Alex Roman: Hyperreal CGI

Posted by Scott


Everything you see in these stills and videos by Alex Roman is 100% computer generated. This is certainly the best CGI I’ve ever seen; I would normally say “virtually” indistinguishable from reality, but in this case the “virtually” doesn’t belong. The videos were created using 3dsmax, Vray, After Effects, and Premier. But what amazes me here isn’t just the execution, Roman crafts truly beautiful images with impeccable taste, something often missing from highly technical productions such as this. The man perfectly rendered a Mies van Der Rohe and an Eames, give him a medal! Maybe I can get some VR googles and map his work to the interior of my house and pretend to live in some modernist paradise.

I thought I had a bad workload trying to finish this new album, I can’t even imagine the man hours that went into just one minute of these videos. More videos at Roman’s Vimeo page and lot’s of stills and info at his portfolio site.

Via Seth Weisfeld

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Jakub says:

December 17, 2009 at 10:48 am

i’m with Andy, so this isn’t mapping photographs or something? I have no idea how CGI is done, my 1982 born mind can’t comprehend this future designing craziness


Kevin says:

December 17, 2009 at 11:09 am

awesome stuff, what i could see of it. i dont know what it is, but any Vimeo movie i try to watch doesnt stream well at all. lots of pops and is all herky-jerky…


Steve says:

December 17, 2009 at 11:33 am

Un-real, the lighting and textures, everything is just perfect. Music matches perfectly. Most of that very well could be mapped…


Brennan Frugé says:

December 17, 2009 at 1:19 pm

I used to create architectural visualization myself, for eight years, and even though I fully understand how this is done I am still blown away. I feel no shame in admitting that Alex Roman’s work is far beyond anything I ever produced. I’m sure the man hours it took to create the models was excessive, but what really throws me is how ridiculously long it must have taken for each frame to render. His passion for his work is evident.


Daniel Carvalho says:

December 17, 2009 at 3:48 pm

The geometry work itself doesn’t look incredibly complex to me, it’s the execution that’s amazing. The post processing and material work is good, but it’s the cinematographic / photographic quality to everything that truly makes it class, combined with the atmospheric sound.


Brennan says:

December 18, 2009 at 2:06 pm

Daniel C, above, hit the nail on the head.

The first movie, in the library, is actually pretty simple in its geometry. The coolest thing about it is how slow the camera moved. It mimics the physical constraints of real camera trucks. It gives a weight and heavyness to the film that physical film has a virtual film tends to forget.

The sound, the execution is the best part about the films.

The stills are fantastic examples of 3D, such detail and attention given.


Humanized Websites says:

January 7, 2010 at 9:22 pm

OMG! This stuff has totally blown me away! Incredible… I’ll never know if I’m watching “real” footage or not with any new movies that come out now. Crazy cool.