The Ten Most Beautiful Film Locations

Moviegoers have Computer-Generated Imagery (CGI) to thank for all those wonderful images and scenes they see in films. Some of these images are not even real. We can see actors interacting in three-dimensional space in places and even with creatures that do not exist. Many films use a mix of models and CGI to create faux realities. The first “Jurassic Park” film used CGI and animated dinosaur models. The ill triceratops that Laura Dern and Sam Neil’s characters interacted with was a life-size animatronic model. In fact, “Jurassic Park” utilized CGI, stop-motion animation, animatronic models and even actors inside velociraptor puppets to pull off the realistic scenes that make the film a landmark event in recreating things on film that no longer exist in our world. Though there have been projects that preceded it, the 1973 film “Westworld,” starring Yul Brynner, is likely the first commercially successful film to use computer graphics to create something not there. Yul Brynner played a robot gunslinger in a futuristic theme park world that goes haywire when humanoid robots begin killing guests. The first-person view of Brynner’s robot character was done using computer graphics. “TRON:Legacy, http://www.directtelevisionpackages.com,” released in 2010, was the first film to actually create characters made by computer that both look and move like human beings. It is expected that a later generation of CGI technology combined with the ability to computer generate voices will be able to entirely replace some human characters in movies of the future.You thought this was good? Brace yourself: Did Yul Brynner walk into a river in Westworld?

Studio Movie vs. Independent Film: What’s the Difference?

Studio Movie Versus Independent Film: What Is The Difference?

Clarifying The Perpetual Misunderstanding of Film
One of the most basic misunderstandings in the world of cinema is around the dichotomy of independent movies and studio films. First, independent movies can also be shot in a studio. Independent movies are different from big budget films in the way that they refer to the distribution, production and quality of a film. To be sure, an independent movie is not a film that is made of less quality material than a larger budget Continue reading

Stunt Men and Women: How Do They Do That?

The highly trained men and women who are charged with bringing some of the most spectacular set-pieces and movie moments to life are a key part of many productions. Learning more about how they are able to safely execute some of the most exciting stunts and unbelievable situations can give you a new appreciation for the art of film making. Even with the falling cost and greater sophistication that computer graphics have been able to offer in recent years, live-action stunts will always have a place on Continue reading

Movie Sounds – What Did I Just Hear?

Movie Sounds: What Did I Just Hear?

How Sound Affects The Film
Although a movie’s plot, color rendering, editing, mise en scene and cinematography influence the film’s narrative structure, sound also plays an integral role. Moreover, soundtracks and sound effects make a movie distinctive as well as add an emotional atmosphere to the body of the movie. For instance, hearing a creaking floor or footsteps in the dark will enhance a horror film’s presentation. Likewise, a Continue reading

Special Effects: Creating Images That Aren’t Really There

Moviegoers have Computer-Generated Imagery (CGI) to thank for all those wonderful images and scenes they see in films. Some of these images are not even real. We can see actors interacting in three-dimensional space in places and even with creatures that do not exist. Many films use a mix of models and CGI to create faux realities.

The first “Jurassic Park” film used CGI and animated dinosaur models. The ill triceratops that Laura Dern and Sam Neil’s characters interacted with was a life-size Continue reading