Originally Posted by Man Of Lint
CGI. That is what is pissing me off lately. It is in everything. I hate it. I hate CGI people, spacehips, monsters, buildings, etc. I want real sets dammit! CGI costs more to produce than the real thing. CGI always looks so plastic. CGI...pfft! C
ndustry. I don't want to watch cartoons! I want intelligent things to watch, like model kits on gimbles and wires, like grown men prancing around in rubber monster suits with that real slimy stuff dripping and glistening all over them. I want pyrotechnics! 10-20 years from now all that CGI will look so outdated but the real thing will always impress.
I largely agree with you, but not completely.
CGI has its uses. IMO, Game of Thrones uses it very well--the foregrounds and parts that everyone interacts with are sets, but the backgrounds--huge castle, giant ice wall, whatever--are CGI. Because the CGI is in the background, it is less noticeable, and frankly looks better than physical special effects would IMO. But everything close to the camera (well, within reason...) is real.
Now, it's definitely not always more expensive to do CGI, and it gets less expensive by the day. I think you underestimate how much it costs to build animatronics, blow something up, etc. Anytime you have fire on a set is going to cost an absolute fortune due to all of the safety measures they have to put in place--in addition to the fact that you get one take, you are literally burning down your expensive set.