The 2011 trailer for The FMX 2011 conference in Stuttgart Germany features giant popcorn modeled in ZBrush. ‘A Maize’ was created by students of the Institute of Animation, Effects and Digital Postproduction.
“The biggest difficulty we prepared was the combination of displacement and subsurface scattering in mental ray. The computers required a lot of computing power and memory to perform these tests. We decided to use Pixologic ZBrush in the popcorn model – created according to the specific needs.” – Falko Paeper
See the video at www.fmx.de
Read about how it was made at Digital Media World