Talking Points: CGI, Friend or Foe to Filmmakers?

With big action/fantasy releases like I Am Legend and The Golden Compass hitting the box office, we can hear audiences voicing two very loud opinions on the use of Computer Generated Imagery. On one hand you have some audiences saying that the computer generated “dark stalkers” in I Am Legend were not real enough, it ruined the fear and believability of the characters. On the other hand though, some people say that the very best part of The Golden Compass was to watch polar bears duke it out old school.

By now I’m sure that everyone has seen the trailer for The Dark Knight. Here is a film that we can assume will not have any gratuitous use of CGI. In other words, I don’t think that we can expect any characters or shots between main characters to be complete works of CGI. Looking ahead at blockbusters like Cloverfield, Jumper, Speed Racer and Iron Man, these films obviously would not be possible without the use of CGI. So can we expect another disappointment in the making, or another eyegasmic experience like Transformers?

Talking Point #1: Has a film ever been ruined your experience due to the use of CGI?

Talking Point #2: Some filmmakers consider CGI an art form. What is your opinion of CGI environments used in films like 300 or Speed Racer?

Talking Point #3: What is your favorite CGI filled film?

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