Geekery: Blade Runner 2049 Lays Off the CG

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Good news for practical effects fans!

Director Denis Villeneuve shared that he’s going light on CG in the Blade Runner sequel in his latest interview with Variety:

“For me it was beautiful. I think I can count on one hand how many times I saw a green screen in all of those months of shooting. There will be CG enhancements, of course, but as much as possible it was in-camera. Having witnessed what he’s done for months, I think it will be Roger Deakins’ best work. He was deeply inspired by the project.”

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That fits the approach I was hoping for. The fear was there would be an over reliance and we’d get the all CG set wonkyness. You can’t really not use CG with this kind of project, but Deakins is an amazing DP that can do a lot of things in camera. A mix of practical effects, a good DP, and well placed CG gives you movies with visual punch and you won’t see the CG – like Fury Road.

What do you think of the not quite age old conundrum of CG vs practical effects?

  • Hendrik Booraem VI

    I hated Fury Road. The most boring “action” movie since Sandra Bullock’s “The Net.”

    • Deacon Ix

      Kinda glad I’m not the only one.

      • lonestarr777

        How to spot people who don’t have a soul.

        • Ted

          Fury Road was brilliant.

    • Tshiva keln

      I can’t really remember the film now but I remember that at the time I liked the net. But then I also remember having a crush on Sandra Bullock so maybe that explains it!

  • ZeeLobby

    Loved Fury Road. Though not for the action scenes. I loved that it just dove you into this odd world and explained NONE of it. So sick of the hand holding so prevalent in today’s “blockbusters”. Remember the scene with people on stilts, and I was like, what the heck are those people doing? And my friend was like, I don’t know, but they’re pretty awesome. So cool.