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Weta's Animation Boss Talks About The CGI Of The Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug

As animation supervisor at Weta Digital, Dave Clayton knows a thing or two about creating virtual worlds. To celebrate the launch of The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug on DVD and Blu-ray, we had a quick chat with Dave about some of the work he’s done with Weta.


Is This What Will Become Of Humanity's Enduring Monuments?

In case you hadn’t heard, we’re all pretty much doomed. It’s just a matter of time before nature sets about wiping any remaining traces of our failed human civilisation and reabsorbing even our most enduring monuments as her own.


I Don't Know Why I Like This Short So Much

I’m not completely confident I know entirely what’s going on in this CG animation but I like it. Oh, there’s 3D nudity, so if your precious eyes can’t take that, well, sorry.


These Super Short 3D Animations About A Tiny World Are So Cute

I wish these 3D animation shorts were a full movie. Called Tiny Worlds, it shows miniature sized characters and machines solving normal sized problems. Cigarette flicked on the ground? A tiny submarine will blast it away. Matches left on the street? A mini semi truck will haul it away. Gum on the sidewalk? Let’s call the small bulldozer. It’s super cute.


Bad CG Recreations Of Pop Culture Classics Are Horribly Awesome

Jurassic Park blew my mind when I saw it in the theatre almost 20 years ago, but special effects have come a long way since then. It takes a lot to wow a modern audience. We’re jaded. We’ve seen it all — until now. I am not ashamed to admit that this clip, entitled “Realistic Dinosaurs”, honest-to-god brought me to tears.

I don’t know much about the brilliantly unhinged folks at Really3D, other than their site promises “The best 3D animations of the world!” And cripes do they deliver.


I Can't Believe This Frighteningly Realistic Eyeball Is Not Real

Wait for it. Wait for it. Wait for it. Boom. Holy hell. This is not a real eyeball. It’s a completely computer generated eyeball that looks realer than my own eyeball. A CG eyeball. It’s frightening, like they chopped half a human face for the eyeball. Actually, I’m not 100% sure they didn’t do that.


It's Crazy How Much Of The Wolf Of Wall Street Is Actually CGI

Thor? CGI all over the place. Pacific Rim? Ditto. The Wolf of Wall Street? Surprisingly, also yes. You might not have thunk it, but there’s CGI slathered all over that thing.


Watch The Visual Effects Reel Of Thor: The Dark World's Prologue

If you watched Thor: The Dark World, you surely remember the epic sequence that kicked off the movie. The opening battle did a great job in setting the tone and looked absolutely incredible. Blur Studios, the shop who did the visual effects for the prologue, lifts the curtain a bit to reveal how they made it in this video.


Auto Aerobics: Hyperrealistic Images Of Outrageously Weird Cars

Sure, CGI is responsible for making us all visually cynical. But it’s also enabled projects like this one: a weird — and weirdly poetic — ode to the Pontiac by digital artist Chris LaBrooy.


Oddly Compelling Visualizations Of CGI Musical Instruments

I remember watching Animusic videos on PBS in the early 2000s. I was always vaguely fascinated by them, even though the graphics looked kind of cheesy. I like the idea that every single note in the composition is supposed to be produced by a specific collision, like a ball bouncing on a percussion instrument. Also, where is this supposed to be taking place? Weird pneumatic pipe/music room? Imagination land? Who knows.