Special effects are gettings cheap and that is awesome

12 08 2011

by AngryPanda

If I learned anything from all the recent movies I’ve seen it is that Hollywood will always play it safe and produce 99% generic fare. But there is some hope on the horizon. Special effects are getting insanely cheap. This is one of the reasons there are lots of weird cartoons out there these days (I’m watching Generator Rex right now, more on that later). But the CGI is good enough for life action movies too now. This means that very soon people will be able to create awesome content without too many resources. It has already started. A pure web series like Mortal Kombat Legacy would have been unthinkable a few years ago. Today I stumbled over a B-Movie trailer for a rather creative take on Moby Dick:

This looks like the average cheap fantasy flick I’d expect in so many ways but one thing really sticks out. The dragons look good! I still remember how that was the only selling point at all that Dragon Hearthad back in the day. Now something like that can be done with a direct to DVD production. Amazing. It always reminded me of The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec which even ran in theaters here but I somehow missed. That was a small French production with special effects I would have killed for in the past. I realize I’m getting older and people are just used to high quality special effects but for me it is a wonder that it is getting more easy to bring the fantastic to the screen. This means that people with genuine passion for it can try their hands. People who do things that are out of the ordinary. Also people who are unprofessional and don’t know the “right” way to do things. That’s always a plus. I have seen roleplay stories in games that are epic compared to the script most movies have to deal with. There are short stories out there that blow your mind. And you only need to listen to all the new music and internet bands that have sprung up to see how much better fan work can be compared to commercial productions.

Of course it will never be on the highest standard and there will be a lot of crap that gets produced but there will also be really good stuff among it. And stuff that the major producers would never dare to touch for being too wild, too risky, too weird or just not profitable enough. Don’t let professionals and critics fool you. More stuff is always good. 90% of everything is shit but increasing the raw amount of material available also increases the size of those last 10%.

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