MAGIC OF MATHS

MATHS GOES TO THE MOVIES

Helping Students in Maths and Creating Better Tomorrow

Maths goes to the movies

 

Got your popcorn? Picked a good seat? Are you sitting comfortably? Then let the credits roll…

MATHEMATICS PROUDLY PRESENTS…

We have all marvelled at the incredibly life-like computer generated images in the movies. What most of us don’t realise is that the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park and the wonders of Lord of the Rings — particularly the star turn of Gollum — would not have been possible without mathematics.
But how are these amazing images made? Computer graphics and computer vision are huge subjects. In this article we will take a simplified look at some of the mathematics it takes to get to a final product. First we’ll create the world seen in the movie, and then we will bring it to life.

SETTING THE SCENE

Monkey modelled as a surface
First objects are modelled as wire skeletons made up from simple polygons such as triangles.
The first step…

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