Lately it seems that if a film uses CG (Computer Generated Images), it has a very weak story. I’ve had countless debates about the effectiveness of CG with other film-makers. Since CG is still so new and we are able to do things that we haven’t thus far, we tend to overdo it. The problem is, because we are creating so many new elements, we have been sacrificing the story.
For example, Transformers on many levels has revolutionized the way CG is used and integrated. I mean you have a 40 foot Automic-Robot standing in the same frame as an actual actor and it looks as real as the actor. The problem most film critics had with the film, was that the storyline was lacking just so that we could see more of the “cool” transformers; and let’s be honest they do look cool.
So how do we bridge the gap? I fully believe that using CG to create characters can evolve to a place where we can get the emotion out in a way that’s believable. I heard James Cameron talking about 3D and he said when color first came out in film, everything was over saturated just because they could, but eventually color was fully integrated to enhance the film. He believes that’s what is happening with 3D now. In previous movies, things would pop out at you just because that feature was available. He believes in the future, 3D will be used to add depth and let the viewer be fully immersed in the film. I believe the same idea applies with CG, as they are starting to make that change. I’m excited that CG has already started to enhance films instead of just being “cool” as we’ve seen in District 9.
Will there ever be the perfect movie that fully integrates CG while being intensely story driven? Probably not, but I’ll be watching!
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