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'Life of Pi' Tiger: What's Real and What's CGI?


Putting a teenage boy and an adult Bengal tiger together in an enclosed space, such as the 20-foot lifeboat that is one of the few settings of "Life of Pi," is a dangerous proposition. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that 17-year-old star Suraj Sharma, who played Pi, was never actually in the boat with a live tiger.

"No, that never happened," Sharma told NextMovie of sharing the boat. Instead, he studied his massive, furry co-stars in their cages, and watched videos of their movement online. "I would watch them be trained and stuff like that."

"We didn't want our actor to get eaten," visual effects supervisor Bill Westenhofer told the New York Times." Get More »

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Suck It, Michael Bay - These Are REAL Special Effects


In a matter of days, "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" will offer us a photorealistic depiction of giant, shape-shifting robots battling it out on Earth and in space. And sure, you could shell out $16 to see the most cutting-edge CGI ever created in retina-raping 3-D...or, you could watch this amateur effects reel FOR FREE. OK, there's no Optimus Prime, but there are strangely immobile robots, buildings being chopped in half by meteors, and dinosaurs, dinosaurs, dinosaurs!

The work of one Martin Gamal, the reel (via BuzzFeed) makes Syfy Saturday night monster movies look like ILM's greatest work, but with its pulse-pounding soundtrack and rapid-fire parade of destructive images (and GODZILLA), it's nearly twelve minutes of mind-melting And you don't even have to wear silly glasses.

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