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Surprisingly simple cheats we could all learn from

PostPosted: 06/17/2015, 10:30 am
by Michael_Szalapski
Too often we think, "Let's do it in post!" But doing it in camera is faster, cheaper, easier, and more realistic.
Don't believe me? Watch this:


Re: Surprisingly simple cheats we could all learn from

PostPosted: 06/17/2015, 11:18 am
by Farmfield
I love the older Film Riot shows where they used stuff like a melon filled with ground beef and ketchup for driving over a zombie head (or something like that) and just using a simple mask for the two plates - having a pretty good understanding on the VFX side, I'm just so much more impressed with practical effects nowadays. :)

Re: Surprisingly simple cheats we could all learn from

PostPosted: 06/17/2015, 6:04 pm
by Faust
Farmfield wrote:I love the older Film Riot shows where they used stuff like a melon filled with ground beef and ketchup for driving over a zombie head (or something like that) and just using a simple mask for the two plates - having a pretty good understanding on the VFX side, I'm just so much more impressed with practical effects nowadays. :)


Me too. As much as I like VFX, when I see these movies and shows where every single shot is CG and they attempt to create everything digitally, I feel that they're actually doing the VFX artists a disservice by improperly utilizing their skills. Something like Interstellar (or Mad Max for a more recent example) used VFX exactly how it should be used: to enhance reality, not re-create it.

Re: Surprisingly simple cheats we could all learn from

PostPosted: 06/18/2015, 5:08 am
by Farmfield
Faust wrote:Me too. As much as I like VFX, when I see these movies and shows where every single shot is CG and they attempt to create everything digitally, I feel that they're actually doing the VFX artists a disservice by improperly utilizing their skills. Something like Interstellar (or Mad Max for a more recent example) used VFX exactly how it should be used: to enhance reality, not re-create it.

Absolutely agree. Way to much CG in movies nowadays and for me, messing about a lot with FX, I can even get annoyed that I recognize which solver is used for fire or explosions, so that is very distracting and instantly breaks the illusion. :(

And absolutely agree again - Mad Max as it was friggin awesome in this regard. :D

Re: Surprisingly simple cheats we could all learn from

PostPosted: 09/7/2015, 3:05 am
by Ben Wotton
Nice find Michael!

Also agreed with Mad Max, although the film had more VFX shots than Transformers, (around 2000 I recall) the majority of them were used to service practically shot effects and elements and no one will be the wiser for it ;)

Re: Surprisingly simple cheats we could all learn from

PostPosted: 09/7/2015, 4:14 pm
by Farmfield
In Mad Max, the major part of the VFX work was comping practical effects compared to a movie like Transformers where - though Michael Bay sometimes does massive practical effects shots - an orgy in more or less full CG shots...

But I sometimes get blown away when I realize things I've seen and thought were Cg in reality was practical effects and awesome compositing - like some of these shots...



...or that this was a morph setup on a practical FX makeup...



...and I'm myself a friggin comper and I missed it, me who get annoyed when I recognize what fluid solver is used for an explosion in some random film... :D