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NVIDIA Founder Pledges $30M For Campus Engineering Center At Stanford

NVIDIA Founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang -- and Stanford alumnus -- will donate $30 million to help build a modern and sustainable destination for education and research, the Jen-Hsun Huang School of Engineering Center.

The 130,000-square-foot building, already under construction and expected to be completed in the first half of 2010, is designed to encourage a vibrant academic and social atmosphere for people throughout the Stanford community.

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Nuke 5.1 In-Depth 3D DVD Training From Sphere VFX

U.K. training company Sphere VFX has released their new Nuke 5.1 training DVD -- "In-Depth 3D."

The course is designed specifically for people who already know Nuke but want to increase their understanding of how the 3D system works, and benefit from some industry hints and tips in producing more complicated setups. Designed with production in mind, all modules are tool focused and application based to help you understand not only how something works but why it does and how you would use it in a production environment.

DVD Classes Include:

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Digital-Tutors Releases Texture Painting With Maya And Photoshop

Autodesk Authorized Publisher and Adobe Certified Expert Digital-Tutors has released TEXTURE PAINTING WITH MAYA AND PHOTOSHOP, the latest release in a library of interactive training for emerging digital artists using Maya and Photoshop. TEXTURE PAINTING WITH MAYA AND PHOTOSHOP provides nearly five hours of project-oriented training on texture painting techniques for better results and a tool-based approach to learning Maya and Photoshop for texture creation.

Online Headline News

Escape Studios Launches Online Learning Tool

Escape Studios has launched their revolutionary CG online learning tool. The online platform allows students to become computer graphics artists from anywhere in the world and promises to open doors into the film, games and animation industries.

It means students will now have access to world class training in Autodesk Maya at the click of a mouse.

The online training tool allows entry-level students, or anyone wanting to re-train the ability to learn in their own time and pace, with instant help from Escape’s online community.

Production Headline News

Gnomon Workshop Releases Two New Behind The Scenes Titles

This week The Gnomon Workshop released two new titles in their popular "Behind The Scenes" series, which gives an in-depth look at the creation of a game cinematic sequence. Produced with Producer Emmanuel Fragelus, Art Director Mark Goerner and Director Louis Bolivar, this series follows a team of artists as they demonstrate their production techniques from concept phase to final rendered animation. Each DVD includes actual production meetings with Art Director Mark Goerner as he goes over the existing designs and lends direction to the project.

College Headline News

Cast Your Vote For The Top New Canadian Animators

Emerging animators from across Canada have been selected as finalists for the 2008 TELETOON Animation Scholarship. With shorts spanning from the biblical past to a hyper-industrial future, the short-listed films are now on Cartoon fans are invited to watch and vote to decide which short in each category will win the Voter's Choice Award and receive a cash award of $500. Voting is open until September 15.

Artists Headline News

i3DTutorials Releases Mastering The Art of ICE Volume I

i3DTutorials announces their latest training product for SOFTIMAGE|XSI, MASTERING THE ART OF ICE VOLUME I: BREAKING THE ICE. This latest offering from the growing i3DTutorials library of SOFTIMAGE|XSI training products, teaches artists how to use one of the most stunning features of SOFTIMAGE|XSI 7, the new Interactive Creative Environment, known as ICE.

Approaching ICE from an artist's point of view, learn to harness the power of ICE step by step. Learn about the ICE Tree, the tools and features that give the artist more power than ever before with ICE's amazing workflow.

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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.

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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.

Creative 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.

Animation 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.

Animation 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.

Animation 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.

Artists 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.

October 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

Free 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Creature 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.

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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.

Animation 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.

Concept 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.

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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.