Visualiz(s)ation: Sleepless Virtual Sheep

Paul Tice Multimedia, Rendering, Animation

Tyrell: How many questions?
Deckard: Twenty, thirty, cross-referenced.
Tyrell: It took more than a hundred for Rachael, didn’t it?
Deckard: She doesn’t know.

-Blade Runner-

Which is real?

Image by ToPa 3D
Image by ToPa 3D

To My Dearest Collective Human Consciousness:

I would’ve said both are artificial. But one is HDR photography enhanced and one is simply an imaginative rendering. About 30 years ago, I was lost in the world of science fiction. I blame it on my aunt and uncle who used to sit around the dinner table parodying quotes during a fondu night like, “Soylent Green is PEOPLE!” to which my grandfather Forrest would shake his head in bewilderment. Or perhaps like my father who lovingly said to me around the age of 5, “It’s ALIVE!” mimicking a claw-like hand reaching for my neck – which would always make me cry… Nothing a good long dose of therapy couldn’t fix – Remarkably, I continued to love this genre of entertainment and grew up wishing I could just meet George Lucas once. Just once to tell him how rad he was for inventing the sound of a laser beam by striking a power pole guy wire with a crescent wrench and recording it. That sort of thing. More exciting still was the dog fights that actually took place in outer space. My how advanced we were back then. And so, I’m digging into this amazing world of modern trompe-l’œil to explore what’s out there, what people look for in animation and rendering, and talk a bit about what I use and why. Tomorrow, we’ll start with the basics: A Comparison of Algorithms for Vertex Normal Computation…(just kidding). We’ll go MUCH simpler. There may be a quiz – 

ToPa 3D~