The age of CGI overkill


Box office statistics suggest the biggest commercial hits are those packed with the most digital effects (we’re looking at looking at you, ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’), but critics seem to be tiring of the ‘age of CGI overkill’.

MB Director Nick MacDonald agrees that there is a time and place for CGI. “There is something magical about practical effects. Anything that is created in the real world and ‘solved’ in camera has a charm that goes beyond nostalgia. The moment you remove the limitations of the real world and end up in a CG land where ‘anything is possible’ the expectation shifts. So you have to work a lot harder to surprise an audience. The mistake some films make is to invest too much attention to the spectacle and lose sight of the story being told”.

We recommend everyone goes to watch ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’, which as well as being one long car chase, is laden with daring practical stunt work.

This originally appeared in Moving World Wednesday 20150520 

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