I was recently watching the newest Hunger Games movie. There was a scene when Katniss walked out of a bunker for hunting and she saw a deer that was not afraid of her.
What got me thinking, was that the deer was clearly not a real animal, but a rendered animation. Is it really cheaper to render an animal than to bring a real one to a movie?
So I started to wonder - are there any common graphic/animation templates that can be shared among movie graphic designers, so that the costs are reduced so much that rendering an animal is simpler than bringing a real one? Or is the rendering of it so cheap and effortless that it is just easier to render a wild animal?