Tuesday, September 15, 2009

I can't really post anything about work, though it probably wouldn't hurt to say that I've been working on an automated matte extraction program in my spare time. It uses what is supposedly a state of the art algorithm for extracting mattes from natural images. It sometimes works pretty darn well, though overall it's fair to say that green screens aren't going away any time soon.

I was grumbling about what a poor matte I was getting from this image, when it occurred to me that while it's a lousy matte, it's a rather striking artistic effect.


Blogger Kert Gartner said...

Hey Kevin!

Hope things are going well at Weta! I'm sure Avatar is keeping you busy :)

That image reminds me of what you get from the F_Depth Z-depth extraction filter in the Furnace suite of plugins:

Love the image, and try and post more often! ;)

1:26 PM  
Blogger The Method Artist said...

Hey Kert,

Yeah, Weta is a bit of a pressure-cooker these days. We coders usually get to sit out the forced march at the end, but I've been pressed into service making last-minute shot-fixing tools. It's exciting and exasperating at the same time.

Hey, I just checked out isotropy.ca for the first time in a little while (lovely stuff, as always) and now I have total gear-lust for the Casio EX-F1!

I wish I could post about the some of the fun stuff I'm working on. It's too bad that now I finally have a cool job I can't tell anyone what I'm working on ;-)

How're things at Frantic?


5:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, the bird looks like a watercolour painting.


4:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I just wanted to say hi to everyone



2:15 PM  
Blogger Hannah said...

Hey Dad!

Hadn't been on your blog in a long time, but I stopped by today and I love that bird image! You should make more images like that so I can use them as source images for charcoal drawings/paintings!

Love xoxo

2:25 PM  
Blogger The Method Artist said...

Hey hon, glad you liked it! So the worse my software works, the more artistically inspiring it is!

Yeah, I should dust off that code and play around with it some more.



12:43 PM  

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