Before digital effects, special effects were hand-made.
Okay, that's a no-brainer.
But have you ever seen how it is done?
If not, here is a tip: Fly to Tokyo, home of Godzilla, and visit the Contemporary Art Museum. It currently houses a special exhibition that not only tells you about the historic origins and the cultural background of Japanese creatures like Godzilla and their various super heroes...including the fascinating models of the space vehicles that Noriyoshi Ikeya devised for those movies.
It also displays a miniture version of Tokyo that you can actually walk through and become the monster yourself! The models are so detailed that if you move your camera through the alleys, it almost feels like the real thing...including the destroyed Tokyo Tower that, I can assure you, is still there. (Almost) Unscratched.
So why am I telling you this?
Because I would LOVE to try out those effects myself. Shooting planes from above? Just hang them upside down on strings and film the image in the mirror. A vulcano? Try getting that pudding to go "blob", with a little dirt thown in for good measure.
What I find so absolutely charming about those effects is that you can actually SEE that they are hand-made. That teams of people put so much effort into creating those effects and - in true sci-fi-manner - your suspension of disbelief eventually brings them to life: A voluntary cooperation of producers of film magic and the viewer longing for such magic.
I hope we can bring a bit of magic into our new media project, too. I am ready. Are you?