Special Effects and Technology Continue to Reign Supreme in the Film Industry

The film industry is under constant pressure to keep up with advancements in technology. This has affected the stages of film production, from pre-production to post-production. New technologies are being developed that could transform the film industry even more.

With the growth of social media and new streaming services, such as Netflix and Amazon Prime, the way we used to watch films will not be the same since more convenient alternatives have been created, meaning that people no longer have to go to the cinema.

What are the special effects in the film industry?

Special effects (often abbreviated as SFX, SPFX, F/X or simply FX) are visual tricks used in the film industry as a technique to create the imagined events in a story or virtual world. With technological advancements being made, we could see even more realistic special effects that would make it difficult to tell what is real and what isn't.

Types Of Special Effects Used In Film


Animation effects represent a type of special effect that makes objects move on screen. It’s a popular choice in cartoons and video games. In films, it’s used to create realistic movements for creatures that don’t exist in the real world, like dinosaurs or aliens.

Live-Action Effects

Live-action effects are special effects that are shot in real life and then added into the film later. This could be anything from explosions to car chases. Examples of live-action effects can be seen in Jurassic Park, The Dark Knight and the Mission: Impossible franchise.

Practical Effects

Practical effects are physical techniques used to create an effect on screen. This includes everything from make-up and prosthetics to mechanical devices and pyrotechnics. These help create a more realistic and believable world on screen.

CGI (computer-generated imagery)

CGI is a form of 3D animation that uses computers to create images or scenes that look realistic. It’s often used in movies or TV shows where there are characters or creatures that don’t exist in real life, such as in Game of Thrones

VFX (visual effects)

Visual effects, also known as VFX is the process of creating images that look realistic but didn’t exist before using computer-generated imagery. It’s often used to enhance live-action shots by adding digital elements, such as explosions and car chases.

Green Screen

A green screen is a type of chroma key that’s used in filmmaking and video production. A chroma key is a colour which is used as a background to replace it with another image or video.

Green screens are often used in movies when the scene is set in a different location or time period. This helps the filmmakers to be more creative with the scene without having to worry about the logistics of filming in that location.


Doubling is when two actors are filmed separately and then edited together to look like they’re in the same scene. This is often used in movies or TV shows where the character is supposed to be in two different places at the same time.

The Benefits Of Using Special Effects In Films

It's important we now use special effects in films in order to create a more realistic world. It helps the audience suspend their disbelief and become immersed in the story. This helps make them engaged with the film and feel like they are a part of the story.

Special effects also help to make the film more exciting, visually appealing, and more commercially successful. 

What Does The Future Hold For Special Effects In Film?

Before in the past, special effects in films were often seen as being gimmicky and not taken seriously. However, over the years, films such as The Matrix, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Transformers, and Inception have shown that, when used correctly, special effects can help to create a truly immersive and exciting experience for the audience.

As technology advances, so do the possibilities for special effects in film. We can now create more realistic and believable worlds on screen than ever before. This gives filmmakers a lot of creative freedom in creating their films.


The industry of special effects has come a long way since the early days of film. What started out as simple stop-motion and matte paintings has turned into an intricate world of digital animation, motion capture, and 3D printing.

With each new advancement in technology, filmmakers have been able to create increasingly realistic and mind-blowing scenes that keep audiences coming back for more. It will be exciting to see what new innovations are made in the years to come and how they will continue to shape the film industry. 

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