The Jungle Book is favourite to win in the Visual Effects category at Oscars 2017: Here's why
Almost all aspects of film making, be it acting, directing or cinematography can be identified and appreciated when seeing the film. But for visual effects what counts is that the effects look so realistic, it should be almost impossible to know that a computer has been used.
Since the Oscars 2017 are around the corner, there is alot of speculation about who will win which category. But the award of Best Visual Effects has a clear favourite: Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book.
The part live-action film, part animated feature adaptation of the classic children's book was aimed at audiences of all ages which is what made the film a huge box-office hit, with it earning $966 million worldwide. But it was the bold decision to shoot the film entirely indoors that made it one of the strongest Oscar contenders this year. The film, which has an Academy Award nomination for best visual effects, used Los Angeles sound stages to shoot the two-hour film, crafting a new approach to film making.
Favreau did such an amazing job with the naturalistic, immersive jungle environment and animated characters that many people take the accomplishment for granted. But The Jungle Book will undoubtedly face some seriously stiff competition this year in the Best Visual Effects category. Favreau's masterpiece is competing against the Star Wars's spin-off Rogue One and Doctor Strange which were visual delights, and Kubo and the Two Strings proved to be a masterclass in stop-motion animation. However, The Jungle Book is the nominated film that comes the closest to seamlessly blending reality with fiction.
Here is the making of the film, most of which was filmed in front of a blue screen: