Thursday, June 23, 2011

Twilight of the Illusionists: Why I Will Always Prefer Practical Effects to CGI

People have been taught to automatically associate the concept of “newer” with that of “better.”  Often times newer merely means easier or more convenient.  When computer generated imagery was introduced into the tool chest of Hollywood special effects technicians, it gradually overtook other time honored and proven techniques.  Now there is hardly any kind of visual or optical effect that isn’t rendered with the help of a computer.  As a tool, it is amazingly versatile, but it’s not without its limitations.  CGI often gets in the way of special effects are meant to do: create a convincing illusion.