This is something that has bothered me for years now and this isn’t the first time I’ve wrote a piece like this but I felt it was something that needed readdressing.
It was also something that really started getting to me when Rick Baker announced his retirement stating:
“The business is crazy right now. I like to do things right, and they wanted cheap and fast. That is not what I want to do, so I just decided it is basically time to get out. First of all, the CG stuff definitely took away the animatronics part of what I do, “It’s also starting to take away the makeup part”.
Now I’m not saying that I think CGI is a terrible thing and it should be banned and only practical effects should ever be used, this isn’t an anti-CGI post.
What I’m saying is that we need to stop using it so much and find a balance so that the two of them can co-exist in the film industry.
Because of this CGI is used more heavily when in my opinion it should be used more as a crutch, practical effects is a dying art form that needs to be saved.
I know this has turned into a bit of a rant and it’s all over the place and I apologise for that, I’ve tried getting my point across but this post has become a muddled mess.
I guess I’m just simply trying to say that practical effects is too valuable to be pushed aside by CGI, more valuable than you think really.
At least with a bad practical effect I could appreciate the work that went into it, with CGI there is no leeway and you’re expected to get it perfect.
I urge you to take a look at the photos featured in this post, I’ve posted more below to try and get my point across more visually as well.