Practical effects, yeehaw. Hopefully the industry starts again making more quality work. The odds are good. There was too much rubbish cheap fx the last decade.It needs to come to the artists behind the scene again. Ah, do not forget to pay them too, they deserve it!
Scientists from different Japanese Universities and Sony CSL (check out the details in the description of the following video) are able to create real holograms. The amazing thing is that you are also able to interact with the hologram directly. The system is still small scale (1cm^3) however the size is scalable using better, larger optics and a bigger setup.
Using a high intensity laser, they excite physical matter to emit light in any 3D position. The trick is to induce plasma in air or volume using lasers. Let’s see how this technology evolve. Kudos to the Scientist Team and good luck at Siggraph 2015!
The uncanny valley of digital CG-characters slowly vanishes, technologies of different applications merge and provide stunning new possibilities.
A researchers team at the University of Washington gathered photographs of celebrities and created CG 3D models that animate. Here an example of the 3D digitization of Kevin Spacey, Daniel Craig and George W. Bush, driving whatever “Head” you throw at them. The driven heads are a created from online photographs.
Check out the whitepaper showing the process: [PDF] What Makes Kevin Spacey Look Like Kevin Spacey
Here two new sketches where I “speed painted” from reference. Not perfect but I learned a lot shadingwise and separating the object from the background. Paint on!