When CGI Works

What will CGI mean as movie tech moves forward

Cindy Bruchman


I revisited Life of Pi (2012) the other day and focused on the magical realism offered by Computer Generated Imagery like the algae-glowing dream sequence when the young Pi peers down into the depths of the ocean. It became a launching point that represented a step in his spiritual journey; CGI became the eyes of the older Pi remembering his experience. Down we go, swimming with the whale, circling the creatures, encountering his holy mother, and acknowledging the truth that his family was dead, entombed in the gray ship on the ocean’s floor. The realities of life are harsh and the world dim. Magical parables and mysticism found in most religions help humans connect to a positive power. CGI functions as the visual wand expressing various religious dogmas, and in this film, CGI works. Do you have two minutes? I found The Daily (November 26, 2012) video explaining the making of…

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