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
Leaders in quality and artistry
There are some demanding film maker around the corner.
This is an hidden explanation
Not slaves to conceptual purity
This is not scientific visualisation.
Big budgets and tight schedules
Titanic : $200 million dollar budget
Quote : http://www.moviejuice.com/1997/titanic.htm
"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
* 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:
* 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. "
Constant reminder that there is more to CG than technology. (Good
special effect is not visible)
How did they do that ?
They define our expectations.
2 sides : Special effects and Animation 3D
Let's have a look at different examples
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)
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.
In 1994 : a new edge : Special effects could
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
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 :
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
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...