Sunday, July 20, 2008

A Couple of Babylon AD Visual Effects Misses

Babylon AD is a new sci-fi, action thriller of Vin Diesel, who plays a tough mercenary of sorts, given the task of protecting a woman (Melanie Thierry) with special powers.

What follows are a couple of visual effects misses.

The city lights of the Americas (below) are very clear in this sequence as the viewer zooms in towards the Earth. The error is here is that there's not a single cloud blocking the view of the lights, although there are some in the day side. Also note the land masses to the left of North America (your left, actually) - unlikely because that's where the Atlantic ocean should be - or are they just brown clouds?

Here, Diesel throws a punch that connects with the jaw of his cage-fighting opponent, but it's really a clear miss even as the opponent reacts ahead of Diesel's punch.

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Sunday, July 6, 2008

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Effects Bloopers Revealed

Special effects using computer animation is a boon to the movie industry, making productions that used to need tons of set constructions and extras simpler and quicker. But the ease with which the movie mages do their thing can lead to carelessness. While some computer graphics errors can be made less obvious through good editing. Some can still be seen if you look carefully. Here are two from The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.

Plane hits ground that is really way behind it.

Arrows rain on skeletal warrior army...

...but the arrows are falling rear-end first.
There are really a few others more, but they are not very obvious. Maybe you can find more.

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