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Entertainment Engineering Magazine / April 2007

 

 

Entertainment Engineering Profiles the Work of Fusion CIS and Flash Film Works on The Guardian


Keeping actors like Kevin Costner safe while filming dangerous scenes in movies often comes down to visual effects specialists and creative problem solvers like Mark Stasiuk from Fusion CI Studios....

"In a storm, you get a lot of whitecaps from the tops of waves. There's no tool available for doing this in any off-the-shelf package that will produce a decent result.  It's a very dynamic situation, with waves getting steep and going through little breaks, and the crests then avalanche down the wave face in a very dyanmic way.  Everybody's seen these and can tell if they look real.  In RealFlow, I created a method that analyzed the geometry of the digital ocean surfaces, found waves that fit the right criteria for cresting, and then generated fluid particles from the wave tops.  These were then simulated, so they interacted with wind, the ocean surface, and each other.  The result was a very realistic behavior that added a rich layer of dynamic detail to the wavy ocean suraces."   [see pdf for article...]