Let’s talk practical effects and digital effects… as effects, that tell a story. I am really interested in how you feel about the two, where you fall, if suspension of disbelief is still intact for you…..
Here’s the video: https://vimeo.com/159011768
I am a practical effects guy, and I just love when any effect is used to further the narrative, and not grandstand and focus on the effect. Lucas always said (early, early on), that it should be about telling a story, and you don’t need to focus on a huge set for an extra 10 seconds just because it took a long time to innovate or build.
That being said, I always notice CGI, and maybe it’s because I am such a fanboy for Deadpool, that for the first time in recent memory my entire suspension of disbelief was intact for the whole film, and I never once saw CGI being “CGI”. It was all just part of the story….
Some people are really disappointed such a blockbuster used so much CGI and was able to “deceive audiences”, etc, especially during the rise or return of much better usage of practical effects. But I think what happened here was DP’s budget needed the director to make his magic and have every dollar become $10, like Ryan said. After all is said and done… I have to rewatch a few more times, but I think this may be some of the greatest use of CGI in the history of film? That might be a bold statement, but I really believe it for now. That video is absolutely amazing. To some other movie fans, it makes them mad. I had no expectation, with their $50M budget, that it was all going to be practical…. but they way they told the story was unparalleled and they should be proud of how the work turned out. Not just the level CGI is at, now, but their particular shop Blur and Atomic Fiction.
So… effects are there to tell the story. That’s all. Digital and Practical can do it poorly. In this case, they did effects just about as well as any have ever been used.
Where do you fall on the spectrum of visual vs practical effects, etc? I just saw a Game of Thrones image of pre-dragon CGI and it looks like a green cotton swap. I sort of rather have a real dragon (joke).

"Deadpool" Visual Effects Breakdown from Atomic Fiction on Vimeo.

“Deadpool” marks the beginning of a new era for superhero films, and one sequence in particular was key to setting the tone. This is an in-depth VFX breakdown reel showcasing the behind-the-scenes efforts by the Atomic Fiction team. The work involved creating computer generated characters, vehicles, and an entire urban environment, for the thrilling car chase that kicks off this new franchise!

Special thanks to Tim Miller, Jonathan Rothbart, our friends at Blur, and 20th Century Fox for the opportunity to contribute to these sequences.

Music Credit: Deadpool (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

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