Autodesk Authorized Publisher Digital-Tutors announced the release of THE ARTIST'S GUIDE TO MEL. This is part of Digital-Tutors expanding library of resources to train digital artists in the use of Maya 8.5. Maya 8.5 is the award-winning 3D program used in animation, effects, modeling and rendering for both feature films and videogames. THE ARTIST'S GUIDE TO MEL contains 4 hours of project-based training, focusing on how to incorporate greater automation in workflow along with flexibility.
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Arena Animation, one of India's largest animation and multimedia training institutions, announced the launch of the brand new version of its 2 1/2 year high-end animation-training course, the Arena Animation Academy Specialist Program 2007 (AAASP 2007).
The course is modeled around the needs of the industry with each semester having an integrated project to give the students an exposure to the practical application of tools and software.
Toonz Animation Academy has appointed S. Ramaprasad as exec director, reports INDIANTELEVISION.COM.
Toonz Animation is launching an Animation Academy in Mumbai in June, which will be followed by animation academies in Nagpur, Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai. Ramaprasad will spearhead the operations in all these academies
Ramaprasad has spent 20 years as a senior management professional. Most recently, he was president/ceo of Maini Info Solutions Pvt. Ltd. Previously he was gm of Aptech, overseeing its operations in Karnataka and Goa.
The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF), with the support of the TELUS Ottawa Community Board Mention, is hosting the Toon Apprentice Lectures, a unique series of classroom visits teaching high school students that there is much more to animation than Saturday morning. OIAF director Chris Robinson will be presenting the Toon Apprentice Lectures at area high schools throughout May, June and September.
Building on the strength of its long experience and its worldwide reputation, the Gobelins visual communications school in Paris for the second year is running an international summer school to enable participants from around the world to learn character animation.
This international summer school is open to students and professionals wishing to gain a better knowledge of what makes for successful character animation, but also to have the opportunity for meeting leading animators and studio representatives.
Summer Term Registration is now open at Gnomon School of Visual Effects. Gnomon is now accepting applications for 21-month Certificate Program. Call 323-466-6663 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
More than 40 unique classes offered for Gnomon's Summer Term, including one devoted to the newly released, ZBrush 3, taught by Miguel Ortega, Scott Spencer and Ryan Kingslien.
TELETOON, Canada's only all animation network, announced that for the 10th edition of the TELETOON Animation Scholarship, the total prize money has more than doubled to more than $70,000 to support the development of nine talented animation students across Canada. TELETOON is also rewarding cartoon fans with the new Voter's Choice Award to allow would-be cartoon critics to have their say and possibly win $500. Applications for the Scholarship are now being accepted until June 15, 2007. More information and rules of entry are available at www.teletoon.com.
Los Angeles County High School for the Arts senior Kris Anka has been selected to receive the first Warner Bros. Animation/Hanna-Barbera Scholarship.
Friends of Transart Institute announced that scholarships have become available to students of the low-residency Master of Fine Arts program. For the academic year 2007/8, up to eight partial $2,500 scholarships will go to students of merit and financial need. Furthermore, two 50% scholarships are available to accepted students in Transart Institute's international MFA in New Media program from East Europe and new EU-member countries through Donau University Krems.
The Gnomon Workshop offers the sixth Sculpture title from artist John Brown. A long awaited addition to John's brilliant sculpture series; this tutorial leads you with a master's skill through the process of sculpting the female form. Watch as John Brown brings to life a fantasy femme fatale figure, in full detail throughout two hours of instruction.
Digital-Tutors announced the availability of MAYA MODELING TECHNIQUES: AUTOMOTIVE, the latest release in a growing library of interactive training for emerging digital artists using Autodeskâs Maya 8.5.
Mumbai-based animation and visual effects institute Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC) is planning to launch gaming animation training programs to address the needs of global companies looking for specialized Indian animators to develop gaming engines reports FINANCIAL EXPRESS.
"We are talking to some of the U.K. and the U.S-based global gaming companies who will help us create gaming curriculum for our students," said MAA spokesman Kingshuk Gupta. "But nothing has been finalized yet as we want to have the best training program"
The Gnomon Workshop welcomes 3D artist Cetin Tuker, who provides his knowledge of 3ds Max techniques using Glue3D to the digital DVD library. Tuker has more than 15 years experience working in 3D production and teaching university level 3D animation and motion graphics. He is also the author of 3D ENVIRONMENT DESIGN, which was released in 2006.
Execs from some of the top animation and digital media studios in North America were on hand April 26, 2007, to officially open Sheridan Institute's new center for animation. The multi-million dollar facility is the latest milestone in Sheridan's 35-year history as a leading animation educator in Canada. Reps from Nelvana/Corus Ent., Disney DreamWorks Animation, CORE Digital Pictures, JibJab and many other studios were on hand for the official opening of the center.
Gaming industry legend Tom Frisina, talent development exec at Electronic Arts (EA), will join the team at the Masters of Digital Media (MDM) Program as a part-time faculty member. Frisina will work with the graduate program's students to teach them the Business of Digital Media at the Great Northern Way Campus (GNWC) Digital Media Centre.
This announcement comes on the heels of Electronic Arts recent $1 million contribution to the MDM Program.
Students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are part of a pioneering new class this semester that's preparing them to be leaders in parallel computing.
lynda.com announced the launch of After Effects CS3 Professional Preview and Premiere Pro CS3 Preview with Chad Perkins. These two new training titles are available for free at www.lynda.com.
lynda.com's training courses in After Effects, Premiere Pro and other Creative Suite 3 products will be on display during the NAB conference at the Las Vegas Convention Center, booth SL2028, from until April 19, 2007.
Full Sail Real World Education announced Project LaunchBox, a first-of-its-kind campus-wide program that enables Full Sail students with Apple technology to create music, film, games, animation and design.
Project LaunchBox complements Full Sail's programs across six different disciplines by providing students with a complete mobile studio comprising of a MacBook Pro notebook computer loaded with software, such as Apple's Final Cut Studio video production suite.
Digital-Tutors announced the availability of three new educational training products: URBAN ENVIRONMENT CREATION WITH MAYA, MENTAL RAY RENDERING TECHNIQUES: INTERIORS and INTRODUCTION TO MUDBOX - the latest releases in a growing library of interactive video-based training for emerging digital artists.
Warner Bros. Studios has created a new, annual animation scholarship in honor of the late Bill Hanna and Joseph Barbera, and the great animation legacy of both Hanna-Barbera Studios and Warner Bros. Animation.
Kerala, India-based Kinfra Film & Video Park (KFVP) has gained approval from the commerce ministry to launch an international animation school, which will be built on a private-public-partnership (PPP) basis, reports THE BUSINESS STANDARD. The new school will be located on Kinfra's campus in Thiruvanathapuram.
Kinfra md A S Suresh Babu said, "We had earlier submitted a project report on the possibilities of the animation school to the Commerce Ministry and this got a final approval. Now we are in the process of finalizing a managing committee for the project."
Online visual effects training site fxphd is offering new courses for the April 07 Term. New classes include:
* Matte Painting -- A non-application specific course focusing on the art* Drawing -- Character drawing and development* Roto -Tahl Niran continues his popular run of courses with a focus on rotoscoping* After Effects -- Mark Christiansen leads a motion graphics design focus* Final Cut Pro -- Final Cut Studio techniques applicable in day to day work* Introduction to Flame -- Get up and running fast
With chalk art gaining more and more popularity, Art Institute students -- like Interactive Media Design student Lesley Perdomo and Media Arts & Animation graduate Julio "JJ" Jimenez -- are among those who have joined the growing list of artists who are spending their weekends at Chalk or Street Painting Festivals to compete for prizes such as airline tickets, cash, trips and art supplies. Both students have won titles, including Best 3-D Effects, Best of Color and Best in Show.
The Gnomon Workshop has release three DVDs by acclaimed artists Taron, Zack Petroc and Keith Thompson, covering organic modeling, art direction and character design.
"Once again, we at the Gnomon Workshop have been privileged to work with some of the industries top talents," stated Alex Alvarez, director of Gnomon. "I have admired Taron's digital creations for over a decade, amazed by his technical and aesthetic virtuosity. His DVD highlights modeling efficiency and workflow, and while he uses LightWave, I found all his techniques to also translate directly into Maya."
Registration for Gnomon Online will remain open until April 2 (the first day of the spring term). On April 2, registration will close for Gnomon's 10-week courses, but will remain open for the five-week courses, 3D Texture Painting and Advanced Sculpting and Texturing in ZBrush.
Gnomon Online is currently offering six classes:
* Introduction to Maya: with Stephen McClure* Animation and Visual Effects: with Stephen McClure* Lighting and Rendering 2: with Jeremy Engleman (a new class)