Reader Andrew S directed me toward Before FX, a revealing tumblr that specializes in behind-the-scenes photos of mostly green screens. I found the images fascinating for a couple of reasons: 1) They demonstrate just how unnatural the acting process must be in blockbuster films, and 2) how little credit we give A-list actors for their ability to interact and engage with green screens. It takes a hell of an imagination, I suspect, to picture a giant beast three feet in front of you and react accordingly. Prestige acting films films tend to have fewer visual effects, and more interaction among real actors, but I suspect the degree of difficult is amplified if you’re wearing a silly costume with sensors all over it and swinging punches at imaginary demons.
We’ll start with the 10 below, but there are scores more photos to examine over on Before FX.
Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part II
Resident Evil: Retribution
Captain America: The First Avenger
Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl