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Watch Jean-Claude Van Damme do the Splits in Space with Perfect CGI

Remember when Jean-Claude Van Damme pulled off that impossible stunt by doing the splits with two moving trucks? And then we all laughed when Chuck Norris hilariously beat him with airplanes and CGI? Read More >>

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Bad CG Recreations of Pop Culture are Horribly Awesome

Jurassic Park blew my mind when I saw it at the cinema 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. Read More >>

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How Jurassic Park Made Tiny Flesh-Eating Dino Puppets So Scary

There's a lot of CGI deployed in The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and you'd be forgiven for assuming that most of the dino-action was cooked up by a computer. Not so the tiny little compsognathus, a carnivorous chicken-like beast that was cooked up with plastic moulds and fishing line. Read More >>

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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. Read More >>

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How Star Trek Architects Built the San Francisco of the Future

Still! Building the San Francisco of the future was a unique conceptual and architectural challenge for the CGI whizzes on the film. This peek into the design process gives a good idea of just what it takes to build a city that doesn't exist yet.   [YouTube] Read More >>

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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. Read More >>

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Oddly Compelling Visualisations 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. Read More >>

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Watch the Visual Effects Reel Behind Pacific Rim's Awesome Prologue

If you watched Pacific Rim, you'd know how incredible the giant mechs looked and how unforgettably beautiful the prologue that provided the backstory for the movie was. And though ILM did most of the VFX in the film, Guillermo del Toro's Mirada studio was the team responsible for the effects in the prologue. Here's how they created that magnificent world. Yeah, let's watch the movie again. [Mirada Studios] Read More >>

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How SFX Wizards Designed Teenage Dragons for Game of Thrones

Sure, we're not talking practical effects like with the chestburster or T-600, but the magic behind the Game of Thrones dragons is just as impressive, except with computers. Read More >>

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This Impossible Software Can Make 3D Models From a Single Photograph

It was predicted that computer graphics would one day give everyone the ability to create their own blockbuster film. But the software used for modern visual effects is still pretty complicated for the average user. At least until this magical software that can almost instantly turn a still photo into a 3D model is available. Read More >>

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These Horrendously Life-Like Facial Animations Will Give You Nightmares

Computer graphics and animation technology are getting so good these days we're verging into the uncanny valley. The trouble is, that when they get too realistic, too natural, they end up looking absolutely terrifying. Read More >>

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Whoa, Computer Graphics Can Make Water Look Real Now

Now here's something impressive. PhysXInfo seems to have solved one of the tougher problems in computer graphics: realistic fluid dynamics. In other words, making water look like actual water, and not a tub full of triangles. Read More >>

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Which Side of This Picture Is Real and Which Side of It Is CGI?

One side of this picture is a real photograph, the other side is CGI. With CGI getting better and better, it's almost becoming undistinguishable with real life. Which side do you think is real? The right or the left? Read More >>

business
What Does the 2013 Budget Mean for Tech, Science and Booze?

Blah blah deficit debt cuts reform monetary policy gah. Words. Very important words though -- our new Twitter-friend George's budget determines what the government spends and where for the next year. That has a huge impact on technology, science, and almost everything we care about. Read More >>

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How ILM Created the Hulk for The Avengers

Yesterday we saw how ILM created a whole load of kick-ass CGI scenes from The Avengers. Now feast your eyes on just how they created the immense beast that is the Hulk, in The Avengers. Read More >>

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