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Oscar Geek: Forrest Gump's Vintage and Modern Tech

Oscar Geek: Forrest Gump's Vintage and Modern Tech

Because of Oscar Week (don't forget to cast your ballot!) and our Oscar Worthy Gadgets feature, I've been thinking about the gadgets of past Oscar winners too. One of my favorite movies of all time is Forrest Gump, and this epic movie never fails to bring me to tears — or make me want to listen to oldies. Forrest Gump wasn't exactly geeky himself, but fictionally, he's responsible for an obsession I and many of you have today. Forrest mentions that Lieutenant Dan has made an investment for him in "a fruit company" — we of course then see a letter with the unmistakable (vintage) Apple logo.

In present day 1994, the film Forrest Gump needed a whole team of geeks to make several important scenes possible. Gary Sinise (as Dan), who had lost his legs in Vietnam, had his legs "removed" through CGI. To enable Forrest to "meet" historical figures like JFK and John Lennon, the filmmakers used chroma key, warping, morphing and rotoscoping, and Tom Hanks was later added in. The film won Best Visual Effects for this, which was, as is the case for the many awards they won that year, completely deserved.

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macgirl macgirl 9 years
That movie made me want to go work for Industrial Light & Magic. They did all of those amazing effects. I just love that movie.
7bits 7bits 9 years
i like forest gump because it's like watching 4 different movies. Nice job rotoscoping :p
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
Those scenes looked so real. And if you watch the movie today the technology still holds up!
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
this was a great film - love how seamlessly they did the editing especially with john lennon. i like how it looked like Forest met all those presidents, too. makes me want to watch it again. i swear i watched it once a week for a year after it came out on vhs.
miss-britt miss-britt 9 years
i was always amazed by those scenes.
Leopardcc Leopardcc 9 years
I loved when they added Forest to all of those clips!
linb linb 9 years
I love this movie. I enjoy watching it now more than I did when it came out. I was 11 and didn't get all of the references, like "fruit company" = Apple. And I live in the city where many scenes were filmed, and love to see those places that I know on the screen.
divinelight divinelight 9 years
Forrest Gump is my favorite movie!
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