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CGI (Computer generated/graphic imagery) has increasingly been a dominant source of technology used in cinema… and there’s no going back!

Although the application and contribution of computer graphics to film imagery isn’t a new idea, the rapidly evolving form of ground-breaking technology has amazed us with picture perfect possibilities in film, and animation, throughout the years.

Here is a time-line showing key uses of CGI in cinematic history:

1973: Sci-fi thriller Westworld (directed by Michael Crichton) was the first film to use 2-D image processing to portray the infrared point of view of the Gunslinger android. 1977: Star Wars uses 3-D wireframe graphics for the trench run briefing sequence. 1978: Superman: The Movie is the first film to use CGI in the film’s title sequence. 1981: Looker (also directed by Michael Crichton) introduces Cindy as the first CGI human character. 1985: Barry Levinson’s Young Sherlock Holmes »

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