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