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  • Writer's pictureMarco Giorgino

"The fascinating history and development of CGI": from the beginnings to the present day

Updated: Jul 15

Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) has undergone an impressive development in recent decades and has become an integral part of the film and entertainment industry. But how has this fascinating technology developed over time and what milestones has it reached on its way to the current state of the art? In this blog post, we take a look at the history and development of CGI.



The beginnings of CGI:


The beginnings of CGI date back to the 1960s, when the first computer graphics were developed for scientific and military purposes. At that time, the possibilities of computer graphics were still very limited and it took years before the technology could be used in the entertainment industry.


A milestone in the development of CGI was the 1982 film "Tron", which used extensive computer-generated effects in a feature film for the first time. This marked the beginning of a new era in film production in which CGI was to play an increasingly important role.


The 1990s: CGI conquers the big screen


In the 1990s, CGI began to establish itself as an integral part of film production. Films such as "Jurassic Park" (1993) and "Toy Story" (1995) impressively demonstrated the visual possibilities offered by the technology and how it could revolutionize the film industry.


With the enormous success of films based on CGI, such as "The Lord of the Rings" (2001-2003) and "Avatar" (2009), it became clear that CGI was here to stay and played a key role in film production.

 

The present: CGI today


Today, it is impossible to imagine the film and entertainment industry without CGI. From spectacular action scenes to realistic animations and virtual worlds - the possibilities of CGI are almost unlimited. Thanks to constant advances in technology, visual effects are becoming ever more realistic and impressive.

 

In addition to the film industry, CGI is also used in other areas such as advertising, architectural visualization, video games and virtual reality. The technology has become an indispensable tool for creative minds and visionary artists to bring their ideas and stories to life.

 

Conclusion:


The history and development of CGI is characterized by innovation, creativity and technological progress. From its humble beginnings in the 1960s to the diversity and realism of visual effects today, CGI has undergone a fascinating development and will continue to play a central role in the entertainment industry in the future.

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