Cinematography nowadays almost is unthinkable without computers. I like this story of Kerry Conran trying to render a complex video composition of the upcoming movie Sky Captain in 1994 on a Apple Mac IIsi. After four years (and some hardware upgrades later) he finished six minutes of his feature film. Today it has become not only possible to apply these complex effects without effort but also to do so with high definition material (with a Kona card). In other words: it took ten years until technology was able to suffice Conrans vision.