The ideal of digital doubles—a CG recreation of an actor’s face being used over footage of a real stunt performer—is hardly new in cinema. But the work done on seamlessly integrating them into Logan is nothing short of amazing.
Adam Nimoy thinks it would be pretty cool if his father’s most iconic role was digitally restored in the Star Trek universe. You know, like how Rogue One did with some of Star Wars’ most familiar characters.
It’s not a surprise that Batman v Superman had a lot of CGI. But an almost 12-minute effects reel reveals how many things were added, removed, and composited. For example, did you know Superman’s cape wasn’t real?
Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events has a number of visual effects in it, since it’s a show with a number of strange and unreal settings, action, and fantastical creatures and devices. But the thing that will haunt you is the baby.
I can’t even begin to explain what the hell is going on in this clip made by Steve Smith and Jerry Paper for Adult Swim because holy mother it gets freaking weird. All I can tell you is that there’s a digital human head (or at least, like, the skin, eyeballs, and teeth of a human head) being put through tests that…
Even if there is too much CGI in movies these days (and there is), let’s be thankful that the CGI we’re bombarded with looks good. Or, at least, it looks so much better than the utter crap computers spat out back in the ‘90s. God, that era of CGI was awful. Diane Bullock edited together this clip of CGI footage to…
We’ve talked before about how Black Panther’s outfit in Captain America: Civil War has been the only CG superhero costume to ever look good on-screen. Now a new VFX reel from Cinesite shows exactly what went into making Black Panther look so good while simultaneously looking so real.
After meeting with misadventure, a space probe from the Voyager mission crashes back to Earth, centuries after it left. But Earth is a very different place now, and there’s only one person around to witness the Golden Record’s message.
Jurassic Park still holds up. It’s an excellent movie that’s still fun to watch, the dinosaurs are still scary as hell, and the visual effects still look spectacular. How is that possible? Even though Jurassic Park changed the way films use visual effects, the restraint it used with its own effects is what has made it…
Akira is one of the best and most beloved anime* of all time. Full stop.
The magnetized liquid known as ferrofluid already looks like some kind of alien substance, but a design studio in Barcelona created a short video used this strange material along with CGI to create something that resembles a Pixar film you’d watch in hell.
Short film Accidents, Blunders, and Calamities reworks Edward Gorey’s The Gashlycrumb Tinies for a family of possums. It’s an ABCs of accidental animal expirations, with great animation.
Pixar’s Finding Dory is out today, and it’s pretty damn good. Burger Fiction took the opportunity to look back at the history of the beloved animation studio’s groundbreaking work from 1984 to the present.
It’s always nice to know that not everything in movies is done with computers and CG and green screens. Pretty much very nearly almost all of it is, of course. But! There are still some directors using practical effects in some action movies and those scenes always look awesome. Here’s ten of ‘em.
The movements in kung fu are so graceful that even when you replace the human with random digital objects, the art of it still shines through. Tobias Gremmler captured the motion of kung fu and then recreated it with different digital variations: as a fabric weaved over time, expanding into emptiness, reconstructing…
Dogs are friendly, lovable best friends. They don’t want to hurt anyone! So how do movies get dogs to attack people? With visual effects. A special effects team basically creates a digital double of a real dog and then makes it so that the CG-created dog attacks the actor in the way that the movie wants. In this VFX…
It’s absolutely no surprise that blockbuster movies rely so heavily on special effects and CG all the time now. When the effects are good, it just makes more sense for the fictional world they are building and the shots they are making. But it will forever be hilarious to see the actors act out in ridiculous suits and…
Movie CG gets better every year, and that’s bad news for the blockbusters of yesteryear which have a tendency to age really, really poorly.
The Association of Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques might not have the most exciting name, but every year Siggraph draws the most talented programmers, engineers, and artists to its conference to show off their brilliant CG creations and developments.