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How Interstellar's Robots Were Made With Hardly Any CGI

If you’ve seen Interstellar, then you know that the best characters are the wise-cracking robots. Unassumingly boxy and faceless, they somehow end up stealing the show. Wired has a fascinating behind-the-scenes look on bringing the robots to life — largely without the help of CGI. Minor spoilers ahead.


Stunning Animation Using CGI To Create Marionette Puppets

This ad was made by Elastic for League of Legends (a game of which half the world plays and half the world doesn’t know exists) but really, it’s just phenomenal animation work. I love seeing the marionettes move around and interact with the environment, it really feels like they’re on strings.


I Thought Caring For A Piece Of Wool Was Impossible Until I Saw This Ad

Video: This branded short film follows the journey of a single piece of wool in pursuit of its family. The creators — London-based studio Neon — did such a great job with it that I ended up empathising with the poor piece of fleece and seriously caring for its life.


I Just Can't Believe That Nothing In This Video Is Real

Video: Despite being four years old, this 60-second spot for a brand of kitchen countertops is still some of the best, most realistic 3D I’ve ever seen. It’s not only the perfect produce falling in slow motion — it’s everything. The ink drops, the bits of quartz, the stones, the gas, the vitroceramic. Everything.


CGI Footage Of People Falling And Not Getting Up Makes Me Laugh So Hard

I must be a horrible person because I howled so hard when I saw this CGI footage by Dave Fothergill that shows computer-generated people falling down over and over again as they get swept around by a swinging metal fence. Don’t get me wrong, I’m rooting for these clumsy CGI folk to make it through, but I’m laughing at them too.


Beautiful CGI Portraits Of Mythological Animals By Adam Spizak

I took the classic mythology class back in high school. And one of my biggest disappointments was the dull and tasteless drawings on the book. Nothing like the shinny mighty gods Polish graphic designer Adam Spizak portrays in these beautiful illustrations.


This Impressive CGI Bull Is The Coolest Thing I've Seen Today

Video: This Mobil Oil ad says that using its oil in a Porsche will turn the car into a raging bull. I don’t really care about the car or the oil, but this commercial is delicious eye candy, and therefore it belongs right here.


I Can't Believe This Orangutan Is Not Real

Video: When I first saw this ad, I spent a while scratching my head wondering how could they train an orangutan to do the stuff this one does. After digging a bit into it, I learnt that they didn’t trained it at all. It was entirely made with CGI by The Mill, one of the best postproduction houses on the planet.


Morgan Freeman Becomes E.T. And Other Age-Prediction Software Horrors

Yesterday, we got a look at a fun (if creepy) little bit of tech that claims to give us a peek at our grizzled, age-stricken faces in 20 years’ time. What we got was certainly… something. So we decided to put the Future Self software to the real test, by inputting celebrities as they were 20 years ago and comparing the results to how they look now. It’s terrifying.


Short Film: Machines Keep On Fighting A War Even Though Everyone Is Dead

Here’s an uncomfortable vision of the future that will make your soul tremble a little bit: what if we built automated machines to fight our wars for us? What if those machines killed everyone on the planet? And what happens when the war is over and everyone is dead but those machines are still programmed to fight?


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