Intel® AI Builders member Ziva Dynamics uses AI technology to create best-in-class, realistic, and interactive creatures and characters for the film and game industries. The company’s technology uses frameworks from Intel AI to simulate how bone, muscle, fat, and skin interact based on the laws of physics. This is then applied to a 3D model, creating lifelike features.
Most recently, the solution was featured in the creation of the movie The Meg, where creators using Ziva’s software brought the long-extinct megalodon shark to life on the big screen. Producers have tried to make this movie for over twenty years but were not able to capture the massive shark in the ultra-realistic way that producers had envisioned. Now, Warner Bros. together with Ziva Dynamics’ innovative advancements have brought this CG creature to life, bringing the movie to the silver screen.
The underlying structure for the megalodon shark is based on 3D models designed based on fossil records and reference material from present-day sharks which were created, animated, and physically simulated by Ziva Dynamics’ customer, Scanline. This created an incredibly realistic CG creature that adheres to the laws of physics and embodies the material properties and anatomy the shark is believed to have had. The model was adjusted for the appropriate parameters and run through the simulator which leverages Intel® Math Kernal Library software to increase application performance and reduce development time. Much of this work was done on 18 core workstations, but also scaled well onto a 108 core Intel Xeon processor-based server that sped up the process and was able to run several jobs concurrently.
To see the demo in action and learn more, visit Ziva Dynamics in the Intel booth at CES, January 8-11, 2019, and catch the spotlight where Michael Smit, CCO of Ziva Dynamics, will speak with Randy Greenberg one of the producers of The Meg, about how Ziva’s AI technology brought the movie to life. Full conference schedule and additional details.
Can’t make it to CES to see the live demo? Learn more about how Ziva Dynamics works with filmmakers to enable the development of realistic visual effects with the white paper “Intel and Ziva Dynamics: Transforming Computer-Generated Imagery”.