5 Moments that Changed the Movies

09 November 2017
Take a look at five important moments in movie history.
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Movie bucket lists consist not just of movies that are brilliantly written, poignantly directed, or well acted. They also consist of movies that are important in other ways and helped revolutionise cinema.

Each movie on the M-Net Movies Bucket List is special or significant in some way – whether they defined a genre, defied a genre, or refused to fit into a genre – each movie made its mark.

Here are five key moments from five remarkable movies that you can watch on M-Net Movies Bucket List pop-up channel 109.

  1. For The Matrix, visual effects supervisor John Gaeta developed “bullet time” for the scene in which Neo ducks and dodges Agent Smith’s bullets.  The process was created using a range of still photography cameras, which flashed and took photos in quick succession. The photographs were then placed into a non-linear editing system and edited together to create a sweeping slow-motion action.

The Matrix (M-Net Movies Bucket List #62) airs on 11 November at 14:21.

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  1. James Cameron developed a stereoscopic virtual camera for Avatar that allowed him to move through a 3-D terrain as he shot.

Avatar (M-Net Movies Bucket List #42) airs on Friday 17 November at 18:30.

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  1. Director Peter Jackson, VFX supervisor Richard Taylor, actor Andy Serkis, and digital visual effects company Weta Digital revolutionised the use of motion capture performance, in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (M-Net Movies Bucket List #21) airs on 23 November at 16:30.

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  1. By blending the dinosaurs from Stan Winston’s creature shop with digital dinos from ILM, Jurassic Park revolutionised the look and feel of CGI in the movies.

Jurassic Park (M-Net Movies Bucket List #13) airs on Saturday 25 November at 17:55.

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  1. Special effects artist Douglas Trumbull used a technique called slit-scan photography for 2001: A Space Odyssey. He also charged water with different inks, paints, and chemicals to create portions of space. These techniques had never been used before.

2001: A Space Odyssey (M-Net Movies Bucket List bonus feature) airs on Sunday 26 November at 04:48.

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