The manner in which CGI is now used in television and cinema completely fascinates me. Before it was a monster maker, not it genuinely enhances every facet of almost every high budget show/movie we watch. That's why I'm so obsessed with watching before and after videos like these: to get a sense of what is CGI and what isn't. It's terrifying.
Take Game of Thrones for example. Obviously Dragons are CGI. Obviously fantastical elements like White Walkers, Giants, etc are CGI. But castles in the background? Colour enhancements? Different types of sky? The amount that's being added post production is truly terrifying, and it makes me wonder if my spoiled eyeballs could even accept regular old colours and regular old skies in a few years time. In the future everything will be perfect, there will be no rough edges or flaws. The television world will look like a living, breathing GQ cover model with the blemishes wiped out.
Or the blemishes could be edited in.
In fact that's what fascinating about this process and why -- in spite of my whinging -- it's probably a good thing. It simply gives creators far more control over what they produce and show to their audiences. It's amazing when you think about it.