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Martini Giant Returns


The Martini Giant is back! It’s been almost five years since Chris and fellow VFX artists and frequent CG Garage guests Daniel Thron and Erick Schiele created the Martini Giant podcast to indulge in their love of all things cinematic and argue about Star Wars. This week, Dan and Erick return to their roots and talk about what they’ve been up to since they last visited the CG Garage.

Which turns out to be a lot of stuff! Dan is back in the videogames industry, while Erick is using AI to help realize his childhood experiences with rock star Alice Cooper. Both discuss their experiences with AI and share thoughts on how it’s changing the industry, but also reveal how important it is to keep doing the things you love. As ever, this is a hugely entertaining discussion, and it’s great to hear Dan and Erick’s voices again.



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0:07:25 One Martini Giant, coming up

0:08:25 What Erick's been up to

0:12:25 Dan's take on sci-fi, and what he's doing now

0:18:23 Erick on industry changes

0:22:05 Dan talks AI

0:28:13 The backlash against AI

0:32:30 Erick's Alice Cooper project

0:40:25 Using 3D and AI in conjunction

0:45:10 How Erick learned to be prolific

0:47:39 Dan on the ethics of AI

0:52:33 How to be a good artist

0:57:39 What will happen to artistic skillsets?

1:02:27 How Erick's AI art fools viewers

1:07:25 Finding opportunities in AI

1:12:27 Automatic screenplays and movies

1:18:15 The future of AI

1:24:09 What is Martini Giant?

About the author

Christopher Nichols

Chris is a CG industry veteran and Director of Chaos Labs. He can also be heard regularly as the host of the CG Garage podcast which attracts 20,000 weekly listeners. With a background in both VFX and Design, Chris has worked for Gensler, Digital Domain, Imageworks and Method Studios. His credits include Maleficent, Oblivion and Tron: Legacy.

Originally published: March 13, 2023.
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