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Movie Special Effects You Didn't Know Weren't CGI

June 3, 2020 22.8k votes 3.3k voters 178.5k views21 items

List RulesVote up the most impressive practical effects that people probably mistook for CGI.

Nowadays there’s so much digital trickery and computerized tomfoolery in the movies we watch, we take it for granted that most action sequences are purely fake. But sometimes the stunts you see that look too awesome to be real actually are, with honest-to-goodness humans, vehicles, and whatnot doing amazing things. These are the times filmmakers created newfangled results the old-fashioned way. As stunt coordinator Guy Norris said of Mad Max: Fury Road and its no-CGI thrills, “We wanted to make it real. Real vehicles, real locations, real movement, and real stunts.”

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