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Production Headline News

i3DTutorials Releases Rendering with mental ray in 3ds Max 2010

Miami, FL -- May 2009 -- i3DTutorials announces their latest training product for Autodesk 3ds Max, "Rendering with mental ray in 3ds Max 2010." This latest offering from the growing i3DTutorials library of Autodesk 3ds Max training products, introduces 3D artists to the advanced concepts and production workflows needed to render imagery of professional quality using the industry standard mental ray renderer.

Effects Headline News

Gnomon Workshop Releases New mental ray DVD

Press Release from The Gnomon Workshop

This week The Gnomon Workshop announces the release of a new Mental Ray DVD by Gnomon Workshop veteran instructor Matt Hartle. In this new title Matt discusses and demonstrates the steps he takes to produce a finished visual effects shot using Maya, Mental Ray and After Effects. With the benefit of his many years of production and teaching experience, Matt focuses on the techniques needed to get the project done fast and efficiently.

Animation Headline News

Nickelodeon Establishing Scholarship Program at CalArts

Burbank, Calif. April 17, 2009 -- Nickelodeon, the number one producer of television animation in the U.S., announced today that it will establish The Nickelodeon Endowed Scholarship in Animation in Honor of Jules Engel at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) School of Film/Video. The announcement was made by Brown Johnson, President, Animation for Nickelodeon and MTV Network Kids' & Family Group during the Jules Engel Centennial Celebration at REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater) in Los Angeles.

Digital Headline News

3ality Digital Launches 3DIQ to Share Best Practices with Industry

Press Release from 3ality Digital, LLC

BURBANK, Calif., April 15 -- 3ality Digital, LLC ( today announced the company will launch the entertainment industry's first professional training and certification program in the field of live-action digital 3D. 3ality Digital Image Quality (3DIQ) will elevate 3D offerings industry-wide by sharing unrivaled expertise in the creation and distribution of pixel-perfect live-action 3D entertainment.

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Cogswell Poly Changes Studio Name to Qube! Lab

Press Release from Pipeline FX

Cogswell Polytechnical College is pleased to announce it has officially renamed the Project X Studio the Qube! Lab in honor of the support and partnership that Pipeline FX has provided.

Animation Headline News

Gobelins Offers Summer Character Animation Course

GOBELINS, l'ecole de l'image, a visual communication and design school in Paris, is known for its award-winning student films that have won many international prizes including Best Animation Prize for the film FOR SOCK'S SAKE at Imagina in Monaco last February and a recent Academy Awards nomination for OKTAPODI.

GOBELINS is organizing for the fourth time an international summer school to enable students and professionals from around the world to gain a better understanding of what makes for successful character animation.

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cmiVFX Launches ICE for Production Environments Video

cmiVFX | cmiStudios launches a brand new video for Autodesk's Softimage ICE product line. cmiVFX sought the help of ICE Master, Thiago Costa, who is currently dealing with ICE on several projects in a professional production pipeline. This video is available now at the cmiVFX store. cmiVFX Video Player Online Store at

Introduction to ICE workflow:

Production Headline News

New Red Dwarf Material at heart of's New Term, the project-based online visual effects training resource led by visual effects professionals, is launching a ground-breaking series of courses based on vfx material it produced for the brand new RED DWARF miniseries, RED DWARF: BACK TO EARTH, which was commissioned exclusively by Dave, the home of witty banter.

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MAAC Launches New AD3D Diploma Course With Specialization Module

Mumbai-based Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics has announced the launch of a new flagship 3D course, the Advanced Diploma in 3D-Xpert (AD3DXPert) with a focus on physical mediums like Digital Filmmaking and Stop. The course is a response to the often-requested requirements from the industry for greater filmmaking knowledge and deeper specializations for those entering the industry.

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eyeon to Introduce New Training Initiative at NAB

eyeon Software has announced its new SWAT certification program to ensure that new and established VFX artists receive the training and support they need to realize their full creative potential. With the new SoftWare Artist Training (SWAT) umbrella program, the company has expanded its international network of trainers, colleges, online resources, and in-house product support personnel to ensure that every eyeon artist is up-to-speed on the latest versions of Fusion, Generation, Rotation, and Vision. eyeon will launch the new program at NAB, April 20-23, 2009, in Las Vegas.

Animation Headline News

Animation Mentor to Release eBook, Webinar

Ideal for people who love animation and enjoy learning about the art of animation, ANIMATION TIPS AND TRICKS, Volume II-2009 Edition takes it to the next level by offering budding animators a wealth of career advice, real-life insight on the working life of an animator in addition to valuable tips on everything from making a demo reel, making a scene, acting, bringing characters to life, workflow, and a whole lot more.

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Digital-Tutors Introduces Character Creation in ZBrush, Intro to ICE Strands

Digital-Tutors, an Autodesk Authorized Publisher and Pixologic Authorized Training Provider, has launched two new training titles for artists learning character development and modeling, and effects animation and dynamics. With the addition of CHARACTER CREATION IN ZBRUSH and INTRODUCTION TO ICE STRANDS, Digital-Tutors' collection of video-based training continues to grow for new and experienced artists using ZBrush and Autodesk Softimage.

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Fume FX 2 Advanced Fluids Training DVD Officially Released

Allan McKay, director at Catastrophic FX, has officially announced the new FUME FX ADVANCED DVD. The follow-up to FUME FX ESSENTIALS, the new training DVD is aimed at advanced fluids for feature film visual effects.

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Digital-Tutors Unveils Industry's First mental ray Nodes Reference Library

Digital-Tutors, an Autodesk Authorized Publisher and a provider of mental ray training, has announced the release of MENTAL RAY NODES ONLINE REFERENCE LIBRARY, a non-linear approach to learning each mental ray node available in Maya.

Lucas Headline News

USC to Dedicate New School of Cinematic Arts Home

In honor of its 80th birthday on Sunday, USC will publicly unveil its new $175 million home on campus, the School of Cinematic Arts. George Lucas, the school's most famous film alum, donated $75 million for the new facilities through his Lucasfilm Foundation, and another $100 million for the school's endowment. He will be on hand with Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Cinematic Arts Dean Elizabeth Daley. Other donors include Warner Bros., Twentieth Century Fox and Disney.

Games Headline News

Escape Studios Offers New Classroom-based Games Course

Learn how to create artwork required to land a job in the games industry with Escape's new classroom-based Games Course. Taught by Simon Fenton, former lead artist at Sony Computer Entertainment London, Escape's games course will teach students how to take art direction and create realistic models and environments for games. Using leading technology such as Maya, Photoshop, ZBrush, CrazyBump and the renowned Unreal engine, this comprehensive 12 week course will equip students with the necessary skills, and a demo reel, for pursuing a job in game development.

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Bang Zoom! Beginner's Level Voice Acting Workshop

Bang Zoom! will be holding a beginner's level Voice Acting Workshop on Saturday, March 28, 2009 in San Francisco. This is a unique opportunity to take the same course that is typically only offered at our studios in Los Angeles. They are limited to only 15 spots in this class, so act quickly to secure your spot.

Work Headline News

Univ. of Westminster Launches Masters in Digital Compositing, VFX

The University of Westminster in London has enhanced its portfolio of courses within animation, games and interactive media with a one-year Masters of Science degree in Digital Compositing and Visual Effects starting October 2009.

Graduates from the course will be exposed to the theoretical, technical, practical and professional competences enabling them to follow a variety of careers within film, television, animation, advertising and gaming.

Headline News

Sesame Street in Nigeria to Reach 30,000 Children

Nigeria possesses the third largest number of HIV-positive adults in the world; and over 1.8 million children are orphaned by AIDS. In a groundbreaking effort to provide resources about HIV and AIDS to Nigerian children and caregivers, Sesame Workshop has partnered with The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Presidents Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to bring a unique SESAME STREET project to Nigeria.

Animations Headline News

Craft Animations Adds USC to Academic Partner Program

Craft Animations, leading developer of professional real-time 3D animation technology, has announced its new Academic Partner Program, which offers leading colleges, universities and 3D animation schools subsidized access to Craft Director Tools. The company has additionally announced the University Of Southern California (USC) School of Cinematic Arts as the latest adopter of this new program, which helps to further establish the growing network of students who are skilled in new era animation technologies.