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    FreePixel looks at video games as part of the moving image culture. Games are not movies. But games use moving image tradition in their presentation. That is why FreePixel offers a critical look at games and their expressive qualities that grow from the use of the moving image.


    [May 6th, 2012]

    Scooter on CGI

    Posted by Michael

    Via Puppetvision (which has it from the Muppet blog Tough Pigs which ultimately links to the TED talk). It is Scooter himself “I’m talking puppets vs CG.”

    He makes his point pretty clear: “puppets are the pioneers who made CG possible.” But it feels a bit like a missed opportunity to just deliver a rant against the computer-based side of things. Even the Muppets need a pinch of CG theses days. And if there is going to be a Dark Crystal 2 (and I plainly refuse to accept that is has been shelved forever) then it can be safely assumed that there will be render farms involved. Given that the Creature Shop’s own reel is heavily CG infused.

    So while one can certainly root for felt puppets, feathers, and fedoras around Ms Piggy’s voluptuous neck, Scooter somehow missed the point in the long run. It would have been more interesting to hear something about the way that CG and live puppeteering could be combined.

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