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Category: Education and Training
ZSPHERE MODELING IN ZBRUSH from Digital-Tutors is the latest release in a library of interactive training for emerging digital artists using ZBrush 3.1, the integrated modeling, texturing, and illustration environment developed by Pixologic.
Developed for artists utilizing ZSpheres, a method to creating, building, and sculpting characters, ZSPHERE MODELING IN ZBRUSH provides four hours of project-based training for artists learning a time-saving workflow to modeling with ZSpheres and building complex organic models using production-applicable tools and techniques.
The Academy Foundation's Institutional Grants Program has awarded a total of $500,000 to 58 film-related nonprofit organizations -- including universities, museums and career development programs -- throughout the United States and in Canada.
Since its establishment in 1968, the foundation, which is the educational wing of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, has distributed more than 573 institutional grants.
Sixteen advanced Communication Design and Technology students from Parsons The New School for Design recently concluded a one semester motion capture course taught by Curious Pictures mo-cap artists Cory Alderman and Michele Matt.
Alderman and Matt, in collaboration with Anezka Sebek, Parsons' Associate Professor and Director of the school's MFA program in Design and Technology, created a 15-week course that instructed students in motion capture acquisition and animation.
TRANSCRIPTIONS: ANIMATION is a collaboration between the National Gallery in London, Complicite and Central Saint Martins' Postgraduate Diploma Character Animation, an innovative project, in its second year, which involves the students producing one-minute films inspired by a painting in the gallery's collection as part of their course.
Today Gnomon Workshop is releasing the fully updated MENTAL RAY: FUNDAMENTALS, RENDERING TECHNIQUES WITH MATT HARTLE. This DVD focuses on the fundamental implementation and functionality of Mental Ray from within Maya.
This title covers many important topics, including the Mental Ray interface, Memory and Performance, Raytracing, Motion Blur and Displacements. This DVD is a great resource for any production artist needing to get the most out of Mental Ray.
It's a dream come true for Buzz Lightyear as Disney Parks and NASA send the 12-inch-tall action figure "to infinity...and beyond!"
Buzz Lightyear will blast off aboard Space Shuttle Discovery on mission STS-124. Lift-off from Kennedy Space Center is scheduled for 5:02 p.m. ET on May 31.
Toon Boom Animation and educational publisher FableVision have released Animation-Ish, an innovative software program that allows people of all ages to unleash their creativity through easy, "do-it-yourself" animation.
RenderMan Fundamentals CourseLondon, U.K.June 23, 2008
Escape Studios, Pixar's European distributor and training partner for RenderMan, is offering its RenderMan Fundamentals course in conjunction with Pixar's official RenderMan courseware.
As one of The Foundry's authorized training centers in the U.K., Sphere VFX now offers a range of new Nuke 5 training courses.
The courses are based around The Foundry's latest version of Nuke, which features a brand new user interface, Python scripting, support for stereoscopic workflow, the ability to read, process and write over a thousand channels per stream, and broad support for the openEXR file system.
Registration for summer courses at the Gnomon School of Visual Effects has begun. New courses for this term include:
--Game Design and ScriptingHarness the Unreal editor's visual scripting language, Kismet and Matinee Editor to produce richly interactive environments.
--Imaginative LandcapesInvent rich, new worlds from the imagination for use in finished concept art.
--Animation for GamesLearn to create animation assets for games with Autodesk Maya.
--Studio Matte Techniques
i3DTutorials, an Autodesk Authorized Publisher, announces their latest training product for 3dsMax 2009, INTRODUCTION TO 3DSMAX 2009. This latest offering from the growing i3DTutorials library of 3dsMax training products, introduces newcomers to the world of computer graphics with Autodesk's award winning computer animation software.
Character animator Robert Kuczera has released a new instructional DVD through The Gnomon Workshop.
In this DVD Kuczera guides you through his character animation process from beginning to end. He first describes how to prepare the Maya Workspace to improve and optimize your work- flow. Next, he shows how to prepare a scene for animation and animate the character. He discusses the timeline, Graph Editor, Dopesheet, layers, shelves, hot keys and MEL scripts.
Digital-Tutors, an Autodesk Authorized Publisher, has released EXAGGERATED FACIAL MODELING IN MAYA AND ZBRUSH.
It is the latest release in a growing library of interactive training for emerging digital artists using Maya, the award-winning 3-D modeling, animation, effects, and rendering solution, and ZBrush 3.1, the integrated modeling, texturing, and illustration environment developed by Pixologic.
Digital-Tutors, a SOFTIMAGE Official Training Partner, announced the availability of INTRODUCTION TO ANIMATION MIXER IN XSI -- the newest release in a growing library of interactive training for digital artists using SOFTIMAGE|XSI, a complete 3-D package for modeling, rendering, and character animation.
The Los Angeles Film School has added two degree offerings, an Associate of Science Degree in Game Development and an Associate of Science Degree in Computer Animation, each set to begin in September 2008.
The Game Development Associate's Program will provide an opportunity for students seeking an education in video game development. It will cover the process of creating a video game from the initial stages of game structure and preproduction, to advanced coding, artificial intelligence, and game engine creation.
Digital-Tutors released Flash and Maya Integration -- the newest release in a growing library of interactive training for emerging digital artists using Flash, an advanced authoring environment for creating interactive content for digital, Web, and mobile platforms, and Maya, the award-winning 3-D modeling, animation, effects, and rendering solution.
Johannes Wolters dives into fmx/08, which this year offered an even greater number of stimulating discussions on the state of artistic and technological visual content.
Seven new educational institutions have been accepted into Sony Pictures Imageworks' Professional Academic Excellence (IPAX) program, it was announced today by the company's president, Tim Sarnoff. After a rigorous review process, Imageworks has admitted the following schools into the program, including, for the first time, two international institutions:
* Brigham Young University* California State University Northridge* Filmakademie Baden-Wurttemberg* Linkopings Universitet* New York University* School of Visual Arts
Digital-Tutors has released PIPELINE DEVELOPMENT WITH MAYA AND XNA -- the latest release in a growing library of interactive training for emerging digital artists using Maya, the award-winning 3D modeling, animation, effects, and rendering solution, and XNA, Microsoft's industry-leading software, services, resources, and communities focused on enabling game developers to be successful on Microsoft gaming platforms.
This week the Gnomon Workshop is excited to brings you their much-anticipated two-volume series on Dave Dorman's Illustration Techniques.
In these dynamic titles Eisner Award-winning artist Dorman shares his techniques for creating original pencil art all the way through to painting the final piece. These DVDs cover such topics as composition, light and shadow, figure drawing, preparing a board for painting, color theory, oil painting and mixed media.
ILLUSTRATION TECHNIQUES WITH DAVE DORMAN VOLUME 1: PENCIL ART AND PAINTING PREPARATION:
Digital-Tutors, has released INTRODUCTION TO MODELING IN MODO, the third installment in a growing library of interactive training for emerging digital artists learning modo, the artist-friendly 3D software for PCs and Macs.
INTRODUCTION TO MODELING IN MODO provides five hours of project-driven training for new and experienced artists learning a time-saving workflow to automotive modeling and a comprehensive overview of the modeling tools available in modo, which are currently being used in feature films, games, and design.
Digital-Tutors has released ANIMATING CARTOON CHARACTERS IN MAYA -- the newest release for aspiring artists using Maya, the award-winning 3D modeling, animation, effects, and rendering solution.
ANIMATING CARTOON CHARACTERS IN MAYA offers six hours of project-based training for experienced artists learning to create stylized toon animations and provides animators with a workflow to creating toon character animations, time-saving squash and stretch techniques, and the principles of story-telling through movements.
Hewes Middle School in Tustin, California (Orange County) is having its triennial Career Day on Friday, May 23, 2008. Questionnaires were given to the students asking them what their "dream" careers would be. More than 60 students reported that if they could be anything in the world, they would choose to be animator/illustrators. Teacher Victoria Rutledge is trying to find someone in the industry who would be willing to come and share their experience with these kids who share your passion for animation. These kids chose animation over movie star, pro athlete, rock star, etc.
Digital-Tutors released MENTAL RAY WORKFLOWS IN MAYA: CAUSTICS -- the latest release in a growing library of interactive training for emerging digital artists using Maya, the award-winning 3D modeling, animation, effects, and rendering solution.
MENTAL RAY WORKFLOWS IN MAYA: CAUSTICS contains two hours of project-based training for intermediate artists learning methods for realistically reflecting and refracting light rays in scenes and time-saving rendering techniques that can be used in numerous scenarios that require caustic effects.