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How Silent Movies Created Their Special Effects Without Modern Computers

Just brilliant and creative. This is most impressive!

Thanks to modern computers, movies these days now have more eye-popping effects than we ever enjoyed, say, 20 years ago. CGI (short for ‘computer-generated imagery’) has brought appealing visuals on our favorite movies, regardless of the genre.

Those gigantic robots and flying superheroes? Heck, even those realistic animals interacting with humans? They’re all created using computers.

Actually, the technology has even progressed to the point that even digital recreations of deceased actors look almost completely flawless now. Just think Peter Cushing ‘reprising’ his role as Grand Moff Tarkin in the recent Star Wars: Rogue One movie, despite having passed away back in 1994.

Of course, things weren’t always this way.

Back in the earliest years of filmmaking, people had to rely heavily on practical effects and camera trickery to astonish their viewers.

How did that exactly work during the Silent Film era? Well, thanks to Reddit user Auir2blaze, we do not have to wonder anymore!

In an album posted on Imgur, the Redditor gave us an idea of how brilliant and creative some filmmakers were back in the days when resources were extremely limited.

#1. Safety Last! (1923)

Green screen wasn’t a trend yet back then and so for this scene where Harold Lloyd was hanging off a clock, they had to utilize perspective tricks. They created a set according to Lloyd’s height on a rooftop of a building. As the actor climbed higher, they had to move the set to taller buildings.

Now that’s a lot of work for a single scene!

#2. The Black Pirate (1926)

Numerous films have since ripped off this shot but yes, this one is the original. Engineer Robert Fairbank, brother of actor Douglas Fairbank, came up with the concept of how to do this trick. Both the camera and the sail were strategically-placed to achieve the desired effect.

Also, Fairbank’s knife was connected to a pulley and a counterweight while airplane propellers were utilized to make the sails billow.

#3. Ella Cinders (1926)

For this effect, actress Colleen Moore had to stay still so that two halves of her face could be filmed separately. A black-painted glass piece was placed in front of the camera and then moved to the other side afterwards.

We can only imagine audiences were totally freaked out when they saw this the first time!

#4. Modern Times (1936)

Of course, no discussion about silent films would be complete without mentioning Charlie Chaplin.

This particular shot of him roller-skating in a department store is another terrific example of classic filmmaking trickery. This scene was created using glass matte painting since part of the background was painted on glass and then placed in front of the camera.

Can’t get enough of these awesome old school movie GIFs? Go head over to SilentMovieGIFs on Reddit and Twitter for more!


5 Secrets You Probably Didn’t Know About Disney World

Disney World is an amusement park that will surely bring a smile to anyone who visits it. So here are some secrets about your favorite park.

Even if you aren't a kid anymore, Disney World will always be one of those amusement parks that will surely gauge your fun preppy side. You will walk around for hours wearing silly little mouse ears as a hat and even though your legs are probably getting tired, you will still walk to that one ride or show. You'll even line up with the kids to get a picture with the princesses!

Disney World sure knows how to put smiles on our faces but there are many secrets that visitors don't know about it.

So here is a list of things you should keep in mind once you visit the park:

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The 12 Must-See Hollywood Blockbusters of 2017

You can’t afford to miss these popcorn flicks.

As any huge movie buff could attest, 2017 is going to be an expensive year – there’s just too many awesome films to watch! With the list of scheduled releases, you’d definitely have a hard time resisting the urge to make frequent visits to the cinema this year.

Resistance is futile, as they say, so start saving and be sure to catch all these flicks once they hit your local theaters.

#1. Fifty Shades Darker (February 10, 2017)

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This Is What Happens When Adele Encounters Sound Failure

Adele handles sound failure during a concert like the pro she is. How’s that Mariah?

During one of her concert in Birhimgham last year, Adele went through her performance of "all I Ask" even after all the speakers went off. Proving that she's indeed a true professional, she kept singing the song until the sound came back on at just the right moment.

The sound failure happened around 2 minutes into her song, the sound for her microphone and piano was cut off which forced the 27-year-old to sing a capella in front of the sold out crowd. The singer went on without missing a beat as the audience sang along to finish the song.

After the performance, Adele commented about lip syncing allegations:

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