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CGI in movies: Not just for superheroes

Computer-generated special effects are the norm now

Clayton Ashley , senior video editor, has been producing and editing videos for Polygon since 2016. He is the lead producer of the tabletop gaming series Overboard.

How much CGI is used in movies these days? More than you might think. While it’s not surprising anymore seeing our superheroes standing on green screen sets, more and more movies that aren’t based in fantastical worlds are using computer-generated special effects.

Movies like The Wolf of Wall Street so seamlessly blend backgrounds, foregrounds and CGI buildings together that a scene taking place on a marina can be filmed on an indoor sound stage. The recent I, Tonya used CGI to place the face of actress Margot Robbie onto the body of a professional ice skater. There will always be those directors who prefer practical effects wherever possible *cough* Christopher Nolan *cough*, but considering how packed full of CGI the top-grossing movies are, audiences don’t seem to mind.

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