What The Great Gatsby Looked Like Without CGI

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June 27 2013 11:26 AM

What The Great Gatsby Looked Like Without CGI

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Leonardo Dicaprio in The Great Gatsby, before (right) and after (left) his mansion was digitally painted in behind him.

Vimeo/Chris Godfrey

Baz Lurhmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby was not exactly subtle in its use of computer-generated images (or in its use of anything else, for that matter). Any moderately savvy moviegoer could quickly recognize that all those giant parties and city scenes and dramatic zooms across the faux-Long Island landscape drew heavily on the work of a visual effects team. (And, of course, I’ve just described most of the movie’s running time.)

Still, it’s fun to see all that work peeled away in the video below, created by Chris Godfrey, the film’s VFX supervisor, and his crew. Just be warned that if you’re like me you will finish it with that Lana Del Rey song stuck in your head again. Otherwise, enjoy.

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David Haglund is a senior editor at Slate. He runs Brow Beat, Slate's culture blog.

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