Practical effects vs CGI has us wondering what a real-life werewolf transformation would look like. Let’s do the science.
I actually read this; the process of turning into a werewolf laid out here for all is pretty interesting. How would it actually look… or work, for us –regular people, to turn into werewolves? Is it possible? The answers found here might surprise or inspire you.
Additionally, when I think of the best possible, or most likely, werewolf transformation, I always go back to Ginger Snaps, –it’s the longest transformation scene, and honestly, the most realistic to my mind.
I ones did some back of an envelope calculations on the energy cost of full body transformations. During most of your childhood you spend about 2% of your energy budget of growth. That means the amount of energy needed to wire a full adult body together is roughly all the energy a person consumes before they turn 18 or so divided by fifty. This comes down to, and this is a careful estimate, roughly a full december in one sitting. Plus another december to turn back.
This completely ignores all the biggest problems with transformations, like where the amazingly complex cellular mechanisms that let one completely rewire their body that fast even comes from. There is nothing like it in known biology, and it’s waaaaay to complex for it to be some simple mutation. But hey, that’s what magic is for. Just be sure to stock up on two months of food worth of mana potions.