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Headline News Gnomon Workshop Releases Character DVDs

The Gnomon Workshop announced two DVDs by character modeler Ian Joyner. In more than 11 hours of lecture, he shares his myriad techniques for creating compelling life-like characters. Using 3ds Max, BodyPaint, Photoshop and ZBrush, he discusses his workflow for modeling, detailing, texturing and posing a male character outfitted with clothing and props. While Max plays a key role in the development of the character, virtually all the methods utilized apply to any leading 3D application such as Maya or XSI.

Headline News Disney College Program Puts Students to Work

The Walt Disney Co. has launched the "Disney College Program" for 2006, reports MickeyNews.com. The program offers college students the opportunity from any academic discipline to experience working for Disney in a wide variety of roles available in the company. The program gives students a chance to work in a corporate environment, where students perform their tasks in one of the four theme parks, two water parks, resorts in dining, retail or entertainment. Students will have the opportunity to interact with the guests and develop a solid foundation working with people.

Headline News Gnomon Workshop Releases First Maya Cloth Training DVD

The Gnomon Workshop has released its first Maya Cloth DVD. The need for realistic clothing and fabric has become commonplace in today's effects films and feature animation. CLOTH 101: FUNDAMENTALS covers the process of modeling and animating cloth garments. Mark E.A. de Sousa, Cloth and Hair supervisor at Sony Pictures Imageworks, shares his production-tested techniques as he discusses how to control garment characteristics and demonstrates how to integrate dynamic fields.

Headline News Chapman University Equips New Film School with Avid Solutions

Avid Technology Inc. announced that Chapman University, which offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate liberal arts degrees, has made a significant investment in Avid solutions for its new state-of-the-art film and media arts center in southern California. The new $41million, 76,000-square-foot facility, Marion Knott Studios, will serve as the home of the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University.

Headline News Toonskool-KSOU Offer Animation Degree

Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) signed an MOU with Toonskool Advanced Animation Academy Bangalore for a three-year degree program in animation, reports EFY TIMES. With the signing of this MOU, Toonskool becomes the first accredited institute in India to train students for a B.Sc. Degree to be awarded by KSOU in the field of Animation.

Headline News Digital-Tutors Releases Walk Cycle Animation Training for Maya

Digital-Tutors, an Autodesk Authorized Publisher, announced the availability of INTRODUCTION TO MAYA ANIMATION: WALK CYCLE, a comprehensive guide to creating convincing walk cycle animations in Maya and the latest release in a growing library of interactive training for emerging digital artists. Artists will easily learn proper body mechanics, adding personality to characters, and creating walk cycles with less time and more creativity in Maya with more than 2.5 hours of project-based training, an ideal learning resource for artists learning character animation.

Headline News Image Infotainment to Launch Three-Year Digital Media Course

Image College of Arts, Animation and Technology (ICAT), a division of Chennai-based Image Infotainment Limited, will launch a three-year full-time program in digital media, which includes animation, visual effects, game design or game development, reports THE BUSINSS STANDARD.

Philip Thomas, manager (admissions) of ICAT, said that the digital media industry across the world was in need of more fusion artists, those who combine artistic and technical skills.

Headline News Sony Pictures Imageworks Awards $50,000 in IPAX Grants

Sony Pictures Imageworks president Tim Sarnoff announced the presentation of scholarships to six students currently enrolled at academic institutions affiliated with the Imageworks Professional Academic Excellence (IPAX) program.

Headline News fxphd Opens Professional Online Training School

fxphd, the formal training arm of fxguide.com a long time valued industry source for news and visual effects tips has been launched. Unlike fxguide, fxphd is a formal structured course that builds week to week into a complete understanding of the subject at hand. Students are able to discuss with course leaders each week and have their work reviewed and accessed.

Headline News Gnomon Announces Summer Session

Registration for summer term 2006 at Gnomon School of Visual Effects (June 26-Sept. 10) began May 22. There are two new classes for summer: Visual Math for Artists, taught by Saty Raghavachary, is visual intro to mathematical topics that are useful in CG production, and is meant for a non-programmer/non-technical audience. In Vehicles and Hardware Design for Film and Games, students learn the basic design principles necessary to work as conceptual artists in the science fiction genre. This five-week class is taught by Hugo Martin.

Headline News Studio B Awards Scholarships To Young Animators

Studio B Prods., one of Canadas leading animation studios, is opening up their doors to scholarship winners. The winners were chosen by their portfolios from their respective first and third year animation programs. Three $2,000 scholarships and the opportunity to work with Studio B during a four-week paid internship program were awarded to:

* Capilano Colleges Lauren Airriess from Salt Lake City, Utah working in the Design & Storyboard Department on GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE and RICKY SPROCKET SHOWBIZ BOY.

Headline News Gnomon Workshop Releases Two 3ds Max Training DVDs

The Gnomon Workshop now offers two new DVDs by CG supervisor Tim Jones. The creation of digital environments for the highest caliber game cinematics and short films has been Jones area of expertise at Blur Studios. In these DVDs, he shares his techniques for modeling, texturing, lighting, rendering and compositing highly realistic digital sets in 3ds Max.

ENVIRONMENT CREATION FOR PRODUCTION: 3DS MAX MODELING AND TEXTURING WITH TIM JONES.

Headline News Digital-Tutors Releases ‘SyFlex in Maya’ Training

Digital-Tutors announced the availability of USING SYFLEX IN MAYA, a comprehensive guide to the learning the fundamentals of SyFlex and creating realistic simulations using the fast and powerful technology developed by Syflex Llc. Containing more than four hours of project-based training, USING SYFLEX IN MAYA provides artists a unique approach to learning the capabilities of SyFlex. A limited time offer is also included with the training DVD, allowing artists to save 10% on a license of SyFlex through June 10, courtesy of Syflex Llc.

Headline News Animation Training Starts In Primary Schools in Ireland

Philip Flynn, chief executive of the Digital Hub Development Agency, said that Irish and international animation companies should take advantage of Irelands highly skilled workforce that has experience in producing digital animation from primary school, reports THE IRISH EXAMINER.

Flynn made his comments at the debut of the Liberties Claymation Festival in the Digital Hub in Dublin. The festival, which is running over three days, will feature more than 30 animation films produced and directed by children 8-16-from schools based in the Liberties.

Headline News Korean Film Council Launches Filmmakers Development Lab with University of Hawai

In a major initiative to nurture and encourage emerging Korean-American filmmakers, the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) announced the launch of its inaugural KOFIC Filmmakers Development Lab.

Headline News Next-Gen Animation Artists Creating European Network

The Halle, Germany-based European Animation Masterclass (EAM) initiated a European network of animation film artists and animation schools. Last week, the EAM brought together 25 of the next-generation animation film producers from 11 countries with internationally acclaimed trainers from Italy, the Czech Republic, Germany and the U.S.

Headline News Gnomon Workshop Releases Matchmoving DVDs

The Gnomon Workshop provides the answer to all your matchmoving questions, with five new titles from artists Tim Dobbert, who joins the Gnomon Workshop with three new releases, and Stephen McClure, whose two new titles introduce tracking in boujou. Ethan Summers rounds out the releases with a new title showing how he creates landscapes in Vue.

Headline News SAE Institute Expands in Middle East

Following the tremendous success of courses offered at its Dubai hub, SAE Institute, the largest film, audio engineering and animation training provider in the world, is looking at expanding to other countries in the region.

Marco Bettelli, SAE's Dubai gm, said that the SAE Institute's regional campus at Dubai Knowledge Village (KV) has captured the imagination of aspiring filmmakers, animators and music professionals from around the region and is considering opening branches in Middle Eastern countries like Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon.

Headline News Animation Mentor Teams With Alice Radio On 3-Minute Film Festival

Animation Mentor, the Berkeley-based online character animation school, was selected by San Francisco radio station Alice @ 97.3 as a partner on its Alices 3-Minute Film Festival. The modern adult contemporary station unveils a new Morning Show-themed short film, each year, as part of the celebration. This years short was co-directed by Animation Mentors co-founder/creative director Carlos Baena, whose motion picture credits include FINDING NEMO and CARS.

Headline News Court Used Animations May Create Jury Bias

A study from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign presents the argument that computer animation uses in court cases to re-create incidents may present a biased view depending on which side created the simulation, reports ScienceDaily.com.

Headline News Patricia Beckmann & Richard Kidd Join Gnomon Advisory Board

Joining the Gnomon School of Visual Effects advisory board are visual effects supervisor Richard Kidd and Patricia Beckmann, manager of artistic and professional development for Disney Feature Animation. As board members, they will help guide development, curriculum and direction for the school.

Headline News NYIT Students Enter the "Madness" With NCAA's Centennial Logo

It has been March madness in the classroom for 12 graduate students enrolled in New York Institute of Technology's (NYIT) Master of Arts computer graphics program. Students worked long days and late nights even giving up much of their spring break to complete a new, full-screen animation of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Centennial logo.

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