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Academy's Tech Council Selects Students For 2008 Internship Program

The Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has selected three students to participate in a summer internship program designed to provide real-world experience to students interested in careers in motion picture computer graphics and animation technology.

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The Gnomon Workshop Goes Downloadable

All Gnomon Workshop DVDs are now available as full-length digital downloads.

New DVDs and downloadable releases:


DVDs are still available to purchase through

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i3DTutorials Releases Introduction To Rendering In 3dsMax 2009

i3DTutorials, an Autodesk authorized publisher, announces their latest training product for 3dsMax 2009, INTRODUCTION TO RENDERING IN 3DSMAX 2009.

This latest offering from the growing i3DTutorials library of 3dsMax training products, introduces newcomers to rendering and lighting with Autodesk’s award winning computer animation software. INTRODUCTION TO RENDERING IN 3DSMAX 2009 teaches a new generation of 3dsMax artists how to take advantage of powerful rendering and lighting features.

Animation Headline News

ILM's Shawn Kelly Launches Animation Tips & Tricks Blog

Keeping with his mission to help eager animators around the world learn and become experts in the art of character animation, Shawn Kelly, a senior animator at Industrial Light & Magic and co-founder of, has launched the blog ANIMATION TIPS & TRICKS.

Disney Headline News

NASA And Disney Invite Kids To Explore Space With WALL-E

An animated robot and his spacefaring companion are leading a campaign by NASA and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures to promote interest among schoolchildren in science and technology.

NASA and Disney have signed a Space Act Agreement for a series of educational and public outreach activities related to Disney-Pixar's new movie, WALL-E, opening in theaters nationwide on June 27.

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Luxology Expands Training Offerings With Two New modo Tutorials

Luxology has released two additional modo 302 video albums created by their Training Division. The albums, entitled CONCEPT CAR and CARTOON KID, are provided in HD resolution and provide step-by-step instruction on how to efficiently use modo software to model, paint and render.

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Digital-Tutors Releases ZSphere Modeling In ZBrush

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.

Film Headline News

Academy Grants $500,000 To Film And Cultural Organizations

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.

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Curious Artists Teach Parsons Students Mo-Cap

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.

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London's National Gallery Inspires Animation Art

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.

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Gnomon Workshop Releases Fully Updated Mental Ray DVD

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.

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To Infinity and Beyond! Disney Parks and NASA Send Buzz Lightyear Into Space

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.

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Nuke 5 Training Arrives In The U.K.

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.

Production Headline News

Gnomon's Summer 2008 Registration Is Underway

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

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i3DTutorials Releases Autodesk and SOFTIMAGE Training

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.

Animation Headline News

Intuitive Animation With Robert Kuczera Out On DVD Now

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.

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Digital-Tutors Releases Exaggerated Facial Modeling For Maya And ZBrush Artists

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.

Animation Headline News

Digital-Tutors Releases Intro To Animation Mixer In XSI

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.

Game Headline News

L.A. Film School Adds Game Development, Computer Animation Degree

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.

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Digital-Tutors Releases Flash And Maya Integration Training

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.


fmx/08: Expanding the Global Animation & VFX Connection

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 12:00am

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.

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Sony's IPAX Program Admits Seven New Schools

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