? No, we wouldn't go that far. Nobody wanted this Westerosi series to end when or how it did, but you get what you're given in life.
Talk about love being dead. Anyway, as you can see, the actors aren't actually in the demolished Kings Landing. Instead, they're on a set surrounded by a green screen. But still, Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke managed to act the hell out of that scene. Say what you want about that final season - there were some all-time moments, like this one.
Oz, the Great and Powerful
Critically-acclaimed director Sam Raimi has worked with the same visual effects master for all three of the "Spider-Man" movies, and he wasn't about to change when it came to filming "Oz, The Great, and Powerful." Visual effects supervisor, Scott Stokdyk said that this was the most challenging film he had ever worked on since every single frame of scenery had to be created from scratch!
With most of the scenes being done on a green screen backdrop, we're sure that James Franco had to pull out the artistic guns to make his expressions look as genuine as possible. There is nothing like that good ole' yellow brick road.
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
The final film featuring the late, great Heath Ledger is a fantastical flick that required a lot of blue screen to bring it to life. "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" didn't exactly set the world of movies alight. Not even the loss of such a great actor could make the movie a success.
But the movie was certainly a good-looking one. It's all in the title people. The entire film takes viewers on a ride through an imaginary world that's at times more wonky and weird than wonderful and whimsical. There is no denying though that "The Dark Knight" was the more impressive Heath Ledger movie out of the two.
Ridley Scott is well-known for making epic movies that leave us in awe long after we've left the movie theater. And "The Martian" did just that. Featuring Matt Damon as the lead, the film follows the story of an astronaut that has been left on Mars by mistake and is now forced to rely on his skills and wit to survive on the red planet.
Since the majority of the film takes place on Mars, which would be a bit of a problematic location to use in real life, most of the scenes are done with a green screen effect. And that doesn't make it any less impressive since it gives viewers the chance to feel like they're catching a glimpse of what life on Mars would be like even if only for the two hours and thirty minutes the film lasts.
Based on the Marvel comic books, Deadpool made its film debut in 2016. Portrayed by the hilarious Ryan Reynolds, Wade Wilson is a former Special Forces agent that now works as a mercenary, and was transformed into Deadpool by an evil scientist. After an experiment goes wrong, Deadpool is left with supernatural healing powers and a very twisted sense of humor.
Needless to say, a green screen was needed to give this hero his supernatural powers. Thankfully though, Reynolds could wear a real Deadpool suit, unlike other actors like Robert Downey Jr., who had to wait to see what he looked like in the Iron Man suit after post-production.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
The story of King Arthur has been done countless times and, of course, there had to be a modern green screen version of it. Besides, with the thrill-loving director, Guy Ritchie at the helm, what else would you expect? It is always incredible to see such majestic stories brought to life by modern-day technology. Take this scene, for example.
With the help of a green screen, the audience will be transported with King Arthur (played by Charlie Hunnam) and Sir Bedivere (played by Djimon Hounsou) on a massive wooden ship. Though the rest needed to go into the actor's imagination. How difficult is it to imagine a sea?
Since the first episode came out in 2005, we all became personally involved with the characters of Seattle Grace Hospital. But since most of the series was filmed at the hospital and Meredith Grey's house, you would think there weren't many opportunities, or the need really, to use a green screen. Well, you thought wrong.
The series often makes use of a green screen to drop the audience right into the action of the bustling Seattle Grace Hospital. And there are those scenes where McDreamy is showing Meredith the house they're going to live in on that hill...Green screen or not, we will always have a place in our hearts for Grey's Anatomy.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
For "Harry Potter" fanatics, the "Fantastic Beasts" franchise was a much-needed dose of the wizarding world after the days of Harry, Ron, and Hermione came to an end. Why Newt Scamander didn't exactly roll off the tongue the same way, this charming story had enough fans to churn out three movies.
With a creature cast list that includes a "Fwooper," "Billywig," "Niffler," and "Erumpant," it's no wonder why blue screen was essential for the filmmakers. And when you through high-profile actors into the mix like Colin Farrell, Johnny Depp, and Jude Law, it's no wonder "Fantastic Beasts" cost as much as it did to make.
It's no easy feat to become Netflix's most-watched show of all time. Well "Squid Game" did just that. The show made use of a lot of blue screen and CGI to portray the gory gameshow. Upon first watch though, the world the contestants are fighting to survive in feels so real that it's amazing to see the photos of the making of the show.
This photo shows the bizarre game that the contestants have to play where they have to cross a bridge made of glass tiles. We won't lie, the fact that most of the show was shot in front of a blue screen settles our stomachs that somewhere, somehow the "Squid Game" does not exist in real life. Eek!
We never thought we would be talking about the Queen of England and a green screen in the same breath. Well, there is certainly a first time for everything. In this scene, we can see Elizabeth (before she was crowned as queen) marrying Prince Phillip early on in the series.
The wedding actually took place at the famous Westminster Abbey. It's safe to assume that such an important church would not be a filmable location. That's why another church and some green screen were used to make it look that the wedding on the show did indeed take place at Westminster Abbey.
A Wrinkle in Time
This spacey spectacular film packs a powerful punch. Not only does it have an A-list cast, including Oprah, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy Kaling but its visual effects are ...a vision! Ava DuVernay stayed as true to the novel as possible when bringing this wonderful world to life.
Since the story follows two siblings trying to find their father in intergalactic space, it's no wonder that a ton of green/blue screen was needed to bring the quest to life. The film is certainly a feast for the eyes! However, the movie didn't do so well, either critically or commercially. It has its fans. It's just not universally beloved.
The Maze Runner
This is one of the most impressive blue screen illusions on our list. What looks like a deserted parking lot in the middle of nowhere, turns into a futuristic empire, in the science-fiction, dystopian film, "The Maze Runner." Did you spot the huge, dead beast in the second photo?! Yes, calm down, it's also a blue-screen effect.
An American trilogy based on the novels by James Dashner, "The Maze Runner" follows the story of Thomas, a boy that is put in an all-boys community after having his memory erased. Unfortunately, Thomas soon discovers that they are all trapped in an actual real-life maze, and the only way out is to work together. And it seems like moviegoers loved the effects too.
The Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers
It is undeniable that Peter Jackson is an absolute master of bringing fantasy to the big screen. Particularly his epic trilogy, “The Lord of the Rings,” which was predominately filmed in New Zealand. With sweeping vistas and amazing shots of the landscape, you would think that is all you need.
But oh no, Jackson went even further and brought the creepy elements to life with the green screen. One of our favorite moments was in the film “The Two Towers” where King Theoden, who was under Saruman’s spell, is magically restored to his regular youthful appearance. The end result was pretty crazy!
Okay, before you can’t focus on us anymore due to your drooling over the hunky Henry Cavill, we'd just like to point out that the green screen made his ethereal beauty possible! Cavill has been in plenty of movies and TV shows alike that have been full of CGI and green screen. And this Netflix show is one of the latest examples of that.
Well, maybe the beauty wasn't always on full display, but Cavill’s character certainly allows his ‘other side’ to take over, and you see his eyes turn jet black. For that type of spine-tingling effect, it’s none other than a bit of CGI!
The Lord of The Rings: The Return of the King
Alright, we’re not going to just write about "The Lord of the Rings," but boy, there are a ton of special effects used throughout the trilogy, and one of the major characters in the films is wholly shot using green screen technology. LOTR fans will know that we’re talking about Gollum, the once hobbit that turned into a…scaly-looking, permanently anxious creature.
Andy Serkis donned the green/blue suit many times to bring his character to life. And of course, Serkis is considered the master of motion capture, having played multiple characters this way, including Caesar from "The Planet of the Apes" trilogy, and Snoke from the "Star Wars" sequels.
One of our ultimate favorite films of all time, particularly for its innovative concept and crazy illusion work, it’s none other than Leonardo DiCaprio's essential film, “Inception.” The film, which explores the depths of our subconscious, is a bit of a mind-bender (both literally and figuratively).
Sure, there was a little bit of green screen action, but we actually found out that the team tried to use as many practical shots as they could. You know, the blizzard in the film, that was real! The onboarding of the architect scene with Elliot Page, however, was CGI. Wow, we need to rewatch this one.
Trust the DC universe to be relying on CGI to bring its characters to life! Well, considering Aquaman isn’t a real-life figure (or is he?), it’s no wonder they needed a little green screen help! You can't just drop Jason Momoa into the real Atlantic Ocean and start shooting. That is a health and safety lawsuit waiting to happen!
Particularly for the underwater fight scenes, CGI was used to make the effects look very real. Not to mention the armor changes and facial features being enhanced with effects. We do love a bit of CGI to help our mind’s eye along a bit.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
So it’s no surprise that they needed a little help on the set of the film “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” if not purely for the fact that they couldn’t exactly train live animals to behave the way they wanted to. The SFX team ensured the animals were digital performers.
But did you know that even The Rock and fellow actor, Karen Gillan, had CGI stunt doubles? Okay, you fooled us a little on those ones, Hollywood! And do we have to point out the big elephant in the room? That's right folks, the original "Jumanji" is far superior to these random sequels that (sadly) don't even have Robin Williams in them.
Aladdin (Disney Live Action)
Before we crush your picture of Jasmine and Aladdin flying high on a magic carpet, we just want to say that your childhood was valid and it’s okay to believe in magic. However, the scenes of the pair singing “A Whole New World” flying on top of the magical Arabian carpet?
Those were in fact filmed on a green screen – you can check out YouTube for the videos! But this poses a much bigger question: Do we even need all of these live-action remakes? The classic animated movies are incredibly important pop culture items that don't need these new, updated versions. OK, rant over.
The Day After Tomorrow
Nothing like a disaster film to get you bracing yourself for the apocalypse. Hollywood seems to love to remind us of our mortality and impending doom. Side note: we’re kind of over the disaster films, and we want a bit more magic and daydreaming for our movies, please! With that said, films like "Deep Impact" and "Cloverfield" are pretty good.
Anyway, “The Day After Tomorrow” really took the cake. Some of the effects felt really real and were masterfully executed. We would definitely say that it's worth a watch – can you spot what’s CGI and what isn’t? One thing is for sure. The Hollywood sign didn't actually get blown away by the tornado.
So if we’re being honest, this film is our favorite of the “Thor” films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s wackier, it’s wilder and there are a lot of laughs which really get us going! Thor goes to different planets, and he has some funny moments with the Incredible Hulk, there is Valkyrie, and there is Loki. What more do you want?
However, like any film in the MCU, there was a decent amount of green screen time. Particularly when Thor winds up on a new planet and is meeting characters like Korg. Taika Waititi really hit it out of the park with this one. It's just a shame that his follow-up, "Thor: Love and Thunder," wasn't anywhere near as good.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
If you want a movie that’s going to leave your mind reeling, this one is definitely a worthy addition! The film, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, follows the story of a man who begins life elderly and grows younger with each passing year. Wild, right?
Wilder still, for the first third of the film, you’re not actually seeing Brad, but rather, a computer-generated image of his head, which the studio was charged with aging digitally! A quote from Steve Preeg at Digital Domain who helped supervise noted “he’s not in any of the shots,” for 52 minutes of the film!
This dark masterpiece was brought to our screens by Guillermo del Toro. Set in Spain (and totally in Spanish!), the magical world portrayed in the film, which is created in Ofelia’s head, is brought to life thanks to lots of green screen time! But it's the mixing between the digital and practical effects that really makes this story special.
Costuming and makeup were of course used well to help along with the real feel of the film, but a lot of the magical creatures were CGI! If you get a chance, make sure to check out this movie is will most certainly pull at your heartstrings.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Fans eagerly awaited the new “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” to see how J.J. Abrams would pay homage to the original films. And sure, there were plenty of callbacks and new characters too. However, the director opted to use a lot of green screen and CGI to achieve the final result, which was pretty darn cool!
Entire sequences were filmed using CGI, particularly the Jakku scenes, as well as the character Maz, who was portrayed by Lupita N’yongo. And the other two movies in the trilogy, "The Last Jedi" and "The Rise of Skywalker," also had their fair share of CGI, albeit with varying levels of success.
Okay, if you’ve seen “Sin City” we want you to just close your eyes and humor us — think about how it would look without CGI. Yeah, exactly — you can’t imagine it, right? The neo-noir film encompassing crime, love, corruption, and revenge interconnects its stories.
While the story itself is reasonably cool, the effects are what we stay for — in the opening scene, the visuals are created so that the characters appear as though in a graphic novel, which couldn’t have been done without CGI! In this film, it was definitely an asset — and technology is helping filmmakers in bringing to life a more abstract concept.
Transformers: Age of Extinction
Trust Hollywood director Michael Bay to bring “Transformers” to life for us all! But it wasn’t without a hefty amount of computer-generated imagery! The production of the film was kept relatively hush-hush when it came to the design of the figures themselves. But finalized versions of the CGI designs were found on the Internet.
We also love a good old-fashioned CGI fight, something which the popular director is known for along with his action sequences. And there have been a ton of sequels that have come since, and all of them have relied heavily on green screen and CGI. What do you expect? Do you really think they're going to make practical transformers?
It may be hard to believe for some people that yes, the head of Hydra, played by none other than Hugo Weaving, is helped along by some CGI. But what do you expect? That nose isn't going to disappear all by itself.
Sure, elements were practical, but a lot of the effects on his face were indeed computer-generated. Not to mention battle scenes and fight scenes – but hey, it’s Marvel, and it’s totally to be expected. We love “Captain America” and it’s a fantastic origin story. It's amazing to think how much Steve Rogers went through over the course of those movies.
Perhaps one of the most celebrated films of all time for its innovation and unique style, “Avatar” is truly one epic film. You would want it to be when it had been worked on for almost fifteen years by James Cameron. The film utilizes a staggering 60% CGI, with most of the animation filmed using new techniques with real actors. Amazing!
The quality and the clarity as well as the life-like appearance and immersive environment of the world in which the film is set are really stunning! And its long-awaited sequel, "Avatar: The Shape of Water," also relied heavily on CGI, and the results were just as impressive, if not more!
We do love a bit of Brendan Fraser! Particularly in the film, “The Mummy.” At the time, the film was lauded for its fantastic visual and special effects, which to this day, are still bone-chilling. Oh yeah, those CGI sequences have certainly held up!
It was almost like the beginning for CGI and really incorporating effects into films back then. By the end of the experimentation and perhaps a few duds, you end up with a masterpiece like “Avatar.” You need to start somewhere! We still stand by our opinion though, that “The Mummy” is still a great flick.
First, we absolutely adore the feeling that the score of this film brings out. We also love the visuals of the film – and we love anything to do with outer space! The film, “Interstellar” gives us the chills, and takes us to well, a galaxy, far, far away (just kidding). Christopher Nolan did an incredible job with this one.
In order to get some of the visual effects down, particularly when McConaughey and his team are sent to different planets, there was a bit of green screen used to generate those scenes. Look, we thought it looked pretty real to us, so well done Hollywood!
The Perfect Storm
Remember that insanely massive wave in the film “The Perfect Storm”? You know, the mother of all waves? Yeah, that kind of wave? Well, a lot of the scenes with the rather small-looking trawler boat, were created with the magic of visual effects and CGI. Pretty remarkable when you consider the final results.
It was probably best to do it this way as well for the safety of all the crew and actors, you wouldn’t want to be caught out in the middle of a horrendous storm in the middle of the ocean, right? Health and safety are paramount when making any movie, and this one certainly applies.
Imagine trying to recreate the Roman Colosseum in all of its glory for the modern screen. Well, stop imagining and watch “Gladiator,” with Russell Crowe! Ridley Scott’s masterpiece is worth watching again and again – and he used a bit of green screen to make the movie feel more real.
To get the stadium effect (the cheering and booing and raucous jeering from the crowd), CGI was used in the stands with some real people in between to get the feel of a full stadium. Pretty cool! To be honest, we find it amazing that any special effects were used in this movie. It all looks so real.