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01.07.10 32 Comments

The National Academy of Boring Old Farts just released their shortlist of seven films (which they’ll eventually whittle down to three) in contention for an Oscar in Visual Effects.  The list includes:

  • Avatar
  • District 9
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Star Trek
  • Terminator Salvation
  • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
  • 2012

Yep, Transformers 2.  Because I guess it’s not part of a visual effects supervisor’s job to, you know, MAKE SURE YOU CAN TELL THE EFFING ROBOTS APART.  I’m not asking for high art here, I just want to be able to tell which giant robot is getting punched.  Is that so much to ask?  Now, I realize, I’m not a visual effects artist.  If you asked me to draw a turkey, I’d start by tracing my hand.  When my computer breaks down, I throw rocks at it and pee my pants.  That said, it seems to me that you could just make the robots different colors.  But maybe I just don’t understand these newfangled visual effects and their indistinguishable masses of shiny pieces of metal. Oh my God, bra, this is so gnarly I don’t even know what the hell’s happening!

Additional Facts: Every morning, Michael Bay’s visual effects team meets to blow dry his hair.

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