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College of Natural Sciences | Point of Discovery

As the summer movie season kicks into high gear, we talk with a scientist about some of the challenges in simulating the way everyday objects behave on the big screen through computer generated imagery (CGI). Etienne Vouga's computer simulations have helped bring to life a wizard's hair in The Hobbit and clothing in Tangled.

Listen to Etienne Vouga's interview with Marc Airhart at https://cns.utexas.edu/news/why-is-cgi-in-the-movies-still-so-hard.

See examples of some of Vouga's simulations below.

 

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