The spectre of AI in the VFX industry is growing, but is it really viable? CG tools and software, like Cinema 4D and Houdini, have always aimed to enable artists to do more in less time. With the maker of 3ds Max researching its own Autodesk AI tools it feels unavoidable that generative AI will be used in the VFX industry.

But how, when and why will AI be used for creating visual effects and 3D animation? As part of our AI Week I’ve put together a snapshot of what the industry thinks, by asking those working in it to for their views. To be clear, the experts and artists I’ve asked aren’t using AI in their daily work and the studios they work for aren’t using AI commercially. None of the images, shows or films in this article, or worked on by these artists, were created using AI.