Since our first class, I have been trying to keep an eye out for things I see on TV and in movies that could have potentially been done with Maya. We saw how Maya is used for movie pre-visualization like in War of the Worlds, but I feel like I am often oblivious to how often it is potentially used in other common things like film effects, cartoons, commercials, and TV graphics.
I discovered a new channel that I didn't know I got at my house called Palladium. They show live music almost 24/7, and have recently been showing a lot of footage from the Oxegen festival and the Glastonbury festival. Anyway, I happened to see a 30 or 60 second spot for the Palladium channel that really grabbed my attention. It involves black crows flying on a white background, with tree branches evolving, growing, and disappearing. A giant flock of crows eventually turns into one giant, greatly detailed crow, who flies away to reveal the Palladium logo. The art design and detail are very impressive. I imagine that this spot was mostly created with Maya, or a program very similar to it.
Check it out-