Interesting Green Screen Photos That Expose How Hollywood Really Works

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

Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix

I’m sorry, but I refuse to believe this photo is real. I was under the impression that the wizarding world of Harry Potter was a real place, and that I just wasn’t invited because my letter to Hogwarts got lost when Voldemort destroyed the Ministry of Magic’s records.

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These green screen hands must actually be magical creatures that live in the library.

Coming up: behind the scenes of The Matrix…

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.

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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.

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.

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


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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.

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