What is reality in movies nowadays? With CGI becoming such an influential part of movies it's becoming more and more difficult to know what's computer made and what's real.


I took a picture of a mug and I made a copy of it in Maya, making it as similar as possible. An exercise to understand lighting and real objects as well as compositing techniques to trick the eye. 


Final Mug Composite

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Modeled in Maya

Textured and shaded in Maya with Arnold

Lighting in Maya

Compositing in Nuke

Original picture without mug


Grey sphere to see how soft or hard the shadows are 


Grey cube to see how the perspective would work with a new object on the scene


Chrome sphere to see the reflections of light and were the light was positioned in the original picture