Animal Actors Being Replaced by CGI Being Replaced by Unemployment

For a long time, Hollywood has been a death trap for animal actors. It is said that up to 100 horses died on the set of the 1959 film Ben Hur. This egregious case led Congress to implement policy on animal abuse within the film industry. Guidelines were put in place to protect animal actors. Animal […]

VFX Rockstars

Pretty much all hit movies and TV shows these days contain some sort of VFX or CGI elements which contributed to making that project a success. Star Wars, Jurassic World, Harry Potter, Arrow, Boardwalk Empire, and Game of Thrones are all hit movies and TV shows that wouldn’t be nearly as successful had it not been […]

VFX Industry’s “March to the Bottom” and the Halt on ADAPT’s Legal Efforts

Visual effects (VFX) is a front runner in film today, so it’s about time VFX workers get a little respect! Digital Visual Effects in Cinema: The Seduction of Reality, written by Stephen Prince, invites readers to take a second look at the big bad world of moviemaking through the digital realm of visual effects. Prince […]

Eliciting Emotions with Electronics

Last week I was watching the movie District 9 with some friends and I heard someone shout “Oh no! They’re going to hurt it!”. What she was referring to was a human soldier pointing a gun at the head of a small CGI alien child. Even though these characters were non-human computer renderings, they elicited an emotional response […]

La Vie Filmique // L’Objectif Numérique: The Visual Magic of Modern Blockbusters

Admittedly, it was a pleasant surprise to observe so many connections between Stephen Prince’s Digital Visual Effects in Cinema and the reading/facilitation last week in which we discussed the cinematic old versus the filmic new. The semantics of Prince’s facts and assertions are what held my attention the most, beginning with his mention of George […]

Digital Environments: Visual Effects and Realism

In the book Digital Visual Effects in Cinema: [The Seduction of Reality}, author Stephen Prince outlines the changes in filmmaking that have occurred as digital technologies have become more widely used. He first traces the beginning movements of digital technologies and how they have shaped our perceptions of realism, how they replicate traditional filmmaking and […]

And the award for Best Visual Effects goes to…who cares?

You never hear about which film got the Oscar for Best Visual Effects. If you do, it’s because you accidentally unmuted the TV at the beginning of the ceremony where they hand out the awards for smaller accomplishments before announcing the accolades that most viewers tuned in to see: Best Actress, Best Actor, and Best […]