Jan 20 2011
The work of a VFX artist can be subtle and hardly noticeable at times, and that’s a good thing.
When you think of the words VFX or CGI, most people often think of big blockbuster movies such as Avatar or Transformers. The truth is, VFX is being used all of the time on small movie projects, video games, and commercials. Sometimes the best work that a VFX artist can do is not even noticeable to the viewing public. The best compliment you can give to a VFX artist is telling them that you hardly noticed their work. It may seem funny, but it’s the very subtle touches to a project that qualify whether the VFX was done correctly.
Some VFX work is very subtle, like in this shot in which texture was added to the wall in the background:
As you can see this is a small, albeit important detail. I recently saw The Fighter in the theater. I loved it and thought it was a very well cast movie with great dialogue and strong visuals, but I would have never have thought of The Fighter as a film that contains any VFX.
When I read the article posted below written by Mike Seymour from FX Guide, I was surprised to find out that The Fighter actually does contain a lot of VFX work. I think this is a great example of VFX being used to enhance a film and add the small details that make movie magic so amazing. So while films such as Tron may garner all the attention, let’s not forget about the other VFX efforts in this year’s top films.