Friday, March 29, 2013

No CGI Here

Computer Generated Images or CGI are used in many movies today, not just the big budgeted summer blockbusters.

But nothing can take a viewer out of movie as quickly as bad CGI effects.  Some directors, like Christopher Nolan, like to film as much practically and only use CGI to round out a sequence, e.g. Inception's train barreling through a downtown Los Angeles street was accomplished with a real big rig truck with a train facade built around it; CGI was used for the trains wheels and the asphalt churned up by them. has a fun article about "7 Amazing Movie Special Effects You Won't Believe Aren't CGI" with a look at some way cool non-CGI effects sequences from, among others, The Dark Knight Rises, Skyfall and the classic Tron.

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