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Practical Stunts and The FX of ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

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WIRED Magazine’s new installment of Design FX gives insight into our beloved Mad Max: Fury Road. The three-minute video discusses how George Miller’s crew used CGI in the film for the beautiful saturated colors, the dust storm, the Citadel, and the brilliant night shots (actually shot during day!).

The film is getting all kinds of accolades for the complex practical stunt-work with the car chases. As it should be. George Miller, his crew, and his cast worked their butts off for those 60-mile-per-hour chases, fights, and flames. What I think this video makes clear is that despite the amazing things CGI can do, truly believable physics are not among them. The Hobbit has been harangued for its less-than-believable fights because so much more within them were CGI than The Fellowship of the Ring–and the direct comparison was right there. Even Avengers: Age of Ultron had CGI fight work that just didn’t have the impact–punches just didn’t have the weight, nor did bodies when thrown. Because Fury Road’s actual human stunts were done for real and the CGI was used mostly for set dressing, the physicality of the film was always bearing down with the action. And it had real impact–full engagement.

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Author: Erin Perry

I'm a high school English teacher specializing in AP Literature and Film Analysis. I'm interested in most things geeky, including superheroes, vampires, zombies, teen culture, postmodern philosophy, pop culture analysis, and combinations of the aforementioned. Follow me on Twitter @eriuperry.

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