- 26th August, 2011
- Joseph Campo
Most of you probably have some grasp of what CGI, or computer generated imagery, is. Wikipedia defines it as the application of the field of computer graphics or, more specifically, 3D computer graphics to special effects in art, video games, films, television programs, commercials, simulators and simulation generally, and printed media. In video, CGI is more accurately termed computer animation.
Computer animation is the successor to stop motion animation. Where stop motion animation requires a physical set and subjects, artists can now use computer animation to emulate these. This offers many advantages: its sometimes a more cost effective method, its far more controllable, and offers capabilities that would be impossible to replicate in real life. Basic computer animation might involve drawing an image and changing it slightly, frame by frame, but there is also more complex software available that allows the user to create a lifelike scene, and then defining how the imagery in that scene will behave. Often, filmmakers synthesize computer animation with live action video or photography.
While Cineclectic’s exhibition focuses on some of the best independent computer animation on the internet, I found the video below on the history of Hollywood CGI worth a watch. I hope you enjoy it, and check out our exhibition.