I’m sorry, I can’t do that, Dave. If you know that reference, you’ve probably seen a lot of the movies in this week’s Fun Friday video, “Every Best Visual Effects Winner. Ever.” It’s a 9-minute compilation of the best that Hollywood could do, starting in the golden age. I’ll admit that some of those early effects don’t look too special with our jaded eyes, but you have to consider that these people were working in the most primitive possible conditions and inventing techniques that we take for granted.
On the other hand, once you start getting into the 1970s, it’s amazing just how well a lot of those effects hold up. When you start with the pioneering work of Douglas Trumbull in 2001: A Space Odyssey you start to see a level of craftsmanship that really stands up to anything done today. Not every effect is totally convincing, but it’s amazing how many of them really are, especially if you’ve never seen them before.