- How much does it cost to do CGI?
- Is CGI cheaper than real life?
- Why do VFX cost money?
- Why is CGI getting worse?
- Is CGI time consuming?
- Is CGI more expensive than animation?
- Why does CGI look so fake?
- Why is CGI so obvious?
- Why does CGI look worse on TV?
- Is CGI cheaper than stop motion?
- Why does CGI look blurry?
- How much do CGI artists get paid?
- How hard is CGI?
- What makes CGI fake?
- Is Claymation a dying art?
- Is Coraline A Claymation?
This statistic shows the average production costs of CGI, 3D and animation effects per movie in the United States from 2008 to 2018. According to RenderThat, the average cost of CGI (computer-generated imagery), animation and 3D effects amounted to 33.7 million U.S. dollars per movie in 2018.
CGI is more expensive. Man hours. Much more time consuming than a live action shoot. Which is why it tends to be reserved for things that are impossible or very difficult in real life (living toys, robots in space, blowing up really, really big things, etc.).
The reason high end VFX costs certain amount is simply because involves large numbers of highly skilled labour using top of the range machinery over long periods of time. Building the Titanic surely is more costly than doing a CGI version of it, let alone hiring 100.000 extras for a battle scene.
CGI is paralyzing the film industry. It’s taking over production time, budgets, story, and even replacing real characters. It’s making films worse. If we allocated the amount of resources we spend on CGI toward hiring better writers, creating cooler set designs, and minimizing post production, we’d have better cinema.
Nowadays, CGI is commonly used to create most, if not all, of the big action sequences in Hollywood movies. CGI is also such a time-consuming process that it is almost always outsourced to highly specialized companies, many of which are not in Hollywood.
On one side, hand-drawn is more expensive. On the other side, CGI is more expensive. But, you don’t have to choose one or the other! You can combine both techniques and use CGI to render backgrounds while using hand-drawn characters in the foreground.
It’s fantasy, so it should look like fantasy. Because your brain tells you it is fake. No matter how real it looks, for your brain, it is just impossible to happen so it renders to you as fake, well executed, but still not real.
CGI is trying to fool your eyes, unfortunately for CGI artists, our eyes are very good at detecting something that is out of place, especially in people and faces. Cgi uses computer technology to simulate shape and light that doesn’t exist on the original film.
Because CGI costs money. A lot of money. As a rule, television shows do not have as much money to spend on effects as a feature film, especially as the financial return is not as immediate or obvious. They also often (though not always) have a faster required turnaround and can’t devote months or years to an effect.
Stop motion films cost less than CGI films but the profit margin is also smaller. The highest grossing stop motion film is Chicken Run. It earned $225 million on a $42 million budget.
Because your brain tells you it is fake. No matter how real it looks, for your brain, it is just impossible to happen so it renders to you as fake, well executed, but still not real. You can make the best looking cgi/vfx, but you will still see it as fake, because, well, that is what it is.
CGI Artist SalaryAnnual SalaryMonthly PayTop Earners$102,500$8,54175th Percentile$95,500$7,958Average$77,444$6,45325th Percentile$71,000$5,916
CGI is very easy to get into, but because it encompasses many, many different types of effects, it can be both very expensive and very time consuming to get good at.
In the video, we learned this is because it all comes down to four factors that separate realistic-looking skin from the waxy, fake-looking CGI of the past: albedo, displacements, subsurface scattering, and dynamic changes. Albedo refers to the base color of the skin.
Wes Anderson is known for his stop-motion films. That’s also not accounting for scale. Especially when using Claymation, the sets and props are minuscule. Stop-motion is often called a dying art.
Coraline is a 2009 American stop-motion animated dark fantasy film written and directed by Henry Selick and based on Neil Gaiman’s novella of the same name.