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Killer TV special effect reel

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Colin Mulvany Feb. 15, 2011, 10:39 p.m. permalink

Here’s a mind-blowing demo reel by Stargate Studios that will make you doubt everything you see on television in the future.

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Eric Seals Feb. 16, 2011, 10:32 a.m. permalink

Ugh!!  That is so depressing to watch and your right it does make me doubt about everything I see on TV.  

Makes you wonder are shows like Amazing Race and Survivor done this way in a studio and not in "real" locations? I'm kidding about those shows but with so many others it's sad.

Plus where is the fun and creativity for the director and DP shooting and planning shots around a green screen all the time?  I'm sure the CGI folks love dropping computer generated action and scenes but I would be bored not shooting on a real location.  How about you??

Thanks for posting this Colin


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David Brooks Feb. 19, 2011, 8:14 p.m. permalink

I think it's amazing that the technology has come so far and at the same time from a practical point of view, I can see why you would choose to use a green screen on a back lot as opposed to on-location on  public streets, with the pressure of a tight shooting schedule, having to block streets, control crowds, permits, etc. it actually seems like the obvious choice.

Plus, as far as seamless special FX, what better place to insert them  than an apparent everyday scene? Our mind's eye doesn't suspect it so we don't question it. I am a big fan of the TV show "Heroes" but there were a few scenes that got me thinking like the one that was shown in the video (the final scene in Time Square)- my first thought when I saw that was how no one in the background even looks at the character. I didn't think it was green screen I just figured the director made it clear for none of the extras to look and just keep walking.

I agree with you though Eric, I want to go on location and shoot what is real...., but I am still impressed with the technology.

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Phil Carpenter Feb. 20, 2011, 3:42 p.m. permalink

Sorry Eric.  LOL.  I think it's bloody amazing!  As long as it's not used in news and journalism it bothers me not at all.  I'm in agreement with David. 

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