As the art of filmmaking continues to evolve at an astonishing rate, the post-production process has gone over a complete makeover. The technology and methods don’t even remotely resemble those of the editing rooms of old. However, the people at Lucasfilm are pushing things even further and, forget makeover, post-production is currently on the operating table for a full facelift.
The idea of combining video game technology with the filmmaking process seems like a no-brainer, and not a completely new concept either. Films like Tron and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World are examples of the convergence, but Lucasfilm is taking the inner-workings of video game engines to the world of film production, and the results are simply stunning.
The concept is fairly simple. Video game engines allow digital effects to be added to films in real time, a process usually reserved for post. With many filmmakers relying on the use of raw footage, post-production has become more time-consuming, but this new method presents the actual possibility of leaving the movie set with that day’s shot already complete.
When Lucasfilm released some test footage, the reactions were mixed. Some were in awe of the appearance of movement and the seemingly infinite possibilities, while others thought it still looked video gamey. Either way, considering the rate at which similar technology has taken off in the past, we should expect immediate tweaks and rapid improvements.
Ubisoft, having just struck a deal with Sony Pictures, will be the first video game developer to have total control over the film adaptations of their properties. This marks the first game developer to become a true Hollywood power. The universes of video games and movies are about to converge and the results will inevitably lead to a stellar explosion of new tools, technologies, and ideas that will take the art form to infinity…and beyond.
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