22 Oct 2012

Alex Roman: Transcendent CGI filmmaking

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The Third & the Seventh The Third & the Seventh Alex Roman

As a writer, it's not often that I'm lost for words. But that's what happens when I try to describe Alex Roman's CGI film, The Third & the Seventh.

This short piece redefines the viewer's relationship with CGI. It is beyond photo-realistic. It is almost transcendent, with a hyper-realistic quality that is normally only found in dreams.

What's even more remarkable is that Roman has built this piece around assets that you can easily find on the internet. In fact, in his "making of" film to accompany this, he shows you exactly how he did it, and then gives you a compositing breakdown showing the layers he used to fabricate this reality.

This is state-of-the-art CGI filmmaking. It's surprising, then, that it was made in 2009.


The making of The Third & the Seventh


Compositing Breakdown



We've already featured this other example of Alex Roman's work.

David Shapton

David is the Editor In Chief of RedShark Publications. He's been a professional columnist and author since 1998, when he started writing for the European Music Technology magazine Sound on Sound. David has worked with professional digital audio and video for the last 25 years.

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