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Subtle Visual Effects

Subtle Visual Effects

While WhatCulture sometimes mistakes compositing and rotoscoping for CGI, the video is still worth a watch, as they show off a dozen times that VFX artists managed to create illusions that were so seamlessly integrated that you’d never know they weren’t real.

Smash and Grab

Smash and Grab

Smash works inside a locomotive, powering the engine with his partner Grab. He’s tired of doing the same thing over and over again, and more importantly if being literally tied down to his job. So when he sees an opportunity to escape, he doesn’t hesitate.

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Sivan Talmor: Sad Heart

Sivan Talmor: Sad Heart
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The music video for Sivan Talmor’s emotive track Sad Heart is filled with incredible imagery that has a handmade feel, despite being computer animated. Unlike most CG animators, directors Karni and Saul embrace imperfection as part of their aesthetic.

I Was a Winner

I Was a Winner

(PG-13: Language) “When we weren’t playing, we… We were almost always playing.” Jonas Odell’s thoughtful short film features three recovering video game addicts talking about their experiences in the guise of their old video game avatars.

Nebulae

Nebulae

Take a journey to the outer reaches of space in Teun van der Zalm’s short film, which is packed with 10 meditative minutes of beautiful (and completely fake) images of cloud, gas, and dust formations which were computer simulated to emulate the birth of stars.

Statue Size Comparison

Statue Size Comparison

Alvaro Gracia Montoya of MetaBallStudios likes to demonstrate the relative sizes of various objects. In their latest video, they start out with a 1.4″ tall paleolithic statue all the way up to India’s colossal 787 foot-tall Statue of Unity. And here we thought Mount Rushmore was huge.

Super Mario 64 Reimagined

Super Mario 64 Reimagined

Game developer Nimso Ny presents his vision for a remaster of Super Mario 64. He made all of the models, textures, and animations from scratch. It covers only the castle area, but it’s so well made, we’d love to see the whole game. Windows users can download it here.

If Fruit Could Move

If Fruit Could Move

Animator Jan Elsner’s short film ÖBST envisions how nature’s sweet treats might move around if they were more like animals. The CG animation was achieved without keyframing, and instead relied on physics simulations and procedural noise functions.

Photo Wake-Up

Photo Wake-Up

Students from the University of Washington created a technique that can create 3D animation out of a single photo. Called Photo Wake-Up, it also lets the user change the pose of the person. Viewing the effect in virtual or augmented reality is also possible.

AI Generated Faces

AI Generated Faces

Researchers from NVIDIA demonstrate “A Style-Based Generator Architecture for Generative Adversarial Networks,” which is a fancy way of describing artificial intelligence that’s capable of creating human face variants and other objects that never actually existed in real life.

GEIST

GEIST

Alex Sherwood, Ben Harper and Sean Mullen of Giant Animation Studios’ amazing short film proves that animation is definitely not just kid stuff, with their tragic tale of a shipwrecked and injured fisherman as he searches for signs of life on the island where he was stranded.

Dante’s Redemption: Act 1

Dante’s Redemption: Act 1

(Gore/Nudity) After 4 years, animator Tal Peleg shares the continuation of his fan film based on the action game Dante’s Inferno. In it we see Dante losing his loved one and going after monsters. We can’t wait for the second part of the film.

Sketches

Sketches

A computer keyboard and mouse pointer take turns manipulating real-world objects, clothespins take flight, and nothing else is quite what it seems in animator Tomin’s playful, cgi-augmented short film.

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Planemo

Planemo

Animator Veljko Popović’s surreal short film tells the tale of a man who finds his life fragmented and disjointed after an accident with a deer changes his life forever. As his world comes apart, so do the polygonal shapes of his universe.

CGI: The Awkward Years

CGI: The Awkward Years

These days, we’re accustomed to such seamless and realistic visual effects on the big screen and even some TV series that we’ve become pretty jaded by CGI. But one look at Diane Bullock’s reel of 1990’s movie VFX should serve as a reminder of just how good we’ve got it today.

Hybrids

Hybrids

(Gore) Directed by a team of students from CG animation school MoPA, this intense animated short film envisions a dark undersea world where creatures have evolved and adapted in strange and fascinating ways after pollution ruins their habitat. Making of here.

NASA’s Clair de Lune

NASA’s Clair de Lune

NASA Goddard released this beautiful and moving video of data captured by its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, rendered as a digital 3D model, and accompanied perfectly by Claude Debussy’s Clair de Lune, which translates to “moonlight” in English.

Outside

Outside

3D artist Vladimir Tomin imagined what it would be like if we could edit and manipulate real world objects as if they were 3D models. Watch as an omnipotent cursor stretches, bends, generates, multiplies and generally messes with stuff.

Nick DenBoer Showreel 2018

Nick DenBoer Showreel 2018

Video artist, music and comedy producer Nick DenBoer’s wild and crazy CG animation work can be seen in TV shows, music videos, and commercials. His latest showreel is packed with so much insanity that we couldn’t resist sharing it as a standalone work of entertainment.

Hype Cycle: Smart Matter

Hype Cycle: Smart Matter

Digital art and design collective Universal Everything uses a series of human motion studies to envision a new sort of interactive modeling interface, which could allow multiple participants to sculpt objects from “smart matter.” It also doubles as a dance piece.

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Game Changer

Game Changer

Ringling College student Aviv Mano’s Disney-quality animated short is about a girl who really wants to win a prize in the arcade, and the macho little toy that will do anything to keep her from taking him home. We’re sure Aviv’s work helped him score a Pixar internship.

The Size of SpaceX Rockets

The Size of SpaceX Rockets

Most of the footage of SpaceX’s rockets are shot from far away, with little to no context to their size. Corridor Crew thought it would be nice to stack them up next to buildings so we can appreciate just how amazing it is that these babies can land and be reused.

And the Moon Stopped

And the Moon Stopped

Artist Arktk Berkut created the mindblowing visuals to accompany Moa Pillar’s track And the Moon Stopped, complementing the dizzying ambient track with a kaleidoscopic journey through a virtual world made up of digitally-manipulated photographs.

M A C R O

M A C R O

Motion designer Harrison Vincent’s short film features eye-popping close-up imagery inspired by macrophotography, but was created entirely with computer graphics. The breakdown video is just as fascinating. He also provided the Cinema4D source files for download.

A Long Way from Home

A Long Way from Home

(PG-13: Language, Gore) A stranger finds himself in a Wild West saloon, and has a run-in with a local who doesn’t understand who he’s messing with. What School of Visual Arts students Andy Tai and Eduardo Enriquez’s animated short lacks in depth, it makes up for in style.

TANK

TANK

Fighter pilots take on a mobile weapon of mass destruction. Filmmaker and Red Giant Chief Creative Officer Stu Maschwitz was inspired by ’80s vector games like Battlezone and Star Wars in making this short film. Animators should check out his making-of video.

Making Black Panther’s Visual Effects

Making Black Panther’s Visual Effects

Wired spoke with Method Studios’ Visual Effects Supervisor Daryl Sawchuk for a glimpse at how the company made the visual effects for Black Panther‘s suits as well as the climactic battle. It never ceases to amaze us how much of movies these days are CGI.

Overwatch vs. Team Fortress 2

Overwatch vs. Team Fortress 2

Overwatch’s heroes and villains find themselves fighting against the hat-wearing hooligans of Team Fortress 2 in The Winglet’s Source Filmmaker machinima short film. Tracer vs. the Scout! Widowmaker vs. The Sniper! The Spy vs. Everyone! Who will win?

Mantalime

Mantalime

Supinfocom Rubika animation student Lorraine Desserre’s short film revolves around a simple premise – a praying mantis ingests something strange, and goes on a crazy hallucinogenic trip. A short, sweet, and entertaining clip melding traditional and CG styles.

Dancing Phantoms Explained

Dancing Phantoms Explained

Captain Disillusion takes on another seemingly impossible viral video, though it takes him at least 37 seconds before he’s able to figure out how motion artist Kiyan Forootan pulled off the illusion of a see-through dancing character. Basically, Kiyan is a computer graphics master.

Siren: Synthetic Human

Siren: Synthetic Human

A brief look at the latest in CGI tech, which allows an actor to take on a synthetic role in real-time, capturing every nuance of the performer’s movements and projecting them onto a virtual avatar. Demo by Unreal Engine, 3Lateral, Cubic Motion, Tencent, and Vicon.

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