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Headline News Animazoo Supports Dubai Men’s College with Gypsy MoCap

Animazoo supported students at Dubai Mens College through an intense seven-day production with Gypsy motion capture systems.

Using Gypsy as their core technology, the students managed the MoCap pipeline for a popular animated mascot nicknamed Mobda conceived to improve relations between children and the Dubai police force.

Headline News Urban Video Game Academy Expands with SOFTIMAGE|XSI v. 5.0

Avid Technology Inc. announced its support for the Atlanta chapter of the Urban Video Game Academy (UVGA), a program created to enable high school students to enhance their math, science and art skills by learning the principles of game development and design. Students enrolled in the program will use SOFTIMAGE|XSI v.5.0 to create 3D art for videogames, and Avid Xpress Pro Academic for editing cut scenes and game trailers. An open house is being held today to launch the Atlanta chapter at the American Intercontinental University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Headline News Gnomon School Announces Fall Term Classes

Registration for the Fall term 2005 at the Gnomon School of Visual Effects (Oct. 3 - Dec. 11) began Aug. 22. In addition, Side Effects Houdini joins the curriculum as the latest tools package.

New Courses:

* Artists interested in adding high-end effects capabilities may be interested in Introduction to Houdini Visual Effects in which instructor Garman Herigstad, production consultant at Side Effects Software, will introduce Houdinis procedural approach to 3D.

Headline News Digital-Tutors Releases XSI Particles and Forces Training Kit

Digital-Tutors announced the availability of PARTICLES AND FORCES IN XSI training kit, a comprehensive training resource for SOFTIMAGE|XSI and the latest release in a growing library of popular training resources for emerging digital artists. A free trial of SOFTIMAGE|XSI v.4.2 Foundation is included with training kits.

PARTICLES AND FORCES IN XSI provides more than 3.5 hours of project-driven training and guides users through the intuitive particle system within XSI v.4.2.

Headline News Ex’pression College Students Create NASA Trailer

Expression College for Digital Arts announced that several students in its Digital Visual Media program helped create a three-minute trailer showing highlights of a proposed interactive visual game for NASA targeted for use in schools at K-12 level, titled the Miranda Project.

Headline News Final Call for Free 7 Month VFX Course

Escape Studios, Skillset and six major U.K. post houses are still looking for entries to the Visual Effects Production Grade. Starting in October 2005, the VFX PG combines five months full time training and a two-month work placement in the post-production industry. Throughout this time not only will the training be free, but students will also be paid.

To be eligible you must be an experienced Maya user and an EU National.

Headline News Digital-Tutors Releases

Digital-Tutors announced the availability of INTRODUCTION TO XSI training kit, a comprehensive training resource for SOFTIMAGE|XSI. A free trial of SOFTIMAGE|XSI v.4.2 Foundation is included with "Introduction to XSI" training kits, allowing users immediate access to explore the software and expand their skills.

Headline News FableVision Acquires GET A CLUE, Releases ESSAY EXPRESS

Children's digital media and publishing company FableVision Inc. extends its educational products offerings with the acquisition of the award-winning GET A CLUE software program from the Core Learning Group Llc as well as the release of its new ESSAY EXPRESS software product.

Headline News Zack Petroc to Teach Digital Human Sculpting at Gnomon Workshop

Renowned digital modeler Zack Petroc (SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW) will teach a five-week course in Digital Sculpting of the Human Form at Gnomon Workshop. This course will run on Mondays from 7:00 to 10:00 pm, beginning Aug. 8 and running through Sept. 5. Those interested can register online, in person, via fax or postal service. For more information call 323/466-6663.

Headline News U.K. ‘VFX|Production Grade’ Course to Launch in October

CG training facility Escape Studios offered new details about the new VFX|Production Grade initiative previously announced last spring. Launching in October 2005, this new course, which is funded by the Skillset Film Skills Fund, offers the most intensive and focused production training available for the aspiring CG artist. The free program consists of five months of full-time training at Escape Studios working on production projects followed by a two-month work placement at a top U.K. post-house.

Headline News Pixel Corps Provides New Open Enrollment Policy

Pixel Corps, the global learning guild for aspiring and professional digital craftsman, has launched a new open enrollment policy. For a nominal monthly fee, Pixel Corps now offers its members unrestricted access to advanced digital media software (valued at more than $20,000), a comprehensive global learning community and extensive online training on a variety of products ranging from Adobe Photoshop and Apple Shake to Luxology modo and SOFTIMAGE|XSI.

Headline News Gnomon Workshop Releases Matte Painting DVDs

The Gnomon Workshop, in conjunction with Design Studio Press, has introduced three new titles from matte painting artist Dylan Cole.

Dylan Cole brings to The Gnomon Workshop years of experience working as a matte painter and concept artist for film, television and video games. He has worked on such films as RETURN OF THE KING, THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK, I, ROBOT, VAN HELSING, SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW, and THE AVIATOR.

Headline News Imageworks Establishes IPAX Educational Program

Sony Pictures Imageworks officially announced the establishment of the Imageworks Professional Academic Excellence (IPAX) program, created to educate faculty and structure curricula at the countrys leading academic institutions in an effort to develop future talent who will contribute to the overall growth of the visual effects industry.

Headline News Friedman 3D Launches New Classes July 5th

Friedman 3D, will be starting a new semester on July 5th, 2005. Instruction will be provided in award-winning Alias Maya from 8:00am to 3:00pm Monday through Friday. There will be an additional class offered in Adobe After Effects that runs from 3:00-6:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The cost for classes is $75 and $25 respectively, plus a $25 registration fee. Those collecting unemployment benefits from EDD may qualify for collecting those benefits while a full-time student at Friedman 3D.

Headline News Vi Ly New Dean of The Art Institute of California – Los Angeles

Vi Ly has been appointed as the new Dean of AcademicAffairs for The Art Institute of California Los Angeles, where she had been serving as the assistant dean of Academic Affairs since 2004. Previously she was department chair of the Media Arts & Animation and Game Art & Design programs.

Headline News Digital-Tutors Releases Basics: Introduction to RealFlow

Digital-Tutors announced the worldwide availability of the highly awaited BASICS: INTRODUCTION TO REALFLOW training kit the first in-depth training resource for RealFlow. An evaluation version of RealFlow 3, is included with the training kits, allowing users immediate access to the software and training.

Headline News Creative Cow Offers particleIllusion Training DVD


PARTICLEILLUSION FUSION is designed to teach experienced and beginning level users of particleIllusion, wondertouch's award-winning, sprite-based particle effects software application, how to work efficiently with After Effects, Adobe's leading motion graphics and visual effects software.

Headline News Digital-Tutors Releases Maya in Production: Fundamentals of Animation

Digital-Tutors has released the MAYA IN PRODUCTION: FUNDAMENTALS OF ANIMATION training kit, the fifth installment in the popular Backwater Bunch Series and latest release in a growing library of industry leading training resources for emerging digital artists.

Headline News Gnomon Workshop Releases Design Development DVDs

The Gnomon Workshop, in conjunction with Design Studio Press, introduced two new DVDs from returning artist Harald Belker, whose titles cover car and prop design for films and games. In addition, Nick Pugh joins the library this month, offering three noteworthy DVDs on design originality, creature design and environment rendering.

Headline News Kirk Engel Appointed CEO at Ex’pression College for Digital Arts

Expression College for Digital Arts has appointed Kirk Engel as ceo, replacing Peter Laanen. Engel comes to Expression with nearly 10 years of dedicated education management experience, and will execute and implement a clear set strategic direction, market position and education vision for Expression.

Headline News Digital-Tutors Releases Maya Advanced: Ultimate Fluids

Digital-Tutors announced the worldwide availability of the MAYA ADVANCED: ULTIMATE FLUIDS training kit, the follow-up to the popular MAYA UNLIMITED: FLUID EFFECTS and latest release in a growing library of industry leading training resources for emerging digital artists. Using the combination of comprehensive project-driven training, Digital-Tutors is helping users to discover the difference and become their best in more than 3.5 hours of valuable training.

Headline News Registration Open for Summer Term at Gnomon School

Registration for summer term 2005 at the Gnomon School, which runs from June 27 through Sept. 11, is in full swing. You can register online at, in person, via mail or by fax. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. You can also call (323) 466-6663 to make an appointment.

Gnomon has added five new courses that echo the advances and changes in the industry:

Headline News Scott Tolmie Joins Ex’pression College for Digital Arts

Expression College for Digital Arts has appointment Scott Tolmie as director of Industry Relations/Career Development Visual.

Before joining Expression, Tolmie was animation art director at LeapFrog, where he led the creative development of new characters for the LEAPSTER educational gaming platform. He was also exec producer with Way Out West Animation, where he developed Flash animation and interface design for medical clients, including Heartbeat Digital.

Headline News Alias Offers New Maya/MotionBuilder Learning Tools

Alias now offers two new Learning Tools: PIPELINE TECHNIQUES|MAYA AND ALIAS MOTIONBUILDER and MAYA TECHNIQUES|MAYA FLUID EFFECTS examine areas of Maya relatively unexplored by Learning Tool authors prior to now. Both tools further complete a full range of Learning Tools that offer 3D professionals, students and enthusiasts a collection of books and DVDs for self-paced learning.