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Seriously good fur

Published in Post & VFX

Fur. It's hard to model in CGI. For a start, it's not one object but hundreds or thousands or millions of them. To make them convincing you have to model them; understanding how they move relative to each other, and to the animal or human that they're attached to

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

Graphics and design in animation

Published in Post & VFX

 We see a lot of excellent 3D work. Some of it is ultra-realistic, and some is incredibly stylised. It all depends on what the production calls for

This holiday we're re-running some of our most popular articles, in case you didn't see them the first time. Today: have you ever heard the collective sound of several hundred people's jaws dropping? If you've been to a cinema where they're showing the Life of Pi for the first time, then you probably have

The Eagleman Stag: Dark Horse for Oscar?

Published in Production

There is no shortage of heavyweights vying for Oscar in the Animated Short Film category. But one well-decorated stop-motion flick may pull off the upset

You don't need cameras any more

Published in Technology & Computing

Have a close look at this video clip. It’s an advert for a high-end kitchen worktop manufacturer. Watch it in 720p, and look as closely as you can at the camerawork, the clever use of depth of field, the lighting, and particularly the fresh fruit.

And then reflect on the fact that no cameras - or indeed fruit - were involved in the making of this at all.

In Part 1 of this 3 part series about applying for Jobs in the VFX Industry, RedShark's reporter HaZ, uses his experience as a VFX Supervisor and Producer to explain what he looks for in the in an application: what really works to get his attention - and what turns him off

R'ha: The best sci-fi short of 2013 (so far)

Published in Production

It didn’t take long for a sci-fi short to make noise in 2013, courtesy of animation student Kaleb Lechowski, who took a can-do approach in realizing his mini-epic

Blender pulls a rabbit out of the hat

Published in Technology & Computing

Ever wondered how far you could go with Open Source software? 

Clock speeds may have been static for a decade, but everything else about PCs is changing. Neil Roberts describes the latest tech.

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