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One Million Dollars Saved in New WWII Film Production Using Stock 3D Models

October 3rd, 2019

One Million Dollars Saved in New WWII Film Production Using Stock 3D Models

The new feature film “Dauntless – the Battle of Midway” was created using 150 different stock 3D models purchased from the CGTrader Marketplace – saving an estimated one million US dollars in production costs. This is truly remarkable example of the advantages of using photorealistic stock 3D content in film and animation production.

Michael Swack from the CGTrader Blog caught up with Bayou Pictures owner and VFX producer Mike Phillips in Los Angeles at SIGGRAPH 2019 to discuss the role 3D content played in the film.

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That calculus class you didn't want to take? That's how Xfrog store their models in a single page of text

November 9th, 2018

That calculus class you didn't want to take? That's how Xfrog store their models in a single page of text

Xfrog has been an industry leading company for more than 30 years. It has developed its unique software and created the largest database of botanically accurate 3D plant models in the world. We got the chance to ask the creators of Xfrog a couple of questions and delve a bit deeper into their work, which really boggles the mind: each leaf of their models has a different texture, a model has no polycount and can range from 3,000 to 3,000,000 polys, and, at the same time, is just a single page of text.

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So who are the best ones? We have the winners of CGTrader Awards 2017

December 18th, 2017

So who are the best ones? We have the winners of CGTrader Awards 2017

“It’s great to know that no matter how complicated and tedious 3D production process might be, the artists still manage to see beyond the technical limitations and use powerful software as freely as a simple canvas, creating meaningful and strikingly beautiful work,” says Kirill Tokarev, one of the judges of CGTrader Awards and editor-in-chief at 80.lv. And we cannot agree more with Kiril. The artwork submitted for CGTrader Awards in just a bit more than two months is exceptional: the quality is impressive, detail and realism achieved are mind-blowing, and engagement from global artist community is something we could not have imagined to have in the very first year of these awards.

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CGTrader Interview: Charly And His Freelance Road To Success

August 23rd, 2016

CGTrader Interview: Charly And His Freelance Road To Success

Andrew Krivulya, also known as Charly, started small, yet always dreamed big. And here he is, telling us his life story and sharing his valuable industry insight with you! He also makes tutorials!

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Editor's Choice: VFX Reels That Will Inspire All The Animators Out There

August 11th, 2016

Editor's Choice: VFX Reels That Will Inspire All The Animators Out There

Everybody needs to be inspired sometimes. Especially when one is doing such hard and intensive work as animation or VFX. Well, lucky for you, we have editors scouring internet for the tastiest morsels of inspiration. We present to you the editor's choice of VFX reels that will inspire you to reach new heights in your craft!

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