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A Look at Some VFX Trends for 2017

It’s no surprise that VFX driven content has captured the imagination of the public. Everywhere you look, there’s VFX; whether it’s film or television. Major strides have been made and there is more to come, as evidenced by these eye-popping trends.

Heavy VFX were used in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” to bring back the character Grand Moff Tarkin. Credit: Industrial Light & Magic/Lucasfilm

Heavy VFX were used in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” to bring back the character Grand Moff Tarkin. Credit: Industrial Light & Magic/Lucasfilm

More Digital Characters

Creating a highly realistic CG human has always been a goal for the VFX industry. Fortunately, we are getting closer to that dream. One such character that made it recently was Grand Moff Tarkin from Rogue One. The character was originally played by actor Peter Cushing in the earlier Star Wars films.

However, he passed away in 1994. But, thanks to the magic of VFX, we managed to have him back on screen. The effects were so convincing that audiences didn’t even have the slightest suspicion.

We can look forward to more such characters as VFX technology continues evolving. Before you know it, we’ll have characters that look no different from their human counterparts.

40 years younger Anthony Hopkins.

De-ageing

As audiences tend to prefer their actors younger, the movie industry has tried everything to make their older and more accomplished actors younger on screen. One of the things they opt for is “de-ageing”, where visual effects are used to make older actors look younger.

One of the best examples of this would be Anthony Hopkins’ character in the TV show Westworld.

We can expect to see more of this in the near future. Martin Scorsese, for instance, already intends to use it on De Niro for an upcoming production titled The Irishman.

VFX which compliments the storytelling process rather than an visual accessory. Ex Machina a perfect example.

Accolades for Non-Effects Driven Films

Ex-Machina's win for Best Visual Effects at the 2016 Academy Awards was a big surprise as its visual effects weren't on an adrenaline-pumping scale as seen in fellow nominee Mad Max: Fury Road. The movie, comprising of just four characters, used VFX to focus on the main character's robotic movements and long shots to create tension. The Oscar nod signals that visual effects don't have to be all 'wham bam' to create fascinating movies and leave a lasting impression.