Showdown: The Invisible Hand

List compiled as part of a Letterboxd showdown on groundbreaking VFX.

"From stop-motion to motion-capture, from the Schüfftan process to traveling mattes, from rear-projection to 3D, we’re looking for the best, most groundbreaking digital and optical effects in cinema. Subtle or bombastic, world-building or shot-finishing, this is a celebration of all the ones and zeros and matte painters and mirror-manipulators and compositing queens and editorial kings in VFX. We don’t know how you’re gonna choose your favorite visual effects from the history of cinema, but, in honor of the many thousands of superstars behind the scenes, please put on your “digital-fur-technology” coat and narrow down a top ten."

  • Jurassic Park

    1

  • The Thing

    2

  • Jason and the Argonauts

    3

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    4

  • Star Wars

    5

  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    6

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

    7

  • An American Werewolf in London

    8

  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit

    9

  • Forbidden Planet

    10