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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

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.

Headline News

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.

Headline News

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.

Headline News

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.

Headline News

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.

Headline News

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.

Animation Headline News

Animatus Studio's Animation Workshop Puts Student Reel Online

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, February 7, 2007 at 12:00am

Animatus Studio's Animation Workshop has leapt into the online video with the launch of its winter 2007 student reel online. Featured on YouTube Flash players, the student films can be viewed at

The Animation Workshop's spring workshops begin Saturday, March 3, 2007.

Headline News

Carnegie Mellon's ETC Opens in Silicon Valley

ETC-Silicon Valley came into existence as 10 students and two ETC faculty members commenced ETC project work and classes at two distinct locations in Silicon Valley.

Electronic Arts, the world's largest gaming company and a long-time friend of the ETC, has provided the ETC with ample cubicle and meeting space on the third floor of one of the buildings at its Redwood City campus. The ETC students and faculty moved into their spacious surroundings, welcomed by many of the ETC alumni employed at Electronic Arts, and immediately commenced work on two ETC projects.

Animation Headline News

Gnomon Workshop Offers Character Animation & Fluid Dynamics DVDs

The Gnomon Workshop welcomes two new Emmy Award-winning artists to its training library with the release of new character animation and fluid dynamics DVD titles. Scott Easley, principal animator for Heavy Iron Studios, shares his techniques for developing a solid character animation pipeline using Maya. Wayne England, CG supervisor at Sway Studio, introduces Real Flow and his techniques for sculpting fluid dynamic simulations.

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Film Headline News

LMU's TAG Program Gives Grads Career Boost

Loyola Marymount University's School of Film and Television is giving five exemplary recent graduates invaluable access to and opportunities for careers in the entertainment industry as part of the school's one-of-a-kind new Transition After Graduation, or "TAG," Program. Fully funded by Sony Pictures Ent., with the support of Steve Mosko, president, Sony Pictures Television, TAG is a unique one-year program in professional development designed to help graduates navigate the landscape of the entertainment business.

Animation Headline News

Qube! Supports Digital Media Education Programs

PipelineFX's Qube! render farm management system has gained continued market momentum, as seven universities from the U.S., China, the U.K. and Canada have adopted Qube! for render farm management for their digital media and animation education programs.

Animation Headline News

Animation Mentor Holds First Graduation Ceremony

Students from four continents gathered Jan. 13 at San Francisco's Fort Mason Center to partake in online animation school Animation Mentor's first-ever graduation ceremony. Many flew for more than a day to meet their fellow graduates and mentors, all of whom are working studio animators, in the physical world for the first time.

Design Headline News

AI of LA Adds Sustainable Packaging to Graphic Design Classes

"Sustainable Packaging" will become a major theme taught in Graphic Design classes at The Art Institute of California -- Los Angeles during the Winter Quarter 2007 starting Jan. 8, 2007, in Santa Monica, California.

Instructor Suzannah Mathur, who has a master's degree in Sustainable Product Design, will teach a class specifically on sustainable packaging to help make designers more knowledgeable about the choices they have. Mathur explains, "Packaging accounts for most of waste. [The content of a package] will break before its package does."

Headline News Launches Its Pre-Registration Site

TD-Academy, an online school for technical directors, has launched its registration site. Students can pre-register now at and save 10% on tuition costs. Actual classes will start in the first quarter of 2007.

Motion Headline News

UCLA Extension Offers Two New Animation Courses

UCLA Extension is offering two new courses in animation. "Make It, Move It" is for designers and artists who want to make their art move. UCLA Extension is also offering a new online course that deconstructs 3D opening title sequences, on screens and graphic sequences.

Starting by storyboarding their animation, "Make It, Move It" students design and create a character, animal or object using mixed media and collage.