When the idea of VFX first came into being it was an innovative and tenacious prospect and one that would change the landscape of motion pictures. It’s been a fascinating journey of discovery and invention, but is often overlooked and sometimes judged.

In this clip from YouTuber VFX Geek, the history of VFX is combined with a cool step-by-step of a VFX creation from the 1999 film, The Mummy – which was the first film to use a principal actor in motion capture for a CGI character. And it’s really cool to see how far we’ve come. With actors like Andy Serkis helping to create the little facial details of CGI characters like Snoke or Gollum.

Whether you’re a film nerd like me or an aspiring CGI artist, this clip is sure to bring you a bit of inspiration as you keep striving for innovation in this awesome world of film.


  • Charis Joy Jackson

    Producer, Director, Writer, Actress

    Charis Joy Jackson is a writer, director, producer and teacher working with The Initiative Production Company. During the day she makes movies and in her spare time writes short stories and novel. She's a self-proclaimed nerd who wishes she could live in Hobbiton. You can follow her on Instagram @charisjoyjackson


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