A new video showcases the Aussie action film’s incredible practical effects.
The four-minute clip shows you what the film’s action scenes looked like as they were shot. None of it has been enhanced with CGI in any way.
Yep. Those explosions are real, those flamethrowers are real, those insane stunts are real — even that maniac with a guitar is real.
Director George Miller claimed that 90 per cent of the effects in the film were practical, and from the looks of this video, he was telling the truth.
It makes for an interesting contrast with the visual effects reel from Star Wars: The Force Awakens that went viral last week.
The Force Awakens clip shows that — despite a heavy emphasis on ‘real sets’ and ‘practical effects’ in the marketing for the film — VFX absolutely played a huge role in building the world of the movie.
The thing is, though, that if you hadn’t seen either of those clips, you could easily assume that Mad Max: Fury Road and Star Wars: The Force Awakens used practical effects and VFX in equal measure, because the CGI in The Force Awakens was seamless, and the effects in the final cut of Mad Max: Fury Road absolutely were enhanced by CGI.
There’s no right or wrong way of making a movie, then, and it’s not automatically a bad idea to rely heavily on CGI.
It all comes down to the artistry of the people making the films — and both Mad Max: Fury Road and Star Wars: The Force Awakens were blessed with plenty of major talent behind the scenes.