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S+C+A+R+R: The Rest Of My Days

S+C+A+R+R: The Rest Of My Days

Director Jack Antoine Charlot’s music video for S+C+A+R+R’s groovin’ dance track features a singular character with some mad dance moves. Because the motion is so incredibly smooth, it’s hard to tell where the CGI animation and live dancer begin and end. Remember, now is a great time to perfect your own choreography at home.

Megalopolis: First Contact

Megalopolis: First Contact

Paris filmmaker Benjamin Bardou’s experimental short is just one of a series of dreamlike visuals which explore life in a fictitious city known as Megalopolis. In this episode, an unknown intelligence examines the passengers aboard a subway car. You can view more from the series on the artist’s website or Vimeo page.

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Skinny Sully

Skinny Sully

Computer graphics animator C4D4U was playing around with some digital hair rendering techniques when he came up with this hilariously weird creation. After asking his YouTube followers to name the blue-green, dancing sasquatch, one of them put it best: “When Sullivan finishes his diet.”

0% Food

0% Food

This weird and wonderful very short film attempts to answer the question “what kind of food would androids consume, if they needed to eat?” Apparently, the answer seems to be something very colorful and strangely textured. Directed and animated by Lukas Vojir, with music and sound by Resonate for XK Studio.

The Super Zoom

The Super Zoom

CG artist pedro3dbh’s short film sends us on an epic journey deep within the most mundane of objects, the tip of an ordinary ball-point pen. As the virtual camera zooms deeper and deeper into its structure, we eventually reach the subatomic level.

Babamimoun

Babamimoun

This beautiful visual treat comes from 3D artist Eidy Knowles and UK musicians Speakman Sound, with vocals by Simo Lagnawi. The inspiration for the track and the music video was a traditional Gnawan song about a spiritual leader and his relationship with the spirits around him.

Dancing Baby HD

Dancing Baby HD

The Dancing Baby was one of the first internet memes, dating back to 1996. Because everything old is new again, JArmstrongArt decided to update the funky CGI baby to run at 60fps and 1080p resolution. Through some serious sleuthing work, he was able to dig up the original 3D model. Oooga-chaka! (Thanks Rob!)

A Tribute to Velcro

A Tribute to Velcro

Velcro is an incredibly useful product. But it’s not exactly the easiest product to make visually interesting. The guys at London’s XK Studio made this happen by creating digital macro images of a burr plant which served as the inspiration for the brilliant simplicity of Velcro’s hook-and-loop design.

Chateau de Sable (Sand Castle)

Chateau de Sable (Sand Castle)

We only recently came across this ESMA animated film from 2016, but it’s too good not to share. The award-winning CGI short follows the story of the guardians of a sand castle, as they make their last stand against a terrifying enemy.

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.

HDR Pendulum Demo

HDR Pendulum Demo

Looking for a cool demo to show off your fancy new HDR display? Look no further than this CGI video from self-proclaimed “GPU melter” lotsalote, in which a set of brightly-illuminated pendulums swing back and forth against a dark background. The 4K 60p footage really pops off the screen with its high contrast imagery.

Star Wars: The Last Stand

Star Wars: The Last Stand

Motion designer Sekani Solomon and a team of talented animators made this brief, but impressive Star Wars fan film, which features an epic battle between a group of stormtroopers and an unknown enemy. The CGI work is as good as any video game cutscene we’ve seen. Sound design by Echoic.

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.

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Digital Dominoes

Digital Dominoes

Most of the videos we’ve featured of dominoes being toppled feature real-world objects. But C4D4U’s enthralling domino fall was all created using computer graphics and physics simulation. There’s something incredibly satisfying watching progressively bigger tiles fall over, resulting in a slow-motion tower collapse.

Stuffed

Stuffed

A talented group of students from Supinfocom Rubika co-directed this charming and uniquely-styled animated short about a plush kitty who needs to get his anger issues under control, and who might just do it after he makes an unexpected new friend in the woods.

ΔNOMΔLY

ΔNOMΔLY

Filmmaker Jacco Kliesch’s short uses a combination of realistic footage he shot in Iceland with digital effects created by Wildboar 3D Studio. The result is an dramatic and disturbing version of a typically serene and peaceful location.

Flurry

Flurry

Artist Mike Pelletier’s experimental short film is an incredibly trippy visual created by tossing together a bunch of digital human models, removing their skeletal structures, and then dipping them in virtual paint. If it sounds weird, that’s because it is. We can’t help but think of the part of Terminator 2 where the T-1000 melts.

Soap Entropy

Soap Entropy

Bisous Production’s shows off their CG particle physics expertise through this experimental animation that explores the disorder that occurs in organic matter. Watch as fluids collide and collapse into strange formations of soapy liquid goo.

Bicycle

Bicycle

While computer graphics are becoming more and more realistic, we appreciate when artists use the medium to create things that are simply outlandish and impossible in the real world. Take, for example, this ridiculously-long and flexible bicycle-built-for-five from Cool3DWorld.

Undream

Undream

For this hypnotic experimental CGI short film, artist Sabrina Ratté combined organic materials and realistic lighting with stark, sharp-edged wireframes, and mirrored surfaces to create a slick, otherworldly location that looks like it would be a great level for a video game.

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Kung Fu Motion Visualization

Kung Fu Motion Visualization

Digital artist and designer Tobias Gremmler captured the movements of a kung fu practitioner, then transformed them into abstract shapes using CG animation techniques, resulting in a series of truly mesmerizing animations.

Noodle Physics Simulation

Noodle Physics Simulation

We’re not quite sure why we find this CGI simulation of noodles being tossed about so satisfying, but we do. Somebody needs to turn this into a video game where the objective is to transfer all the noodles from the bowl to the glass using only that fork. We’d pay at least $1.99 for that game.

Max Cooper: Repetition

Max Cooper: Repetition

Visual artist Kevin McGloughlin teamed up with with musician Max Cooper for this mindbending audio-visual collaboration. Reminiscent of the work of the great Philip Glass, Cooper’s repetitive and driving sounds are reflected in surreal scenes which were digitally copied, tweaked, and pasted to repeat endlessly.

Hybrids

Hybrids

(Gore) Directed by a team of students from computer graphics animation school MoPA, this intense 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.

Recreating the Mind Flayer

Recreating the Mind Flayer

CGI animator Seth Worley shows us how to replicate the creepy Mind Flayer and its accompanying red lightning storm from Stranger Things using Adobe After Effects and a handful of Red Giant’s useful visual effects plugins. Now he needs to make the season 3 version of the monster inside of Starcourt Mall.

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