Their is an interesting article over at SlashFilm in regards to the digital stripping of Jessica Alba
in MACHETE. I was unaware of the fact that during her nude shower scene (which was from a obscured angle) she actually wasn't nude at all. The effect was done using the magic of CGI. Now my theory is that director Robert Rodriguez caught a lot of flak for casting Alba as the only stripper in SIN CITY who never strips (or at least attempting to get her tipsy on the day of the shoot). In real life that movie would've ended when the patrons rioted for not getting what they paid for (I've seen worse happen at $2 Tuesday nights). So to atone for his sins, he turned to his computer to have Jessica play ball for MACHETE. The results were convincing, but did we just open Pandora's box? We are a generation raised on CGI at the theaters, as well as during countless exposition moments in video games cutscenes. Is CGI nudity a natural progression of the art, or does it cheapen something in it's use?
These are questions left to wiser, more sober minds, so please feel free to discuss amongst yourselves. I've included a picture of the before/after CGI stripping below.
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