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As you might or might not know I am a digital media artist myself. This month I am tak­ing part in the 3D art con­test at the red­dit blender com­munity. If you have a red­dit account and think my entry is the best of them, please go over there and give me your upvote, I’d be really, really happy about that. And I prom­ise I’ll post more VFX-video again, it’s just that I became a father early last month and it takes some time to get used to.

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Still alive: a Motion Control Reel

Oh boy, motion con­trol took us a long, long way dur­ing the ascent of VFX. Robert Lyons was there from the very start and his reel takes you all the way back to the glory days of VFX production.

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James Pina - Digital Paint & Compositing Reel

If at first you don’t suceed … fix it in the post! A big part of mod­ern film­mak­ing is painstak­ingly paint­ing away any­thing the isn’t desired. James Pina is a true mas­ter in this dis­cip­line as you will see in these fas­cin­at­ing VFX break­downs of his digital paint­ing work.

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Massive Destruction in Real-Time

This incred­ible tech­no­logy demon­stra­tion from nVIDIA is quite rel­ev­ant to the future of anim­a­tion tools. A paper called “Real Time Dynamic Frac­ture with Volu­met­ric Approx­im­ate Con­vex Decom­pos­i­tions” describes the tech­no­logy behind this real-time destruc­tion sim­u­la­tion. I still remem­ber fid­dling with Ray­fire and wait­ing for the sim­u­la­tion to cal­cu­late. This will prob­ably go a lot faster in the future, again open­ing new cre­at­ive pos­sib­il­it­ies for VFX artists.

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Groundbreaking effects for Twilight - Breaking Dawn Part 2

I was anxiously wait­ing for the first looks inside the VFX of Twi­light. Not that I enjoyed the films (I never watched them), but out of sheer curi­os­ity. More and more VFX break­downs start to sur­face now, and the first one is all about the break­ing ground in the film’s cli­mactic battle scene.

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Alexander Kulikov Compositing Demo Reel 2013

Feast your eyes on this highly pro­fes­sional com­pos­it­ing showreel by Alex­an­der Kulikov! It’s really nice and has a cool soundtrack, what more could you want? Alex­an­der also has the best internet-domain for an artist ever, so there’s that.

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He's on fire! VFX breakdown of a Solomon Kane scene

Enjoy this short break­down of a rather impress­ive scene from Solomon Kane. It was pro­duced by rap­idly expand­ing french stu­dio BUF. I’m pretty sure we will see more of their work soon, they have their hands in everything.

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Under the sea: Squid rig

Rigs, rigs and more rigs. I can’t help it, they are just so fas­cin­at­ing. The latest mind-blower is this animation-rig for a squid by Georg Schneider from Ger­many. With a nice blend between detailed con­trols and pro­ced­ural anim­a­tion it’s an animator’s dream come true.

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The one reel to rule them all: Weta Workshop

Over the years Weta Work­shop has found it’s one level of qual­ity in VFX. It’s not just that they handle immense CGI with ease, it’s that they build and cre­ate real props where pos­sible as well. They are among the top of the crop now and their showreel is a sight to behold.

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VFX of The Hobbit

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Feb
2013

VFX of The Hobbit

What could I pos­sibly write about this? It’s the VFX-breakdowns for The Hob­bit straight from Weta Digital. Have fun!

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