If you’re a regular reader of the site it will be no surprise to you that we at Cultoid love all things practical effects related. Not only did they inform our cinematic sensibilities growing up in the best decade that ever existed (the 80s), but they also represent magic coming to life in film, in a way that even the very best of today’s CGI can’t beat.
Now I’m not going to get all whiny about the old days being better (even though they were) and that CGI is ruining cinema. I love CGI when it’s done well. I also appreciate that there are things that can be shown on screen now that would never have been possible even 5-10 years ago. You only have to look at the realisation of Smaug in the latest Hobbit film to see that. But for every Smaug there’s a Jack the Giant Slayer and that’s when you realise that practical effects are essential to the cinematic landscape.
With that in mind it is with great appreciation, respect and awe that I take in the work of companies like Spectral Motion. It is truly heartening to know that there are still passionate people out there, who are committed not only to preserving the best things in film, but also expanding on them; creating innovations that make true magic live on.
I proudly present to you the 2013 Spectral Motion showreel. Watch it and fall in love with all of their work.
There really is no comparison to the tactile quality of seeing a real monster, make-up or animatronic effect on a film set. Real things carry a weight that CGI has not yet mastered. Obviously CGI will keep on improving to the point we may not be able to distinguish it from real life. But until that time, and even when that time arrives, there is still nothing that compares to genuine cinema magic, literally coming to life before your eyes.
Spectral Motion, we salute you!