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Signs of CGI in Zodiac

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I’m never comfortable calling a real-life crime drama a horror film as it feels like a disservice to the surviving participants of a life-shattering event to reduce their pain into a convenient genre label.

Nonetheless, cinematician David Fincher’s recent Zodiac has the ad campaign of a horror film even though the film itself is more of an obssessive character study in the form of a police procedural.

What has always set Fincher’s fascinating movie universe apart from the work of other, lesser directors is his painstaking attention to the tiniest visual details while still maintaining a focus on the story being told.

Case in point: Zodiac’s period digital recreation of 1969 San Francisco, which is practically undetectable. Heck, I had no idea that overhead shot of the cab from every commercial was created entirely in the realm of CGI!

Computer Generated Imagery — it’s not just for sci-fi anymore…

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