Posts Tagged ‘special effects’

A Studio visit – the real thing?

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Today I visited Shepperton Studios with my son, who is interested in moving into special effects.  We met someone who made a living creating animatronics creatures and lifelike corpses.  They make things like Kryton’s head in Red Dwarf.  They can take a pile of metal and wires, add some silicon and hair and suddenly you have an almost real panda’s head.  They study how the human body works and devise tricks to make the viewer see a convincing facsimile.

I think it is sad that this rather reminds me of a number of people I have met who put on the most convincing face and yet it is no more real that the panda’s was.  I’d like to think we are moving closer and closer to a world that actually values authenticity and doesn’t see it as naivety.  I have three children about to enter the world of  work, I’d love it to be a place where people wore their real faces.  Where your face doesn’t have to fit to be successful.

“He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away.”  Raymond Hull

“We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others that in the end we become disguised to ourselves.”  François Duc de La Rochefoucauld