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Transformers, Optimus Prime


With one simple idea, YouTube user Freddie Wong just kind of blew our minds in regard to using CGI special effects in movies. And that idea is:

How come you only see crappy special effects in movies? Because the point of truly wonderful special effects means you don't even know they are there.

The video put together by Wong proves that a lot of filmmakers who use special effects aren't using them as cop-outs but as a way to enhance the story-telling experience. So someone like Michael Bay, who combines CGI and practical effects, get spectacular results that you don't even know are from the mind of a visual effects artist.

"We believe that the reason we think all CG looks bad, is because we only see 'bad' CG. Fantastic, beautiful, and wonderfully executed CG is everywhere - you just don't know it," Wong writes in the YouTube description. "Truly great visual effects serve story and character – and in doing so are, by their very definition, invisible."

So before you trash on any director who chooses to use CGI, check out the fascinating video that takes a look at the visual effects work done in films from The Avengers to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. It might even change your mind about Michael Bay.