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The Blaine Brothers guide to using VFX

The Blaine Brothers have a positive can-do attitude to VFX, and see it as a tool that should be used in the service of a story, not as decoration.

The Blaine Brothers are filmmakers foremost, and turn to VFX when they need to, just like they might use any other tool available to them.

“The films we make generally have something quite odd or fantastical about them” says Chris Blaine, so it’s easy to see the attraction VFX holds. The Blaines are self-taught, and learn as they go. When they need to do something in VFX, they’ll find out how.

In many ways they exemplify the guerrilla filmmaking spirit. We were surprised to find out that until last year they were still using an almost 10-year-old piece of VFX software called ‘Shake’, (no longer available) kept alive on a computer with an old operating system in order for it to run. In a way, this seemed to give their work a different flavour from other filmmakers.

The Blaine Brothers’ approach in the clip above contrasts with that of our next guerrilla filmmaker who comes from a computer games and CGI background, and discovered filmmaking through VFX. He’s Hasraf Dulull, and we’ll find out about him in the next video.

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