Puberty comes along incredibly quick, so when you’re trying to maintain continuity and shoot scenes with children over the course of numerous years, there’s going to be an issue. This is where CGI comes in, for better or for worse, and Andy Muschietti revealed that they needed to employ de-aging techniques to maintain a young look for some of the kids who are returning in It: Chapter 2.
The director was well aware of the challenges that would come along with a long period of time in between movies being filmed. This isn’t exactly a problem that no one could have anticipated. He says:
“From the beginning, we knew that that would be part of the budget, the visual effects to address that … So we’re going to de-age the kids.”
While in most other film genres this probably wouldn’t be big news, I’m well aware that horror fans are a peculiar bunch. I should know – I am one. And the prospect of new technology, while exciting to some, is bad news for others.
But let’s be honest here. Yes, practical effects will always emit a feeling of warmth and realness that right now CGI is unable to capture. There’s a sense of nostalgia and appreciation for the human element that goes into creating such effects.
At the same time I think it’s important to remember that there is still very much a human element involved with CGI, and something like de-aging techniques isn’t something someone just picks up and masters in one day. There is a lot of talent and effort behind it.
So while many may freak out about this revelation, I say it’s better to keep an open mind. The first It was incredible and I’m sure that the sequel will be just as good – if not better.