The Morphable Face Model
"captures the variations of 3D shape and texture that occur among human faces. It represents each face by a set of model coefficients, and generates new, natural-looking faces from any novel set of coefficients, which is useful in a wide range of applications in computer vision and computer graphics." Amazing/terrifying tech from Herr Prof. Dr. Volker Blanz
posted by gwint
on Jan 15, 2007 -
"Imagine a blend between a National Geographic documentary and a Tex Avery cartoon. This short is a combination of 3D characters and live footage."
Five-ish minutes in the life of a ladybug with anger issues. (YouTube)
posted by Orb
on Sep 7, 2006 -
: A sketching interface for 3D freeform design (in Java). Noodle around with the online applet
(see the tutorial
for instructions; there's also a demo
in .avi format), or download the program so you can save your creations. An even niftier upgrade is available, SmoothTeddy
), but SmoothTeddy doesn't have an online version to play with.
posted by Gator
on Feb 22, 2006 -
Ever have trouble visualizing
how the solar system is put together, how the orbits work, how everything is positioned relative to everything else? This site helps you see how we think it all fits together.
posted by Fozzie
on Jun 22, 2005 -
- the largest online art contests of their kind, where artists are challenged to create outstanding artworks based upon set themes, while working under restrictions. For CG students, an additional bonus is the view of the creation process.
posted by Gyan
on May 23, 2005 -
, the Oscar winner for Best Short Film, is a canadian 3d and 2d animated masterpiece. I wish I could provide more than the material already provided by Andy Baio, but I just felt like you all should see this. It's the true story of Ryan Landis
, a brilliant artist devastated by the real world. It's also the story of his impact on the director. That really doesn't do it justice. Please just click. apology inside
posted by shmegegge
on Mar 1, 2005 -
is an interesting JAVA web-app offered by NASA which gives a 3D interactive display of over 500 satellites currently orbiting the Earth.
posted by numlok
on Feb 16, 2005 -
Use the free 7 day trial while it's available!
This lil program lets you zoom in pretty darn close on just about any spot in the world. And it is FREAKING COOL. I don't have much better commentary than that, sorry. You can zoom around to your favorite locations, tilt the camera, show all road names, rotate views - and once you've got a bunch of stuff plugged in its really neat to just click between them and watch the flyby.
I can't believe this isn't a double post, but couldn't find it on search. Have fun!
posted by glenwood
on Nov 21, 2004 -
Just saw a video from thes folks as a between shows filler on PBS. Remember Herbie Hancock's robotic music video from the mid-80s? This is classical music but even cooler--no hands used in playing--endorsed by Jon Anderson and Alan Parsons.
posted by billsaysthis
on Jul 22, 2004 -
You've already pushed a hapless dummy down the stairs.
Now you can see what happens when that same guy gets behind the wheel
- or at least inside the cab - of a truck speeding toward a wall. Scant on documentation, but not hard to figure out (the 1 and 2 sliders control the position of two ramps). Anyone find a good technique for a high score? (2 MB Windows .exe)
posted by wanderingmind
on Aug 3, 2003 -
is another online art collective. This time, the artists specialize in using 3D rendering tools. (Note: some images may not be safe for work.)
posted by crunchland
on Jul 25, 2003 -
Pixar's newest kid flick good enough for adults, Finding Nemo
was proceeded by a "classic" Pixar short, KnickKnack.
The weird thing is that they felt compelled to change 2 characters (the "bathing beauty" and the mermaid) from a ridiculously geometric, cartoony bosomy shape to flat chested. What gives here?
This reminds me of the changes Spielberg made in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,
and of course, the regrettable Greedo shooting incident
in Lucas' Star Wars: A New Hope.
My question is: When is it right to change an existing work, for whatever reason?
posted by jpburns
on Jun 1, 2003 -