With the announcement of the 2013 Oscar Nominees this week, we've got cinema on the brain. As a Friday treat for you, we found a great TEDx talk on the magic of moviemaking.
Don Levy was formerly the senior vice president of marketing and communications at Sony Pictures, and is now a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He says that movies are "the ultimate medium for magic," because of their ability to control everything the audience sees. In this video, he talks about the principles of creating allusion and has compiled a comparison of visual effects in film since the 1900s.
Watch the stunning comparison of the most contemporary examples of mastery in visual effects–like Avatar (2009) and Rise of Planet of the Apes (2011)–to some of the earliest pioneers of visual effects in film, like A Trip To The Moon (1902) and The Rains Came (1939-the year the category "Best Visual Effects" was first introduced by the Academy). We especially loved seeing the1972 version of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland compared to the 2010 version, and the stop-motion footage from The Lost World (1925) right next to the footage from Jurassic Park (which won the Academy Award for Visual Effects in 1993) was simply comical.