Tony Zhou is the author of an ongoing series of fascinating essays on analyzing film form: Every Frame a Painting. Covered in 5 to 10mn with a critical and passionate eye, his topics vary between directors, actors or single film scenes.
Every single one of them is worth watching, but my personal favorites are the study of
the scene when Clarice Starling and Hannibal Lecter meet for the first time in , the analysis of The Silence of the Lambs Mickael Bay’s intense visual style, and the presentation (and praise) of Edgar Wright’s use of visuals to support comedy.
Those essays can be found on
Youtube or Vimeo, with additional comments on tumblr and Facebook. Interestingly, they can also be supported (as in, financially) on Patreon.
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Tagged camera, cinematography, comedy, composition, Edgar Wright, essay, Every Frame a Painting, film, film form, film making, Mickael Bay, storytelling, video, visual style |
Eric Haines reminds in a blog article the problems that arise when rendering a cone, which are surprisingly tricky for such a seemingly simple task. A discussion on the topic also spawned on Twitter.
Illustration of texture mapping issues.
Posted in Rendering |
Tagged cone, glitch, interpolation, normal, pole, rasterization, sphere, texture coordinates, texture mapping, triangle, vertex attribute, vertex interpolation |
IOCCC entry by Yusuke Endo is an ASCII fluid simulator using smoothed-particle hydrodynamics. Once compiled, the program takes an ASCII art on standard input, and shows the animated simulation on a 80×25 terminal.
Here is a demonstration of the program:
previously mentioned a video showing how schlieren photography could be used to film the propagation of sound.
This video by the
Harvard Natural Science Lecture Demonstrations, presents different experiments with schlieren photography. The complete description of the setup used, as well as the explanation of the effect, is also available on the associated web page.
The Portal series built a full game concept out of non euclidean spaces. Besides being great games, I think it is fascinating how true the tagline
“Now you’re thinking with portals” is.
Here are two interesting experiments putting the person in different spaces than we are used to due to real world conditions. This video by
Varun Ramesh demonstrates a non-euclidean ray tracer:
This other video by the
MIT Game Lab demonstrates OpenRelativity, a Unity toolkit allowing simulation of navigation at relativistic speeds, used for the prototype game A Slower Speed of Light:
Update: Sylvain mentioned in comments that Carl Sagan explains those effects in the following video: