Z got me thinkin' about CGI. This, although 4 years old, is still one of my favorite Videos.
It isn't really weird - I was just messin' with ya, Z. 😁 Your point of letting your imagination sorta 'fill in the blanks' is well taken, but I still prefer 'em painted (if it's a good paint job, of course). What's "sun drop"?
Sun drop is a technique I know nothing about that makes the features of a mini stand out by adding shades. Just search for "sun drop miniatures" and you'll see what I mean.
@Zerbique Hmmm..., interesting. Thanks.
But... I don't believe this is weird in the slightest!!!
I see grey minis as a trigger for the imagination, like a silhouette in the shade. You have to flesh it out with your own mind, and our human minds are prompt to imagine things being better, scarier, or more impressive than they really are.
Then, when you paint them, it's like turning on the light and that weird and eerie creature in the dark ends up being a plain trash bin with some old vacuum cleaner protruding out of it. A curious sight, slightly grotesque, but not impressive in any way.
That's exactly how I feel with painted minis. What could have been anything... ends up being something that looks a bit goofy.
On the other hand, I very much enjoy sun drop on the minis. It makes the features stand our more without having this clumsy garishness that to me kills all the immersion.
Cool video I have just found. It reminds me how much I love Sci-Fi.
@Zerbique The Catholic Church officially recognizes Evolution and the Big Bang? Wow! Most every Christian I've ever talked with dismissed Evolution and the earth was created 6,000 years ago (I think that number was arrived at be adding-up all the 'begats' in the Old Testament).
Z, please check my logic (probably flawed) on this. My former neighbor was quite religious. One day I asked him if he believed God was omnipotent. He did. So I then asked, in light of that, if he believed God knew the future. He did. So I said, "Well, then God already knows if I'm goin' to Heaven or Hell, so why should I worry about it one way or the other, since it's already "set in stone", so to speak?
@Cadet Stimpy Actually this is a very deep question and entire treatises have been devoted to it. I know there is a great divide between Protestantism and Catholicism on these questions, and even within Catholicism, there has nearly been a schism because of that. I have absolutely not the skill level in theology to discuss these questions in a competent way.
But one "easy" answer could be this one: if you knew you were going to Heaven for granted, would you stop thriving to do good around you? If so, then you do good for your own sake and not for good itself, so you're a hypocrite, and God knows this, and you're not really going to Heaven.
So in a way, it can be set in stone indeed: God knows you're going to Heaven, because even though what you choose don't matter now that it's all set in stone, you'll keep doing good anyway, which is why you're going to Heaven. In a way, you go to Heaven not so much for the good you accomplish, but because you thrive to do good as you value so intrinsically.
Note that this is a made-up answer from someone who has weird beliefs regarding things in general, who does not subscribe to the Hell vs. Heaven worldview. I just hope my ramblings here won't offend anyone.
@Zerbique I actually came-up with a profound question? How'd that happen? I'd like to think if I knew I were going to Heaven (pretty unlikely in my distorted opinion), I'd still continue to act pretty much as I always had (good, of course - well, not completely).
Z, I always welcome your thoughts and beliefs. And if any whining babies were offended by your comments - F**k 'em! 😄 They weren't forced to read it. 🙂
Please watch this movie, if you haven't already.
P.S. 1 I don't believe in the biblical Heaven or Hell (I'll probably regret that when I'm burning (that's gotta hurt) until the end of time).
P.S. 2 Your only weird belief is that gray Minis look better than painted ones! 😄
Very interesting, Z, thanks. I haven't seen Warcraft! What the Hell? I need to get on that.
Did you catch what that woman said at the end of the Video? With the movie Avatar, it took an average of 47 hours to render each frame (1/24th of a second) of the film. WOW!
Z, I'm gonna take a wild guess that you're pretty good at math. Concierge Render has 45,000 GPU's. You can use 520 of 'em simultaneously for 50¢/€0.41/C$0.61 per GPU per hour. So, would it cost $6,091,200 to render a 90-minute CG film, assuming 1/24th of a second takes 47 hours to render?
I realize this is a simple multiplication problem, but I'm self-medicating at the moment, and am unsure of my already limited math skills. 😄
A 90 minutes film has 90*60*24 frames, 129,600.
Each frame takes 47 hours, so 6M (the number you computed, if I am not mistaken).
I think if you use one GPU for 6M hours or split that over 500 GPU, the total cost is the same, so you just need to multiply 0,5$ per 6M, it costs 3M dollars, right?
@Zerbique I did 47x24x60x90=6,091,200. Yup, $3mil - I forgot the 50¢. 😄 Thanks, Z.
And by the way, one of my favorite Fantasy movie is Warcraft and the Orcs there are a superb example of good CGI.
A CGI movie is actually full of minis!
Anyway, this is the kind of movie I enjoy to watch. (Even though, usually, movies derived from a short "teaser" don't quite know what to do with the two hours they add on top of it.)