Movie Effects Instagram Account Shows You What Your Favorite Movies Look Like With and Without CGI

Marvel, Disney
Marvel, Disney

Special effects in movies have advanced to the point where it's hard to tell where the live action stops and the CGI begins. In some films, it's obvious what's been created by a computer—Daenerys's dragons in Game of Thrones are clearly computer-generated, as are Davy Jones's tentacles in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006). But special effects are also used for more mundane purposes, like building a city street instead of filming on location.

The Instagram account Movies.Effects highlights just how big of a role computer animation plays in modern filmmaking. Most posts show two images: One still of the raw footage and one from the movie that audiences saw. In some cases, just one or two elements needed to be added in post production, and in others, the actor is the only component that isn't CGI. Often entire characters need to be built in a computer: In Beauty and the Beast (2017), for instance, Emma Watson acted opposite Dan Stevens in a special motion capture suit, and in The Jungle Book (2016), Neel Sethi had a fake panther head that stood in for Bagheera.

You can see the most dramatic before-and-after comparisons from film productions below.


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Pottery Barn Is Launching a Friends-Inspired Furniture Line That Includes Rachel’s Iconic Apothecary Table

To celebrate this fall’s 25th anniversary of the premiere of Friends in 1994, Pottery Barn is releasing a line of furniture inspired by the beloved NBC sitcom, Deadline reports.

The collection will feature accessories, furniture, and tabletop items, including Central Perk mugs. One highlight is a replica of the apothecary table that made a name for apothecary tables everywhere with its spotlight-stealing performance in the season 6 episode “The One with the Apothecary Table.” In it, Rachel purchases an apothecary table from Pottery Barn and, when she finds out Phoebe hates Pottery Barn, tells her the table is an antique from the “days of yore.” It gets more complicated (and hilarious) from there.

Pottery Barn's 'Friends' furniture collection
Pottery Barn

According to BuzzFeed, the episode was actually part of a product placement deal with Pottery Barn, and Entertainment Weekly even ranked it first on their “Best Product Placement” list for Friends.

You can shop the collection beginning on July 30, with prices starting at $12.50. If you’re a diehard Friends fanatic looking to celebrate its 25th anniversary in a way that Rachel Green would be proud of, you can also enter Pottery Barn’s sweepstakes for a chance to win a free trip for two to Los Angeles, complete with a $1000 shopping spree to Pottery Barn and a Warner Bros. Studio Deluxe Tour which includes, of course, a visit to the Central Perk set.

And, if you haven’t seen “The One with the Apothecary Table,” you can watch it on Netflix before Friends leaves for WarnerMedia’s new streaming service HBO Max in 2020.

[h/t Deadline]

Target Has Launched a Harry Potter Line of Clothing, Accessories, and Home Goods

Target
Target

No more blending in with the mediocre Muggles—now wizards can decorate and accessorize like the magical creatures they are with Target's brand-new line of Harry Potter clothing and home goods.

Target shoppers will feel like they’ve stepped through Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross Station as they wander the Harry Potter-stuffed aisles. Popsugar reports that Target will carry more than 500 Harry Potter-themed items, including socks, lanterns, pillows, dolls and much more.

You’ll be able to wake up in your Hogwarts sheets, have your morning coffee in a Slytherin mug, and take a ride on a foam Nimbus 2000 replica while rocking a Potter t-shirt. Not sure what house you’re in? No sweat! Target is even carrying a real-life sorting hat.

Whether you need a gift for the kiddos, or just want to treat your inner witch, Target is sure to have the perfect find in its Wizarding World line.

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