In Defense of CGI: VFX Breakdown of Star Wars, Avengers, Mad Max, and More

Tuesday, 04 August 2015 - 4:32PM
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Tuesday, 04 August 2015 - 4:32PM
In Defense of CGI: VFX Breakdown of Star Wars, Avengers, Mad Max, and More
CG gets a bad rep nowadays, with many fans claiming that practical effects are almost always the way to go. But now, a new video essay from RocketJump Film School claims that we only hate CGI because bad CGI is painfully obvious, while good CGI is unnoticeable. And they have the VFX breakdowns to prove it, from the likes of Star Wars, Avengers, Mad Max: Fury Road, Jurassic Park, Gravity, District 9, and more.



Opening quote
We believe that the reason we think all CG looks bad, is because we only see "bad" CG. Fantastic, beautiful, and wonderfully executed CG is everywhere - you just don't know it. Truly great visual effects serve story and character – and in doing so are, by their very definition, invisible.
Closing quote


So the video essentially works as a defense of CGI, showing the audience that CG is essential to any special effects-heavy franchise, in ways fans would never expect. Star Wars is a great example, because the CG effects were so widely hated in the re-releases of the original trilogy and in the new trilogy, which overused CGI like nobody's business. But for every Jar Jar Binks, there's a huge action set piece that wouldn't be possible without CG, you just don't notice it all that much. 

Here's the full list of VFX breakdowns (although there are clips from many other films):

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (DSH)
Gravity
Iron Man
Jurassic Park
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
King Kong
The Avengers
Independence Day
Rango
Game of Thrones
Kon-tiki
Labyrinth
Lone Survivor
Mad Max: Fury Road
Titanic
Life of Pi
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Lucy
Edge of Tomorrow
District 9
Transformers
Star Wars
Science Fiction
Sci-Fi Movies
Comic Book Movies
Mad Max: Fury Road
Star Wars