Autobotika Breakdown Reel 2012

Have this great VFX  break­down showreel by Colom­bian stu­dio Auto­botika. It’s super-professional work and even con­tains Star Wars char­ac­ters, so you basic­ally have to watch it.

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Jonathan Freisler 2011 Film VFX showreel

I can fully relate if you don’t want to watch the latest action movies with Nic­olas Cage. The spe­cial effects in Ghost Rider are top notch, though. So why not enjoy the effects without the fluff? Jonathan Freisler’s VFX showreel allows exactly that and then throws in some fas­cin­at­ing shot break­downs at the end. Which is a bet­ter twist than any­thing Ghost Rider has to offer.

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The Secret of their Eyes -

I must admit it: I love “invisible”-VFX break­downs. The sur­prise of find­ing out how many tiny or big details in seem­ingly “pure” shots have been altered is always stun­ning. These break­downs from the Argen­tinian Film “The Secret of their Eyes” is a prime example of how it’s done. I’m not sure if I like this trend from an artistic per­spect­ive, though. There is a cer­tain qual­ity of “real” shots that seem to get diluted by adding VFX to them, even if they are invis­ible. let me see »

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Destruction Simulation tests

Solid body sim­u­la­tion and gen­eral destruc­tion is a very sought after asset in any VFX pipeline. Vladis­lav Tushevskiy developed his own solu­tion (a Houd­ini Plu­gin) while work­ing for Main Road stu­dios. The res­ults speak for them­selves. (no audio on this one, sorry)

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Lost Liner - Psalm 21 VFX-breakdowns

The hor­ror! The trend towards full CGI makeup has really taken off in recent years. Along with the nev­erend­ing zombie-trend we’ve come to expect a level of bod­ily dis­in­teg­ra­tion that can only be real­ized with VFX-shots. How far does this go? Take these VFX-breakdowns from the little-known Shwedish movie “Psalm 21″ for example. There’s one shot in here that really stands out, though: a fluid-simulation used to enhance blood-vomiting. If this last sen­tence doesn’t make you want to watch this I don’t know what will.

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C4D Underwater Bubbles Test

We don’t usu­ally asso­ci­ate Cinema 4D with really amaz­ing VFX. But Justin Bates makes a good job of show­ing the software’s full poten­tial. His test of under­wa­ter bubbles looks incred­ibly real­istic and I don’t think I’ve seen this done before in a prosumer 3D suite.

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Final Destination5 - Bridge VFX sequence

This side-by-side com­par­ison of the ori­ginal foot­age with the final res­ult of a highly com­plex VFX scene in Final Des­tin­a­tion 5 is some­thing I’d really like to see more often. The biggest sur­prise to me here wasn’t how much was CG, but how much actu­ally wasn’t. I had to watch it sev­eral times to really see all the details.

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Troll Hunter VFX - Shot Breakdowns

I still remem­ber see­ing “Troll Hunter” and my ini­tial suprise when I real­ized the scope of the CGI work that must have gone into it. Rune Spaans was one of the artists deeply involved in the pro­ject and has thank­fully provided a fant­astic break­down of one of the major (and most scary) scenes of the movie.

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Camera projection timelapse test

Timelapse cine­ma­to­graphy has really taken off in recent years. Some shots seem almost unbe­liv­able, and maybe they are! Silky-smooth cam­era move­ment is all the rage, so why not help it with a little pro­jec­tion map­ping? Take a good look at this fas­cin­at­ing tech­nique, it might come in handy dur­ing your next project.

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Digital Dimension VFX reel 2012

You might have heard about a little film called “The Grey”. Digital Dimen­sion did some of the VFX. They did some other inter­est­ing stuff, too, and you can take a look behind the scenes in their 2012 VFX showreel.

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