The Magic of Locations

I know, I know, we live in the glorious age of the green screen.

And it is glorious what wizardry can be conjured with CGI, millions of dollars and a very talented design studio. I look forward to working with ILM and Digital Domain, among others, on my upcoming feature films.

That being said, if it is real…it is real.

I have never—never—seen an actor, even a great actor, respond to an imaginary threat or negotiate an imaginary terrain like they do when those threats and terrains are physical, and enter through their five physical sense gates: sigh, sound, touch, taste and smell.

No actor is good enough, or talented enough, to mentally catalog every nuance that goes into an environment. They aren’t. It’s a fact.

That is why so many green screen performances seem flat.

So, the more practical something can be the better the performance will be. The magic of locations is that they are real—real hills, valleys, rocks, wooden steps. When something is real it is data—information—that acts or approaches the actors enabling them to react accordingly, thus layering their performance with credibility.

Nothing is as good as the real thing. So leave your CGI for those things you absolutely cannot do or afford.

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~ by David Jetre on February 15, 2010.

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