I can’t see the point in the theatre. All that sex and violence. I get enough of that at home Apart from the sex, of course.
—Tony Robinson as Baldrick, Blackadder
“Make it look real.” That would seem to be the mandate of the visual effects artist. Spielberg called and he wants the world to believe, if only for 90 minutes, that dinosaurs are alive and breathing on an island off the coast of South America. Your job: Make them look real. Right?
I am about to tell you, the visual effects artist, the most important thing you’ll ever learn in this business: Making those velociraptors (or vampires or alien robots or bursting dams) “look real” is absolutely not what you should be concerned with when creating a visual ...