I bring this up because I watched Harry Brown last night (which was both better and worse than I thought it was going to be). Harry Brown is the one with Michael Caine as a British pensioner who goes Death Wish on a bunch of drug-dealin’ kids. One of it’s strengths is it’s a great looking movie, confining itself mostly to a horribly-depressing “estate” (British for “projects”) that reeks of verisimilitude.
Or, rather, it does right up until the point where any violence happens, at which point the film-makers decided to save a few bucks and use the dumbest-looking CGI blood effects I’ve seen since, well, the last terrible digital blood effect. I’m not anti-CGI by any stretch - tools are tools, and CGI can be utilized well - but bad blood effects pull me out of a movie like almost nothing else can. At that point, you might as well just go full-on Scott Pilgrim on the movie and write “BANG!” on the screen whenever a gun fires.
Blood effects should not be handled via computer, yeah I agree with that.
I’d rather have NO blood effects at the moment of impact if it means using computer graphics.
Shoot a character and have him(or her) act shot as usual, then cut to whatever. Next we see him(or her) then we can see the blood stains/pools forming- that’ll work for me.
For gore films it has to be real fake blood. C’mon, that’s what your audience is watching the movie for! Unless your gore movie has Kelly Brook naked in 3d, in which case feel free to use any means necessary.
. . . and for that matter, digital swords and arrows, a la the recent Zatoichi. When the sword blade somehow bends and flickers after you run a guy through, I just don’t care as much. They need to realize that a perfectly straight object moving correctly in relation to a real human is outside of their grasp for a few more years.
I don’t mind the digital blood as much as I do the stuff they do with guns. I hate when it’s clear they didn’t use actual guns with blanks and just have the actor jerking the gun on cue then edit in the flashes later. It never looks even remotely right.