3D graphics in the film industry has been with us since the turn of the nineties, when companies such as Industrial Light & Magic used computers for special effects. In those days, technological advancement did not allow for the creation of things like today, but it was a huge breakthrough. Computer software is extremely specialized, in those days professionals make software for special effects themselves. It was very interesting and had amazing results.
SOFTWARE AS A GAME CHANGER?
What you can do on your computer depends on its software. In the case of special effects computers in the corporate industry, professionals make software themselves that allows them to:
- advanced particle effects – used to simulate rain, snow in 3d scenes,
- volumetric effects – using these technologies you can create fog, smoke,
- crowd simulation – battle scenes where you can see thousands of characters are not implemented as extras, but using 3d graphics. The combination of particle effects (the emanation of a large number of objects in a characteristic, targeted way) along with 3d modeling (characters) allows for amazing effects that are often used in such situations. Remember the battle scenes in The Lord of The Rings? Thousands of orcs and elves fighting on the battlefield – this was done just by simulating the crowd on the computer,