18 February 2010 @ 09:52 am
Stargate Studios' "Virtual Backlot Reel 2009". Definitely shows off just how much green-screen work goes into modern visuals.

So, next time you're impressed or amazed at a location or sweeping vista or amazing stunt or whatever, think twice. Even mundane shots are depending on digital effects. I won't deny that it's probably easier to do a lot of these city shots this way, though. Instead of going to New York or any other city, a quick little shot on a back corner of the lot can be turned into anywhere in no time, and at a fraction of the cost.

Used to be, film-makers actually pulled off these great looks and shots with skill, timing, and ability. Maybe that's why modern cinema annoys me so often: as they moved form physical effects to digital ones, the trend seems to be for more and more, until the actual movie has faded into the background and become little more than a vehicle to bring effects to your eyes.
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God of Thunder and Rock'n'Rollarchmage on February 18th, 2010 07:40 pm (UTC)
Re: So many thoughts on this...
Blade Runner is definitely one of the finest films ever made, and a personal obsession of mine (Hell, I have a shooting script, around here somewhere). It's a perfect example, though: those effects were done physically, not digitally, and thus feel more immersive to me than any CGI that a studio today can whip up.
Kellykwsapphire on February 18th, 2010 07:53 pm (UTC)
That's what bugs me about a *LOT* of things in the movie industry these days. Especially movie posters, most of which show up on Photoshop Disasters - because for some reason they can't get the actors to stick around long enough to do a photoshoot for the poster?!