Work for: Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011

The cold caught up with me… Ugh.

Here is your work for today, please and thankyou.

JOB #1:

Now that we have looked at both Old School and New School, let’s see if we can pick them out in some movie clips.

Today’s filmmakers usually can’t afford to have their entire movie made using CGI like Avatar. Instead, they may use a combination of Old School and New School techniques to achieve a certain look or effect. See if you can tell when the switch happens in the following clips. (In other words, what is ‘real’ because it was made and what was computer-generated?)

In this scene from Jurassic Park 2, a T-Rex attacks a downtown street. How did they achieve the following scenes: Old School, New School, or a combination of the two?

  1. The T-Rex attacking the bus?
  2. The bus crashing through the movie store window?
  3. The guy being eaten outside the window?
  4. The woman holding the baby dinosaur?

Here’s another tester:


This is a scene from X-Men 2 where Nightcrawler attacks the President of the United States in the White House. How did they achieve the following scenes: Old School, New School, or a combination of the two?


  1. The tail that appears behind him right at the beginning?
  2. The agents getting kicked and then flipping?
  3. The thousands of gunshots?
  4. The bluey-black smoke stuff when Nightcrawler disappears and then reappears?
  5. The view going through the door’s peep hole?

In your assignment and on your test, you need to be able to demonstrate your understanding by answering the following way:


“I know that the look of Nightcrawler (his face, teeth, eyes, etc.) is most likely Old School effects because it appears to me that the actor is actually wearing that makeup and it is not computer generated. In addition, the actor is wearing fake teeth as well as contact lenses which are Old School because they are actual ‘items’ that were attached to the actor’s body as opposed to adding it in with computers after the movie was made.”

Please write TWO of your answers in this fashion, please and thankyou.

JOB #2:

Please look at the tabs at the top of this web site, look under BLOCKBUSTERS for the sub-tab titled HYPER REALITY. Please write down the notes you find there (feel free to write them in your own words).


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