In one of his interviews, George Lucas admitted that, while studying in college, he had been waiting 20 years for cinematographic technology to evolve well enough to film Star Wars as he conceived it in his mind. Also, to make the spectacular scenes look authentic, he had to create the entire studio almost by himself, as well as create video editing programs. Today’s directors no longer have this issue: the green screen, superfast cameras, and powerful computers bring to life the whimsy of almost any director. But what would we see instead if we removed all the visual effects from a film?
Cardboard instead of the almighty villain
When actors in Avengers: Endgame stared into the eyes of Josh Brolin, in the final version of the film, the characters of the film would concentrate their attention on the chest area of Thanos. All because, according to the story, he was a huge giant. That’s why the star had to put a stick behind his back, sporting a cartoon bust of his alter ego.
Besides that, when someone you are supposed to hate, runs around the set in grey tights and sometimes smiles, it must be pretty hard to act plausibly. Perhaps that’s why Elizabeth Olsen, who played the tragic Scarlet Witch, smiles joyfully behind the scenes while watching perhaps one of “Infinity War”‘s most dramatic scenes.
When you see the doll, you can’t help but smile, which was sometimes used to represent Rocket Raccoon on The Galaxy’s Avengers and Guardians. This job, though, belonged to Sean Gunn.
Not a single frame in makeup
Like the character of Josh Brolin in The Avengers, the character Hulk of Mark Ruffalo is also completely developed on the machine. That’s a clear fact, but there are few other aspects that aren’t so simple. In the part of the green giant, Mark Ruffalo never had to wait through hair and makeup before going to the set.
There were only a few lines on the actor’s face to catch his imitations. And, of course, Mark Ruffalo had to wear a costume with special sensors for every scene.
In the last film Avengers: Endgame, the filmmakers decided not to limit themselves to only generating fantastic characters, and even the costumes of the characters became virtual. The humanity-protecting team puts on special space suits for time travel at some point, according to the storyline. It turns out, designing them on machines is much simpler than sewing them.
The superpower of heroes and visual effects
While some people claim that Tobey Maguire was able to perform all of his spider tricks without visual effects, we all realize that neither he nor Tom Holland, who played Peter Parker’s role in the new Spider-Man film series, knows how to stick to vertical surfaces. It’s the onset staff’s magic hands that help them do it… In the literal sense.
Like 10-15 years ago, flying scenes are still being produced with the help of cables— people have not yet come up with anything more creative.
The magic begins once you rotate the frame 90 degrees.
Hollywood time machine
Avengers ‘ filmmakers: Endgamedid even more complicated work with the faces of the players. After placing special marks on his face, Chris Evans was first made-up, and then the image was processed on the computer. We got an old Captain America as a result. Evans wanted this scene to look even more natural, but it would extend the film’s runtime to 394,200 hours, the directors respond.
We did the opposite in the sequel of the Galaxy Guardians— with the aid of special effects, Kurt Russell got 30 years younger.
Martin Scorsese, the creator of The Irishman, said “Marvel” movies are not cinema at all— they are just audiovisual entertainment. Apparently, to validate those terms, the director released his most expensive and longest film, 3 and a half hours. The length made it possible for the directors to reveal their hero’s life path. That’s why the film’s Robert De Niro got younger and older at first.
When acting is not enough
One can not become as evenly red as the character of Paul Bettany in The Avengers, even though they were awarded 3 “Oscars.” You will also not be able to make your eyes as round as Alita’s main character: Battle Angel. The film is based on manga and Alita has incredibly huge eyes, just like other manga characters. Of course, with the help of special effects, it can all be done.