busy and a CGI rant
May 13, 2015
No real post planned for today. I’m in the throes of revising stories and trying to clear off my appallingly messy desk. I’ve got a couple of trips planned for the end of the month, and if I can just get some of this done by then. . . so yeah. The usual story.
In the meantime, here’s a really great article on the failures of modern CGI. Very illuminating, and the reason why I still love going back to watch the original Star Wars and Indiana Jones movies: there’s something about models that have weight and dimension to them. Weight, dimension, and realistic camera angles and tracking. I’m glad to hear they’ve been using a lot of models on the new Star Wars movies. We’ll see how that goes. The color saturation comparisons are really shocking when you see them side by side — and I agree, it’s one of the reasons the Marvel movies looks so good. There’s actually something there to jolt our eyeballs. Favorite quote from the article: “They really were so preoccupied with whether or not they could have 88 dinosaurs throwing exploding helicopters at each other that they didn’t stop to think if they should.”
I’ve had a lot of CGI rants over the years, like during a stretch where they seemed mostly to be used to replicate reality rather than to create wholly imaginative new worlds. And yes, about how they often look so very cartoony. And about how computers move so quickly the human eye can’t actually track some computerized effects. It’s why I actively don’t go see 3-D movies anymore — I simply can’t see what’s going on a lot of times. Maybe I’m just getting old.