Goodbye Uncanny Valley

Alan Warburton

In this thought-provoking visual essay, Alan Warburton surveys the current state of CGI from the perspective of an accomplished artist in the field. (You may also know Alan as the man behind the excellent blog, CGWTF.)

From the creator:

It’s 2017 and computer graphics have conquered the Uncanny Valley, that strange place where things are almost real... but not quite. After decades of innovation, we’re at the point where we can conjure just about anything with software. The battle for photoreal CGI has been won, so the question is... what happens now?

CREDITS:

Written and animated by Alan Warburton with the support of Tom Pounder and Wieden + Kennedy.
Music by Cool 3D World (http://cool3dworld.com/)
Special thanks to: Leanne Redfern, Nico Engelbrecht, Iain Tait, Indiana Matine, Katrina Sluis, David Surman, Jacob Gaboury and Daniel Rourke.

Animated backgrounds generously provided by:

• Quixel (https://quixel.se/)
• Katarina Markovic (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcr4QTtAK9N96pf_Z_zVqWg)
• Roman Senko (https://vimeo.com/rendan)

Featuring work by:

• Al and Al (http://www.alandal.co.uk/)
• Albert Omoss (http://omoss.io/)
• Alex McLeod (http://www.alxclub.com/)
• Barry Doupe (http://www.barrydoupe.ca/)
• Claudia Hart (http://www.claudiahart.com/)
• Cool 3D World (http://cool3dworld.com/)
• Dave Fothergill (https://vimeo.com/davefothergillvfx)
• Dave Stewart (https://vimeo.com/davegrafix)
• Drages Animation (https://www.youtube.com/user/drakhean)
• El Popo Sangre (https://vimeo.com/elpoposangre)
• Esteban Diacono (http://www.estebandiacono.com)
• Eva Papamargariti (http://evapapamargariti.tumblr.com/)
• Filip Tarczewski (https://vimeo.com/ftarczewski)
• Geoffrey Lillemon (http://www.geoffreylillemon.com/website/)
• Jacolby Satterwhite (http://jacolby.com/home.html)
• Jesse Kanda (http://www.jessekanda.com/)
• John Butler (https://vimeo.com/user3946359)
• Jonathan Monaghan (http://jonmonaghan.com/)
• Jun Seo Hahm (https://vimeo.com/junseohahm)
• Kathleen Daniel (http://www.duh-real.com/)
• Katie Torn (http://katietorn.com/index.html)
• Kim Laughton (http://kimlaughton.tumblr.com/)
• Kouhei Nakama (http://kouheinakama.com/)
• LuYang (http://luyang.asia/)
• Mike Pelletier (http://mikepelletier.net/)
• Nic Hamilton (https://nichamilton.info/)
• Pussykrew (http://hybrid-universe-emulation.net/)
• Rick Silva (http://ricksilva.net/)
• Sanatorios (https://www.instagram.com/sanatorios/)
• Zeitguised (http://www.zeitguised.com)

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  • Frightening

  • spybloodjr

    Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of uncanny…