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VFX Artistry by Judith Salavetz, Spencer Drate

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ARTIST INSIGHT: JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN DOESN’T MEAN YOU SHOULD: CAMPING IN THE UNCANNY VALLEY WITH JAR JAR BINKS

 

Visual effects, circa 2008. Take a quick moment to stand up, stretch, and ask yourself, is it everything it promised you it would be?

Like a shimmering black Hummer with mud flaps reading “Back Off,” the greater VFX industry still maneuvers astonishingly well, chasing down and often catching (in fleeting two-hour spells) an insatiable audience appetite for a faster, louder, deeper, more visceral experience. But as the challenge of fooling the eye becomes ubiquitous and expected, the overdue discourse between the science of what can be done and the art of what should be done will be forced to take place within the industry. ...

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