First let me say that I loooove movies, but I can’t help but notice that the quality of visual effects in the motion picture industry has steadily declined over the past several years. We eliminated compositing lines when we stopped using optical compositing, but when you see thick white lines around James Bond in an (I’m assuming) $100-million picture, what does this say? In films like the Mummy Returns, the scorpion king doesn’t even resemble the Rock. In SW Ep 2 much of the animation and compositing is off. This is the illustrious ILM for god’s sake! What is going on?!
In the case of ILM, I simply believe they over-extended their talent, which resulted in poor effects in Ep2. LOTR and Harry Potter films are coming out every year, (and they are done very well), but it says to me that this business is becomming TOO fast… fast to the point where quality may be sacrificed for an earlier release date, or other business reasons. It seems that effects houses and production studios are in a race to the bottom, cranking out as much as they can, as cheap as they can, with just enough quality to make them acceptable to the majority of viewers.
We’ve already seen how the quality of our movies’ plots have been eroded away by writer’s strikes and the pop-culture mentality. Notice that every movie that came out this year was either a sequel or a remake. We all know sequels suck, period. Austin Powers 3, Men in Black 2, Star Trek 10, Friday 3, Blade 2, Scorpion King, Jason X, Stuart Little 2, Spy Kids 2, Red Dragon, Bond (23?)… need I go on???
Product placement and recording contracts now dictate the story. Would Madonna have been in this Bond movie if not for her Cher-like “contribution” to the soundtrack? Would Liv Tyler had a role in Armageddon if Aerosmith didn’t write all it’s songs? I watched an entire scene in Bad Boys where Will Smith asks Martin Lawrence 1…2…3 times if he wants a friggin’ Coke©!!! This had nothing to do with the story, its just an advertisement for Coke©!
Whenever you watch DVD special features, you see all this research they did to make the CGI as real as possible. Well, the days of Jurassic Park are over and done with. Now its all about making it good, but making it fast is better. What these studios are doing might make good business sense, but when the effects destroy the fantasy, our movie-going experience is gone.