With the film industry putting out a healthy dose of VFX heavy blockbusters like Wonder Woman, Blade Runner 2019, and Thor: Ragnarok, we must say that the visual effects companies have never been so busy. And 2017 also saw a push towards newer ways of using VFX in movies that would affect the industry for many years to come. Below, we look at how visual effects will impact the future of films.
More Practical Effects
Over the past decade, one of the most criticized points of VFX-heavy movies was how everything looked ‘too CGI’. And in a way that is actually true. While the path-breaking Jurassic Park movie from the 90’s used practical effects on many occasions giving a realistic feel to the dinosaurs, the 2015 reboot used CGI dinosaurs most of the time, unsettling viewers and even prompting them to question how the VFX of a movie from the 90’s was far superior.
However, the audiences are not alone. Many directors also seem to have found a new love for practical effects. The most notable being the movie Blade Runner 2049 released in 2017. The movie used a lot of practical effects and was hailed as a visual masterpiece by many critics. Going forward, we expect to see a big trend of more practical effects in movies rather than going full CGI, with more VFX services updating their offerings to suit these demands.
Digital Human Faces
Another area where VFX is shaping how movies are made is through the creation of digital human faces. This trend mostly picked up with the release of Fast and Furious 7 in which a digital face of lead actor Paul Walker was created and animated in order to fill a scene since the actor died midway during the shoot.
This technique was also implemented in the 2016 movie Star Wars Rogue One in which actor Peter Cushing, who is already dead, was brought to life through CGI and then composted into the movie through video post production services. In the future, we will likely see more movies implement this technique and bring yesteryear actors on screen.
360 Degree VR VFX
While the 360 Degree revolution is mostly seen as being limited to VR games, the fact is that movies have a bright prospect of utilizing the technology for some amazing experiences, specifically the ones that are created for home viewers. Add in some 3D effects using stereo/mono roto processes and filmmakers can create a whole new style of movies.