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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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?

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.

Voyager

Voyager

“We are attempting to survive our time so we may live into yours.” Launched in 1977, the Voyager space probes carry sounds and pictures of life on Earth – a time capsule for alien civilizations. This short film wonders whether we need to hear its message too.

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Replicating Rachael

Replicating Rachael

MPC VFX presents a look at the work that went into recreating Sean Young’s replicant Rachel in Blade Runner 2049. The incredible illusion was created using reference images from the now 58 year-old actress, combined with a younger performer, and state-of-the-art CGI.

Into the Spider-Verse (Teaser)

Into the Spider-Verse (Teaser)
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Miles Morales makes his way to the big screen in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The computer animated film is based on the 2014 Spider-Verse comic books, where Spider-Men from different universes teamed up to stop a powerful villain. Premieres 12/25/18.

Gdansk

Gdansk

The latest video game cutscene short film from Neill Blomkamp’s Oats Studios doesn’t have much depth, but it has an awesome giant, and an ample amount of blood and guts so we figured we’d share it. The clip was inspired by the awesomely bleak artwork of Jakub Różalski.

Random Access Character

Random Access Character

A hilariously weird PC and Mac app which procedurally generates wacky looking characters from randomly-generated objects. It’s a bit of a resource hog so if you don’t want to install it, simply enjoy the extensive gallery of crazy creations over on imgur.

Your Amazing Molecular Machines

Your Amazing Molecular Machines

Veritasium explains how our cells divide with the help from astounding realistic computer animated clips created by Dr. Drew Berry at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. Those walking proteins are amazing. Biological nanomachines, son.

Elements

Elements

Maxim Zhestkov’s minimal experimental film is a visual wonder, in which a seemingly endless flood of black and white spheres ebb and flow through a stark white space. Over 2 billion individual particles were rendered under the influences of simulated natural forces.

Praetoria

Praetoria

Director Neill Blomkamp (District 9, CHAPPiE, Elysium) is back with another visually-stunning CGI short film from his indie Oats Studios project. This is just a 2-minute tease of what they’re calling “a huge galactic story” We really hope we get to see more of this.

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WoW: Battle for Azeroth (Trailer)

WoW: Battle for Azeroth (Trailer)

Sylvanas Windrunner and the Horde square off against Anduin Wrynn and the Alliance in the cinematic trailer for World of Warcraft‘s newest expansion, Battle for Azeroth. The add-on introduces six new races, a 20-player co-op PvP mode, two new kingdoms and more.

Overwatch: Honor and Glory

Overwatch: Honor and Glory

“The team needs you. Be their shield.” Overwatch‘s latest origin short film is about the Crusader, Reinhardt. Set during their last stand against the Omnics, the film sees Reinhardt mature a few minutes too late, and explains how Eichenwalde is what it is today.

Moodles

Moodles

Ari Weinkle presents a fantastically strange and wonderful computer animated short in which human figures are made of digital noodles. The director says they represent the transformation of stress and anxiety into creative catharsis, but all we know is we’re hungry for spaghetti now.

Goodbye Uncanny Valley

Goodbye Uncanny Valley

The computer animation scene has enough technology and talent that realism is no longer the ultimate goal. Animator Alan Warburton breaks down some of the ways that commercial, scientific and artistic animators have gone beyond expressing reality.

Garden Party

Garden Party

(Gross) Frogs begin popping up and exploring an abandoned mansion. As the camera follows the critters, the mood seesaws between slapstick and spine-chilling. Illogic’s critically-acclaimed computer animated short is a hell of a ride.

OFF

OFF

Director Martin Nabelek’s CGI short film is short on story, but big on atmosphere, as we are left to ponder just what this space explorer is doing, and what the universe has in store for him. Be sure to check out the equally compelling VFX breakdown reel.

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