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Is CGI Ruining Movies? Just the Opposite, Actually.

Ever since CGI first started popping up in movies, critics have asked the same question again and again—are these soulless computer-generated images ruining filmmaking? According to a smart new breakdown from RocketJump Film School, CGI is actually doing just the opposite.

The reason we complain about CGI, the video asserts, is because we only notice it when it goes wrong. CGI allows filmmakers to achieve incredible effects, as in Alfonzo Cuarón’s Gravity, while also subtly improving films in ways you’d never expect or even notice. If it doesn’t work, RocketJump Film School says, blame the filmmaker, not the tool. Try to remember that next time you’re enraged over a new artificial-looking rock being crammed into a Star Wars movie.