Some of you might remember the good old times ten or twenty years ago. Those were the times when all kinds of special effects in movies were so obvious you were able to count them without problems.

Well, times surely have changed.

Before I show you the proof of this remark, I present you a funny little game: try to find the effects in the following two images from the movie THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON. Ready? Go:

3D is hating me Part II

by Gunther Heinrich, 29 Oct 2008 in Off-Topic

Do you fellow 3D artist know the moment when you are sitting in front of your computer, watching and counting some shady percentages go up while trying to figure out, what the heck is being calculated because nothing is truly being rendered?

3D is hating me

by Gunther Heinrich, 29 Oct 2008 in Off-Topic

Do you also know the moment in CGI when anything you do is not big but you have to wait two hours to finally see it?

You know, I love CGI and creating an image of pure bits and bytes is wonderful. But I also hate 3D when anything I do needs a re-rendering of the image so I can see if I am going into the right direction. And the more I reach the final state the smaller the changes and the longer the render times. Hence, the more I hate those test renders.

How side-effects become opportunities

by Gunther Heinrich, 25 Oct 2008 in A Robot's Dream

In the last few weeks I was working on a massive upgrade of my PC’s. Although it cost me a fortune and an epic amount of nerves there is a side-effect for my 3D animated short A ROBOT’S DREAM I didn’t think of before. In fact it totally slipped my mind. It starts with four and ends with CPU…