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This isn't a photograph - it's an amazing render

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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

Pixar shows off its new real-time animation software

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Pixar's new animation system allows animators to visualise their characters with all the important detail visible. Like hair!

Built with Blender: Tears of Steel

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For anyone that hasn't seen it yet, Tears of Steel is a heavily CGI-based short film that demonstrates the Open Source Blender's abilities as an end-to-end VFX and finishing pipeline

Olympus Has Fallen: Stunning CGI Breakdown

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I don't know about you but I simply can't get enough VFX and Compositing breakdowns. The reason is that special effects are now so good that you don't always know they're there. It's pretty obvious with explosions, but what's definitely not so obvious is when a whole cityscape is fabricated

The UFO in this video is fake. And so is everything else!

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It's not just the UFO that's fake in this video - it's the car and the sky and the camera shake. In other words, the whole video is CGI. Even the pinging of the "Driver's Door Open" warning

Photorealistic rendering gets easier

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Photorealism is not an objective thing. What might look real to one person might look phoney to another. It largely depends what your expectations are, and what exactly you're looking for

Ultra-realistic CGI skin gives detail to every pore

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The quest to find the way out of the Uncanny Valley is making progress

Scorcese's punk rock visual effects

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Still believe The Wolf of Wall Street is an Old-School Rags-to-Riches tale? Think Again

Blender: Jack of all trades, but in a good way!

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Anyone working with digital tools today has a wide choice of applications for specialized tasks. An office suite consists of a program for writing text, one for spreadsheets, presentations, a database etc. For a VFX workflow you might use a tool for tracking, one for compositing, one for editing, various tools for simulations and specialized applications for modelling, sculpting, texturing and animation. RedShark contributor and Blender expert Gottfried Hoffmann reports

Here's how Disney uses the power of mathematics to create awesome-looking snow

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