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Inside LightWave v9 by Dan Ablan

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Chapter 16. Compositing and Postprocessing Techniques

Some of the coolest 3D animation you see is work you don’t even notice. That’s right, animators and compositors spend months in front of computers creating visual effects that you aren’t aware of. For example, in the movie Hart’s War starring Bruce Willis, animators used LightWave to add snow outside a moving train. If you saw the movie, you wouldn’t even think twice that the snow wasn’t real. Or how about the movie A Beautiful Mind starring Russell Crowe? There’s a scene where a little girl is running around a park, surrounded by pigeons. If you’ve ever run toward a pigeon, you’d know that as soon as you get close enough, it flies away. But in A Beautiful Mind, director Ron Howard needed ...

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