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Photorealistic CG Train Station

Photorealistic CG Train Station

Artist Lorenzo Drago created this life-like environment using Unreal Engine 5 and Lumen for the lighting. The location is based on Etchū-Daimon Station and is a dead ringer for the real deal. In order to capture the greatest detail, he rendered it at 7fps then sped it up, but it can be rendered in real time with less detail.

Infinite Journeys CG Challenge

Infinite Journeys CG Challenge

CG creator pwnisher once again challenged artists to make frames for a collaborative video. This time, each creator was provided with a basic animation of the interior of a moving vehicle and let their imaginations run wild. 2448 artists participated. Here are the top 100 renders. And if you’ve 3 hours to spare, here are all of them.

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Raiders of the Lost Marble

Raiders of the Lost Marble

After his tribute to Aladdin, CG artist David Scott of Enbiggen is back with another musical marble machine. Hit play and enjoy as Indiana Jones relives the mine cart chase from The Temple of Doom and the boulder scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark. The soothing kalimba music was performed by BluntoMarx.

Flying Gondolas

Flying Gondolas

The canals in Venice, Italy are swarming with boats, especially the floating city’s iconic gondolas. With the help of the computer graphics software Blender and After Effects, Raffo VFX eased congestion on the waterways by moving the skinny boats to the skies above, making Venice look like a scene out of The Fifth Element.

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.

Aladdin Marble Machine

Aladdin Marble Machine

David Scott of Enbiggen is known for making virtual marble machines inspired by pop culture. This musical machine celebrates the world of Aladdin with an enchanting rendition of A Whole New World performed on xylophone bars.

This Is Not a Human

This Is Not a Human

Unity is one of the most powerful graphics and gaming engines out there, and it keeps getting better. Led by Creative Director Veselin Efremov, the Unity Demo Team put together Enemies, a short film that shows off Unity’s HD render pipeline, adaptive probe volume lighting, strand-based hair, and lifelike digital human capabilities.

Super-Realistic Grass

Super-Realistic Grass

Aussie developer Matt Newell is working on an interactive plaything called Lushfoil Photography Sim. Matt’s goal is to envelop players in the most realistic grass, trees, and other environmental elements across detailed landscapes. From the looks of this French Alps demo, we think he’s on the right track. There’s an 8K version here.

Cyber Kicks

Cyber Kicks

Animator Kris Theorin of Something’s Awry created this vibrant and energetic CG animated short film. The roughly 2-minute sequence follows the journey of a young scofflaw as she tests out her fancy new sneakers to outrun the cops in a neon-lit cyberpunk city. The track is a sped-up version of Up All Night by Midnight Riot.

Repeater

Repeater

Repeater is a vibrant and inventive animated short film about non-conformity, rejection, and ultimately finding your place in the world. It was directed by Carbon’s Ian Bradley as the title film for the 2021 OFFF Dach Festival. Sound design and music by Antfood. Read more about the story here.

Catbus Zoetrope

Catbus Zoetrope

Marvelous Media Engine created this awesome animated music box based on the Catbus from Studio Ghibli’s My Neighbor Totoro. What’s even more impressive about this is that it’s all CGI, using Blender3D and other CG animation software to pull off the photorealistic look of the zoetrope.

Experiment

Experiment

Members of the 2020 graduating class from École des Nouvelles Images created this imaginative CG animated short about two hungry lab rats who get their claws on a hallucinogenic mushroom, and the chaos that ensues in the laboratory after their unintended drug trip.

Square Insights

Square Insights

Motion designer Simon Grabowski created this CG sequence of five very different environments, each of which has one thing in common – they’ve been constrained to a small square box. We loved watching these tiny animated worlds emerge and how they each convey a very different sense of place through scale and texture.

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Against All Odds: A Star Wars Fan Film

Against All Odds: A Star Wars Fan Film

Frostbite Cinematics and a team of talented CG animators created this Star Wars short film with a great cinematic look and an action-packed battle between Clone Troopers and Battle Droids. The clip was created primarily using models, textures, and animations from Battlefront II and Jedi Fallen Order.

Squid Game But with Robots

Squid Game But with Robots

A whole lot of people died in Squid Game. But would it have been any better if the eliminated contestants were robots instead? Shutter Authority had a little CGI fun in Blender and replaced the humans with robots in the iconic Red Light, Green Light sequence. Will WALL-E make it to the finish line?

Transfiguration

Transfiguration

Using the latest in computer graphics software, artists from Universal Everything created this wild and hypnotic digital animation, in which a nondescript figure walks along the street, and gradually transforms its composition, from liquid, to fire, to hair, to molten lava, and more.

AI Creates Fighting Movies

AI Creates Fighting Movies

Fighting games typically use motion capture or hand-animated movements. There are CGI algorithms out there that can combine multiple moves, but they often have flaws. Two Minute Papers shows off an AI tech that not only can learn to fight but can create its own novel moves. Download the paper here.

8 Hours of Floating in Space

8 Hours of Floating in Space

Motion designer VISUALDON created this hypnotic and soothing video of a NASA astronaut floating in an ocean that looks like a liquid manifestation of space. Whenever we see a video this long, all we can think of is how long it took for YouTube to encode it.

How Many Solar Panels Could Power the World?

How Many Solar Panels Could Power the World?

Solar energy is out there for the taking, but is it really free? Wren from Corridor Crew digs into the realities of generating power from various energy sources, and illustrates the number of solar panels and space we’d need to replace dangerous fossil fuels with clean solar energy.

Mac Miller: Colors and Shapes

Mac Miller: Colors and Shapes

Filmmaker Sam Mason and a talented team of collaborators created this visually spectacular and emotive animated music video for the late Mac Miller’s 2014 collab with Thundercat, Colors and Shapes. The video follows Miller’s dog Ralph as heads on a metaphorical journey through a world filled with characters inspired by the song.

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Making Movie Natural Disasters

Making Movie Natural Disasters

Movies and TV shows use a mix of practical, optical, and digital visual effects to simulate natural disasters. Insider compiled behind-the-scenes footage from eight movies where VFX pros brought storms, earthquakes, tsunamis, and other acts of Mother Nature’s fury to life.

Jurassic Park on Rubber Chickens

Jurassic Park on Rubber Chickens

Because absolutely nobody asked for it, The Critters created a Rube Goldberg machine that plays the main theme from Jurassic Park using precisely placed rubber chickens and bowling balls. Yes, we know they almost certainly did it with CGI, but it’s still hilariously weird.

3D Illusion Window Display

3D Illusion Window Display

Created by ShaneF Motion Design, this incredible CGI rendering replaces the windows at the Zara SoHo NYC store with visuals that create the illusion that the store has been flooded with some kind of alien swarm. We’d love to see this done in real life using transparent LED screens.

Contour

Contour

Filmmakers Ryo Kitabatake and Takuma Sasaki created this experimental short film about the everyday pressures that weigh on all of us. The tentacled mass that tugs at our protagonist is boldly symbolic of the complex and intertwined nature of modern life’s responsibilities. Music and sound design by Max Cooper.

Can’t Help Falling in Love with Marbles

Can’t Help Falling in Love with Marbles

We love Acoustic Trench’s soothing kalimba cover of Can’t Help Falling in Love. With the help of Cinema 4D and OctaneRender, motion designers TheCritters created a photorealistic CG marble maze that syncs up perfectly with the tune. We can only imagine how much work it took to get everything to line up perfectly.

Crowd vs. Helicopter Simulation

Crowd vs. Helicopter Simulation

(Gore) The idea of dropping a crowd of people into a helicopter blade from above is some pretty warped stuff. But as we’ve seen before, CG animator atomic marvel isn’t squeamish about turning anatomical avatars into digital mincemeat. The guy standing over the middle of the rotor gets to take the longest ride.

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