Friday, September 30, 2011

Free screening Monday Oct 3rd of the Selected Shorts in this year's Cartoon Brew's Student Animation Festival

Join Cartoon Brew this Monday, October 3, for a FREE screening of this year’s selections in Cartoon Brew’s Student Animation Festival. Sure, you can see them all on-line (we’re posting the last one this Monday), but we think the films are even cooler viewed with an audience on a giant HD-format LED screen against the side of a building in midtown Manhattan.

We’re putting on the show in collaboration with the fine film purveyors at the Big Screen Plaza who have been hosting a solid line-up of animation and live-action films all summer long. Most of the films they show are professional productions, and we’re extremely delighted that they’re celebrating the quality of these student productions alongside their other programs.

Screening starts at 7pm and the location is 851 6th Avenue (between 29th and 30th St., behind the Eventi Hotel). If you’re coming from work and hungry, rest assured there’s an indoor cafe where you can grab a bite before or during the screening. And if you see Amid, say hi. (He’s friendly as long as you don’t talk about animation with him.) Here’s the Facebook invite page.

New "Soul Man" Teaser by French Director Guillaume Ivernel

Here’s a teaser trailer for a proposed CG animated sci-fi Blaxploitation feature film called Soul Man. French director Guillaume Ivernel(Dragon Hunters) has prepared this piece to help find funding.

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Free Animation Mentor Webinar "Anatomy of a Fight " with Dr. Stuart Sumida

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"Plato" by Leonard Cohen winner of Best Graduation Film at Annecy 2011

Plato by Léonard Cohen. Made at École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratif and winner of Best Graduation Film at Annecy 2011.

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Volkswagen People's Car Project

Volkswagen - People's Car Project - Morphing from weareflink on Vimeo.

Volkswagen - People's Car Project - Parking from weareflink on Vimeo.

"Signal" by Maxim Zhestkov

СИГНАЛ / SIGNAL from Maxim Zhestkov on Vimeo.

"Magnus" by Meradi Omar and Dos Santos Nelson (Thesis Film at ATI)

Magnus from Meradi Omar on Vimeo.

Making of Magnus from Meradi Omar on Vimeo.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Nissan 240sx

Here's a more complete render of the S14 also know as the Nissan 240sx.

This image is not my final render nut merely a higher res test of the shader and overall feel. It is, however, getting closer to what I'm going for. I still haven't perfected using the physical sky in maya just yet, for now I just used the IBL method.

I'm thinking of  creating  some sort of environment for it. Ant thoughts or comments would be greatly appreciated.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Making of "State of Chaos" commercial for State Farm

New Gears of War 3 Trailer

Real time facial tracking and substitution

Face Substitution from Kyle McDonald on Vimeo.

Crazy Cool time lapse of the Earth from the International Space Station

Zbrush 4R2 is a stepping stone to a 64bit Zbrush 5

Check out the list of new features here:

"For over 10 years, Pixologic has been committed to the principle of offering cutting edge tools to artists. ZBrush 4R2 continues this tradition by giving all existing users an update packed with powerful new features designed to maximize creativity and accelerate the concept-to-completion workflow.

Regardless of your artistic level, we are confident ZBrush 4R2 will embrace your creative needs.

We are thrilled with this release, and eager to see the benefits that you will gain from what ZBrush 4R2 offers.

In the upcoming months we will continue the development of those features towards the release of ZBrush 5.

ZBrush 5 will include new features as well as 64 bit versions of ZBrush for Mac and Windows operating systems.

Special thanks to all those involved in the making of ZBrush 4R2, including: the beta team, artists, ZBrushCentral members, and the staff at Pixologic around the world.

We look forward to seeing all your new and fascinating artwork here at ZBrushCentral.

Happy DynaMeshing
The Pixologic Team"

Zbrush 4r2 Dynamesh Demos by Ryan Kingslien

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Online game players deciphered an enzyme of a virus that had baffled scientists for more than a decade.

"Online game players deciphered the molecular structure of the enzyme of a virus that belongs to the same family as HIV, something that had baffled scientists for more than a decade."

"Through playing a game known as Fold-It, gamers solved the puzzle in three weeks generating models of the protein-cutting enzyme from an AIDS-like virus, according to a study published Sunday in the journal Nature Structural & Molecular Biology."

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Trippy little animation using Trap Code Particular with Cell Shading in After Effects

Cell Shading Experiment with Particular from Mattias Peresini on Vimeo.

“Le Tableau” by Jean François Laguionie

"The high-concept film, which takes place in a world of paintings, is about some kind of conflict between characters that have been painted and those that lack color or have yet to be painted. The film’s wild, unnatural color choices appear to be directly inspired by French art movements like the Nabis and Fauves."

2011 V-Ray Architecture Demo Reel

Apple Releases Update to Final Cut Pro X enabling XML import and export as well as introducing a 30 day free trial

"Among the biggest new feature to be added as part of a software update that will go out to users this morning is support for XML. This adds the option to both import and export projects and events in the XML format, meaning users can take XML formatted projects and work on them in Final Cut Pro X. "

"That addition addresses one of the potential sticking points for upgraders, who were left unable to open old Final Cut Pro projects in the newer version of the software. XML support brings that indirectly, as users can export Final Cut Pro 7 projects in XML, then import them into Final Cut Pro X via a third-party tool like CatDV from Square Box."

"One other important change for Final Cut Pro X is the addition of a new 30-day free trialfor the software, giving users the opportunity to test out the software before committing to a $299.99 purchase. Apple did issue refunds for unhappy early purchasers of Final Cut Pro X, and thus it appears that the company has launched the free trial in order to cut down on those refund requests."

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Zbrush 4 R2 DynaMesh Demonstration

“DynaMesh enables you to explore multiple concepts in a very short period of time. You do not need to create a base mesh to fit your target-concept, or even have a specific concept in mind. You may simply select a sphere, activate DynaMesh, and let your creative juices flow! It is exhilarating to freely reshape the mesh and quickly explore many ideas until you arrive at a concept worthy of progressing into finer detail.”

– Pixolator

"Ormie Wants a Cookie"

CG Everything

CG Everything is an awesome site I stumbled on the other day it has tons of interesting content and is updated frequently.

Check it out here:

DOTA 2 game trailer

Free FBX viewer from Clockstone

"ClockStone® FBX Viewer is a free* software tool to view numerous different 3D file types as used by Autodesk® 3ds Max, Maya, AutoCAD and others: FBX, 3DS, DXF, DAE (Collada), OBJ.
The viewer is based on ClockStone's DirectX 11 engine and supports a large number of advanced real-time features, such as rendering coloured soft shadows for any type of light source, applying post-process filters, etc."

Check it out here:

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Microsoft to Ban Flash from the Windows 8 version of Internet Explorer

"Microsoft will not support browser plug-ins, including Adobe’s Flash, in one of the two versions of Internet Explorer to be bundled with Windows 8, a company executive said Thursday."

"Internet Explorer 10 (IE10), the edition included with the Windows 8 developer preview that Microsoft launched earlier this week, will come in two flavors. One will run in the Metro interface, the tile-based look borrowed from Windows Phone 7, while the other will run on the more traditional desktop, also available to Windows 8 users."

"Because it’s plug-in free, the Metro IE10—a separate app written for the Metro interface, not just a “visual design,” said Hachamovitch—does not support Flash, Adobe’s popular media player.

Hachamovitch relied on many of the same arguments that Apple has peddled for years as it defended its decision to ban Flash from the iPhone and iPad.

“Running Metro style IE plug-in free improves battery life as well as security, reliability, and privacy for consumers,” said Hachamovitch today."

Courtesy of Mac World, Read More Here:

Free Particle Stock footage and After Effects Tutorial from Video Copilot

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Free hour long Houdini Lighting and Rendering webinar

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"S/M/L" fun little character animation short

S/M/L from TENDRIL on Vimeo.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

"Le Cerf it L'oiseau" very nicely designed little short

Le Cerf et L'oiseau from grosmain on Vimeo.

"Haiku" a beautiful little student short

haiku from joan baz on Vimeo.

Gnomon Workshop free online tutorials (4 pages worth)

Gnomon has quite a few freebie tutorials on there site and pretty good ones at that. 
Check it out here:

ShaderMonger free online shader community

This site has a bunch to offer. You can Download the ShaderMonger Shader organizer for Maya, watch tutorials on how to use it, and download a bunch of free Shaders. Registration is required to access the free stuff and ShaderMonger only works on Windows.
Check it out here:

Friday, September 9, 2011

"The Saga of Biorn" by The Animation Workshop

The Saga Of Biorn from The Animation Workshop on Vimeo.

Demo Reel 2.0

Second draft of the Demo Reel. Tried to speed things up a little bit and added a grey background to help show the character's contours better.

Larger version can be viewed here:

Thursday, September 8, 2011

"Going to the store" by David Lewandowski

Rise of the Planet of the Apes behind the scenes

SLR lens adapter for iPhone 4

"Pretty much the only thing stopping me from buying an iPhone to use as my next camera is the fact that I can’t shoot photos with a shallow depth-of-field, which throws the background into a distraction-free blur while keeping your subject pin sharp. The ridiculously impractical iPhone SLR Mount probably won’t change my mind, but if I had an iPhone already, I would be fingering my credit card right now.

The “mount” is actually more of a case. You slide in your phone, screw on the long cylindrical adapter and then snap on your SLR lens. The kit comes in Nikon and Canon flavors, so you can mount pretty much any Nikon lens ever made, or use any Canon lens manufactured since the 1980s (when Canon switched mounts).

You can’t remove your iPhone’s own lens, of course, so this adapter comes with its own focussing screen, just like the one in your actual SLR. The iPhone then just takes a snap of this screen, which results in a sharp, bright (but upside-down) images.

Like I said, I’d be fingering my credit card in anticipation. Once I saw the price, though, I might slide it back into my dusty, moth-infested wallet. The iPhone SLR Mount costs $250, or $190 if you choose the iPhone 3-compatible version. For that money, you could buy an actual lens for your real camera."

Courtesy of Wired