Monster of the Day #957

Look at that. Movie technology has truly became amazing.

I will never love such things, though, as much as that puppet snake in King Kong Escapes yesterday.

  • Gamera977

    I thought it was pretty good since it seemed like the artists (programmers?) did put a lot of care and effort into making the serpent look ‘right’ unlike some slapdash cheap CGI. But yeah, practical effects have a charm and realism that’s hard to match with even the best CGI.

  • Eric Hinkle

    What film is this one from? It’s maddening, I feel like I half recognize it, and yet it’s eluding me.

  • Flangepart

    “I’ll take embiggened beasties of myth for 800, Alex.”

  • Gamera977

    I believe it’s ‘The Voyage of the Dawn Treader’, the third Narnia movie.

  • Rock Baker

    The main thing I’ve noticed is that even decent CGI images have mostly made for some more complicated camera angles. They constantly shift and change perspective, that sort of thing. There’s something far more enjoyable about the straight-forward blocking found when practical effects are used, I feel. The works of craftsmen like Derek Meddings have a greater solidity to them, and a greater realism. Of course, I’m coming from a side of the issue that appreciates the actual craft involved, and so much of that is just abandoned in the wobbly, shifting compositions so common in modern cinematography.

  • Petoht

    They’re most certainly artists. The programmers write the software that’s used, but the creatures are most certainly made by artists and animators.

  • SteveWD

    So agree on this. I would love to see a movie with top notch cgi but shot with the philosphy of only using “real” camera angles. The virtual camera that comes along with cgi has taken as much realism away as cgi itself. So much effects work now just feels like a photo-real cartoon.

  • Rock Baker

    That’s an excellent description!