Monday, May 18, 2015

6 Reasons Modern Movie CGI Looks Surprisingly Crappy

Cracked has a good rant, 6 Reasons Modern Movie CGI Looks Surprisingly Crappy. It has lots of good examples (mostly using the upcoming Jurassic World as a negative one) and makes some good points, like "#6. Lack Of Visual Restraint Makes Gravity Act Like A Cartoon" and "#5. Color Grading Makes Everything Look Like A Fantasy".

Lost a bit in the rant is the generalization of this point: "Color grading was made popular by the Coen brothers after CGI became the go-to special effect, when they decided to use color grading to make O Brother, Where Art Thou? look like an old sepia-toned photograph. But their point was to detract realism from the finished product, whereas Jurassic Park was (originally) about creating larger-than-life creatures in a real-world setting."

The point of stunts and CGI is to serve story, not just provide action. It's one of the things Mad Max: Fury Road gets so right. The story maybe thin, but there's enough there to make us care about what happens to the characters.

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