The Academy Awards nominations for 2018 are out and we cannot wait to see which film carries the Golden statue for best VFX. 2017 was the year of stunning visually aesthetic films. We saw some great performances with high-quality visual effects.
Although, it appears there is possible no competition to Blade Runner 2049. Visual effects artists John Nelson, Paul Lambert, Richard R. Hoover, and Gerd Nefzer are nominated for this particular film. They pulled off the most difficult thing in the history of cinema. CGI can add false backgrounds and create supernatural elements but this time they brought back a whole another character to life. Rachel in Blade Runner 2049 was a CGI recreated element altogether.
It appeared as if she hasn’t aged a day since 1982. And technically speaking the CGI version was a replica of her from 1982 only. The other films nominated for this year’s Oscars are Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Kong: Skull Island, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and War for the planet of the Apes.
The history of Kong’s CGI has been through all kinds of stages; right from using traditional means of computer graphics to moving forward to modelling it over the computer the Kong franchise has seen all kinds of transformations. Same goes for Star Wars: Last Jedi. The first Star Wars movie ever directed was filled with CGI fallacies but this film was a whole package of stunning art. This is that time of the year again when people start hunting for animation and VFX courses after watching these great performances.
If you talk about War for the Planet of the Apes, the film was literally shot in front of green screens and with people pretending to be apes. Actors often joke about how these days they do not need plastic surgery because visual effects do the trick for them. All these films nominated for Oscars have one thing in common; that is a bunch of people who are driven towards one goal of creating fantastic cinema.
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