It seems a bit odd that one of the fathers of the modern blockbuster would have a problem with computer effects, but Steven Spielberg
seems to have something to say about our modern special effects.
The director recently told Empire Magazine: "There's so many tools we have now in the toolshed,
and it's just a matter of individual choice of how we use these tools. I,
frankly, think that special effects are becoming too special. There are too many
special effects in all these movies today. It means that the movie starts on a
special effect, ends on a bigger special effect, and the middle is the same
There seems to be a little hypocrisy going on here with this statement. Why is Spielberg so fed up with special effects, but the movies he makes clearly don't reflect this. I wouldn't be surprised if every single action sequence in the last Indiana Jones film
was shot on a green screen, and I don't think anyone would be stupid enough to think that the majority of the effects in the Spielberg produced Transformers
films were animatronics.
Okay, that may be a little harsh. He definitely isn't wrong when he says this, and I can only imagine that the untold number of filmmakers looking up to him may change their tune on just how much spectacle they really need to show. This mentality was clearly in play when Christopher Nolan
made the dream-world on Inception
closer in spirit to that of Heat
than that of A Nightmare on Elm Street 3
; truly a case of less is more, making the moments that were unreal all the more special.
It's nice to hear some truly good filmmaking advice coming from a truly great filmmaker.Original Article