Over the past three years, I’ve gotten a steady trickle of hate in response to my post titled “Why Do Animated Movies Have $180 Million Budgets?“. The gist of it was, animators could just use video game engines and post-process them just past the point of being able to run in real time, as opposed to dicking around with million-core render farms.
The gist of the hate mail was “lol u r stupid and vfx costs money”.
Now, 9 director Shane Acker is literally doing exactly what I was talking about.
Using the Source engine and everything. Which, okay, since 2009 probably isn’t the best choice, but seriously: an actual Hollywood-experienced filmmaker is doing exactly what half of the Internet has been perpetually calling me an idiot for even considering.
Is this technique Pixar-quality? No. No it’s not. Will it be in five years if everyone else starts doing this? Duh.
UPDATE JUNE 27 2012: Here’s a better example: