The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) possesses has released a new video essay by author and film critic Matt Brown, which breaks down the use of practical and digital effects in director George Miller’s acclaimed 2015 action flick, Mad Max: Fury Road.
In the short video essay, Brown discusses what he calls the film’s “maverick reputation” among moviegoers for its use of practical effects. Mad Max: Fury Road has always been praised for its daring and dangerous practical stunts and special effects. However, Brown is quick to point out that despite the extensive use of practical effects, nearly every frame in the film has been digitally altered in some way. In the video essay, Brown asks why it works in road of fury, but not in something like Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace, which, despite its reputation for overused CGI, actually features more practical effects than most films.
Brown also makes the comparison between Peter Jackson’s Gollum the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Jar Jar Binks. Both characters were composed entirely digitally, but one is considered an embarrassment to the franchise, and the other has been hailed as a visual effects achievement. the star wars The franchise has developed such an intensely negative reputation for its reliance on CGI that much of the marketing for the first sequel film, Star Wars: The Force Awakensfocused on director JJ Abrams’ use of practical costumes and sets, despite the fact that the sequel films also relied heavily on digital effects like most modern blockbusters.
In the video essay, Brown claims that while there seems to be some inconsistency in audience reactions to digital versus practical effects, there is definitely something special about seeing hands-on, professionally performed stunts. dedicated. This authenticity certainly adds to road of furyis success. Brown also points to the most recent Impossible mission movies as an example of jaw-dropping practical stunts, as these movies seem bent on killing actor Tom Cruise in one of his many death-defying stunts. Finally, Brown points out that in the years since Jar Jar Binks first appeared on screen, the digital and practical effects have improved dramatically. There is no better example of this than the fact that road of fury managed to pull off the biggest tanker explosion in movie history, resulting in an image so impressive that most viewers wouldn’t even realize Hardy had been digitally added to the scene.
Seven years later and Mad Max: Fury Road remains one of the most talked about movies of all time, and for good reason. It’s widely regarded as one of the best action movies of the 21st century, and with the upcoming prequel in the works, it’s likely to maintain that reputation. The film recently returned to the news with the release of Kyle Buchanan’s book Blood, Sweat & Chrome: The Wild True Story of Mad Max: Fury Road, who dove deep into the making of the film. One of the most talked about elements of the book was the on-set feud between co-stars Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy, which was reportedly so bad that Theron was actually afraid for his safety while filming.
Matt Brown leads the Digital Experience team for the Toronto International Film Festival. On March 31, he presented a screening of the film in 35mm at the TIFF Bell LightBox theater in Toronto, Ontario. He is also the author of Survival Cinema: Mad Max Fury Roada book of essays on the film which was available for purchase at the screening.
Mad Max: Fury Road is now available to stream on HBO Max.
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