CGI Graphics: Redefining a Picture-Perfect World in the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy

CGI Graphics: Redefining a Picture-Perfect World in the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy

The Goodness of CGI Graphics

CGI Graphics: Redefining a Picture-Perfect World in the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy
By the late 1980s, photo-realistic 3D was beginning to appear in cinema movies, and by mid-90s had developed to the point where 3D animation could be used for entire feature film production. This is the era where Computer Generated Imagery or CGI graphics started to monopolize the production industry.
Not only CGI graphics is used in animated films, but also in movies or ads that require fractal landscape, architectural scenes, anatomical models, generating cloth and skin images such as finest visible features of fine wrinkles and skin pores, virtual worlds, interactive simulation and visualization, and many more.
In addition to their use in film, advertising and other modes of public display, computer generated images of clothing are now routinely used by top fashion design firms.
CGI is used for visual effects because the quality is often higher and effects are more controllable than other more physically based processes, such as constructing miniatures for effects shots or hiring extras for crowd scenes, and because it allows the creation of images that would not be feasible using any other technology.
What makes movies like The Lord of the Rings, Men in Black, Jurassic Park, The Matrix, King Kong, Godzilla, Terminator, Batman, Star Trek, Spiderman, Transformers, Superman, Life of Pi, Avatar, and the likes great? Needless to say, it’s all about the computer generated images.
The innovation of CGI graphics is not as fast as most technology like the iPhone, but it surely gives us a surprise every time there are new CGI movies to watch. The latest effects, more often than not, would make us go “wow!”
I personally wasn’t a fan of animated films, so I thought CGI graphics was no use to me. But when they finally showcased movies like The Lord of the Rings and the tiger in the Life of Pi, which was almost indistinguishable from the real thing, I instantly became a fan.
I won’t be surprised if soon, they’ll be able to render in virtual people and animals that are indistinguishable from real ones.
In any case, CGI is clearly here to stay and its use, in live-action feature films at least, is likely to increase.

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