Saturday, May 22, 2004
Virtual skin looking even better
BBC NEWS: "you get a close look at some of the creatures of the night in the Van Helsing movie, you might notice how realistic their skin looks.

The reason is a program that works out how light affects surfaces like skin to make computer-generated characters look more believable.

The software was first used on Gollum in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and is now a staple of blockbusters packed with visual effects.

The man behind the technique, Dr Henrik Jensen of the University of California at San Diego, was recently rewarded for his contribution to Hollywood."

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