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CGI: Computer-generated imagery

By arsalp
  • First experiments of CGI in film

    First experiments of CGI in film
    First use of 2D computer animation in a significant entertainment feature film. Westworld was the first feature film to use digital image processing.
  • First use of 3D CGI

    First use of 3D CGI
    First use of 3D computer graphics for animated hand and face. Used 2D digital compositing to materialize characters over a background.
  • Star Wars

    Star Wars
    First use of an animated 3D wire-frame graphic for the trench run briefing sequence.
  • Looker

    First CGI human character, Cindy. First use of shaded 3D CGI as we think of it today.
  • Tron

    Extensive use (15 min. fully computer generated) of 3D CGI including the famous Light Cycle sequence. Also includes very early facial animation
  • Luxo Jr.

    Luxo Jr.
    First use of shadows in CGI, made with special developed software Renderman. First CGI film to be nominated for an Academy Award.
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    Terminator 2: Judgment Day
    First realistic human movements on a CGI character. First use of a personal computer to create major movie 3D effects.
  • Toy Story

    Toy Story
    First CGI feature-length animation.
  • The Polar Express

    The Polar Express
    First CGI movie that used motion capture for all actors.
  • Avatar

    First full length movie made using performance-capture to create photo-realistic 3D characters and to feature a fully CG 3D photo-realistic world.