Pixar readies RenderMan 21

Published in Post & VFX

Pixar’s RenderMan team continues to build on the foundations of its revitalised industry standard renderer, with version 21 now in beta.

Scorcese's punk rock visual effects

Published in Post & VFX

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

Weta Digital is at it again! This time, the red-hot VFX house is inventing new ways to overrun the Earth with primates, as evidenced by an illuminating behind the scenes featurette for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

Blur Studios: now that is what we call a showreel

Published in Post & VFX

If you’re after something a little high-octane for this Sunday evening/Monday morning you could do a lot worse than check out Blur Studios’ animation/vfx showreel below.

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.

Is CGI actually making films less convincing?

The Butterfly Effect

Published in Technology & Computing

Unity introduces version 4.0 of its game engine/character animation system with a jaw-dropping CGI short, courtesy of Passion Pictures

In the final installment of Peter Jackson’s video blog, the director introduces The Hobbit’s post crew, while the team scrambles to complete the film.

Here's an exciting and rather insipiring new sci-fi short, Atropa, featuring gorgeous visuals and deft direction, all of which has been achieved on a shoestring budget.

State of the art water simulation

Published in Post & VFX

Water’s always been difficult to animate. Unless you’re working in an extremely stylised, naive idiom, then almost whatever you do is going to look ‘kludgey’. 

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