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Old May 3 2013, 06:52 PM   #753
jimbotron
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Re: Season THREE OFFICIAL TNG Blu-Ray Discussion Thread

I think 50% is the lighting. But I think the other 50% is the sharpness. The CGI is just too crisp. The edges are sharp and too clean. There's no softness to them. Case in point:

CGI:
http://tng.trekcore.com/hd/albums/1x...int_hd_198.jpg

Physical model:
http://tng.trekcore.com/hd/albums/1x...int_hd_194.jpg

Notice with the neck of the real thing, there's a slight aura around it. With the CGI model, it's a crisp line that looks artificial. When there's a fake human or something closely resembling a human, there's a phenomenon called "Uncanny Valley". I'd say this is uncanny valley for a physical model. They're trying so hard to make it look like the real thing that it looks fake.

That particular CGI shot was greatly improved in BOBW Part II. I think they softened the model slightly and improved the lighting. It's much much closer to looking like the real thing.
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