Bizarre CGI Video Goes Viral

Bizarre CGI Video Goes Viral
Mia Fitzharris
·Writer

An odd but impressive video popped up on Vimeo recently, and we can't stop watching it. It's a CGI (computer-generated imagery) rendering of a horizontally rotating column knocking over and pushing around what looks like humans. The video is titled "I've fallen, and I can't get up!" It was uploaded by Dave Fothergill, a visual-effects artist from the U.K. Why can't we take our eyes off this? Because it's almost hypnotic!

Soon after the release of the original silent version, which has gone viral, an Internet entrepreneur, Andy Baio, got his hands on it and added his own horrifying sound effects to go along with the visuals.

Like many bizarre online works of art, the video was posted to Reddit, where commenters weighed in with their thoughts, such as "This is the most oddly-satisfying thing I've ever seen!" and "It's like watching a hundred euphoria enabled ragdolls." 

Fothergill says he used a special-effects plug-in called Miarmy, which was designed to create crowd simulations. If you need me, I'll be staring at this for the rest of the day — it gets better every time I watch it!

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I've fallen, and I can't get up! from Dave Fothergill vfx on Vimeo.