16 August 2008

Innovative cinema-friendly technologies

Hi -

Now's the time for SIGGRAPH, the premier computer graphics conference - one whose technological advances frequently end up powering the following season's animated films.

For example, although Pixar's movies are compelling for their stories, I'm sure you've been shocked by the amazing realism of all those pixels. If you're not in the field of computer graphics, maybe it would surprise you that it was far from obvious how to get a computer to depict things like fire or hair - or characters seemingly acting under their own volition. So what's on the forefront now?

Here are three examples. Most have brief movies associated with them, so we can stare at the compelling dynamic imagery:

These three advances are particularly applicable to photography:


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