This is a picture that looks more like a photograph than a photograph. And whereas a photograph can be made in an instant - you can imagine the time it took Brazillian artist Gilvan Isbiro to create this masterpiece
It's well-documented that the VFX industry is in a state of flux. Meanwhile, there's a new generation of CGI artists. Here's a piece made by students from the Platige Academy. It's their impressive short 'How to Train Your Robot'.
Here's a video tutorial to model a CGI strawberry. Although it's specifically for Cinema 4D, those using other 3D modeling and animation programs could pick up some tips as well.
3D video - not just stereoscopic video but moving images that you can literally walk around - will need a different kind of camera.
A new cityscape generator from Video Copilot could save hours, if not years...
If I told you that User Interfaces play a large part in modern film-making, you might think I'm exaggerating. But I don't think I am