“You feel really stupid and you hope the CGI team makes you look good”
These days, your typical science-fiction or fantasy movie is performed by casts of human actors—and even bigger casts of programmers. VFX (visual effects) are so crucial that there's now an entire genre of acting devoted to dealing with creatures and environments the actors never see. In some cases, the actors' entire bodies are transformed by digital effects. Others have intense, emotional scenes with tennis balls and traffic cones that are the placeholders for what will eventually become monsters or dramatic vistas.
We wanted to know how actors have adapted to a world where CGI reigns supreme. So last summer at San Diego Comic-con, we asked actors (and one director) to tell how they integrated VFX into their everyday experiences on set. You can see their responses in the video above.