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05-11-2012, 08:02 AM
Anyone remember when the idea of a virtual movie set seemed almost silly?

"This seems like the production industry's dream. They could successfully eliminate the need to go anywhere. Their one digital studio could create the entire movie. Actors would be digitally rendered and programmed to move. Spectacular stunts could be accomplished without the need for stuntmen or safety crew and apparatus. Crowds could be created eradicating the need for extras. All of this could be placed on stock footage of the Mojave Desert or New York City taken from the huge library of settings stored on an enormous database. This could happen for about half of what a film would cost predicts George Lucas, grandfather of modern motion picture technology." - taken from this website's article written in 1995 -- http://www1.assumption.edu/users/ady/media/langlois.html

05-11-2012, 08:27 AM
Thereby removing a lot of the attraction of working on movies. Feh.

05-11-2012, 08:33 AM
I've never worked on a movie...like in Hollywood, but seems like I remember Lucas even said something back then about collecting movies sets to maintain libraries of virtual sets to be used when needed. It just seemed so unbelievable at the time.

I think Green Screen is a welcome challenge to many actors, who need to do more to bring their imagination to the acting. It's almost like stage acting, which most seem to like.

We might still be sort of in a bumpy stage of this now, but as time progresses maybe the skill set to work on these will be different and maybe even the excitement will come back.

05-11-2012, 08:49 AM
It takes skilled artisans to make a set look like, say, a real house. That's why there's specialists for that kinda work.

Even harder when the set doesn't exist in the RW.

For moi, location shooting when possible is the way to go. Reality is a tough act to follow.