CGI in movies, what’s not to like?

It wasn't that long ago that CGI in movies was considered 'cool' and had the respect and admiration of the general public. Back in the 1990s and 2000s, it inspired an entire generation of filmmakers to push the medium in a way that simply wasn't possible in the 1970s and 1980s. It definitely inspired me to work in visual effects. 

Decades later, however, it seems that CGI is not so beloved anymore, or at least that's a narrative that has been conveyed by social media and the mainstream press. So what's happened? Why is there an anti-CGI backlash trend in social media today? Why do we have so many articles, Tweets and YouTube videos complaining about CGI, and explaining that, back in the day, it was all so much better?

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Hugo Guerra
Director & VFX Supervisor

Hugo is an award-winning Director, VFX Supervisor and has worked at The Mill with clients like Audi, Adidas, Nike, IKEA, Activision, and Ubisoft. Also worked at Fire Without Smoke directing game cinematics for CCP, Ubisoft, Deep Silver, Square Enix, and Warhammer. Most recently Hugo was a VFX Supervisor for Sony Playstation and Director for both Rebellion Film Studios and Zeiss. He is also a content creator on YouTube with Hugo's Desk and co-host of the VFX Notes Podcast with Ian Failes from befores & afters.