HomeArticlesWhy CG Sucks (Except It Doesn’t) Why CG Sucks (Except It Doesn’t) By Harry Baker February 26, 2020 Articles, Blog 33 Comments Tags:cg, CGI, Cinema, Computer Animation (Industry), computer-generated imagery (film company role or service), film, film production, Film School, filmmaking, filmmaking tutorial, movies, rjfs, rocketjump, rocketjump film school, tutorials, vfx, video production, video tutorial, visual effects, Visual Effects (Film Company Role Or Service) Related Posts Meera Why The US Has No High-Speed Rail Akash Goila’s DUM DUM DUMROO | Award Winning Hindi Short Film| Ft Sanaya Irani Anil Charanjeett About Author admin 33 Comments Dirg Ramsey January 14, 2020 Still sucks! Couple of added cliffs and buildings didn’t make those scenes! Reply Saier141 January 15, 2020 And now, movies that are just cg but look like real life exist, so bad cg while it still exists, it's becoming a thing of the past Reply Ethan Loureiro January 18, 2020 Hi, I’m Ed Asner Reply GMMReviews January 18, 2020 Good Practical > Good CGI Good CGI > Bad Practical Bad Practical > Bad CGI Hope that clears it up. Reply Racool January 19, 2020 I always see people praise Dr octopus in Spider-Man 2 simply because practical effects, and I’ve always wondered why that was a good thing. Reply Daniel López January 23, 2020 George Lucas is the right person to answer this question. Reply David C January 23, 2020 I agree the most with another youtuber, which mentioned that our brain knows its fake, and i feel that expectation has a lot to do. Reply Colby Robison January 24, 2020 In summary: Hollywood, STOP screwing us fellow filmmakers over for a stupid box office profit Are you in for the MONEY, or are you in for the ART? Are you here with GREED or are you here with PASSION? As a fellow filmmaker, I get heartbroken hearing cases like this & stories I've heard from others in the industry. I'd do ANYTHING to solve this Reply Allostasis January 25, 2020 Nobody; Literally Nobody; 2:45 Reply FloatingOnAZephyr January 25, 2020 Great video. My gripe with CGI is that it allows artists to move too fast, often not thinking enough about how something would work, what would really make sense. For example, when you have to make a model of every Star Destroyer in 1983, you have a realistic number of them. This parallels real life where each has to be built in a shipyard and crewed etc etc. When that is all done in CGI, you can have as many ships as you like just by moving a slider or whatever you have set up. The result is ludicrous numbers and nothing has value any more. Growing up, there was a fascination with the Enterprise D because I knew it was actually a real model out there somewhere; it was a real object. Now whenever I see a Star Trek shot it is soulless; it's just a vehicle rather than one of the cast members. There'll be no JJ Enterprise in the Smithsonian. Reply Alejandro Vélez January 25, 2020 This is partly why I somehow hate people on the Internet that hate to appreciate the CGI and how it started to become popular back then. :/I mostly get concerned about everyone’s hatred over CGI when it comes to Star Wars. Like here’s an example: Back in the 70’s & 80’s, George Lucas originally wanted to make those awesome cool shots of the Millennium Falcon, X-Wing and Tie Fighters for the most awesome climaxes of his films, but there was no Technology for it at the time until 20 years later in the 90’s there was technology for Computer generated animations available, and that’s how he made the Special Editions yo show off how he wanted them to look originally which I’m glad those new replaced shots look awesome. There’s some Special edition changes I dislike though like the Han & Greedo scene where they made Greedo shoot first but missed Han by point blank range which was utterly crap especially the Disney+ version where they added a new dialogue for Greedo “Maclunkey” which is worse in my opinion. Han shoots first is the best way to describe Han’s character. Reply Gordon Fiala January 26, 2020 I agree. It's the films' presentation. Cheap and corny is cheap and corny.quality is cercomstantial Reply Marcus Powell January 27, 2020 Holy crap I can't stand this guy's voice it sounds like he has a mouthful of marbles Reply Autisticus Spasticus January 28, 2020 Except it does. Movies suck now for a variety of reasons. Shitty CGI and nauseating colour grading. Overuse of digital compositing, resulting in ridiculously crammed scenes and a subsequent "fakeness" that our brains detect. Shaky cam and sweeping, migraine-inducing tracking shots that are impossible with a physical camera in the real world. Too many sequels/prequels/remakes/reboots and a lack of original and interesting ideas. A complete lack of subtlety and nuance, everything is in-your-face and over the top. Also, many of the best actors have died or are getting old, and there are very few younger actors of the same calibre. Reply Punk N Stein February 1, 2020 Good video, one point though, the older versions of ironman is better then the newest ones. Reply Super Saiyan February 2, 2020 3:50 what's the name of the movie Reply Eric February 5, 2020 I like CGI Reply comixgod50 February 6, 2020 This reminds me of Michael Bay movies. His special effects and visual effects are actually pretty amazing. The movies just really suck. Reply Alarismos February 7, 2020 The range rover from the girl with the dragon tattoo that you show as a good cgi always looked as fake as the nose of a clown to me, i inmediately spotted it on the first time i watched it Reply Andy Albert February 10, 2020 In other words…mostly is a real fake. Reply CaptBadICe February 11, 2020 I would say. Sometimes CG VFX(s) are ruining to reality Reply Please Drive Faster! February 11, 2020 It really does kinda sucks tbh. Many of the examples of "good" CGI used here look fake to me. I remember HATING that crash from Casino Royale because it looked fake. Even the scenes that look believable in these short clips fall apart in context due to the camera always swooping around unrealistically and being overdone in general. For something like transformers, I don't really have an issue because it does look cool and the subject matter is unreal enough that it both necessitates CG and it's easier to sell because we don't see giant alien robots every day (at all) to compare against. In most cases, however, it looks cheap because it is cheap, cheaper than doing a real stunt/set/prop. Any CGI car chase is inferior and clearly fake compared to something like 1979s Smokey and the Bandit. Even the new Mad Max suffered heavily with its fake environments, especially that computerized dust storm that took up a third of the film for no reason. Reply Nocturnal Entertainment February 12, 2020 jurrasic park still uses CGI, they just only use it when practical effects aren't possible. such as the scene where the t-rex chases the car. did you even watch the behind the scenes that are actually on the DVD? Reply Marc Locci February 12, 2020 Bravo pour ce commentaire judicieux Reply mickeleh February 13, 2020 People say the same thing about toupees. "They always look fake." (except for the good ones that you never spot). Reply Eric haskell February 13, 2020 When I watch some movies I wonder why actors are even used. Reply Coal Miki February 14, 2020 I'd often wondered, if George Lucas were still alive, would he approve of all the CG used in the modern Star Wars movies? Reply HylianMaster2401 February 14, 2020 to me,the best is a nice balance between the two, mad max is a perfect example Reply Joseph Gooden February 14, 2020 "A soulless computer in some Kiwi basement…" Nice Weta plug… Reply Binks Lars February 18, 2020 Kiwi basement? Reply S February 20, 2020 People saying what's good and bad CGI and never having a single minute of experience making it. Ok expert. Reply Dante9345 February 22, 2020 Someones an FX artist trying to defend his career. Reply Bob Sarmiento February 23, 2020 With CGI movies can now have the look that really fits the movie, and if done wrong, even if the cgi is good… the outcome won’t be as good as what movie goers expect it to be… Reply Add a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment:*Name:* Email Address:* Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.