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Captain America: Civil War Visual Effects Reel Shows Impressively Subtle CGI

When CGI is bad or overused, it usually still sticks out like a sore thumb, despite how good it’s gotten in recent years. When it’s used subtly to enhance an existing shot, the results can meld impressively seamlessly with reality, as is the case with a lot of the CGI work on Captain America: Civil War, as put on display in this visual effects reel from Cinesite visual effects.

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You may have heard by now that, while still having a physical version on set, Black Panther’s entire costume was redone with CGI, but seeing just exactly what that entailed right next to the polished end product is still pretty amazing. Since the suit is supposed to be made of woven vibranium, the physical version just didn’t give the crisp, shiny look the movie’s crew was looking for, so they turned to CGI.

There are also a few environmental shots and other things you may not have realized were CGI—or at least to what extent.

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