Film and television have been driven to tremendous heights in recent years. Whether it’s the CGI phenomenon of Avengers Endgame or the more subtle and understated uses of visual effects, as seen in Logan with Hugh Jackman being artificially aged.
No matter the scale, visual effects are becoming a key tenet of the creative process, and here are just a few ways these advances will continue, and even become accessible to the everyday filmmaker.
One such example of this technology is 3D imaging, seen in the filming of The Mandalorian.
This involves a camera being used in a 3D space which is able to render an environment around the actors. All you would therefore need is props for the actors to interact with, and you can form the environment around them in a creation engine afterwards.
Whilst this may seem to be a technology that will only benefit richer companies with the capacity to create these studios, they have already been used by smaller groups.
This includes a YouTuber named Tom Scott, who used one to create a quiz show. With 3D imaging, it becomes easier to sculpt an environment to a director’s needs whilst keeping travel costs to a minimum. You can boost quality while cutting costs.
Large scale simulations
Advances in large scale simulations will be of great benefit to filmmaking too. Currently, CGI is a great tool for directors, but it can often feel weightless and may be perceived to break the laws of physics.
By including in-depth physics simulations, a previously unrealistic scene has a new sense of weight and impact. One such widely available technology for this use could be BeamNG, a soft-body vehicle damage simulator.
Although not up to scratch for big studios, the programme can be used by smaller studios to get a sense of collisions, and if modified the programme can produce very detailed simulations.
Ultimately, these great steps forward do not only provide an opportunity for large studios to dominate the technological landscape, but there is clear evidence that it can, and has, been used by smaller-scale companies.
If you’re a budding filmmaker but you’re lacking the budget, the technology could be coming to you.