When it comes down to the bottom line, the debate between practical versus computer generated special effects seems to really divide people. It usually separates the old school from the new; the practitioners from the financiers; new film fans from the traditionalists. The two schools of thought helps define the generations of cinema, as computer generated images become the mainstay, complimented by practical effects. Just fifteen years ago, we were at the opposite end of the generation gap.
This new documentary, Men in Suits, turns the focus of the debate to the men who literally embody the work of practical special effects artists. These guys are often the unsung heroes of films that heavily employ these kind of effects, which seemed to be at their height during the 70s, 80s and 90s. Interviews with some of the best in the business – including Doug Jones and Tom Woodruff Jr. – help to shed some light on a very specific skill set that doesn’t always get the attention it deserves.
The documentary looks like it has loads of behind-the-scenes footage. So, if you’re a fan of the incredible process that brings imagination to life (without the help of computers), then be sure to check out the trailer and two new clips below! Directed by Frank H. Woodward, Men In Suits is currently available for purchase on Amazon.