Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Sets and Mattes Are So Yesteryear

Continuing the visual effects theme of the day:

1500 digital shots? More? Who's counting?

The visual effects business might be in "free fall," but it's easy to question how free the fall is when visual effects are so dominant in the movie biz.

Take The Great Gatsby. The movie's grossed $313,196,207 to date, but it's more than Leo and Toby who are pulling the crowds in. Gatsby's visuals are big and gaudy, immersing you in a dreamlike 1920s New York. If sets had been built and extras hired for all the soaring shots, the film would have cost way more than its $105 million price tag.

Movie conglomerates might not want to pay CG artists what those artists are worth, but they'll cut back on CG effects around the same time Mike Huckabee volunteers for Grand Marshal of New York City's Gay Pride parade.


Chris Sobieniak said...

This is why I don't go to movies much anymore Steve, it's just not worth it!

Unknown said...

I'm with Chris! They cost too much too. Even a simple Netflix Instant subscription costs several dollars less at around 8 bucks a month. In this tight economy, one has to learn how to save as much money as possible.

Why do that when most of these movies end up on either Netflix, Amazon, or channels like HBO and Showtime anyway unless the movie is something that really requires a group experience?

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