12 Amazing Pics Before And After Special Effects

With the power of computer-generated imagery (CGI), directors can make the audience see whatever they want. Although you know it's all green screens and illusions, it's still a little jarring when you see what the set actually looks like.

"The Avengers"

"The Avengers"Twisted Sifter

In the movie you see the Avengers ducking out of the way of an explosion. In real life, it looks more like they're shielding their eyes from the bright sunlight.

"The Hobbit"

"The Hobbit"A Tolkienist Perspective

This shot captures the vast beauty of Middle-earth.

"The Hobbit"

"The Hobbit"Bored Panda

Before the CGI was put in, it was just a nearly empty area with a few props. 

"Game of Thrones"

"Game of Thrones"Bored Panda

Daenerys Targaryen pets her ferocious dragon.

"Game of Thrones"

"Game of Thrones"Bored Panda

That dragon doesn't look anywhere near as scary now.

"The Walking Dead"

"The Walking Dead"Catraca Livre

Remember this scene from "The Walking Dead"? Turns out it was just a well-disguised parking lot.

"X-Men: Days of Future Past"

"X-Men: Days of Future Past"Bored Panda

This looks like an epic battle between Pyro and one of the sentinels.

"X-Men: Days of Future Past"

"X-Men: Days of Future Past"Bored Panda

It's more like some guy in a red suit striking cool poses.

"The Matrix"

"The Matrix"Bored Panda

This iconic scene of Neo and Agent Smith fighting in a broken down building...

"The Matrix"

"The Matrix"Bored Panda

...was just an elaborate setup of wires and props

"Boardwalk Empire"

"Boardwalk Empire"Bored Panda

Remember this pier, which was basically a parking lot for these huge boats in "Boardwalk Empire"?

"Boardwalk Empire"

"Boardwalk Empire"Bored Panda

It was nothing more than some green screens and tall apartment buildings.

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