• Video Game Engines vs Post-Production

    Lucasfilm has given a presentation at BAFTA in London, in which chief technology strategy officer Kim Libreri made the bold claim that video game technology has the potential to replace film post-production.

    The claim is based on the idea that real-time motion capture combined with video game engines can create and overlay special effects (sfx) during production. The video below shows how this works.

    Impressive as it is, filmmakers will no doubt roll their eyes at the suggestion this could "replace post-production". It may replace some aspects of sfx traditionally done in post but it's difficult to imagine how (or why) post-production would be eliminated altogether. Clearly post is much more than adding CGI characters and backgrounds.

    Still, it's an interesting move and time will tell just how much sfx work will move from post to real-time production.
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