If you can imagine it, it can be done with computer graphics.
Obviously, Hollywood has caught on to this. Each summer, we are amazed by state-of-the-art special effects. More and more of these images exist only within the memory of a computer. There seems to be no end in sight for this trend.
But we're not just talking about big budget mega-productions. There are music videos, and spinning logos on the 6 o'clock news. Computer graphics is now as much a part of the entertainment industry as stunt men and makeup.

The entertainment industry plays many important roles

There are some demanding film maker around the corner. This is an hidden explanation

This is not scientific visualisation.

Titanic : $200 million dollar budget

Quote :
"So what's up next for mega-spending wonder-boy Cameron?
* A sequel to Titanic, called A Very Brady Titanic:  Cost of raising Titanic and restaging famous Vincent Price Hawaiian Tiki episode on board:  $5 Billion.
* The next Bond movie, called A Time to Die Finally and Utterly.  Cost of electricity for Brosnan's blow-drier:  $12 Billion.  Cost of insincere, non-stop compliments to feed Brosnan's ego:   Eternal Damnation.
* A bio-pic of Rush Limbaugh.  Cost of Limbaugh's catering budget:  $65 Billion.  Cost of fine for Limbaugh's ties violating legal noise limits:  $150.
* A new version of Gone With The Wind.  Cost of recreating the 19th Century worldwide and cloning all persons living at that time for maximum authenticity:  $872 Billion. "

Let's have a look at different examples


Geri's Game from Pixar

"Geri's Game" from Pixar :

Because it is from Pixar

Luxo Jr : a desk light playing with a ball.

Luxo Jr. (1986) is the first three-dimensional computer animated film to be nominated for an Academy Award, in addition to winning some 20 awards at international film festivals. It includes several technical achievements in computer animation, most notably self-shadowing, where an image accurately casts shadows onto itself. Final images were rendered with multiple light sources and motion blur.

Since then : Toy Story (1995), A Bug's Life (1998) and Toy Story 2 (1999), and soon... Monster

A name : John Lasseter (Vice President, Creative) 


"The Matrix"

Because it is a great film.

It contains great visual special effects and for instance, the Bullet-Time SFX.

(Invented by a French guy, first seen in a Music Video Clip starring the "Rolling Stones")

Bullet-Time is a new visual effect which you can find in the movie "The Matrix" and other TV commercials. Bullet-Time was first introduced to the
general public by a swing dance commercial from Gap. It was the first generation of the Bullet-Time effect which they got it done poorly in the
commercial. The Bullet-Time section in the commercial was that 2 dancers jumped up, they froze, the camera started moving around from their right
to their front and defroze their motion back to normal.Bullet-Time's concept is to play with motion and time in video or movie. The reason of doing that is to slow down or even freeze the time and let the
audience to see things around it more clearly at that particular moment in time. The very basic idea is to pan the camera around a freeze or
extremely slow moving object. In The Matrix, John Gaeta (VFX Supervisor of The Matrix) did the camera panning with the object moving in
extremely slow motion rather than totally freeze to show us what exactly happened around it.

Forrest Gump

"Forest Gump"

In 1994 : a new edge : Special effects could be invisible.

Remember the feather.

The feather that we can follow in the opening scene of "Forest Gump" is quite a good example of invisible special effect

"The Mummy"

Good "making of" on the DVD.

Now you have some good excuse to go to video ezy tonight : it will be for your study


Year 2001 exercise :

Go and see Tombraider and Shrek

And try to figure out what is real from what is not and imagine how they did it.

For instance, what is the next to last special effect in Tomb raider... the butterfly

Chicken Run

Good scenario, perfect casting, Adequate Music,...only with modelling clay


Freely inspired from "The Great Escape" with Steve Mac Queen (1962, by John Struges)

With or without computer graphics...


Final Fantaisy

Animatrix ???