Upon its release in May, moviegoers were either fascinated with The Great Gatsby’s colorful, Baz Luhrmann-ized world or thought that it resembled a videogame version of Candyland with way more alcohol. However you feel about it, you can’t deny the sheer awesomeness of the special effects that helped create this carnival of a movie.
Don’t believe me? Take a look at this Vimeo video with before and after shots posted by the film’s VFX supervisor, Chris Godfrey:
Told you so. Most films use special effects to create robots who transform into cars, fool the audience into thinking that there are thousands of orcs attacking, and de-age Brad Pitt. Apparently, the director decided ‘why stop there?’ and basically shot the entire movie in front of a green screen, which begs me to ask a few questions like: With all these special effects, did they even need to film in Australia? What’s the point when you’re using so little of the actual location? How do actors even act when their scenery is a big green wall? Does that make them good or mediocre performers? And why does Gatsby’s house look like the Haunted Mansion on steroids? I’m pretty sure the way to win back your horrible ex is not to scare her with a frightening witch’s castle.
Questions aside, It’s still pretty cool what the VFX crew was able to do, even if 3-D is just an expensive gimmick.
So what do you think, PopWatchers? Did the special effects add or take away from the film? Or are you too busy crying that you can never actually save up enough money to buy the Buchanan home and casually play polo on your massive lawn because it actually doesn’t exist?
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