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Editor's Note

CGI, or computer-generated imagery, has transformed the way we experience entertainment and media. From movies to video games to TV shows, CGI has become an essential tool for creating incredible visuals and immersive experiences. But what makes it so great for the average person? Let’s take a look.

One of the biggest benefits of CGI is its ability to create realistic and believable special effects. With CGI, filmmakers and game designers can create incredible scenes and effects that would be impossible to achieve with practical effects alone. The movies we watch and the games we play can are feeling more immersive and realistic than ever before.

For the average person, this means that we get to experience some truly amazing things on screen. Whether it’s watching a superhero movie with incredible action scenes or playing a video game set in a fantastical world, CGI allows us to fully immerse ourselves in these fictional universes and feel like we’re a part of the action.

Another great thing about CGI is that it has opened up new avenues for creative expression. With the availability of affordable 3D modeling and animation software, anyone can try their hand at creating their own CGI art. This means that even amateur artists and hobbyists can create stunning visual effects and animations, and share their work with the world through social media and other online platforms. CGI has truly opened up the creative world to anyone who has a story to tell.

"CGI Created Car Commercials"

This month in TheCGInsider Newsletter- May 2023: Buckle up, folks! It’s time to dive into the world of car commercials and explore why so many of them use CGI to showcase their vehicles.

Are the Cars Real?

Picture this: You’re watching TV, and a flashy car commercial comes on. The car is zooming down a winding road, taking sharp turns with ease, and generally looking like it’s having the time of its life. The question is, how much of that footage is actually real? Spoiler alert: probably not much.

It’s no secret that many car commercials rely heavily on CGI (computer-generated imagery) to make their vehicles look as slick and shiny as possible. But why is this the case? Let’s take a closer look.

First and foremost, CGI allows car manufacturers to showcase their vehicles in a way that traditional filming techniques simply can’t match. With CGI, advertisers can create lifelike images of the car and its features, even if they don’t yet exist in reality or would be too difficult or expensive to capture on film. For example, if a manufacturer wants to show off a new car’s interior, they could use CGI to create a detailed 3D model that can be explored from every angle.

Creating The Impossible?

But it’s not just about showing off the car’s features – CGI also allows advertisers to create dynamic, visually stunning shots that would be impossible to achieve with a real car. Want to show the car racing down a mountain pass at breakneck speeds? No problem. Want to show it driving through a dense forest or speeding across a futuristic cityscape? Piece of cake.

By using CGI, car manufacturers can create virtually any environment they want, without the logistical challenges or safety concerns that come with filming on location. Plus, they can manipulate the lighting, camera angles, and other elements to create a mood or tone that perfectly complements the car and its brand.

But let’s be real here: the primary reason car commercials use so much CGI is that it makes the cars look freaking awesome. Have you ever seen a car commercial that didn’t make the car look like the coolest thing on four wheels? (If you have, I’d love to know where to find it.) CGI allows advertisers to take a good-looking car and make it look downright sexy.

They can add all sorts of flourishes and embellishments that would be impossible to capture on film, like glowing headlights, shimmering paint jobs, and detailed interior shots. By doing so, they create an aspirational image of the car that appeals to consumers’ desires for speed, luxury, and style.

What Are The Other Benefits?

Another benefit of using CGI in car commercials is that it allows advertisers to show off the car’s performance in ways that are both exciting and informative. For example, they can create simulations of the car’s handling, braking, and acceleration, showing off its capabilities in a controlled, safe environment.

This is especially useful for sports cars and high-performance vehicles, where the driving experience is a key selling point. By using CGI to create a virtual track or driving environment, advertisers can showcase the car’s speed and handling in a way that would be impossible in a traditional filmed commercial.

Of course, there’s also the practical side of things. Filming car commercials is notoriously difficult and expensive, especially if you’re trying to capture high-speed action shots. With CGI, you don’t need to worry about things like weather conditions, camera placement, or stunt drivers. You can create a perfectly choreographed, seamless sequence that looks like it was shot in one take, even if it took months to put together.

Plus, with the rise of streaming and online advertising, advertisers can now reach audiences all over the world with their commercials. This means they need to create visuals that are eye-catching and memorable, even if the viewer is only seeing the commercial for a few seconds. By using CGI, car manufacturers can create stunning visuals that grab the viewer’s attention and leave a lasting impression.

Creating A Vision For Consumers?

But there’s another aspect to the rise of CGI in car commercials that’s worth considering: the role of technology in our lives. Cars have always been a symbol of progress and innovation, and by using CGI to showcase their vehicles, manufacturers are tapping into that same spirit of technological advancement.

In a way, CGI is a reflection of our fascination with cutting-edge technology and our desire for the latest and greatest gadgets. By showing off their cars in a digital, futuristic environment, car manufacturers are appealing to consumers’ sense of adventure and their desire to stay ahead of the curve.

Of course, there are downsides to the widespread use of CGI in car commercials. Some critics argue that it creates unrealistic expectations and distorts consumers’ perceptions of what a car can actually do. They point out that many of the stunts and maneuvers shown in car commercials are simply not possible in real life, and that relying too heavily on CGI can create a false sense of excitement and adrenaline.

Additionally, some people feel that the use of CGI in car commercials takes away from the artistry and craftsmanship of traditional filmmaking. They argue that by relying on digital effects, car manufacturers are missing out on the chance to create truly memorable, authentic commercials that stand the test of time.

CUT! That’s A Wrap.

But at the end of the day, there’s no denying that CGI has become an integral part of the car advertising landscape. It allows car manufacturers to create stunning visuals that showcase their vehicles in the best possible light, while also tapping into consumers’ desire for adventure and innovation.

So the next time you see a car commercial that looks like it was filmed on a Hollywood soundstage, remember that there’s a good chance it was created with the help of some pretty impressive CGI technology. And whether you love it or hate it, you have to admit – those cars sure do look cool.

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