Lileks agrees with me about
Otherspace Productions is going well. I had three folks over at my apartment on Saturday: an
I’ve discovered that CGI is quite expensive, partly because of audience expectations. CGI is supposed to be intricately detailed and relentlessly realistic. We’re used to excellent CGI, really.
The other problem with CGI, though, is its elasticity. It’s so easy to change things that I can always find something to tweak, something to improve. I could spend the next six months adding detail and otherwise changing this one shot. Meanwhile, it’s costing me hundreds of dollars.
But we’re making solid progress; the shot is beginning to progress from good to
After the animators left, I went out to see
I’m also disappointed with the music, though this also applies to the first film. When I listen to a piece of music from Star Wars or Lord of the Rings, I can often identify the exact scene it accompanies. I can recognize individual characters’ themes. I can’t do that with
I was not disappointed, as some of my friends were, with the obviously CGI nature of the later action sequences. I was thrilled with them, actually, because they were actually able to portray a big comic book fight. Comic book characters don’t look real when they fight. The fights are supposed to look
I also simply must point out my favorite shot in the film. When Doctor Octopus is going nuts in the operating room, one of his victims dives for a chain saw. It’s a shot that would be right at home in Evil Dead 2 (from what little I’ve seen of it) or Army of Darkness, which is by the same director. Hilarious.