Have you ever met Ed? If you haven't you should check out the following video.
Ed isn't real. He is completely computer generated. I have mixed feelings about the mass “overuse” of CGI in films theses days. I especially have not been a fan of many of the CGI generated characters over the past 10-15 years (Jar Jar Binks anyone?).
There were early failures in completely CGI characters. To combat this motion capture suits were created and began Andy Serkis's insanely successful career lending his “acting” to the CGI characters he has helped create.
With any reservations I have I am always embracing any advancements in any area of filmmaking and I must say they continue to improve the reality of CGI characters. I can't wait until someone uses them in a way none of us are expecting. It is only a matter of time. Who is your favorite CGI character?
Via Youtube Description:
Work in progress, hand-made with Lightwave, Sculptris and Krita, composited with Davinci Resolve Lite. Music by me. www.chrisj.com.au — Regarding the soundtrack: it was created especially for this video, so that's all that exists of it for now. However, since there's been a fair amount of interest in a full version, I'll see whether it has any potential for extension once I've cleared some space in my (suddenly cram-packed) schedule.
No scans, motion capture or photos were used (except as reference).
First half rendered in ~800 hours on a 2008 vintage quad core. Additional rendering by GarageFarm.
(cover photo credit: snap from the video)