The buzz around AI’s influence on the entertainment industry is undeniable, and while many focus on its impact in other areas, one crucial aspect often goes unnoticed: Visual Effects (VFX). As the current SAG-AFTRA/WGA strike revolves around AI’s role in the industry’s future, VFX confronts its own challenges.
In recent times, there’s been a stir about the quality of VFX in films, particularly in big superhero blockbusters. However, it’s not the lack of skill among VFX artists but rather the sheer volume of films and TV shows being produced to meet growing demand, especially with the rise of streaming platforms. These shows now boast film-level cinematography and VFX, setting a new standard in the industry.
VFX studios bid on projects, but the pressure to secure work often results in compromising on shot quality. This leads to excessive overtime, impacting the health and well-being of VFX artists. Having worked in outsourcing for games, animation, and VFX, I’ve witnessed firsthand the challenges they face.
Amidst these concerns, an exciting development has come to light. The Corridor Crew, a popular YouTube channel, showcased Wonder Studio by Wonder Dynamics. This innovative software simplifies CG character replacement in shots, significantly speeding up the process and easing the burden on VFX studios and artists. As technology advances, AI’s role in accelerating VFX becomes more apparent, redefining career trajectories in the industry.
Previously, entering the VFX realm was relatively straightforward, but only a few could endure its demanding nature. With AI’s growing adoption, some roles may become redundant, pushing industry veterans to explore new paths or adapt to evolving technologies.
Reflecting on my own experiences, I couldn’t help but wonder how different my late 20s would have been with access to such time-saving tools. VFX artists often sacrifice personal lives for their craft, and AI offers the potential for positive changes, such as shorter work weeks and more time with loved ones.
Let’s not fear the rise of AI but embrace it as a tool to enhance our creativity and storytelling capabilities. The Corridor Crew’s discovery highlights the potential for AI to revolutionize the VFX landscape, paving the way for a brighter future in the entertainment industry. Let’s work together to leverage technology’s power and create stunning visual experiences that captivate audiences worldwide.
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