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It's been well over a year since George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road hit theaters, and we still cannot stop talking about it. The absolutely insane chase film captured the minds of audiences, and catapulted them back to a bygone era of action filmmaking. Much of this had to do with the film's reliance on practical effects over CGI, and a new video has just hit the web showcasing exactly how much of the film used real, raw effects. Check it out below to see for yourself.
As you can see from that video: Mad Max: Fury Road went to painstaking lengths to achieve a ton of practical effects. From explosions, to the flipping of cars and trucks, to motorcycles tossing firebombs at Max and Furiosa's rig, just about every major shot in the movie was achieved through practical means. This helped add a layer of visual authenticity to the movie that few modern blockbusters have managed to achieve in recent years. The average moviegoer has an incredibly well trained eye; they can spot CGI, and they can spot practical effects. By keeping everything as practical as possible on the set of Fury Road, George Miller created a modern blockbuster that harkened back to his early work in the 1980s -- and we loved it.
That being said, we're not going to sit here and pretend that the film didn't use any CGI at all. It would be nearly impossible to craft an epic, post-apocalyptic adventure the size and scale of Mad Max: Fury Road without the use of digital technology. However, George Miller's work excels because it uses digital VFX to augment the already existing practical effects -- rather than create something from scratch.
Just look at one of the best scenes in Mad Max: Fury Road. There's clearly a bit of CGI here and there, but overall the rig, the bikes, and the explosions all took place on the set, with real people working to make that vision a reality:
Compared to other major Warner Bros. action movies that have hit theaters in recent months -- see: Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Suicide Squad -- that's an utterly absurd amount of practical effects at work in Fury Road. George Miller put in the extra work by keeping Mad Max: Fury Road as practical as possible, and it all paid off in the end. It may be a more difficult process, but more filmmakers should consider that course of action when taking the reigns on an action franchise.