‘Detective Pikachu’ cinematographer trashes ‘Sonic’ CGI
John Mathieson was offered to work on Sonic The Hedgehog but after seeing the new trailer he says he's glad he turned the job down.
The Oscar-nominated cinematographer told Newsweek he shot Detective Pikachu on film and considers the choice superior to Sonic's CGI.
“After watching the trailer, I thought, I’m so glad we don’t look like that,” says Mathieson.
“If all we’re talking about is how these two films look, our film is better than ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ and I’m sorry, I don’t care who I upset by saying that, but I think it looks better. … There’s no reason why you can’t shoot a film like [‘Detective Pikachu’] or ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ on film. If you had, [‘Sonic the Hedgehog’] would look more realistic. I look at ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ and I just go ‘yeah whatever.’”Sonic sparked an entire redesign of the character
Mathieson says the differences in the movie's looks are because digital filming doesn't capture colors nearly as well as film. The cinematographer also lobbed criticism towards the visuals of recent superhero movies and says digital production hasn't helped the film industry.
“I find it very difficult to use, especially these huge Marvel superhero films because [director of photographers] all look the same," says Mathieson. "You don’t see the individuality of the photographer, and that’s a shame.”
Detective Pikachu comes out May 10 while Sonic The Hedgehog arrives on November 8.
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