Nvidia renders a life-like Doug Jones
The guys at TechEBlog have posted a rather impressive video that depicts fancy real-time shader effects running on a GeForce 8800 Ultra graphics card. The video shows a model of the face of actor Doug Jones, seen in such movies as Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth, and the upcoming Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. Various lighting effects and soft shadows are applied to Jones' rendered face. Even though the video is fairly small and has a low resolution, the result looks quite life-like and definitely very impressive. The video also gives a few pointers on how the image is achieved using multiple textures and effects. Of course, only an isolated head with no hair is shown in the video, so entire characters rendered using the same technique may require a little too much horsepower for them to pop up in games just yet.