Video: Even if there is too much CGI in movies these days (and there is), let's be thankful that the CGI we're bombarded with looks good. Or, at least, it looks so much better than the utter crap computers spat out back in the '90s. God, that era of CGI was awful. Diane Bullock edited together this clip of CGI footage to show how bleak things were back then. Do you remember how bad the aeroplane crash scene from Air Force One was? Or how silly Kurt Russell looked in the surfing scene in Escape From LA? It was hilarious.
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Video: We've talked before about how Black Panther's outfit in Captain America: Civil War has been the only CG superhero costume to ever look good on-screen. Now a new VFX reel from Cinesite shows exactly what went into making Black Panther look so good while simultaneously looking so real.
Video: Jurassic Park still holds up. It's an excellent movie that's still fun to watch, the dinosaurs are still scary as hell, and the visual effects still look spectacular. How is that possible? Even though Jurassic Park changed the way films use visual effects, the restraint it used with its own effects is what has made it stand the test of time.
Video: The movements in kung fu are so graceful that even when you replace the human with random digital objects, the art of it still shines through. Tobias Gremmler captured the motion of kung fu and then recreated it with different digital variations: as a fabric woven over time, expanding into emptiness, reconstructing shapes from motion. It's lovely.
Video: Dogs are friendly, loveable best friends. They don't want to hurt anyone! So how do movies get dogs to attack people? With visual effects. A special effects team basically creates a digital double of a real dog and then makes it so that the CG-created dog attacks the actor in the way that the movie wants. In this VFX reel of German movie Look Who's Back, it shows how that whole process works.
Video: It's absolutely no surprise that blockbuster movies rely so heavily on special effects and CG all the time now. When the effects are good, it just makes more sense for the fictional world they are building and the shots they are making. But it will forever be hilarious to see the actors act out in ridiculous suits and fake action against a green screen. It's all so damn silly.
Video: The Association of Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques might not have the most exciting name, but every year Siggraph draws the most talented programmers, engineers and artists to its conference to show off their brilliant CG creations and developments.
Video: If you guys didn't know, the dinosaurs aren't real in Jurassic World. Sorry. As for the rest of the movie née money printing nostalgia machine that didn't have half the soul of the original, not much of it was real either. Here's how ILM pulled off the visual effects in Jurassic World. You can see the tricks they employed like transforming humans on all fours into little dinos that kids could ride. Awesome.
Video: You know what the logical thing to do when you build a perfect CG model of the human body? Make this silly video of those bodies falling on top of each other in an invisible column. Even better, make the colours totally weird and let the physics take over so that they fall on top of each other ever so naturally. The video is completely absurd but the CG is actually really impressive.
Video: When you go see a big blockbuster movie that's been heavily done over in CG, you're not exactly expecting reality. But you also don't want to see huge visual effect gaffes that make you laugh at the ridiculousness of it either. Whether it's bad practical effects like the dummy in The Fugitive or if it's terrible vfx like in The Mummy Returns, seeing scenes with terrible effects totally removes you from the movie you're watching and turns everything into a joke.
Video: I wasted a ridiculous amount of my youth building fictional roller coaster parks on my computer with Roller Coaster Tycoon. It was so fun! Building new rides, dealing with your customers, handling demand, creating park layouts, it all made me want to work for Six Flags. This video from AndrewMFilms imagines a day at a Roller Coaster Tycoon park from the perspective of a customer. Using visual effects, he captures so much of what made that video game special (Crashes! The people picker upper tool! Vomit!) in perfect detail.
Video: Whip 'em out. Which science fiction movie has the biggest spaceship or station or cube thing or star planet? MetaBallStudios made this CGI video detailing the ships across movies like Star Wars and Interstellar and 2001: A Space Odyssey and even included video games like Mass Effect and real life like the ISS to see who's the biggest.