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Thread created on Mon Dec 09, 2013 19:17:16
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As the tital says which is better, CGI, Practical Effects, or would do you like it when they blend the two? Just trying to start this discussion since too many movies rely solely on CGI these days.

Pracical Effects
generally are phyisical props like body suits, prosthetics, animatronics, etc. These have become vastly cheaper than CG in recent years through the use of 3D printing.

CGI aka Computer Generated Imagery is generally the lazy ass way to add special effects and can make up most of the budget of a film with the end result either being ok or just looking obviously fake(like in the Matrix trilogy)


I'm honestly getting sick of CG because most of the time it looks fake as hell and looks horrible if you have a TV bigger than 30" to 35" and I have a 55". I went back and watched Aliens on my TV and the practical effects in that were done well and are still beleivable especially if they do a mix of CGI and practical effects but if they rely on CGI too much it looks like pure shit like how they did with Avatar.

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Posted on Mon Dec 09, 2013 19:45:00
It depends on the movie and what the effects are being used for. yes too many movies do focus on CGI and then do not do as good of a job with it as they should have or could have. Some things real effects are a bit too hard or will just not work, and a lot of the time even if down well the cgi effects just do not fit because it changes the flow of imagery.

Special Effects are supposed to be there to help tell the story and not be the showcase of the movie. If you do not have a good story to tie it together you should not bother.

Some things are easier to do or a lot safer to have done with CGI. Such as Arrows. You can add in arrows and not worry about the danger that they could cause during a shoot.

So it depends on what you are doing with the effects and why and how good they look.

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Posted on Mon Dec 09, 2013 20:09:58
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It depends on the movie and what the effects are being used for. yes too many movies do focus on CGI and then do not do as good of a job with it as they should have or could have. Some things real effects are a bit too hard or will just not work, and a lot of the time even if down well the cgi effects just do not fit because it changes the flow of imagery.

Special Effects are supposed to be there to help tell the story and not be the showcase of the movie. If you do not have a good story to tie it together you should not bother.

Some things are easier to do or a lot safer to have done with CGI. Such as Arrows. You can add in arrows and not worry about the danger that they could cause during a shoot.

So it depends on what you are doing with the effects and why and how good they look.


well said

I just want to see more practical effects if you're involving things like explosions or just scenes with characters but if you want to do background with CGI or build a set using CGI effects thats good too.

Before CGI special effects looked amazing and very beleivable like in Aliens or realistically f**king gross as in the movie The Fly



Practical effects just stand the test of time a hell of a lot better than CGI effects and look good no matter how big the TV is or what quality you view it in.

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Posted on Mon Dec 09, 2013 20:14:36
If the effect is good, it doesn't really matter if it's CGI or practical. If it's cheap, then both can be as bad as each other.

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Posted on Mon Dec 09, 2013 21:43:36
CGI is fine and has its uses it will get better as well. But it isnt necessary.
My favorite action/horror/sci fi film Aliens looks fine without any CGI.

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Posted on Mon Dec 09, 2013 22:26:48
a blend of both but it depends on the movie ... sometimes even excessive and obvious cgi can be fun

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Posted on Mon Dec 09, 2013 23:11:33
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a blend of both but it depends on the movie ... sometimes even excessive and obvious cgi can be fun


overuse of CGI is only ok if the movie itself is meant to be ridiculous in a comical or overstylized fashion where its not trying to take itself seriously.

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