Top 10 VFX Films of the 2000s
Digital Domain sets up camp in the Uncanny Valley, according to David Fincher, with its amazing CG human that ages backwards. With advancements in skin sim and lighting, Brad Pitt was transformed into a young old man and aged to his youthful looking self from earlier films like Thelma & Louise. The effect was startling and impressive. The entire film's success rested on the success of these visual effects. With an Oscar win for Best Visual Effects and a nomination for Best Picture, its success on a technical and emotional level was rewarded.
When you think of the visual effects accomplishments of the Lord of the Rings series, the first one that comes to mind of Gollum. Weta Digital made the first great performance capture leap with Gollum, transforming Peter Jackson's imaginative adaptation of Tolkien. The visual effects artists also made captivating worlds all across Middle-Earth. From the first film to the last, the production combined old school film tricks with cutting-edge digital filmmaking to make normal-sized actors appear Hobbit sized and put real humors and digital creations seamlessly into the frame together like never before.
James Cameron's epic sci-fi adventure closed out the 2000s as the industry game changer. Right from its release, it revolutionized virtual production and stereoscopic spectacle, thanks in part to Rob Legato and Weta Digital. Visual effects allow filmmakers to take viewers to worlds they have never seen. In Avatar, Pandora is a world like no other and each element is flawlessly integrated breaking away any need for suspension of disbelief. And you can forget about the Uncanny Valley after Zoe Saldana's remarkable performance as Neytiri.
Rick DeMott is the director of content for Animation World Network, VFXWorld and AWNtv. Additionally, he's the creator of the movie review site, Rick's Flicks Picks, which was recently named one of the 100 best movie blogs by The Daily Reviewer. He has written for TV series, such as Discovery Kids' Growing Up Creepie and Cartoon Network's Pet Alien, the animation history book Animation Art, and the humor, absurdist and surrealist website Unloosen. Previously, he held various production and management positions in the entertainment industry.