Good, fast, or cheap? You can only choose two in VFX:
A North Korean terrorist may be responsible for taking the president hostage, but it’s Bulgarian-made CGI that does the most damage in Antoine Fuqua’s intense, ugly, White-House-under-siege actioner “Olympus Has Fallen.” Cut past the pic’s superficial patriotism, and the message is ironically clear: Never outsource your visual effects when a domestic shop will do.
David S. Cohen also chimes in:
But this state is unsustainable, and the vfx execs at the majors know it. They also know that it’s not to their advantage for the vfx industry to implode, because then the last men standing might get real market power. And if Peter Debruge’s review of “Olympus Has Fallen” is any indication, they majors are about to learn that once you’ve shown auds what good vfx look like, cut-rate vfx are as laughable as bad acting.
I think the first article unfairly calls out Bulgarians. There are many talented Bulgarians working in VFX. The film was also worked on in Louisiana, Toronto, and China.
My point is this: If you want VFX to look good and to be fast, you aren’t going to get it cheap.