The Creator's ingenious VFX detail that's changed how I watch the movie

The Creator; a child robot pats another robot
(Image credit: 20th Century Studios)

I must have seen Oscar-nominated movie The Creator half a dozen times and failed to notice a subtle VFX detail that has now made me want to see it all over again. In an interview with our sister magazine 3D World ILM animation supervisor Christopher Potter shared an insight into what the spinning discs inside the Simulants' heads really mean.

"If a Simulant was in a high-stress scenario, we'd amplify the movements to emulate how they were feeling," says ILM's Christopher Potter. "As opposed to a quiet scene where it's almost like breathing, for the scenes where they're interacting with technology it goes extra fast again."

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Ian Dean
Editor, Digital Arts & 3D

Ian Dean is Editor, Digital Arts & 3D at Creativebloq, and the former editor of many leading magazines. These titles included ImagineFX, 3D World and leading video game title Official PlayStation Magazine. In his early career he wrote for music and film magazines including Uncut and SFX. Ian launched Xbox magazine X360 and edited PlayStation World. For Creative Bloq, Ian combines his experiences to bring the latest news on AI, digital art and video game art and tech, and more to Creative Bloq, and in his spare time he doodles in Procreate, ArtRage, and Rebelle while finding time to play Xbox and PS5. He's also a keen Cricut user and laser cutter fan, and is currently crafting on Glowforge and xTools M1.

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