What Could Have Been: Amazing Makeup Test Video For Ridley Scott’s Proposed Version of I Am Legend

i am legendIn 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.

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3 comments on “What Could Have Been: Amazing Makeup Test Video For Ridley Scott’s Proposed Version of I Am Legend

  1. Shame, this would have been so much better than those uninspired CGI creatures.

  2. John Brito says:

    I am Legend was nice, but I think, that it would have been a hell of a movie, if Ridley Scott had directed it. The CGI creatures did not look really convincing.

  3. Brian McNeal says:

    Indeed, domecappelloblog. That’s so much better that the CGI-fest the film because under Francis Lawrence. Then again, practical effects generally work better than CGI when it comes to human-like creatures.

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