So I've come to a pretty major conclusion. Too many big budget films are using way too much computer generated effects. I can understand it for things you absolutely cannot do practically. But CG blood has been all over the place, and it just looks absolutely fake. And independent production using it because they can't afford to do retakes with practical effects makes sense to me, but a big Hollywood production should not be relying on CG to do everything. The same for pyrotechnics and muzzle flares. If it can be done practically and won't destroy your budget, just do it. If you can use puppets reasonably instead of CG characters that actors have to pretend are there, use the puppets. If you can use stage make-up techniques instead of motion tracking an effect on someone's face, there's no reason not to.
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