Tag: CGI

  • Philip Seymour Hoffman, Mid-Production Tragedy, and Virtual Actors

    Philip Seymour Hoffman, Mid-Production Tragedy, and Virtual Actors

    Hollywood was rocked on Sunday by the untimely death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, one of its finest actors. Hoffman had not yet finished his work on the final Hunger Games sequel, in which he plays mentor to Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen. The actor had one week of shooting left on the marquee project. It feels crass to […]

  • Philip Seymour Hoffman, mid-production tragedy, and virtual actors

    Philip Seymour Hoffman, mid-production tragedy, and virtual actors

    Hollywood was rocked on Sunday by the untimely death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, one of its finest actors. Hoffman had not yet finished his work on the final Hunger Games sequel, in which he plays mentor to Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen. The actor had one week of shooting left on the marquee project. It feels […]

  • Salvaging Star Wars, Episode IV: Leaner green screen

    The last few posts have addressed a single question: how might the Star Wars prequels have been salvaged? How might George Lucas have kept that trainwreck on the rails? In the first post, I questioned the whole “prequel” concept. Then, I discussed how real-world analogues polluted the Star Wars universe. Finally, I suggested some ways […]

  • CGI, the unhuman, and the future of cinema

    Some filmmakers think they’ll find the answer in CGI or 3D, but the very beating heart of cinema rests in the people we see on that screen. —Francis Ford Coppola.[1] Cinema does for us what campfire did for our ancestors. We sit in the dark, gathered around a flickering light, and tell each other stories. […]