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Animation Headline News

MAAC to Launch Gaming Animation Training Program In India

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"

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Gnomon Workshop Releases New 3ds Max DVD Fluid Sim with Glu3D

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.

Animation Headline News

Sheridan Hosts Top Studios For Opening Of New Animation Center

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.

Media Headline News

Masters of Digital Media Signs Gaming Pioneer Tom Frisina

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.

Headline News Debuts After Effects CS3 & Premiere Pro CS3 Training Solutions 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'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.

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Full Sail Launches MacBook Pro & Final Cut Studio Creative Environment

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.

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Digital-Tutors Offers Maya, mental ray & Mudbox Training Tools

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.

Animation Headline News

WB Animation Creates Scholarship Honoring Bill Hanna & Joseph Barbera

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.

Animation Headline News

India's Kinfra to Set Up School

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."

Effects Headline News

fxphd Announces April Schedule of Classes

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

Festival Headline News

Art Institute Students Bring Chalk Art to The Streets

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.

Digital Headline News

Gnomon Workshop Releases Three New Training DVDs

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."

Online Headline News

Spring Term Open for Gnomon Online Registration

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)

Series Headline News

Luxology Offers New modo 203 Training Series

Luxology's new training division, which recently launched an initial series of modo training videos, has produced a brand new 10-video series that shows users how to model, light and render a sport shoe using modo 203. This series was created by Luxology's training director, Andy Brown, and is the latest offering from the training division.

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Digital-Tutors Releases Interior Set Modeling Training for Maya

Digital-Tutors, an Autodesk Authorized Publisher, announced the availability of MAYA MODELING TECHNIQUES: INTERIORS, the latest release in a growing library of interactive training for emerging digital artists using Maya 8.5. MAYA MODELING TECHNIQUES: INTERIORS provides more than five hours of project-based training and a unique approach to learning the production techniques and processes of modeling interior sets in Maya for use in films, games and architectural visualizations.

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Grey's Anatomy Star Donates 25K To Slave Trade Animation Project

Isaiah Washington, star of the TV series, GREY'S ANATOMY, has donated $25,000 to a CG animated project, which will chronicle the Atlantic slave trade, reports THE ASSOCIATED PRESS.

Last year, Washington formed a nonprofit foundation to help the people Sierra Leone, where the actor has traced his roots to .

"The stories of innumerable Sierra Leoneans that were forced into slavery have yet to be extensively told," Washington said. "I believe this project will begin to shed some much-needed light on the region, both past and present."

Artists Headline News

Gnomon Workshop: Live! Set for March 31-April 1

The Gnomon Workshop is presenting its fifth workshop weekend, March 31 and April 1, 10:00-7:00 pm, Sound Stage 15, next door to the Gnomon School of VFX, 1015 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, 90038.

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Face Robot Installed for Zemeckis Performance Course at USC

The USC School of Cinematic Arts has installed SOFTIMAGE|FACE ROBOT, its facial animation software, for use in a new performance capture graduate course for 12 students, co-instructed by Robert Zemeckis (THE PLOAR EXPRESS, MONSTER HOUSE, BEOWULF).

Effects Headline News

Gnomon Workshop Releases New Maya Training DVDS

The Gnomon Workshop offers two new Maya training DVDs: INTRODUCTION TO MAYA by Alex Alvarez gives new users a thorough walkthrough of Maya's user interface, architecture, object manipulation and scene management, and John Clark's UNDERWATER ENVIRONMENTS showcases his dynamic effects techniques for developing an animated effects shot. Clark is currently wave animation lead on Sony Pictures Animations SURFS UP.

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Digital-Tutors Releases Training for Shave and a Haircut for Maya

Digital-Tutors, an Autodesk Certified Publisher, announced the availability of INTRODUCTION TO SHAVE AND A HAIRCUT FOR MAYA, the newest release in an expanding library of interactive training for emerging digital artists using Shave and a Haircut, the cutting edge technology that has been used in feature films such as KING KONG, X-MEN 2 and UNDERWORLD 2.

Online Headline News

The Art Institute Online to Teach Courses in Second Life

The Art Institute Online, a division of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, has opened a student campus in Second Life, a virtual online community, to teach a new Business Communications course. The faculty realized students would be interested in learning in a virtual 3D environment, which would also serve for the course's development.

Animation Headline News

Bristol School of Animation Offers Three Month Animation Course

The University of the West of England's Bristol School of Animation presents its "Three Month Animation Professional Training Course" from June 25 -- Sept. 7, 2007. The deadline for applications is April 6. A second session will run from Oct. 1 -- Dec. 14, 2007, with a deadline for applications of July 6.

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Digital-Tutors Releases Maya Modeling & XSI 6 Training DVDs

Digital-Tutors, an Autodesk Certified Publisher, announced the availability of INTRODUCTION TO MODELING IN MAYA, the newest release in an expanding library of interactive video-based training for emerging digital artists learning Maya 8.5, the award-winning 3D modeling, animation, effects and rendering solution. INTRODUCTION TO MODELING IN MAYA provides more than five hours of project-based training and a proven approach to learning the processes of modeling using NURBS, Sub-Ds and Polygons to develop a customizable workflow for greater productivity.