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Headline News Digital-Tutors Releases Character Setup In XSI

SOFTIMAGE training partner Digital-Tutors has released CHARACTER SETUP IN XSI for artists using SOFTIMAGE|XSI 7. CHARACTER SETUP IN XSI provides seven hours of project-based training for artists learning the essentials to character rigging and enveloping and a time-saving workflow to fully utilizing XSI 7's robust character setup tool set.

Headline News Digital-Tutors Releases Two New Training Titles For Maya Artists


POLYGON AND SUB-D MODELING WORKFLOWS IN MAYA contains nearly five hours of project-based training and provides artists with a practical project to learning Maya's polygon and sub-d modeling tools and a flexible workflow to modeling in Maya. UV MAPPING WORKFLOWS IN MAYA contains three hours of training for artists preparing models for texture and time-saving techniques to utilizing Maya's UV mapping tools.

Headline News Creative Education Group Launches New Arts School And HQ In Singapore

Creative Education Group (CEG) will be launching a new location for its arts and technology institute, Creative School of Media & Entertainment (CITS) in Singapore. Since its inception in 2001, the school has expanded offices to more than 21 countries worldwide; and has grown to become the largest private post-secondary media and entertainment school in Singapore. CEG also hits a milestone as it officially opens its headquarters in Singapore.

Headline News Sony's IPAX Education Program Teams With Animation Mentor

Sony Pictures Imageworks' and Sony Pictures Animation's IPAX education program announced today the launch of its new online mentor program, which will begin in the winter of 2009, and will leverage Animation Mentor's unique learning model and state-of-the-art online technology.

The three-month program will pair top students from 18 IPAX member schools from around the world with top Sony Pictures Imageworks and Sony Pictures Animation artists who will provide individual online mentoring, training, and guidance.

Headline News Autodesk Launches Animation Academy 2009 For Secondary Schools

Autodesk has launched Animation Academy 2009, the latest version of its visual communications offering for secondary schools worldwide. The six-part curriculum introduces students to 3D animation and visual effects technology while immersing them in core academic subjects such as science, math, language and arts. For the first time, Animation Academy includes Autodesk Mudbox digital sculpting software and Autodesk MotionBuilder character animation software, along with the Autodesk 3ds Max and Autodesk Maya modeling, animation and rendering software.

Headline News Animation Mentor's New Curriculum And Online Campus Technology has announced its new winter term curriculum for January 2009 and released the new version of the school's state-of-the-art online campus.

Unique among art schools worldwide, Animation Mentor exclusively teaches character animation in an environment where students learn directly from professional animators from top studios including Disney Animation Studios, DreamWorks, Industrial Light & Magic, Pixar Animation Studios, Sony Pictures Imageworks, and more.

Headline News Digital-Tutors Releases First Two Comprehensive Titles For SOFTIMAGE|XSI 7

Softimage training partner Digital-Tutors announced at SIGGRAPH the availability of INTRODUCTION TO XSI 7 and INTRODUCTION TO ICE IN XSI 7 -- the first two comprehensive training titles developed for XSI 7 and the latest additions to Digital-Tutors' growing library of interactive training for digital artists using SOFTIMAGE|XSI 7, the newest version of the complete 3D package for modeling, animating, rendering, and character development.

Headline News Gnomon Fall Registration Begins

Registration for Gnomon School of Visual Effects' fall term 2008 (Monday, September 22 through Sunday, December 7) began on Monday, August 4. Register online, in person, via mail or by fax. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 9 am to 6 pm. To tour or get advice on which courses to take, call (323) 466-6663 to make an appointment with Brian Bradford.

New courses for this term include:

--Level Design with Waylon Brinck

Headline News i3DTutorials Releases Free SOFTIMAGE|XSI 7 Tutorial Videos

Softimage training partner i3DTutorials has released free tutorials for SOFTIMAGE|XSI 7. One of XSI 7's most innovative features, the Interactive Creative Environment, also known as ICE, allows artists to visually create stunning effects for film, games, and visual effects easier than it has ever been before in the computer animation industry.

With the release of these new free tutorial videos from training partner, i3DTutorials, everyone can now see the new features of XSI 7 firsthand, including the new implementation of mental ray 3.6 and ICE.

Headline News Digital-Tutors Releases Sculpting Caricatures In ZBrush 3

Pixologic authorized training provider Digital-Tutors has released SCULPTING CARICATURES IN ZBRUSH 3 -- the latest release in a growing library of interactive training for emerging digital artists using ZBrush 3.1, the integrated modeling, texturing, and illustration environment developed by Pixologic.

Headline News Luxology Adds Cogswell Polytechnical College To Education Provider Program

3D software developer Luxology LLC has added Cogswell Polytechnical College to its Education Provider Program. This partnership ensures that all students enrolled in Cogswell’s 3D Modeling major will benefit from increased access to modo and other innovative 3D technology and training from Luxology.

Headline News Digital-Tutors Releases Subsurface Scattering Training For Maya Artists

Autodesk authorized publisher Digital-Tutors has released MENTAL RAY WORKFLOWS IN MAYA: SUBSURFACE SCATTERING -- the fourth release in a series of training highlighting popular features such as caustics, global illumination, and final gather for aspiring artists using mental ray, the leading high-performance rendering engine developed by mental images.

Headline News Gnomon Introduces Creature Design Series With Terryl Whitlatch

This week The Gnomon Workshop introduces a new CREATURE DESIGN series by renowned concept artist and illustrator Terryl Whitlatch. Whitlatch has a background in vertebrate zoology and animal anatomy and has been able to transfer her scientific knowledge into science fiction, creating believable creatures of alien origin. She is most well known for contributions to the recent STAR WARS trilogy and her seven years of creature design for Lucasfilm, ILM and George Lucas' JAK Films. Her book, THE WILDLIFE OF STAR WARS received critical acclaim.

Headline News Gnomon Workshop Releases New Sculpture DVD With John Brown

This week The Gnomon Workshop welcomes back instructor John Brown with the seventh and newest installment to his sculpture series. Exploring a specific theme as in his last DVD, SCULPTING THE FEMME FATALE, Brown delves into creating and sculpting a comic book style superhero.

Headline News Sony Pictures Imageworks Awards $50,000 In Scholarships

Sony Pictures Imageworks' second annual scholarship winners have been announced, presented this year to four students currently enrolled at academic institutions affiliated with IPAX, Imageworks and Sony Pictures Animation’s Professional Academic Excellence program.

The IPAX scholarship top prize winner is Luis Rodrigo Huerta of Texas A&M. Through the IPAX scholarship fund, Huerta will receive tuition money towards his master’s degree at Texas A&M in visualization and the online character animation courses he is taking through Animation Mentor.

Headline News Learn Conceptual Modeling For Auto Design With Release From Digital-Tutors

Autodesk publisher Digital-Tutors has released CREATING CONCEPT VEHICLES IN MAYA -- the newest release in a growing library of interactive training for aspiring artists using Maya, the award-winning 3D modeling, animation, effects, and rendering solution.

CREATING CONCEPT VEHICLES IN MAYA offers nearly seven hours of project-based training for new and experienced artists learning to design 3D vehicles from initial concept development to achieving the final renders and includes creative techniques to lighting, texturing, and rendering.

Headline News Gnomon Workshop Releases New Photo Retouching DVD

This week, the Gnomon Workshop has released PHOTO RETOUCHING IN ADOBE PHOTOSHOP WITH MEGHAN FARRELL. In this DVD Farrell brings her experience as a professional Retoucher for countless internationally acclaimed magazines as well as fine art publishers as she shares her insights and tips for professional level photo retouching for commercial production.

Headline News Digital-Tutors Releases The Artist's Guide To XSI 7

Digital-Tutors has released THE ARTIST'S GUIDE TO XSI 7. This marks the latest training DVD created in partnership between Digital-Tutors and SOFTIMAGE for the second consecutive year and bundled exclusively with SOFTIMAGE|XSI 7, the newest version of the complete 3D package for modeling, animating, rendering, and character development.

Headline News Animation FUNdamentals Is Now Live

Digicel Inc. and Larry Lauria's Toon Institute have partnered to present Animation FUNdamentals -- affordable online animation lessons for aspiring artists and animators.

The lessons are geared to meet the level of the participants.

Animator/director and instructor Lauria, said,"When Kent Braun and I brainstormed on this project -- our goal was to make animation lessons available to folks in junior high and high school. Then, as we developed our curriculum, we found that any age or ability could take these lessons."

Headline News Artist-in-Residence Program: Berlin -- 3 Months 24/7

A new German-Israeli artist-in-residence program for young Israeli filmmakers is set to launch in 2009. The project "Berlin -- 3 Months 24/7" is the result of an initiative undertaken by the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, and the scholarship will be awarded in cooperation with the German Federal Film Board (FFA) in the form of a stipend.

Kirsten Niehuus, managing director of the Medienboard, and Peter Dinges, CEO of the FFA, announced the project to the general public at the Jerusalem Film Festival last week.

Headline News Luxology Offers New Rapid Prototyping With modo Tutorial Series

Luxology has made available MP3 PLAYER: RAPID VISUALIZATION AND PROTOTYPING, a new video album that demonstrates how modo 302's toolset can be used to complement and enhance the product design process.

Created by Luxology's Training Division Director, Andy Brown, this training series offers step-by-step instruction on rapidly giving form to design concepts using Subdivision surfaces in modo. The video album also covers the process of preparing a model for 3-D printing and creation of final presentation images.

Headline News Digital-Tutors Releases Shader Pipeline With XSI And XNA

SOFTIMAGE training partner Digital-Tutors has released SHADER PIPELINE WITH XSI AND XNA -- the newest release in a growing library of interactive training for emerging digital artists using SOFTIMAGE|XSI, a complete 3-D package for modeling, rendering, and character animation, and XNA, Microsoft's industry-leading software, services, resources, and communities focused on enabling game developers to be successful on Microsoft gaming platforms.

Headline News i3DTutorials Releases Introduction To Dynamics In SOFTIMAGE|XSI

i3DTutorials has released their latest training product, INTRODUCTION TO DYNAMICS IN SOFTIMAGE|XSI. This latest offering from the growing i3DTutorials library of SOFTIMAGE|XSI training products, takes users through the entire process of simulations with rigid bodies, soft bodies, constraints, and more.

Learn in detail the inner workings of dynamic simulations and get first hand training in the art of using dynamics in SOFTIMAGE|XSI to achieve life like simulations that would otherwise be too difficult and time consuming using traditional animation methods.

Headline News Israel Film Fest Establishes $15,000 Scholarship

The Israel Film Festival has inaugurated an annual scholarship fund that will donate money raised from its yearly Gala Awards Dinner to support scholarships for Israeli film students to study cinema in six major film schools in Israel.

This year's just concluded Festival, which showcased new films and an unprecedented Retrospective in celebration of Israel's 60th anniversary, along with a sold-out Gala Awards Dinner, was its most successful in its 23 year history. More than 16,000 moviegoers attended the Festival from June 11-26 in Los Angeles.