Everything is CGI in the movies these days, right? Not so much. Computers may rule trailers, but when it comes down to it, many filmmakers prefer to create real effects on the set, handcrafted from the ground up. For example:
Inception: The Spinning Room Fight
Marking more or less the exact moment Joseph Gordon-Levitt became a badass, the legendary “spinning room” fight was entirely done with real effects. The room was built out of structural steel on a gimbal, and the fight choreographed to roll with the spins.
Nolan prefers handcrafted effects and stunts: The opening of The Dark Knight Rises, for example, where a plane is sawed in half, was also completely done with practical effects.