Urban Illusions by Yuri Vasilyev

It’s gradu­ation time at the Van­couver Film School and the showreels and demoreels keep pour­ing in. Yuri Vas­ilyev has spe­cial­ized in urban envir­on­ments and his short reel shows off some impress­ive skills. I never cease to be amazed at how much loc­a­tions can be altered.

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Rare Game of Thrones VFX breakdowns

While look­ing for some high-quality VFX-beakdowns of the latest sea­son of “Game of Thrones” we stumbled upon these little know sea­son 1 break­downs from Irish Post Pro­duc­tion stu­dio Screen Scene. There’s a lot of inter­est­ing stuff in here as you can see a whole range of  approaches to eco­nom­ical VFX shots that don’t sac­ri­fice quality.

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Styling a VFX breakdown to the max

George Man­o­lache, a self-taught CG artist and graphic designer from Romania, deliv­ers the most styl­ized CGI break­down I have ever come across. The whole video is not only about a beau­ti­ful pro­ject (a BMW concept car), but the visu­al­iz­a­tion of the under­ly­ing CG-tech must have been almost as com­plex as cre­at­ing the ori­ginal anim­a­tion. It’s quite a thing to behold.

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The Expend­ables is one of those cases where the idea seems fant­astic, but the real­ity isn’t that amaz­ing after all. It’s a movie every­one has an opin­ion on, though. We’d like to bring your atten­tion to this com­pre­hens­ive video break­down of most if not all CG VFX in The Expend­ables 2. The opin­ions about these VFX shots are pretty mixed as well, but now you can at least form your own opin­ion on the work of the little known Bul­garian Visual Effects stu­dio World­wide FX.

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Digital Muscles

03
Sep
2012

Digital Muscles

I still remem­ber the time when muscle sim­u­la­tion was a new thing. It first appeared on a grand scale in Jur­as­sic Park. These days it’s pretty com­mon to run all kinds of muscle– and skin sim­u­la­tions on all kinds of char­ac­ters just to get this extra bit of real­ism. And yet it’s such a spe­cial­ists domain we don’t really get to see it dis­cussed in much detail. This video by Adom Yip sheds a little light on all the con­sid­er­a­tions when work­ing with digital muscles.

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Igor Staritsin Digimatte showreel 2011

To con­clude this week of showreels we present this beau­ti­ful Digi­matte reel from Igor Star­itsin. Maybe bee­ing loc­ated in Krasnodar helps with find­ing the time and con­cen­tra­tion to make these incred­ibly detailed and rich evir­on­ments come to life.

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Branit FX - Breakdown Reel 2010

If you watch US TV you’ve prob­ably seen the work of Branit FX. Or maybe you have not really seen it, because they provide much of the invis­ible FX like set exten­sions. They provided much of the FX for Lost and Break­ing Bad, two of our favour­ite shows of all time, which is why we are happy to have found this break­down reel.

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CGF Showreel 2012

27
Aug
2012

CGF Showreel 2012

Here’s a tip for any CG stu­dio: cre­ate at least a small web­site so people have a chance to find the bare min­imum of inform­a­tion about you. CG Fact­ory hasn’t done that yet, but after some googling we could find their LinkedIn pro­file which is bet­ter then noth­ing. Their showreel is quite impress­ive and what you would expect from a major stu­dio, includ­ing key work on pro­jects like “Abra­ham Lin­coln: Vam­pire Hunte” and “Wanted”.

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Does “The Three Mus­ket­eers 3D” make sense as a film? Ques­tion­able. Are the VFX in it beau­ti­ful and a pleas­ure to behold? Unques­tion­able. Rodeo FX provided fant­astic set-extensions and full digital city­scapes for this 3D-movie. Enjoy the vis­tas sans the dia­logue after the jump.

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VolumeBreaker tests at Blur studios

VolumeBreaker will quite liter­eally break down any geo­metry you throw at it. Just look at these tests by Blur and be amazed.

Edit: We ini­tially thought this was an in-house tool of Blur, but have since learned that volumeBreaker is actu­ally avail­able from Cebas for the low price of € 395,00. So you can have this power at your fin­ger­tips, how great is that?

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