When we were growing up, going to see films at the cinema was so exciting. We would look forward to seeing the new animated movie and marvel at how large the screen was and how we were so excited to be allowed to tuck into sweets and popcorn.
Animated films have come a long way over the last 20 years. Years ago creating an animated film was an extremely timely and expensive task. In the 1940’s and 50’s experiments in computer graphics allowed film makers and script writers greater access to bring animation to life for the masses.
The type of computer graphics which started to be used for films were typically used in the scientific and engineering sectors, so the transition to media and the movies was both exciting and unknown. The computer graphics at the time were only 2 dimensional. It was not until the 1980’s that computer graphics started to be able to use 3D imagery and a 3D renderer was a position that grew hugely within this era.
Interestingly the first digital image was transmitted in Maryland, USA in 1957. Engineer, Russell Kirsch managed to stream a digital image of his 3 month old son. It was only 176×176 pixels, but is looked upon today as the pioneering image that led to computer animated design as we know it.
Computer graphics is often referred to as ‘rendering’ and is the process of generating an image from 2D or 3D models, this is usually designed by a 2D or 3D renderer. The image will add shading, colour and lamination to a wireframe, allowing the designer to create life like images on a screen.
Most animated movies you see now will have followed this process and as the digital world has improved so to has the animation and the end result we see today.
There are different elements to rendering.Real-time rendering is often used for video games, which require a high level of interactivity and personal touch with the player. Pre-rendering, which is CPU-intensive but can be used to create more realistic images, this process is widely used in the movies.
The most common type of rendering in animated movies is the 3D renderer. The high quality visual aspects of films is in part thank you to the designer and the software they will be using to achieve the finish of the movie.
Using the digital software can be challenging and only someone who is used to using the rendering software will be able to deliver the 3D renderer look the movie or video game requires.
Rendering is often used for commercial and media purposes. Architects who are looking to promote a luxury home may enlist the help of a designer to prepare a drawing or image for their portfolio. By taking a simple image, the designer will be able to manipulate the software to achieve the 3D renderer look required. The images can be very powerful as a marketing tool.
For a 3D rendering project you will need the assistance of a skilled artist in the form of a designer. An online search will bring you a whole host of companies and individuals that can help you with you project.
Finding a qualified and experienced designer can take time and you will want to work with someone who understands your project and what you are looking to achieve. Finding a site that houses qualified designers in one place, will make finding the person right for your project simple and easy.
Find a site where you can interact, interview and even request to see previous work will ensure you are happy with the designer you decide to work with on your next exciting project.