James Cameron om Gravity:“I was stunned, absolutely floored,” he says. “I think it’s the best space photography ever done, I think it’s the best space film ever done, and it’s the movie I’ve been hungry to see for an awful long time.”From the VFX Supervisor:“When (Cuaron) called and said, ‘I want to do a movie in space,’ immediately I started seeing the movie with all these very long shots I’ve never seen before, especially in a science-fiction movie,” Lubezki says. “But I got a chill because I realized how hard it was going to be to do something like that, when you have an actor in zero gravity and you’re not cutting.”Cuaron enlisted visual effects supervisor Tim Webber, with whom he had also collaborated on “Children of Men.” “We said if somebody can do it, it’s Tim,” Lubezki recalls. The trio of Cuaron, Lubezki and Webber soon concluded they couldn’t make “Gravity” as they wanted to by simply using traditional methods. So for the spacewalk scenes, says Webber, “We decided to shoot (the actors’) faces and create everything else digitally. Which was quite a difficult decision.”http://variety.com/2013/film/news/alfonso-cuaron-returns-to-the-bigscreen-after-seven-years-with-gravity-1200596518/
Yeah, there were spoilers. Now I know how they did some stuff and the magic is gone. Just kidding.
Way to give me a heart attack! 0.0
I think if I got to choose a shot, it would be the Jurassic Park raptors in the kitchen section, specifically the shot of the Raptor smashing into the metal door. That whole sequence is electrifying in its intensity and the action switches between people in suits, part prosthetic and full cg dinosaurs so seamlessly that at no point do you question their physical presence in the kitchen and the threat they pose to the actors.It was that film and specifically that sequence, which started off my ambition to work in movie VFX. I'll never forget it, and the nights staying awake long past my bedtime, reading through the storyboards at the back of the making of book.
A Jurassic Park mention was needed here, for sure. It was absolutely incredible at the time (I was two when the first one came out and it convinced me fully that there was a dinosaur island until I was about ten or so) and the shot of the raptors is one of the best. For me though, the thumping in the water scene is just brilliant, and the first glance of the T-Rex was electrifying (excuse the pun with the fence there).However one thing I can't help but think of (after Film Riot's movie scene challenge) was this guy who used Blender (totally free software) to recreate that iconic scene in 5 days. I mean - what. It is bang on correct and every time I think of how epic that VFX was at the time, and how quickly it can be done NOW with so little software (but a lot of talent, granted) it reminds me how much can be achieved, and then I get happy. If you haven't seen it, you must check it out. The look on Ryan's face is priceless: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIej2o4LU3M
The most amazing thing about Jurassic Park (my all-time favorite movie, by the way) is that not only has it held up extremely well for twenty years, but no one has been able to produce better looking dinosaurs for a film or TV show. It's the gold standard for dinosaurs.
I think the Diplodocus stuff is a bit shonky now, but the Raptors and T-Rex still haven't really been bettered. Possibly simply because there hasn't been a huge budget dinosaur movie for a while.
However one thing I can't help but think of (after Film Riot's movie scene challenge) was this guy who used Blender (totally free software) to recreate that iconic scene in 5 days. I mean - what. It is bang on correct and every time I think of how epic that VFX was at the time, and how quickly it can be done NOW with so little software (but a lot of talent, granted) it reminds me how much can be achieved, and then I get happy. If you haven't seen it, you must check it out. The look on Ryan's face is priceless:
I've... Gotta disagree. Though the tech's there to do a better job of it now (and faster) - I think that Blender render was (despite the talent required to create) - A million miles away from the quality of either Jurassic Park or today's feature film standards. Those shots of the film also used a massive prosthetic T-Rex head, which is why it looked so real!Overall, I too share your enthusiasm for the increasing power of technology. The sentiment that it can be done much faster now - Is absolutely true. Things have absolutely exploded since Jurassic Park came out and some of the things we can do with computers now, is frankly ridiculously cool.
I'd say the dragons in Game of Thrones are surprisingly good, especially for a TV show. They're probably the first dinosaur-esque effect I've seen on TV that comes anywhere close to Jurassic Park.
You're right, they're really good. Part of why is because of the huge budget Game of Thrones has, though. The time spent on making the VFX great is drastically larger than you'd normally see on a TV production and much closer to film.
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