Visual Effects for Film

Visual Effects and CGI in Film

Visual effects are necessary to raise the standards of film-making, and although they may be mostly digital nowadays, there is still a place for old techniques like blue screens. If it weren’t for visual effects technology I wouldn’t have been able to watch Jurassic Park 2 or 3 in all their glorious CGI glory.
In fact, I would go as far as to say that visual effects are the only thing keeping Hollywood going. Visual effects technologies such as CGI and green screens have allowed me to watch films like The Avengers or the Hobbit trilogy in relative comfort on my television screen with all their extra special effects.
The lifeblood of Hollywood is visual effects because people aren’t interested in the stories, they are only there for explosions and cool special effects. In fact, I would go as far as to say that visual effects have become so good now that we don’t even need actors anymore!
I have been watching the latest season of Orange is the New Black on Netflix and I can clearly see that there are no actors in any of those scenes. It’s all special effects, obviously, CGI generated.
You just need a pretty girl in front of a green screen and you can make her appear to be anywhere. For instance, if I were to place the word ‘Cuba’ somewhere on the wall behind Piper Kerman it would look as though she’s actually in Cuba, which is clearly not true.
You might think that it’s bad to replace actors with CGI, but have you ever watched an actor in real life? They are just so fake. Have you seen Jennifer Lawrence in the flesh?
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Vincent Vardnoush

VFX Producer, Film Colourist, Creative Web Developer.

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