December 6, 2023

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Max explores the impact of CGI on our cinematic experiences

As a child, I loved watching the Original Star Wars on VHS. Besides obviously being great movies, I loved watching the red lines of blaster bolts fly by, the lightsaber igniting, ships exploding, ships hyperspace jumping. It all looked awesome and even though they were made with 80’s special effects; they were fine for a child watching them in the early ’00s.


Now fast-forward 20 years into the future. Movies are INSANE. The special effects are so complex and intricate, it almost becomes so realistic that you know its fake. Yet, something has happened to our visual perspective of movies. We are so inoculated with this advancement; that when I re-watch the Originals and even the Prequels (!), I feel a nagging thought in the back of my head. It looks so outdated. Yet, I love Star Wars and the Original Trilogy is the core of that star.

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My father says his favorite movies are “the ones with Rey”, as he calls them. He really doesn’t remember the old stuff because this culture is so focused on what comes next. I honestly can’t imagine what movies will look like in 2030, but I hope my core beliefs will offset this new nagging CGI conditioning.


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Max Nocerino is a new addition to the Future of the Force roster. He is a passionate Star Wars fan and loves the literature of the galaxy far, far away. Follow him on Twitter @MaxN2100 where he channels his passion frequently!


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