Of course, this nobody could foresee. That the biggest competitor of Brad Pitt was sitting so close to him. Indeed curious is the case of Benjamin Button, who finally won the Oscars for Makeup, Art Direction and Visual Effects. Because being aware of all the computer techniques Ed Ulbrich, the movie’s digital visual effect producer, showed the TED audience, it’s getting difficult to tell where Brad Pitt ends and Benjamin Button begins.
It’s a bit like what happened with the sorcerer’s apprentice Bringing Benjamin Button to Life, as an exciting movie in-depth report by Bill Desowitz suggests. And it looks like automation was one of the secret sauces in this “technology stew” – as Ed Ulbrich calls it – to provide such a seamless interaction between the actor and his digital puppet, which – in the end – brought him 3 Oscars on the wrong side.
Maybe he should have listened to Eric Barba, Digital Domain’s visual effects supervisor on Button, pointing out that “with the bleeding edge of technology, you certainly get cut and hurt.” Let’s hope that Brad recovers soon.