How that crazy city of Knowhere in Guardians of the Galaxy was made

One of the reasons I enjoyed Guardians of the Galaxy so much was because I got to explore a world in which I had no expectations. Take that crazy city Knowhere, which is inside a giant Celestial head, I didn't even know it existed, let alone know what it "should" look like. Here's the VFX reel showing how the city… » 3/19/15 9:01pm 3/19/15 9:01pm

Animation recreated frame-by-frame in real life with 3D printing 

This clever art installation shows a CGI animation that's been converted into a real life frame-by-frame depiction of the animation with 3D printing. As in, the artists took the digital animation they had in a video and showed what every frame would look like (all at once) with actual figures. It gets pretty trippy. » 3/05/15 11:37pm 3/05/15 11:37pm

What it must be like being inside a kid's imagination

Here's a cute video that I hope turns into an entire series: imagining what's inside a kid's, well, imagination. The video starts off with the toddler waving a stick as he runs around (as kids tend to do) and then transforms into a level of Super Mario Bros. Being a kid is awesome. We just see the stick, they see… » 1/08/15 2:17am 1/08/15 2:17am

Charlie Brown Will Still Miss that Place Kick in the CGI Peanuts Movie

Perhaps eventually all your childhood favorites will come back CGI'd, and that's okay! At least as far as the upcoming Peanuts movie is concerned. Because as you can see in the latest trailer for the November 2015 movie, the look is a little different, but Charlie Brown's probably still gonna wuff a punt, and adults… » 1/05/15 1:50pm 1/05/15 1:50pm

The cute rolling ball droid in the new Star Wars is a real robot not CGI

Perhaps the best part about the new Star Wars trailer was seeing BB-8, the adorable rolling ball robot in the new Star Wars movie, bounce and roll itself across the screen. It looked so familiar and so cute and so perfect as the new movie's answer to R2-D2. And the best thing about it? BB-8 is a real robot and not CGI. » 12/15/14 8:22pm 12/15/14 8:22pm

This animation using CGI to create marionette puppets is just stunning

This ad was made by Elastic for League of Legends (a game of which half the world plays and half the world doesn't know exists) but really, it's just phenomenal animation work. I love seeing the marionettes move around and interact with the environment, it really feels like they're on strings. » 11/07/14 1:00am 11/07/14 1:00am

I just can't believe that nothing in this video is real

Despite being four years old, this 60-second spot for a brand of kitchen countertops is still some of the best, most realistic 3D I've ever seen. It's not only the perfect produce falling in slow motion—it's everything. The fruit, the tomatoes, the bits of quartz, the stones, the gas, the vitroceramic. Everything. » 10/27/14 1:15am 10/27/14 1:15am

CGI footage of people falling and not getting up makes me laugh so hard

I must be a horrible person because I howled so hard when I saw this CGI footage by Dave Fothergill that shows computer generated people falling down over and over again as they get swept around by a swinging metal fence. Don't get me wrong, I'm rooting for these clumsy CGI folk to make it through but I'm laughing at… » 10/21/14 1:22am 10/21/14 1:22am

I can't believe this orangutan is not real

When I first saw this ad I spent a while scratching my head wondering how could they train an orangutan to do the stuff this one does. After digging a bit into it I learned that they didn't trained it at all. It was entirely made with CGI by The Mill, one of the best postproduction houses on the planet. » 10/08/14 9:42pm 10/08/14 9:42pm

Morgan Freeman Becomes E.T. and Other Age-Prediction Software Horrors

Yesterday, we got a look at a fun (if creepy) little bit of tech that claims to give us a peek at our grizzled, age-stricken faces in 20 years' time. What we got was certainly... something. So we decided to put the Future Self software to the real test, by inputting celebrities as they were 20 years ago and… » 10/07/14 12:01pm 10/07/14 12:01pm

Short film: Machines keep on fighting a war even though everyone is dead

Here's an uncomfortable vision of the future that'll make your soul tremble a little bit: what if we built automated machines to fight our wars for us? What if those machines killed everyone on the planet? And what happens when the war is over and everyone is dead but those machines are still programmed to fight? » 10/06/14 9:01pm 10/06/14 9:01pm

Super slick CGI movie teaser makes me want to see the whole thing

CGI and visual effects are often over used in mainstream movies these days but there are still some really cool sequences that can only pop and make you gasp with the help of VFX. This short teaser for The Message, a short film by Industry Visual Effects, goes all in on CGI and it looks pretty fun. » 9/08/14 11:13pm 9/08/14 11:13pm