In 1997, director Ridley Scott was working on what eventually became the Will Smith version of I Am Legend. At that time he hired Alec Gillis And Tom Woodruff Jr. to do practical makeup tests for the movie. Unfortunately, the studio eventually decided to go a different way, Scott was out, the practical effects became CGI, and, well, we all know how that turned out. (Pretty poorly, in my opinion, as the effects really brought down what could have otherwise been a fairly decent take on the story.)
Fortunately, we do have this video to give us a glimpse of what we might have seen had Scott continued his work on the project.
Yep, it’s yet another reminder of why sometimes just because computers can be used to do this kind of thing, that doesn’t mean they always should be.