The TV Special Effects You Didn’t Even Know They Were Using



When we think of special effects, we usually are talking about the sorts of blockbuster CGI sequences you see on the big screen. Whether it’s giant robots fighting or Greek gods smiting each other, it’s very clear when computers are aiding or building what’s happening onscreen.

Not so with TV. Though CGI characters are rare, that’s not the case with backgrounds. Often times a tight budget leads to less than elaborate sets being built, and computers are brought in to fill in the gaps. Often times, you have no idea this is happening, as evidenced by the gallery below.

It really is impressive how far this technology has come. It’s what allows shows like The Walking Dead to truly feel like its happening after the apocalypse, or Boardwalk Empire to actually take place inside the roaring ’20s. I can only imagine what things will be like another 10 or 20 years from now.

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  • Bob

    Its generally frowned upon to steal posts from other sites without credit.

    • Which site is this from? I was just sent an imgur link.

  • RNGCoder

    Without any reference of a source or lack thereof, I would come to the same conclusion as Bob did.

    My google fu failed to find a source.

  • want to know what is cgi in game of thrones? it’s more than you think….

  • Chelsea

    It’s hard for me to view these photos when every single one has a pop-up ad on them. Geezus, this site is more ad than content.

  • Todd

    I have to agree with Chelsea. The popups on every single photo have grown annoying. I know you’re trying to make a living, but either the ads need to cut back, or my visits will.

  • belon


    or just use a good browser with a pop up blocker and ad blocker like everybody else

    so the site still gets their money and you enjoy everthing without the ads

  • Chelsea


    Why is it that every other blog I read is able to separate the ads from the content much better than this site? My pop-up blocker seems to work fine for all other sites. These are so freaking obtrusive and on EVERY SINGLE picture? Very unnecessary.

    • I know, I’m sorry. Hopefully it won’t be for long.

  • A

    This is from Stargate Studios