‘The Third & The Seventh’ by Alex Roman

In September of 2009 I posted about an as of yet unfinished short film titled The Third & The Seventh, whose purpose was to show the beauty of architecture. The catch was that the entire film was created purely from computer graphics. But what I had posted was just a part of the overall film he was creating, a 12 minute short that’s beyond beautiful. Thankfully TFIB reader Chris sent me an email reminding me that I had forgotten to post the final version of the film.

What’s remarkable to me is how he treads in and out of the “uncanny valley.” The uncanny valley is a term used in robotics, specifically when robots and other facsimiles of humans look and act almost like actual humans, it causes a response of revulsion among human observers. In this instance I’m using the term in reference to the buildings he’s created in the computer. For a good percentage of the film I’d say that his buildings are nearly flawless, my mind believes that what I’m seeing is entirely real. But every now and then you get that feeling that something isn’t quite right.

Overall though I feel like Alex has done a better job creating realistic effects than a lot of major motion pictures out there. What he manages to create in 3DS Max, V-Ray, After Effects and Adobe Premiere is above and beyond what I think most people could do with these programs. I’ve also included a video of his process in creating one of the scenes from the movie. It’s sped up a bit, and honestly I have no idea what he’s doing, but it’s always fun to watch someone’s process in creating something.


January 3, 2011