Vegetation tools don’t enjoy the same public profile as the likes of Maya or Nuke, but they’re used on some of the most spectacular shots in movies – as SpeedTree’s 2016 VFX showreel proves.
Fictional forests created with IDV’s Sci-Tech Academy Award-winning software range from Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Takodana to Jurassic World’s Costa Rica and the India of The Jungle Book.
There are also some old favourites – the work on display from ILM, SpeedTree’s best-known user, goes right back to Avatar – and a chance to see the virtual trees in motion.
In some cases, that means trees growing; but in others, they’re sinking into chasms – and at a couple of points, flying at the camera on fire. All in all, this isn’t a bad way to kill two minutes of your lunch break.
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