I was watching the special edition DVD of FOTR, and, at the intro with the battle against Sauron, the whole battlescene was CGI.
I want to do something similar, but don't even know where to start. First, the 3D Model is made with some 3D suite (like 3D Studio max), along with the animation. Now, how do you open that model and animation up with a programming language (C++ most likely)? Does OpenGL/Mesa or DirectX have libraries to open these up (or does the 3D modeller have the libraries to interact with DirectX/OpenGL)?
How do you encourage a 3D artist to make stuff for you for you to play with?
What books are there to do stuff like this??
Anyone do anything remotely similar, or know the process to do this??