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Is this the most realistic CGI you've ever seen? (Video)
New Scientist ^ | 11/24/10 | Catherine de Lange

Posted on 11/25/2010 6:05:24 PM PST by FTJM

Are the best computer animators only as good as the technology they use, or does natural talent distinguish their work from the rest? The question has been debated online this week after a new super-realistic computer-generated video appeared on YouTube.

At first glance, the minute-long commercial for kitchen worktops looks like slick, well-timed slow-motion footage of fruit falling in a shiny kitchen. It's only when the peppers and pears smash like glass on the counter that it becomes clear these are not real fruit.

Alex Roman, the graphic designer who created the ad, dismisses suspicions that the shots aren't pure computer-generated imagery: "Yep, it's all CG. I tried to put some live-footage shots but I ran out of time so CGI did the trick."

Although computer imagery is now common in blockbuster films – it was used, for example, to create the fantasy world of Pandora that was the setting of Avatar – it is usually created by large teams using special, often bespoke equipment. Roman, however, used off-the-shelf software and worked with just one assistant to produce the advert – and did it in a mere 10 weeks. Last year he also gained internet acclaim for his realistic, entirely computer-generated film Third and Seventh.

"This kind of talent is very exciting because you see there's so much more to be done," says Angus Kneale, creative director at the New York offices of The Mill, a visual effects studio. "People always say everything in CGI has been done before. This shows that's not true."

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TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Computers/Internet; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: cgi

1 posted on 11/25/2010 6:05:30 PM PST by FTJM
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To: FTJM

Very, very impressive.

Much more so than that stupid “Avatar”.


2 posted on 11/25/2010 6:11:29 PM PST by rlmorel ("We treat terrorists with kid gloves, and our citizens with rubber gloves." Rush Limbaugh)
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To: FTJM
Plenty more excellent work is showcased at Motionographer.
3 posted on 11/25/2010 6:18:11 PM PST by rabidralph
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To: FTJM
Pretty amazing software.

But then, I thought the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park were real.
4 posted on 11/25/2010 6:26:13 PM PST by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a United States Marine.)
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To: FTJM

Amazing


5 posted on 11/25/2010 6:45:24 PM PST by Grenada
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To: FTJM
I hope that guy is working on The Hobbit.
6 posted on 11/25/2010 7:02:20 PM PST by Big Giant Head (Two years no AV, no viruses, computer runs great!)
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To: FTJM
...Is this the most realistic CGI you've ever seen?...

Nah, this one is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUdpFN4O4B0

7 posted on 11/25/2010 7:05:47 PM PST by FReepaholic (Yoiks...and away!!)
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To: FTJM

Even with CGI this impressive, I was disappointed that the filmmakers didn’t tackle the one subject that would be the real proof of the pudding...the human face.


8 posted on 11/26/2010 8:27:16 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (NASA? Muslims? Muslims will want to go to the moon only when Israel sets up shop there.)
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