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1985 - 'Young Sherlock Holmes' in production Computer reference shot for "Young Sherlock Holmes"

Computer graphics take starring turns in feature films.

The Genesis Effect for "Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan," depicting a technology capable of instantly rejuvenating a dead planet, is the first all-digital CG sequence to appear in a film.

"Return of the Jedi" features one of the most complex optically composited shots to date, with over 300 separate film elements for one space battle shot.

Knight Knight from "Young Sherlock Holmes," during film production

The first fully CG character, a medieval knight, springs to life from a stained glass window in "Young Sherlock Holmes." The 30-second sequence takes six months to accomplish.

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Photos: Industrial Light and Magic.

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