Comicbookgirl19 Interviews Practical VFX Artist, Alec Gillis

Comicbookgirl19 has to be my favorite channel on youtube at the moment. She and her trusty side-kick, 'Robot', review the latest shows, movies and comic books. Recently she interviewed one of the greatest practical special effects artists of our time, Alec Gillis. They discuss why practical effects seem to be losing traction in the film industry and how it will affect future filmmaking.

Practical effects have always interested me as a child and always had me wondering, 'How on earth did they pull that off?' I think what Alec explains has a lot of merit and we need to stop and not blindly accept that digital effects are the way of the future and that is the end all be all, but that there should be a happy medium.

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Spy Black's picture

This is very cool, but that chick is hot and distracting, despite her horrible haircut...

JOE DDD (Daniel Dalin Drechsler)'s picture

most goth chicks are hawwwwt :)

Spy Black's picture

She's hardly Goth, but she definitely hot.

JOE DDD (Daniel Dalin Drechsler)'s picture

she's softly goth,and hot-ish

Spy Black's picture

I hope he's successful in his project, but it certainly won't change Hollywood's perspective unless it somehow went HUGE. Hollywood right now, like every "good" corporation, is outsourcing to India and China, etc., and all the production houses in the US are going to just shut down or be owned by some Indian or Chinese corporation. Just look at Rhythm & Hues, who are now own by some Indian operation.

Erik Tande's picture

"Practical VFX" is an incorrect term. Visual Effects are effects
created in post production (cgi, green screen, etc). Special Effects
and/or Practical Effects are effects done live on set.

Rebecca Britt's picture

Yeah I relelized that after I published. I can't change the title unfortunately.

Erik Tande's picture

Ah, bummer! Not being able to edit stuff is my worst nightmare! Wait, no, that's spiders.

For some reason Fstoppers left out the most important part. The link to the Harbenger Down Kickstarter! There's only a few more hours to go guys!

I work in Hollywood as a vfx artist and like the gentlemen said in the video it's not practical vs digital as much as it is the studios putting pressure on its vendors to work unrealistic deadlines and deliverable's. This causes the artist running their business to operate on a loss which will lead to bankruptcy. The only way the big studios will make a change is if you VOTE, with your money, that is the only ballet they listen too. Below is an excerpt of a good article that breaks things down for you.

Support the Artists. Wait a week.

Full article:

Show Warner Brothers that you, the audience, care about the artists, and you want those artists to keep bringing you the stuff you want to see.

Why Warner Brothers? Because out of the studios who had shows at Rhythm & Hues when they revealed they were in trouble, according to the New York Times, Waarner Brother was the only one who refused to help R&H continue on their shows, and instead demanded that assets be delivered back. If you love movies as much as we do, take this very seriously, and ask your friends to skip Man of Steel, and instead go see This Is The End, with Seth Rogan, Jonah Hill, and James Franco. Don’t worry. That will have visual effects, too! And hopefully more laughs.

And it isn’t forever. Just a week. You see…the average window of opportunity for a summer blockbuster to succeed is about two weeks before screens have to open up for the NEXT summer blockbuster. If we close that window by half, that is a significant message to the studios that they are not the important ones.

And for the hundreds of talented individuals breaking their backs on Man of Steel at the moment. This is not a slight on your efforts or your work. You lose nothing from having the box office revenue delayed. You have already been paid (hopefully). You do not benefit from residuals. You have no stake in the success or failure of the film. This is more than seeing your name up on the screen (again, hopefully), just after the caterers and transportation department.

Unionizing the artists internationally? That’s hard. NOT watching a movie for a week? I can do that all day long.

Support the Artists. Wait a week.