Top 10 VFX Films of the 2000s
Now with the 2000s behind us, VFXWorld looks back over the past 10 years to showcase the best in visual effects work. The 2000s were the time for digital effects. Advances in digital cinema have leapt forward. The films on this list have set the groundwork for new forms of cinema in the 2010s.
Special Jury Prize: The Dark Knight and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
With all the digital overload that overtook the 2000s, there were also great examples of filmmakers embracing a combination of digital and practical effects for a seamless effect. The Oscar-nominated work on The Dark Knight and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World are perfect examples of the trend.
But, it's just compositing. Yes, but it's a lot more. 300 set the stage for freeing filmmakers to realize a vision without the constraints of on-set filming. Every shot in the film was a visual effect. Zack Snyder's film raised the bar for next-gen films with a mashup of graphic novels, movies and videogames.
The reason people went to see this film was for the visual effects. Fans wanted robot on robot violence and Michael Bay provided them what they wanted. Even though they were giant robots they felt like they were within their environment. ILM ratcheted up hard body surfaces for the best bots ever created on film.
The Spider-Man series raised the bar for superhero feats, thanks to extraordinary character animation, virtual environments, cloth sim and fluid dynamics by Sony Pictures Imageworks. From the first film, the productions improved on digital characters with each entry. In it's villains it also broke new ground. Doc Ock combined a real actor with photoreal digital animation. In the third entry, Sandman represented an amazing step forward in particle simulation and Venom's symbiote ooze made fluids a life of their own.