These early 3D face animations will haunt your dreams

3D face animation
(Image credit: University of Utah / VintageCG on YouTube)

3D animation has come a long way in the last couple of decades with tools like Blender putting it within reach of even amateur creatives. And just how far it's come is apparent when we see this footage of early 3D animations of the human face. 

The video below shows the work of Frederic Ira Parke from the early 1970s. He carried out research into computer-generated 3D animation while studying as a graduate student at the University of Utah with support from the US government Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects Agency (today's DARPA). And the results look just as creepy as that association might make you think (see our pick of the best animation software to make your own haunting creations).

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Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.