The new Tom Hanks film Greyhound, sets the Oscar-winning actor in World War II, a place he's been before. While movies like Saving Private Ryan largely weren't filmed at the actual locations of the war, they were filmed using mostly practical locations and effects. Greyhound, however, is very much a film of its own time, and that means it's made up of a lot of digital effects. Tom Hanks, says that's just how it's done these days.
Speaking with CinemaBlend ahead of the release of Greyhound, Tom Hanks told us that, while the film is made up of a lot of real elements, they all get stitched together in the computer to create the movie that we see. Hanks doesn't have a problem with this. Hanks told us...
Digital effects have certainly become the standard in filmmaking today. In the end, trying to do things any other way can just make things more difficult and expensive. For better or worse, the Hollywood system is designed for doing things digitally now.
Everything that we see in Greyhound is based on real images and reference footage to make it look as real as possible, but it's ultimately, as Tom Hanks says, "animated." There's a feeling from many that practical effects and real locations are inherently superior to creating everything digitally. For what it's worth, not everything is digital in the film. Tom Hanks continues...
In the end, it doesn't really matter where an effet is digital or practical, as long as it works. We'll find out if it all works in Greyhound when the movie arrives on Apple TV+ on July 10.
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