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They do - and aim for WETA, not ILM. Most of the stuff you see in The Hobbit trilogy is hand built. They do emphasize a lot the physical part of the job.
It adds realism and helps a lot with the later CGI. You can see the effects of not using props vs using them extensively looking at the differences between Star Wars Episode II and Episode III.
Also they are needed by the actors to actually focus on the things around them: in Episode II many times you see Ewan McGregor speaking to some aliens while staring a mile behind them... because he only had a marked point on a wall to speak to.
In The Hobbit Ian McKellen was forced to act in a normal sized room while the dwarves were in a oversized set with syncronized cameras and audio stream, he had only lightbulbs with names to speak to when acting and he broke down crying almost giving up on the project for the difficulty of acting without a human feedback. Props, actual objects and stand-ins are a necessity both for the human factor in movies and for the CGI team - what already exists doesn't have to be modelized.
I remember the present owner first knocking the enemy commander out of the cockpit with a load of missiles during a retreat and then stealing it out of their repair hangar without canopy after rescuing the captured pilots. At the end of the third novel of the trilogy, the Gray Death was barely able to walk, but the battle was won.
Anyway, at that time they were already bombing each other into the stone age for some centuries and they were close to becoming unable to produce any new Mechs at all. The Marauder could have been more than a century old and should look like that.
Now I'm ready for MechWarrior 5 when it comes out next year.
I have lived with several Zen masters - all of them were cats.
His last invention was an evil Lasagna. It didn't kill anyone, and it actually tasted pretty good.
Been an awful long time since I wanted to email a fellow CPer directly. I need to email Mr Abbot - is there a way for me to message /email him - if there is, I'm too stupid to see it. Thanks
Find a message of his and check to see if there is an Email link at the bottom of the post.
You will see one in mine but I notice that it is not there in yours. That means you have unchecked the option in settings to allow direct emails (It's probably called something else and I'm at work so don't have time to check what it's called). If he too has unchecked the option your sh*t out of luck. If he's a nice bloke like me than just click Email and away you go.
"I controlled my laughter and simple said "No,I am very busy,so I can't write any code for you". The moment they heard this all the smiling face turned into a sad looking face and one of them farted. So I had to leave the place as soon as possible." - Mr.Prakash One Fine Saturday. 24/04/2004
It would be interesting to see overall death rates for phone freaks - people getting run over whilst texting; people getting murdered by the people that they're obstructing whilst texting; people checking Twitface whilst riding bicycles; people checking Twitface whilst driving a car; people getting disemboweled by fellow commuters for watching YouTube without headphones; people forgetting to eat and/or breathe because they're too busy sharing their goddawful selfies - the numbers could (and should, perhaps) be huge!
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. - Mark Twain
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