'Ex Machina's' Oscar win is a triumph for low-price range VFX
When you’ve ever thought that a low-price range sci-fi thriller cannot compete with the cream of Hollywood, assume once more. Final night time’s Academy Awards handed the Oscar for greatest visible results to Alex Garland’s sensible Ex Machina. It is one thing of a shock, because the class had three heavy hitters in The Martian, Mad Max: Fury Street and Star Wars: The Pressure Awakens. By comparability, Ex Machina is a claustrophobic three-hander with a minuscule finances of simply $15 million. In response to Moviefone, that makes it the most cost effective FX Oscar winner since 1979’s Alien and that is earlier than you’re taking inflation under consideration.
If you have not seen it, and you actually ought to, Ex Machina is the story of a turing check being carried out on a robotic performed by Alicia Vikander. It is an interesting examination of each what it means to be human, and in addition how making synthetic units in our picture can create conflicting feelings in individuals. A lot of the results are centered round turning Vikander right into a robotic, utilizing a mixture of fantastic make-up and CGI. It simply goes to point out, too, that canny filmmaking and a sensible script can beat again Disney’s countless pockets of money.
Oh, and there is a touching finish-notice to this, too. Andrew Whitehurst, who created the consequences for the movie, just lately wrote an impassioned protection of CGI over at The Guardian. The self-effacing Brit even ended his piece by saying “When Star Wars wins one of the best visible results Oscar on Sunday, it should look to the informal observer as whether it is enterprise as standard.” He is in all probability pinching himself this morning.