2012 FX Reel - Jae Yoo

Someone’s been play­ing with fire! Jae Hyun Yoo is an FX artist at Walt Dis­ney Anim­a­tion Stu­dios in Hol­ly­wood and as such respons­ible for much of the fire and smoke sim­u­la­tion we’ve become so accus­tomed to. His showreel does a great job of break­ing down some of his most spec­tac­u­lar works. You will recog­nize much of it I’m sure.

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The real basics of digital animation (in 1971)

Don’t you wish your 3D-suite was more power­ful? And why does After Effects still have to pre-render everything? Our tools could always be bet­ter, but boy have they come a long way! This clas­sic clip from the year 1971 shows how it all began. The sys­tem was developed by Mar­celi Wein and Nestor Burt­nyk, both of whom won Academy Awards for this influ­en­tial work.

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Lexus

Here’s a great in-depth video about the look devel­op­ment for the Lexus “Relent­less” Neur­ons TV-spot. If you ever found your­self won­der­ing how many iter­a­tions it takes to just “get it right” here’s your answer.

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Audi 'Hummingbird' Behind The Scenes

This peek behind the scenes of the Audi “Hum­ming­bird” com­mer­cial doesn’t really go too far into the details but is still worth check­ing out. There are some glimpses of the tools used, some inter­est­ing break­downs of the com­pos­it­ing pro­cess and even some of the pre­viz clips.  let me see »

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The Smurfs - Growing a Village

Sony Pic­tures Image­works spared no expenses in build­ing a ridicu­lously detailed model of Smurf Vil­lage. It’s just bad luck it was situ­ated right at the bot­tom of the uncanny val­ley. This video explains the pro­cess of cre­at­ing this lov­ingly craf­ted digital envir­on­ment with real 3D mod­els and it’s more enter­tain­ing than much of the res­ult­ing movie I’m afraid.

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Starbox Production Cleanup & Beauty Breakdown

I’ve long had a feel­ing that the people we see on TV might be just as digit­ally enhanced as the people in magazines. This mind­blow­ing VFX break­down reel from Rus­sian based stu­dio Star­box Pro­duc­tion tells the whole truth. If this is what’s now the norm in Rus­sia you can ima­gine what can be done in the rest of the world and espe­cially Los Angeles.

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Red Tails - VFX Breakdowns

I’ve eagerly been wat­ing for these: the Red Tails VFX break­downs. You’d think George Lucas would’ve had all the VFX for this movie pro­duced at ILM, but appar­ently some of the work was done by Rodeo FX. Budget is king, after all. There’s noth­ing earth-shattering in here but it’s inter­est­ing nonetheless.

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Battleship: Before & After

Here are some great before & after shots from VFX-masterpiece “Battle­ship”. Cre­ated by The Embassy these are some really high-end scenes and it shows. In this case the use of CGI is really only there to make the impossible pos­sible and no expenses were spared to make everything as real and believ­able as it gets. It’s a real shame the movie has turned out to be com­pletely for­get­table, but by now every­one should know that VFX can’t save a script.

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The VFX of

“In the Land of Blood and Honey” is a movie as far removed from the “block­buster” cat­egory as films can be. And yet, even this drama about the war in former Jugoslavia used a supris­ing num­ber of CG-VFX to achieve it’s often bleak look. The effects were real­ized by Tikibot VFX, a rel­at­ively young Moscow based stu­dio foun­ded by former LA VFX-talent.

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SIGGRAPH Asia 2012 : Technical Papers Trailer

I haven’t been post­ing too many new videos lately. Part of the reason is my cur­rent work­load which pro­hib­its the lengthy pro­cess of scan­ning the net for the latest and greatest, another part is the fact that I didn’t hap­pen to just stumble upon some really cool VFX-related clips. At least that has changed with this over­view of the SIGGRAPH Asia 2012 Tech­nical Papers. There’s some mind­blow­ing tech­no­logy in here, most of it for VFX and even some for the real world. Give it a look and be amazed!

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