Thursday, January 21, 2010
CGMaxed is the name of a Youtube animator (or possibly a group of animators) who has posted some short clips that are sort of breathtaking. While the character models and animation are usually a little crude, the characters are blended into the action so seamlessly that the effect can be downright bizarre.
Check out this clip, CG Girl in Real World.
On the one hand, the bikini girl's proportions are off and her movements are very stiff and robotic. On the other hand, she is absolutely there, you can totally buy that this weird, plastic gynoid is sitting there by a backyard pool with the sun glinting off of her hard plastic skin. And the way that she falls short of reality makes her sort of sad, as you watch her in action you end up feeling sort of sorry for her. First she spends like five minutes pleading with that real girl about something, while the real girl sits there reading a newspaper and totally ignoring her. Then our poor bikini-bot is left alone to click and whir on the patio, stiffly jerking her mannequin limbs around as she tries to access flirting-with-the-poolboy subroutine #341.
If that clip didn't give you the squirms, let's go soaring high above the uncanny valley with our next clip, Terrorists Killed on Airplane Takeoff.
The aliens have spoken indeed, friends.
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