Magazine article Variety

Cutting Costs Via Previs

Magazine article Variety

Cutting Costs Via Previs

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At the Slggraph computer graphics conference in Vancouver earlier this month, Method Studios president Marc Weigert declared an ambitious goal: Make previsualization inexpensive enough to use for an entire feature film - more specifically, for the cost of no more than two shooting days.

That would permit complete films to be viewed as a rough animation - as animated features are today - before the actual shooting begins. Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity" was previs'd just this way, but the process is now too costly.

"Almost every movie these days has expensive re-shoots, expensive re-doing of visual effects," Weigert says. "By just doing (prévis for the whole feature), you'll save one or two shooting days. Even if you don't actually save the shooting days, you'll save the equivalent in post-production. …

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