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John Byrne

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Posted: 31 January 2020 at 5:35am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

I must ask—are the trailers “rough cuts”, or is this another example of Zemeckis-style technology over-reach?
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Shaun Barry
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Posted: 31 January 2020 at 6:28am | IP Logged | 2 post reply


Overreach.  Even my kids (15, 13, and 9) saw the trailer and basically declared "WTF???"


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John Byrne

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Posted: 31 January 2020 at 8:08am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Speaking of which: BuzzFeed

Personally, I would rank Klaatu’s landing in the original DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL over the CE3K version. The first is simple, clean, and remarkably sophisticated for its time. The second looks like it was shot in Liberace’s living room.

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Doug Centers
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Posted: 31 January 2020 at 9:24am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Hey a #1 I completely agree with!!

The saucers flying into national monuments in EARTH vs. the FLYING SAUCERS immediately popped into my mind.
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Jozef Brandt
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Posted: 31 January 2020 at 2:05pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply


Glad I'm not the only one who couldn't believe the bad CGI in that trailer.
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Peter Martin
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Posted: 31 January 2020 at 6:04pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

The melting face in Raiders always looked a bit ropey.
Rob Bottin's work in The Thing deserves a place in that
list.

The Death Star explosion? One of the more pedestrian
effects in Star Wars. The opening shot of the Star
Destroyer was the most memorable drop-the-mike FX
moment.

Agreed, the effects for the saucer coming in to land in
The Day The Earth Stood still looks very effective.
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Vinny Valenti
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Posted: 31 January 2020 at 8:48pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

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John Byrne

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Posted: 01 February 2020 at 1:28am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Uh huh.
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Peter Martin
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Posted: 01 February 2020 at 1:56am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

I think there were shots of a dog sitting that could have
been achieved with the use of a real canine without
crossing an ethical line.

And then extrapolated that dog's realistic canine face
for the more difficult shots. As opposed to the cartoon
dog face they've gone for.
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Shaun Barry
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Posted: 01 February 2020 at 8:59am | IP Logged | 10 post reply


The entire dog needs to be entirely CGI for the entirety of the movie?

Then don't make the movie!!



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John Byrne

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Posted: 01 February 2020 at 9:47am | IP Logged | 11 post reply

There are a number of elements Hollywood has yet to understand.

• The dinosaurs work in JURASSIC PARK and the aliens work in STAR WARS because we don’t really know what dinosaurs and aliens look like. There is no visual disconnect.

• The CG animals in THE LION KING work because there are only other CG animals around them. Again, no disconnect.

• The dog in THE CALL OF THE WILD fails because he’s interacting with non-CG elements, which remind us that Buck doesn’t look like a real dog.

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Vinny Valenti
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Posted: 01 February 2020 at 1:13pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

I wonder if the end credits will have the disclaimer "No animals were actually depicted in this movie"?
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