Practical Effects vs. CGI

Some of the best movies this year relied heavily on practical effects instead of entirely CGI, and it makes a¬†difference. Watching Mad Max for instance, it’s much more exciting if you have to ask yourself if people¬†are really swinging from 30 foot poles on a moving vehicle or not. This would be a good trend if it continues.

Hollywood’s Turn Against Digital Effects – The New Yorker

Scroll through this year’s Oscar nominations. Find the category for visual effects. There, you’ll see two colonic reboots: “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” They make for pretty interesting nominees. To hear it from their directors, the special effects of “Fury Road” and “The Force Awakens” are notable for being old-fashioned rather than innovative, earthbound rather than gravity-defying.


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