The best CGI character design, as picked by pros

As technology and artistry continue to evolve, the cost and believability factor needed to design, create and execute to CGI characters has reached a point where they have become more prevalent in cinema.

The history of the innovation dates back to 30 seconds of footage in Young Sherlock Holmes (1985) when a stained-glass knight came to life, and the creative and technical process had progressed so much that Jar Jar Binks had almost 29 minutes of screentime in Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace (1999) making the Gungan the first digital principal cast member. You can read more about these movies and others in our look at the best CG movies from the 1980s and the best VFX films from 1990s.

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Trevor Hogg

Trevor Hogg is a freelance video editor and journalist, who has written for a number of titles including 3D World, VFX Voice, Animation Magazine and British Cinematographer. An expert in visual effects, he regularly goes behind the scenes of the latest Hollywood blockbusters to reveal how they are put together.