We'll take care of it in post! by Egantx7

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Runner(s)-Up:

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Quiz Description

Computer Generated Imagery has been around much longer than most people realize, and for better and for worse, it has affected the art of film-making. Here are 12 questions that take you on a historic journey through the history of computers and film.

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Questions:

While Edwin Catmull would one day become head of a little company called Pixar, back in 1972 he created history with a roughly one minute film as a graduate project at the University of Utah by modeling this part of his body. In 2011, The Library of Congress added the short film featuring this modeled body part to its National Film Registry.

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(left) hand

One year after Catmull's landmark short, this feature film became the first to use CGI, specifically using raster graphics to show the point of view of Yul Brynner's character. Small parts of Catmull's short film would be used on this film's 1976 sequel.

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Westworld

This 1978 film was the first to use a computer generated title sequence, which when paired with John Williams' score made it one of the most impressive opening titles in film history to that time.

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Superman: The Movie

This 1981 Albert Finney film was the first to feature a virtual character. This film deals with models who are dying after allowing their bodies to be digitally scanned for perpetual use in commercials. It is remembered today as an early Michael Crichton effort, and for a topless Susan Dey. The title is both a synonym for a beautiful woman, and an acronym which names an experimental weapon that renders attackers invisible.

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Looker

The division of LucasFilm that would eventually become PIXAR saw its first feature work in this film. PIXAR had to create a brief film presentation that showed a lifeless planet morph into a "living breathing planet" capable of supporting life. This CGI sequence was narrated by the character Dr. Carol Marcus who was explaining her secret and controversial work. What was this 1982 film which included a an incredibly sad funeral scene with Amazing Grace played by a lone bag pipe.

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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

While Tron has about 15 minutes of CGI, this 1984 film which also included a video game as a crucial plot point was the first to have entire scenes that were entirely virtual with an attempt to create real objects with integrated CGI. It was the first feature film to replace spacecraft models with virtual constructs. Will Wheaton has a small role in this film, while Robert Preston's performance as Centauri is clearly a nod to his Harold Hill role in The Music Man.

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The Last Starfighter

Proving how inept AMPAS is at recognizing something truly historic, this film was nominated for the 1985 Oscar for Best Visual Effects and somehow lost to Cocoon. John Lasseter and Dennis Muren were in charge of bringing to life the first photorealistic virtual character, a knight who came to life by jumping from a stained glass window in this film. Name this film that sees two young men trying to solve a series of strange deaths at their school, Brompton Academy.

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Young Sherlock Holmes

This 1986 film, a Jim Henson-George Lucas collaboration, is notable for starring a very young Jennifer Connelly and David Bowie's all too obvious bulge. The owl seen flying through this this film's opening credits is the first CGI animal with a degree of realism.

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Labyrinth

This 1986 short film, was the first made by an independent PIXAR to earn an Oscar nomination, and the first to show off its next generation Renderman software. Notably, it was the first time that CGI shadows were created on screen. Name this short film named for the smaller desk lamp character that shortly after became PIXAR's mascot.

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Luxo, Jr.

Until 1989, water had been an especially difficult substance to render in CGI, but when James Cameron needs a CGI water tentacle, the effin' technology better evolve on his schedule. Industrial Light & Magic did create a breathtaking water tentacle for this film ... a water tentacle that was able to create watery images of Ed Harris' and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio's face. Unlike many of its predecessors, this film actually did win the Oscar for Best Visual Effects. Name this film that, according to numerous sources, Ed Harris refuses to talk about because of the emotional abuse he suffered on set.

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The Abyss

Another substance that was an early quandary for CGI engineers was human skin. This 1992 film was the first to realistically duplicate human skin, as it was needed to show heads getting twisted around. After making this film, Meryl Streep noted in several interviews that she would never work on a film with so many special effects again (apparently she changed her mind with Into the Woods). This film won the Oscar for Visual Effects, for creating, among other things, a realistic shotgun hole through Goldie Hawn's body. Name this film, one of the few chick flicks to ever win an Oscar for Best Visual Effects.

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Death Becomes Her

This television series became the first live-action series to render virtually all of its visual effects with CGI instead of models. Bill Mumy (of Lost in Space fame) starred in all five seasons of this show, while Bruce Boxleitner was not featured in season one. Name this syndicated television series which ran from 1993 to 1998, a creation of J. Michael Strazynski.

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Babylon 5