Saturday, March 27, 2010

Elimination of Lines

Per the co-director of How to Train Your Dragon, the barriers between different types of movies are coming down.

The modern Hollywood animator is accursed with a burden that never bedeviled Walt Disney, Chuck Jones or even the '80s Imagineers who framed each shot of Roger Rabbit. In the era of "Avatar," ... [n]othing is impossible.

... "There's nothing you can't do in terms of creating a performance," says Dean DeBlois, ... "It's only a matter of time, money and imagination." ... " 'Avatar' has bridged the gap so much between what live-action did and what animation traditionally did. ... "It exists in the middle. Those lines of animation and photo realism are so blurred." ...

Matter of fact, the lines are eliminated, aren't they? When an audience looks at characters that gestated from an animation artist's head, to her drawing tablet and finally her computer, yet accepts the resulting images as live-action, there ain't no differences anymore.

We've reached the era of full-on fusion. Bre'r Rabbit and Jessica Rabbits were cartoon figures invading a live-action world. The life-forms of Pandora are animated characters passing themselves off as live-action beings from start to finsish.


Anonymous said...

Sounds like we animators need raises.

How do we go about raising the minimum by 30%?


Anonymous said...

the closer to recreating reality, the more discomforting and artificial the created effect. the only line that has been crossed is the one that borders the land of bad filmmaking.

J said...

really good technology can never out weigh the power of a really good story.

Anonymous said...

I still prefer real creature on film appearance to the photo realistic cg creatures for that being used for close ups

Site Meter