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The Empire Strikes Behind The Scenes

These are absolutely amazing. Love looking through them!

I hate to be waxing poetic about the god old days, but I really do think CGI has taken something away from movies; in the same way that Photoshop has taken something away from photography. Before the firestorm starts, let me explain myself.

I use photoshop, I love photoshop. I think CGI is cool, when done well. I think what can be done these days is amazing. I don't think CGI or Photoshop have taken away skill from the visual arts, it's just a different skill than it was. I don't think they have taken beauty or aesthetic. I don't think they have taken away the artistic side, or the craftsmanship. But they have definitely taken away one this for sure:

Magic

That movie magic you always used to hear about. That wonder of of, "How did they do that?? How did they have a ship fly through space? How did they create giant walking machines?" The same thing that used to make us look at a photo and wonder, "How can such a beautiful place exist? How can a sky have such colors? How could someone catch such a perfect moment of those two things in juxtaposition?"

Now I feel like that's all gone. There's no more magic. We know where it came from. A computer did it. Or at least that's how it feels. Even though there are still amazing pictures, amazing moments, and amazing artists, the very fact that we now have photoshop and CGI, and as a whole know what they can do, takes away the magic from even the most genuine moments and scenes. Now, when I see an amazing set, or an amazing landscape photo, or an amazing collection of things within a frame, or absolutely flawless lighting on every part of an image; I can't help but for my first thought to be, "A computer did it."

I want the magic back. I miss the wonder. Sometime not knowing is better.

How do we bring the magic back?

via +Ernest W
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AMEN ! the digital solution to things is great, but the creative skill to solve things analog is being lost along the way. GO ANALOG !
 
Totally agree. It's not like things made with CGI or enhanced by photoshop aren't art or aren't aesthetically pleasing. But I totally miss the magic of wondering how somebody accomplished a fantastic scene or image. Like you said - we already know the answer. A computer did it.
 
Oh, and those behind-the-scenes photos are awesome. Gonna have to re-watch the trilogy.
 
My best friend used to work in the film industry years ago, B4 the digital age. Man the stories he would tell me about the tricks they used to get "the shot"
 
The problem is, nothing is amazing anymore, we're so used to it all. And because of rampant abuse of photoshop/CGI, we're so skeptical of anything that does manage to look out of the ordinary amazing.

Where we used to think, "Wow, that looks amazing! I wonder how in the world they made that?!"

We now think, "Wow, that looks amazing! They must have photoshopped it..."
 
+Bernhard Meissner Boy would I love to hang out and listen to stories from a guy like that some day! It's just like hanging out with old climbers and listening to them tell stories about what they used to do, that by today's standards is suicidal.
 
You got that right !, for all of our advancements, I think we are getting to "insulated" from the liabilities of our actions.
 
I wonder, +Ben Fullerton, if it's maybe impossible to bring back the magic in the same sense that it existed before.

I'm reminded of a poem I read in college (completely blanking on the poem and poet right now... sorry, I was a geology major), but basically the poem was written during the beginning of the scientific revolution and the poet was lamenting the death of one natural mystery after another. Things like rainbows were being explained by cold-hard science and for many folks this ruined their charm. It's similar to what you're describing.

I think the silver lining is that rainbows are still beautiful even if you completely understand the physics behind them. Moreover, there are still mysteries and magic in the field of aesthetics. We can now create an image that looks like pretty much anything. So, for me the magic is now less about how we create something and more about what we create and why people like it. People still love looking at images... even photoshopped images. People still love watching space battles, even CGI space battles.

I also think there is new magic to be found. We are on the cusp of basically being able to view a photo of yesterday's sunset from any part of the planet. If you want to know if the pasque flowers in Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park are blooming a quick flickr or g+ search will answer your question. To me, this is almost a new kind of magic... not the creepy "total information awareness" aspect of it, but more the global consciousness aspect. I'm optimistic that there is still magic to be discovered out there, even if it doesn't come from epic movie space battles... :)
 
Well said, +david mixon.

Enough lamenting about the old magic. Let's go out there and find the next magic!

It's always so tempting to hang on to old paradigms, to resist change, because we like the way things are; rather than to charge on into the brave new world and find the next thing we will love that we never even knew about.

Here's to the New Magic!
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