An increase in technological breakthroughs within the Visual Effects industry is providing the opportunity for film makers and visual effect artists to create complex yet subtle Invisible Visual Effects for films.
“I take the position that I’m a magician and that I’m there to help the director tell the story and instill awe.”
Visual Effects Supervisor
(1954 – 2004)
Less time to produce
Less money needed to produce
Can be used to sell a film
Can use "off the shelf" technology
Does not distract from film
More time to produce
More money needed for production
Film needs more substance to sell the film
Most of the time needs to be created from proprietary technology
Even though it takes less time and money to produce visible effects the quality can turn out to be poor and most of the time can distract from the film itself. With invisible effects we can produce high quality effects that does not distract from the film. But the consequences are obvious, more money and more time are needed for the effects to be created.
Shake, Nuke, Combustion, Flame, After Effects
The use of these packages allows the composting artist to create seamless integration of cg and live elements into a film.
Maya, Houdini, Lightwave
With the advent of high end 3D packages, artists are able to create and texture “realistic” models for films.
With better and better Dynamics being integrated into 3D packages the artist is able to create visually stunning fluids,
explosions, and atmospherics, to name a few.
Pixar’s Renderman, Lightwave’s Renderer, Houdini’s Mantra
With these renderers, TD and artists have the ability to create complex shaders and match to live action lighting systems to
Use with high end 3D models.
Visual Effect Supervisors and Visual Effects Artists can create complex yet subtle effects for films using these and other packages. But by also writing their own proprietary software and plug-ins, artists are able to push the envelope on what is considered an invisible effect. In the last few years a number of movies have gone about creating visual effects using breakthrough proprietary plug-ins and software.
Invisible Effects in Films
Films will by in large use more Invisible Effect in the future.
Summary and Conclusion
An increase in technological breakthroughs within the Visual Effects industry is providing the opportunity for film makers
and Visual Effect Artists to create complex yet subtle Invisible Visual Effects for films. With these technologies and others
that are currently in the hands of Visual Effect Supervisors and Visual Effects Artists, films, by in large, will be able to use
more Invisible Effects in the future.