Chapter 5.1Visual Effects

“In the 80s animators were called technical directors. One person could literally roto, track, model, animate, light, and render a shot all on their own. But it was really hard to find enough ‘generalist’ people who could do all the things needed on a shot well. Over time the number of VFX shots in a film increased dramatically which caused a factory mentality to prevail. Instead of one person doing everything in the shot, groups of people were asked to specialize in one task, thereby allowing hundreds of shots to be completed in a short period of time. Quantity won over quality and efficiency won over the artist completing a single shot on their own.”

Nancy St. John, VFX producer

Informal survey of number of VFX ...

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