Disney Research

CGI tricks: Shining light through a virtual forest

February 3, 2011 – Ominous-looking beams of light often seen shining down in a forest or through church windows – are tricky for animators to reproduce. In addition to oddly-shaped obstructions, like a canopy of leaves, they also have to deal with dust or moisture that scatter light rays to create their foggy appearance. But now a new technique developed by Ilya Baran and a team from MIT and Disney Research Zurich is making the process a lot easier.

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