The Heights of Realism
The creative visions our imaginations can produce are powerful and limitless, which explains the larger-than-life scenes and characters that are constantly engineered for movies with the digital assistance of computer-generated imagery (CGI). This technology (which has been used now for decades) is as popular as ever with several directors in Hollywood choosing to utilize CGI’s dreamlike capabilities to establish mind-blowing worlds, characters and action sequences for their dedicated fans. Godzilla, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and 300: Rise of an Empire are the most recent examples of cinematic adventures that interweave live action with clothing, settings or characters that are, simply put, invisible during the filming process.
However, despite the majesty of these digitally-enhanced realities, it’s nothing short of refreshing to see something and believe it for exactly what it is.
Seeing is believing, right?
The following video clip is from an action film released two and a half years ago, but its creative team should be applauded (again) for refraining the easier path of pressing a few keystrokes on a keyboard with the guidance of a mouse by instead pursuing a once-in-a-lifetime, white-knuckle thrill ride for the ages. Yes, there were safety wires used, but not much else.
Welcome to Dubai and the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.
And I thought my Tuesday was going to be stressful…
Posted on May 20, 2014, in Uncategorized and tagged action, Burj Khalifa, CGI, characters, computer-generated imagery, danger, daring stunt, digital assistance, Dubai, entertainment, Hollywood Blockbusters, Mission:Impossible - Ghost Protocol, movie, popular culture, Tom Cruise, video clip. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.