100 Years of VFX
I make no bones about the fact that I consider visual effects to be the purest form of movie magic. So this video that goes through examples from the past century of visual tricks is gold.
There are some surprising omissions (where’s Méliès?) but I do understand that you can’t include everything. Of what is included, I find myself taken aback by some of the early stuff. Some of it “holds up,” though most of it doesn’t, but what I find really stunning is just the fact that they had the ideas at all. They imagined something that no one had ever seen, and made them happen, often by processes that no one had ever done.
It’s a reminder that VFX in itself isn’t, in fact, the real movie magic, but a tool. The real magic is the imagination behind the effects.