Comic-Con 2015: The Might and Magic of Legacy Effects
I wasn’t going to write anything on this panel initially but I thought some of the topics addressed were worth a brief mention. Legacy started with a couple of reels detailing their practical effects work on Jurassic World and the new Terminator movie. These were more than impressive, showing not only how lifelike their dinosaurs and fake Arnolds were, but also the multiple puppeteering roles needed just to fake a sick brontosaurus. What ultimately caught my attention, though, was the discussion that came later. Practical effects makers are not, as one might assume, at odds with CGI artists. They see themselves as two halves of the same coin. But the effect on the industry is such that studios and filmmakers expect things more quickly now. What took six months on Jurassic Park is only allowed a matter of weeks on Jurassic World. It’s good to know there are still many people making great practical effects. I just hope the quality doesn’t get diminished by the expectations.