Green screen photos: how Hollywood makes movies

The Mother of Dragons from Game of Thrones

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Hollywood has come a long way thanks to advancements in technology like CGI and green screens. Movies and TV shows just couldn’t capture our imaginations the same way without these special effects.

Turning on a film with incredible effects can transport us to a different place, but doesn’t it make you wonder what it looked like actually filming these scenes?

We always knew The Hulk must rely on CGI and green screens, but it’s another thing to see it with your own eyes.

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Check out these behind-the-scenes photos of Hollywood hard at work, and laugh at how ridiculous the actors look.

Game Of Thrones

I’m not going to lie, I expected something a little more intimidating to be a dragon. I understand they just CGI the green stick out, but dragons are huge, terrifying beasts.

Wrapping some fabric around a stick and calling it a day really feels the production team wasn’t even trying to make Emilia Clarke’s job easy.

Beauty And The Beast

If you ever doubted Emma Watson’s acting abilities, then this photo will prove you wrong. Dan Stevens is actually walking around in a padded suit with stilts and Watson didn’t crack a smile once. She even had to dance with him in this suit.

Honestly, her ability to actually take Stevens seriously in this get-up is worth an Oscar nomination.

Life Of Pi

In reality, none of us ever actually believed the tiger in Life of Pi was real, but it’s still a little disheartening to see the proof.

Despite the CGI and special effects, it’s cool to see that the directors had Suraj Sharma actually acting and floating on water.

Space Jam

Come on and slam! And welcome to the greatest disappointment of your childhood! I know it’s unrealistic to think Michael Jordan was actually acting with cartoon characters, but when you’re a kid, the sky is the limit with your imagination.

This does prove that MJ is the most underrated actor of a generation.

The movie coming up is a sequel to an ’80s original, and the films have two very different effects.


I feel like there were a lot of scenes in Titanic that required green screen more than this. In this scene, all you had to do was get a smaller boat and reenact the scene. It didn’t have to be a huge ocean liner.

First, Rose says there isn’t room on the door, and now this.

The Avengers

Mark Ruffalo’s portrayal of Bruce Banner in The Avengers franchise has been incredible, but it’s important to remember that he’s also the man behind the CGI Hulk too.

When Banner transformer, so did Ruffalo. One quick outfit change into a CGI-suit and he was ready to take on Chris Hemsworth like it was nobody’s business.

Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road was touted by many to be one of the best films of the decade, and its special effects played a big part in that. The cars might be authentic, but the flips, explosions, and dystopian desert are very fake.

Green screen or not, its action scenes are miles ahead of the original Mad Max.

Game Of Thrones

If there are two things in the Game of Thrones series that absolutely require a green screen, it’s the dragons and the wall. Thanks to HBO’s big budget, we got to watch Jon and the Wildlings climb the wall in season three.

It looks like they actually used a vertical wall for the scene, but the ground was probably only 30, not 300, feet below.

Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

Bill Nighy did an amazing job portraying ghost captain Davy Jones in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, but we didn’t expect the character to be so animated (literally).

I was thinking there’d be some prosthetics or even a wig, but this photo shows that it was 100% CGI.

I Am Legend

This is the most gut-wrenching scene in all of I Am Legend. When Robert is attacked by the mutant dog, his dog protects him but becomes infected too. We all cried, and it’s something that still hurts.

Seeing this awkward man in a green morph suit as the demon dog actually makes me feel a little better about the entire thing.

Guardians Of The Galaxy

I’m sorry, but Bradley Cooper is credited for playing Rocket in Guardians of the Galaxy, and I’m a little disappointed that I’m not seeing him in that green morph suit.

Instead, we see effects actor Sean Gunn in the suit. He had to pose low to the ground for extended periods of time to pull off the role.

Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince

Of course, it wouldn’t be a true behind the scenes look at Hollywood without featuring a flying scene. It must have been fun for Daniel Radcliffe to pretend to swipe and glide through the air.

I imagine it was similar to riding one of those coin-operated rides outside of a grocery store, but with more wind machines.

The Matrix

This is just further proof that basically the entire film of The Matrix was done on a green screen soundstage. This is also a great behind-the-scenes look at how they managed to pull off the scene where they lean back in slow motion to dodge the bullets.

This right here is the magic of Hollywood.

The Avengers

Mark Ruffalo is at it again and doing better than ever. Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans had it easy in their boring superhero costumes.

Mark had to switch between being an awkward, shy scientist to being an 8-foot tall, 1,400 pound monster without a shirt on. Give him the applause he deserves.

The Dark Knight

Harvey Dent might be in the middle of his identity crisis, but Aaron Eckhart is locked in and perfect in his acting. Even though the CGI indicators would do all the work for Eckhart, he still managed to make half his face more menacing than the other.

Slap some prosthetics on and he wouldn’t have even needed special effects.


Any movie based in outer space is bound to have some green screen and CGI action happening, but this proves just how far they went in the film Gravity.

Sandra Bullock doesn’t have anything close to the actual equipment in the movie studio, yet it all comes together thanks to CGI.

The Matrix

Considering the fact that half of The Matrix‘s plot revolves around Neo being inside The Matrix, a lot of CGI had to be involved. This scene was set in a warehouse and they still used an entire green screen background.

That tells me Keanu Reeves basically acted out this entire movie in his own imagination, which is pretty darn impressive.

The Avengers

Marvel is a powerhouse in the film industry so it’s really no surprise they excel at green screen work. These films are littered with explosions and action scenes.

They probably wouldn’t have even been possible a few decades ago. Well, they might have been possible but they’d be using real explosions which would be a lot more unsafe.


Wolverine is the mutant that can regenerate himself after any type of damage is dealt to him. No matter if its a gunshot to the head or a knife to the gut, he always comes back and angrier than ever. Little kids probably wonder how on Earth he does it.

Here, in a scene from X-Men: Days of Future Past, cast members are setting up Hugh Jackman for success. When the snakes crawl through him, it looks like they are only attached on the outer surface.


Yeah, like there’s really giant lizards laying dormant somewhere overseas waiting to attack. If that were the case, the world would be doomed as we know it. A nuke might be able to stop it, but even then, that’s dangerous to the civilians.

It looks like all they did here was place a giant green screen in front of the real actors. That way, they can slip in Godzilla through some very nice CGI effects.

Infinity War

The most relentless villain of them all in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has to be Thanos. He made his full-length film appearance in early 2018 in Avengers: Infinity Wargunshotand he did not disappoint. How did they transform the actor?

It looks like they just took his facial scans and matched it with the CGI. Meaning, whatever Josh Brolin did for the computer, Thanos would be able to do on the big screen for all the fans.

Kill Bill

It would be pretty amazing if Uma Thurman could actually do most of the stuff she pulled off in Kill Bill. Not many in the world, are capable of the stunts she did. Of course, she needed a little help.

To give her the balance, they attached a bunch of wires to her so that if she were to fall of this poor victims back, they would secure her safely to the ground. When is part three coming out?

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

As much as we would like to believe that Ceasar is real or that monkeys could lead a revolution, that just isn’t the case. Although it is interesting to try and figure out how they brought the strong lead character to life.

It looks like the filmmakers took a similar route to that of Thanos from the Marvel movies. Throw something on his head and let the CGI do the rest of the work. Not too bad.


First of all, this film takes place in the past, so it has to be fake. The time period and the places that many of the scenes took place don’t exist anymore and they had to make up for that.

It would have been cool if this really took place out in the open but sadly it did not.


Tron: Legacy is filled with special effects. If there were a world like that depicted in the movie that we could actually go to, you can bet everyone would go all the time.

With so many cool lights and themes, they had to use a heavy dosage of different color screens to pull this movie off.


If giant robocops were to really roam the land, it might be a little scary. Even though things are gearing up to turn out that way, it wasn’t possible way back when this film came out.

As you can see, the terrifying cop is only a sweet regular guy with some cool head gear on.

Life of Pi

Wouldn’t life be a blast if tigers would willing take a nap in our laps? Instead of being hungry for food and potentially killing us that is.

It looks like he’s just holding a stuffed animal with a drawn on face. That is very scary at all and it is as sweet as the tiger looks.


Narnia is a beautiful book that sparks the imagination so it is only right that the movie produced the same type of stuff. Unfortunately, Narnia doesn’t exist!

However, the filmmakers did do a swell job at reproducing what would be Narnia on the big screen. It looks like a place many would love to travel to.


Don’t we all wish we could fly at the speed of sound. It would make going through all of that airport security obsolete. Luckily for Clark Kent, he isn’t of this world.

It’s a simple fix to make it look like he’s flying. Just suspend him the air and throw a screen behind him.

Walking Dead

One of TV’s most popular shows for sure has some green screen effects. Zombies aren’t real and we hope it always stays that way. However, there aren’t many desolate cities for filming available.

That’s why they had to do this scene this way. It was probably filmed in the back lot.



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