Hellboy : Rise of the Blood Queen won’t use much CGI. That’s the news here, which isn’t much. Pretty self-explanatory, actually.
In an interview featured on Mick Garris’ Post Mortem podcast (via EW), Neil Marshall talked about his desire to eschew CGI as much as possible and employ practical effects to bring Hellboy back to life:
“It’s definitely going to be as practical as we can possibly make it. I love to do stuff in camera whenever I possibly can, and use CG as the amazing tool that it is, to enhance or expand upon the world, but not to use it to replace reality, when you can do it [for] real.”
Marshall also spoke about being able to do an R-rated film and what that means for blood and gore and violence:
“We’ve been granted permission to do it R-rated, which for me is just like taking the cuffs off. It’s like, okay, so now we can just make the movie we want to make. It’s not like I’m going to force it to be R-rated, but if it happens to come out that way, just because of my own sensibilities, then fine. And nobody’s going to stop us. So, that’s the main [difference]. And I’m sure, obviously, the success of things like Deadpool and Logan have not hurt that cause. But, also, when you go back the original material, it is kind of bloody, so I’m going to embrace that.”
I love practical effects and I love CGI. CGI is great when used sparingly and used to complement the practical effects, but not so great when the entire film is little more than a CGI demo reel. Even modern matte paintings are CG instead of painted-on glass. So it’s welcome news that Hellboy, a film I’ll probably never see, will use as much practical effects as possible.