> >>> Just watched it. Even on youtube in a small window on the PC it looks a bit
> >>> too obviously CGI'd for my liking. Perhaps inevitable / unavoidable, but
> >>> surprised me that I was left with that impression so easily.
> >>> Perhaps plenty of post-production left to do...
> >>> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kiii1ERd_0Q
> >>> Matt
> >> Don't care...
> >> I've GOT to see that.
> >As for the extensive usage of the CGI: I wouldn't expect them to
> >recreate whole races and race accidents with real cars and stunt
> >drivers. Firstly, it would be way to expensive and way to dangerous.
> >Secondly, if they were able to fake a moon landing back in sixties
> >(LOL!), I take for granted that the modern days CGI will be good enough
> >for a real thrill. OK, after some more post-production work, I suppose
> >it will be.
> they shot lots of footage of real cars "racing" at high speed round various
> tracks in the UK, the Nurburgring crash was recreated as realistically as far
> as can be done sensibly with safety of the crew, stunt drivers etc etc at the
> exact spot. they obviously had to cgi alot of the backgrounds in for some
> stuff, since you cant recreate that realistically or get the shots you want.
> that tracking shot of Fuji I presume flying over the grid the backdrop and
> surrounds to the track are probably all post production CGI with the
> weather added,but the grid and cars were real.
> I dont think its going to be a total CGI fest like Speed Racer,and probably
> not a Grand Prix either, but a reasonable mixture of techniques. there are
> something like double the number of visual effect shots in Bladerunner than
> Close Encounters, the difference is you notice the alien spaceships. not the
> matte paintings and the rain
I don't mind CGI in the slightest - it was the fact that the low res trailer looked so CGI for large parts that I can only imagine it looking very unrealistic when seen in a cinema or on BR / DVD. They can do amazing things these days with CGI, some of it depends on how much money you are prepared to spend on the CPU cycles, and some depends on the talent of the individual artists / programmers involved. To me, it looked like they had had to skimp on the costs of the CGI, and that *might* detract from the film's overall quality.