Old Smuggler VFX breakdown

I like Whis­key. I also like detailed break­downs of seem­ingly simple VFX shots. This com­mer­cial for Old Smug­gler looks inno­cent enough on the sur­face, but the break­down reveals a supris­ing level of effects work by Fed­erico Zam­brano. I had to watch it sev­eral times to get all the little details.

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How to radically remove reflections with VFX

Actu­ally, this should be titled “How to add reflec­tions with VFX”. See, I tricked you there, just like Ale­jandro Valente tricked every­body! His bril­liant solu­tion to the age old prob­lem of the cam­era being vis­ible in reflec­tions is rad­ical, but it works.

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When watch­ing recent VFX showreels I get the feel­ing that noth­ing is filmed for real any­more. No Stage Stu­dio is another VFX house with a rich exper­i­ence in set-extensions. Although “set-extensions” isn’t really appro­pri­ate any­more, con­sid­er­ing that basic­all the com­plete sets are actu­ally com­puter gen­er­ated. Amat­ing work, though, it all looks abso­lutely believable.

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Max Manus VFX breakdowns

You can’t believe any­thing you see any­more. I can’t stress this enough. These scenes from “Max Manus” should give you an idea of how far things are actu­ally taken these days. The ori­ginal foot­age just serves as a raw mater­ial which is than later added to a largely syn­thetic scene. And again the VFX aren’t even vis­ible if you don’t watch the break­downs. Amaz­ing stuff from this little Finnish studio.

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Trollhunter VFX breakdowns

Slowly more VFX break­downs from “Troll Hunter” appear. This one is not only inter­est­ing because of it’s con­tent but also because of it’s nice edit­ing and over­all flow. You will find it very easy to watch, it’s almost like a cros­sover between showreel and breakdown.

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Rahul Singh's compositing breakdowns

Rahul Singh sent  us these two com­pos­it­ing break­downs. While they are not as flashy as some hol­ly­wood VFX they do a much bet­ter job at show­ing how to approach some com­mon tasks with effi­ciency. Espe­cially the second shot, a com­plete clean-up of a busy street scene, is quite insightful.

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Strictly technical: simulating woolly sweaters in 3D

As every year the SIGGRAPH papers and present­a­tions offer an excit­ing glimpse into the future cap­ab­il­it­ies of our favor­ite 3D-suites. There are some out­stand­ing tech­no­lo­gies just around the hori­zon and I want to start our cov­er­age of them with this video on “Stitch Meshes for Mod­el­ing Knit­ted Cloth­ing with Yarn-level Detail”. It’s about woolly sweat­ers, actu­ally. let me see »

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Tron Legacy VFX breakdowns

Unfor­tu­nately someone dis­abled embed­ding for the video I wanted to show you today. So instead enjoy these high qual­ity break­downs of VFX from Tron Leg­acy, cour­tesy of Digital Domain.

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Transformers 3 - ILM VFX breakdowns part 2

I’m sure every­one saw the first part of ILM’s VFX break­downs for Trans­formers 3. But did you also catch part 2 which was released about a month later? You can now, after the jump.

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X-Men: First Class VFX Breakdowns by The Moving Picture Company

We just star­ted this new site and there’s still so much ground to cover. Take “X-Men: First Class” for example. The visual effects in this movie were among the best and I’d really like to cover them in more depth. Luck­ily MPC presents some of them with style and brev­ity, so you can enjoy them dur­ing your lunch-break and mar­vel (bam!) at what can be achieved with cur­rent VFX-technology.

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