01 Oct 2012

You don't need cameras any more

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Alex Roman Lemons Alex Roman Lemons Alex Roman

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.

It’s the CGI work of Alex Roman, an enigmatic artist who specialises in photorealistic computer graphics. You can watch this as many times as you like and still not believe that it’s artificial.

If you’re as stunned as we are by this, then the best thing to do is watch this, and wonder where the last twelve minutes and twenty nine seconds went. (On his website Roman also has a “making of” rundown of his techniques.)

Meanwhile, we’re left wondering how much longer we’ll need physical sets and actors at all.

PS: We've done a little research on Alex Roman and according to the Blender forum he uses Autodesk 3DS Max, Chaos Software's V-Ray and Adobe After effects, although apparently you can achieve similar quality with Blender + Yafaray / Luxrenderer Open Source alternatives.

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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