How visual effects and the digital changed cinema 1/2
In a not so far far away galaxie, a dude invented the special effects.
The story of spectators and their changing expectations begin with a fan of “Pong” the first video game ever made. The name is Lisberger, Steve Lisberger, the author of “Tron” scenario. The movie that took digital and visual effects to the front stage.
Therefore, we can suggest that the success of Tron is due to its visual effect ? Mostly, but the movie wasn’t fully digital. In fact on 96 minutes of film and more than 1200 sequence shot, only 15 minutes are totally made of a computer. Seems like it doesn’t need just digital skills ! However the success was immediate and Tron gets nominated for several rewards :
- 1983 : nomination at the Academic Award of the best Costume Design for Eloise Jensson, Rosanna Norton.
- 1983 : nomination at The Academy Award for Best Sound Mixingf or Michael Minkler, Bob Minkler, Lee Minkler and James LaRue.
- 1983 : nomination at Saturn award for best animated film and best sy-fy movie.
- 1983 : nomination at BAFTA Award for best special effects for Richard Taylor and Harrison Ellenshaw.
Ever Since, the digital as become a huge factor when it comes to big production movies. Fame and wealth awaits those who master it. Sadly, great budget aren’t enough (god it hurts me to write it but…) for exemple the case of “Justice League” (ooooohh now it’s happening…) and Henry Cavill’s infamous moustache (god bless him and it), see for yourself…
Remember how 3D has been was popularized in 2009 with Avatar and the famous planet Pandora and its 3 Oscars :
- Best Achievement in Cinematography for Mauro Fiore.
- Best Achievement in Visual Effects for Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andrew R. Jones.
- best Achievement in Art Direction for Rick Carter (production designer), Robert Stromberg (production designer), Kim Sinclair (set decorator)
We will remember though, those who tried and fail miserably and hurt our pupil in a sadistic way.
Nowadays, a movie that include master pieces of visual effects, the expectations from the spectator being higher the most creative and innovative ones are highly rewarded.