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Could Hollywood's over-reliance on CGI be the reason for audience disinterest and a recent spate of mega-flops?
It's amazing how some of those early/mid 90s SF movies are still quite watchable because of their reliance on models/real effects. I would love it if we returned to the old magic of hollywood. Anyone remember that old TV show that would reveal all the tricks they used to make movies...think it was called "Movie Magic"? Great show.
I think the key to CGI is knowing how to frame your shot. The first Transformers film, for example, was very well done (VISUALLY!!!! Don't crucify me...) when you look at it because they didn't try to do constant full shots of all of the Transformers. You only ever really saw parts of them in close-up shots once they had transformed and the only times you ever really saw their full forms in a single frame was when they were in big action sequences so were moving so quickly that motion blur could hide the fact that they were CG. When you look at the 2nd Transformers, you'll notice a lot more full shots and long shots showing Transformers standing around and doing simple tasks and they just look fake. CG can be done well but you need a good DoP to frame things properly. Still, you'll never beat a good ol' fashioned puppet or model set for realism.
I personally didn't like any of the transformers movies because they looked fake, both in CGI and the way the transformations happened.. wayyyyy too many moving parts.
Fair enough. Are there any CG driven films you've particularly enjoyed?
Yeah there is quite a few that I enjoyed... too many to name actually.. but here is a list of my 3 faves...
3. District 9
District 9 is outstanding! I've always been really impressed by the CG in the Iron Man films, too. And don't even get me started on how good Gravity is.
Hell yeah, Gravity was amazing!
Oh, Gravity. I remember it had a big buzz cause of the terrible physics. I just sat there and was like "Do none of you see how fucking amazing this CG is".
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This. Realism won't help at all if the movie is shit.