The algorithm that won an Oscar
Hollywood likes a good explosion. Now, with the help of an open source algorithm called Wavelet Turbulence, filmmakers can digitally create pyrotechnics that were formerly time-consuming and difficult to control.
UCSB’s Theodore Kim (along with three collaborators) picked up the Academy Award in Technical Achievement for Wavelet Turbulence. The algorithm uses a theory of turbulence developed in the 1940s by Russian mathematician Andrey Kolmogorov.
So far, it has been used in over 26 major hollywood productions including Avatar, Sherlock Holmes, Hugo, and Super 8 (pictured above).
As If It Would Have a Universal and Memorable Ending from the soundtrack to Shane Carruth’s upcoming film Upstream Color. This is by far my most anticipated film of 2013. It’s already drawn some favorable comparison to Malick’s Tree of Life and Carruth’s first film, Primer, has one of the most intelligent scripts I’ve encountered.
Source: SoundCloud / Shane Carruth