The storyline in the Da Vinci Code may be a flight of religious fancy – but the actual images in the movie have to look real to audiences.

Computer-generated (CG) images were used extensively in the summer blockbuster, all created with Autodesk Maya 3D animation software.

Although the movie has no monsters, hobbits or other animated creatures requiring computer magic to make them real, CG technology was nevertheless used.

“Movies aren’t about creating reality. With computer-generated graphics, you can create the hyper-real. You can take what’s in the real world and take it to the next level,” says Maurice Patel, senior manager of product marketing at Autodesk Inc.’s global media and entertainment headquarters in Montr

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