James Cameron relies heavily on great CGI and visual effects for his storytelling elements. Another renowned and veteran director, on the other hand, prefers “art made by humans”. Guillermo Del Toro, the Mexican filmmaker stated his love and admiration for pieces made by humans.
The director also talked about how the new trend of AI paintings and animations should not be given center stage. Essentially stealing away the humanness from arts, Guillermo Del Toro seemed to insinuate that he will not use CGI in his projects
Guillermo Del Toro Loves Art Made By Humans And Not AI
Guillermo Del Toro is famous for directing movies like Pan’s Labyrinth, Nightmare Alley, Crimson Peak, and, Pinocchio. The veteran director has been hailed as one of the finest and is credited with putting the magic into movies.
While creating the stop-motion movie Pinocchio (2022), the director faced several questions about his style. With the noticeable absence of CGI (except when absolutely necessary), the director commented on his thoughts about CGI and the current trend of AI art. Del Toro was seen in an interview with Decider stating how much he loves art made by humans and not robots.
“I consume and love art made by humans. I am completely moved by that. And I am not interested in illustrations made by machines and the extrapolation of information,”
The director went on to further talk about his encounter with English comic book illustrator Dave McKean. While asking McKean about the current trend of AI creating art, the artist had but a single hope that AI cannot draw human emotions.
“I talked to Dave McKean, who is a great artist and he told me, his greatest hope is that AI cannot draw. It can interpolate information but it cannot draw. It can never capture a feeling or a countenance or the softness of a…a human face”
The vision runs directly opposite to James Cameron’s story-telling style since he uses visual effects to bring light to real-world topics (like in Avatar). The video ended with Del Toro quoting Japanese film director Hayao Miyazaki.
“It would hurt deeply and I would think it a…as Miyazaki says ‘an insult to life itself’”
With the thought process behind the mind of Guillermo Del Toro, it seems that the director will not use visual effects or CGI in his upcoming projects unless absolutely necessary. Del Toro recently won the Golden Globes award for his latest project, Pinocchio. The project was created with stop-motion technology to depict a classic tale.
Guillermo Del Toro Wins A Golden Globe For Pinocchio
The writer of Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark became the first ever Latino director to win at the Golden Globes for the Best Animated Feature Film category. Del Toro’s Pinocchio debuted strongly on Netflix as it went on to pick up the award of Best Animated Feature Film for 2022.
Netflix also became the first streamer that won in the category due to Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio. With a twist on the classic tale, the movie was loved by all with much appreciation towards Del Toro’s hard work. The movie was made using stop-motion technology and was praised for its unique style of portrayal.
Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio is available to stream on Netflix.