A Rant About SFX

two-clairesIt’s been a week since the Heroes finale, I bet you thought we’d be posting about something else now right? Well too bad! The quality of the effects in Heroes is something that’s bugged me for a long time, but there were two things in the finale that just made rantness necessary. First we have this shot of Claire and Sylar-as-Claire together. It’s terrible! The way the two Claires are lit, Hayden’s eyeline, it’s just not even remotely believable.

Then we have the big showdown between the Brothers Petrelli and Sylar, which happens completely off-screen. This isn’t even the first time they’ve done that on Heroes, Future Peter versus Sylar from the end of the first season also happened a door away from the cameraman.

sylar-pre-battleI understand this was for budget reasons Kring, but here’s an idea: If you don’t have the budget for a big superpower battle, maybe you could not write one into the script? And speaking of budget, maybe you should think about switching to a different effects house. Heroes is a huge show for NBC, costing millions per episode, yet shows with a mere fraction of your budget like SPN and BSG manage to look like they have higher production values than what you’re pumping out. They’re also not shows to skimp on the effects shots. At the very least you could ask the people on your staff who worked on Battlestar how they pulled off having multiples of the same actor in a shot so much better than you can.

behind-the-doorTo be fair, I don’t think it’s just a problem with the CGI on Heroes. Practical stuff like the lighting and camera angles often seem pretty bad. It’s strange, honestly.  There aren’t many shows currently on TV that have such shoddy production values, let alone shows that are a staple of their network. Sometimes Heroes looks as bad as an episode of Xena.

It’s almost as if the showrunner doesn’t really care about his own creation.



~ by Jerk on May 4, 2009.

2 Responses to “A Rant About SFX”

  1. shoddy production yet it still doesn’t look like Canadian tv. Hmmm

  2. Canadian TV is weird. I think a lot of it is the sound quality and lighting. That’s my best guess, anyway.

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