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Digital Headline News

UCLA Extension Offers New Course in Advanced Digital Painting

This new master course presented by UCLA Extension, Advanced Digital Painting, is for students who want to expand their digital painting and drawing capabilities.

Using Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Corel Painter and working with instructors Chana Messer, Andrew Behla and Scot Drake, students improve their ability to use trace, lasso, pen and gradient mesh tools, custom brushes, layer masks, layer effects, adjustment layers, interface and palettes, brushes and movers.

Online Headline News

Gnomon Registration Begins

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, December 21, 2006 at 12:00am

Registration for the Gnomon School Winter Term 2007 (Jan. 8 through March 18) has begun. 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. If you would like to have a tour or get some advice on which courses to take, call 323-466-6663 to make an appointment with Michael "Santi" Santiago.

Animation Headline News

SAE Institute Launches in Kuwait

On Dec. 6, 2006, Professor Dr. Rasha al-Sabah, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Higher Education, performed the official inauguration ceremony of the SAE Institute Kuwait with a formal ribbon cutting ritual at the Institute in Shuwaikh.

Color Headline News

The Gnomon Workshop Releases Six DVDs

The Gnomon Workshop offers four exceptional talents to its library of educational DVDs. Wendy Froud, an acclaimed artist who has worked on such films as LABYRINTH and THE DARK CRYSTAL, shares her techniques for sculpting a faery doll. David Krentz, a multitalented creature designer, discusses dinosaur anatomy and sketching. J.P. Targete, an award-winning book cover illustrator, demonstrates his entire process of developing a digital painting. Stephen Platt, a comicbook artist and concept designer, explains the art of comicbook penciling.

Digital Headline News

Spencer Nilsen New President/Creative Director for Ex'pression College

Spencer Nilsen is the new president/creative director for Expression College for Digital Arts, an accredited college that prepares students for careers in entertainment production and technology. Nilsen has been part of the Expression family since the school was founded in 1999 and has more than 30 years of experience in the fields of music, games, film, television and education.

Games Headline News

Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy Graduates First 12

The first 12 graduates of the University of Central Florida's new graduate videogame development program received their master's degrees during a ceremony Dec. 11, 2006, at the UCF Arena.

The Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy graduates enrolled in summer 2005, when UCF first offered the program. They spent 16 months preparing to become producers, artists and programmers in the videogame industry.

FIEA's current fall enrollment is 63, including 17 students who are scheduled to graduate in the spring.

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Digital-Tutors Announces RealFlow4 Training

Digital-Tutors announced the availability of INTRODUCTION TO REALFLOW4 -- a comprehensive guide to the creating realistic fluid and dynamic simulations with RealFlow4. Containing nearly four hours of project-based training, INTRODUCTION TO REALFLOW4 includes a trial version of RealFlow4. In addition, Next Limit is providing all INTRODUCTION TO REALFLOW4 customers with a promotional offer to save 15% on an educational license of RealFlow4.

Online Headline News

Registration Is Open for Winter Term Online Courses

Gnomon Online, the Internet-based division of Gnomon School of Visual Effects, has opened registration for its online courses.

Individuals interested in taking online courses focused on the development of the skills needed to do digital effects, animation and game development may register online at

Classes will be begin Monday, Jan. 8, 2007. Information and courses can be found on the site. Registration and payment will be done online.

Effects Headline News

Gnomon Workshop Releases Houdini DVD

The Gnomon Workshop has released the RIGID BODY DYNAMICS training DVD by Houdini veteran Craig Zerouni. Houdini is an effects powerhouse tool used by leading visual effects studios to achieve realistic physics-based animation. This training DVD is a comprehensive overview of the tools and techniques available in Houdini for producing interactive simulations.

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Flash Animation Used for Advanced College Campus Map

Aaron Erkenswick, a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison computer science program, has given back to his alma mater by creating an advanced campus map using Flash animation. Erkenswick finished the project with three other students and was supervised by geography professor Mark Harrower.

"Every other school map that I've seen, aside from maybe one, is a PDF or a very primitive interactive map," says Erkenswick, originally from Evanston, Illinois. "Our map goes beyond even Google Maps."

Online Headline News

Gnomon School Launches Online Training

Gnomon School of Visual Effects has launched an online division for expert training anytime, anywhere. Beginning in January 2007, courses focused on the development of the skills needed to do digital effects, animation and game development taught by industry professionals will now be available to anyone in the world with high-speed Internet access. Registration begins Dec. 4. Classes will be available Jan. 8, 2007. Information and courses can be found at Registration and payment will be done online.

Interactive Headline News

Interactive Medical Animation in Holland

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, November 15, 2006 at 12:00am

VisualMedics, founded by the Italian born medical illustrator Lara Laghetto, has become an international network of medical drawing freelancers that turns medical content into interaction and e-learning environments for specialized and lay audiences.

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TV Academy Accepting Applications For Fred Rogers Memorial Scholarship

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation is now accepting applications for the 3rd Annual Fred Rogers Memorial Scholarship, it was announced by Terri Clark, Television Academy Foundation Exec Director. Two $10,000 scholarships, underwritten by Ernst & Young Llp., are awarded each year.

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Hop-Hop Mogul Promotes Voting Via Animation

Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons is presenting a new campaign to get out the vote with an animated short, reports Educational company BrainPOP produced the film, which runs down the basics of voting and urges kids to encourage their parents to vote in the mid-term elections. Russell even makes an appearance in at a familys house with a robot named Moby to remind them of all the taxes they pay in April. The five-minute cartoon is being shown in schools across the U.S. For more information, visit

Technology Headline News

Polhemus Provides Motion Tracking Systems to Carnegie Mellon

Polhemus, the industry leader of 6 Degree-of-Freedom (6DOF) motion tracking, digitizing, eye-tracking and handheld 3D scanners, has provided its most recent release in tracking technology to Carnegie Mellon Universitys Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) for use in its Building Virtual Worlds (BVW) class this semester at the Pittsburgh campus.

Painting Headline News

Gnomon Workshop Releases Matte Painting DVDs

The Gnomon Workshop welcomes Chris Stoski and Darin Hilton to its training library with the release of four DVDs on digital matte painting. Used to create backgrounds, sets, extensions or environments that are too costly to build physically or digitally, matte painting is a cornerstone of the visual effects industry. With the transition from hand painted mattes on glass to the digital age using software, such as Photoshop, Maya and Max, the range of techniques available to matte painters has broadened dramatically.

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Digital-Tutors Offers Mental Ray in Maya Rendering

Digital-Tutors, an Autodesk Authorized Publisher, announced the availability of MENTAL RAY IN MAYA: RENDERING WORKFLOW, an interactive guide to learning the fundamentals of mental ray and the newest release in a growing library of interactive training for emerging digital artists. MENTAL RAY IN MAYA: RENDERING WORKFLOW provides more than three hours of project-driven training for learning rendering techniques and workflow developed to maximize the artist's time and creativity.

Animation Headline News

USC Creates New Animation & Digital Arts Undergraduate Program

With the addition of a bachelors degree at the recently endowed John C. Hench division of Animation & Digital Arts at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, undergraduates can now take advantage of an international and multicultural program that focuses on animation in all its forms.

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Gnomon Releases Intro to Corel Painter

The Gnomon Workshop welcomes back art director Ryan Church with the release of his new DVD INTRO TO COREL PAINTER. This title will help artists new to digital painting, who are interested in learning Church's workflow and techniques for the creation of amazing concept art for the film and game industries. Assuming no previous experience with the software, this DVD explains the Painter interface, palettes and tools.

Animation Headline News

Digital-Tutors Offers Body Mechanics and Character Animation Training

Digital-Tutors, an Autodesk Authorized Publisher, announced the availability of BODY MECHANICS AND ANIMATION IN MAYA: LIFTING HEAVY OBJECTS, an interactive guide to learning body mechanics and character animation techniques and the newest release in a growing library of interactive training for emerging digital artists. BODY MECHANICS AND ANIMATION IN MAYA: LIFTING HEAVY OBJECTS provides more than 6.5 hours of project-based training for both new and experienced animators seeking to create believable animations with life and personality.

Animation Headline News

15-Year Archive On Computer Animation Centre's New Website

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, September 27, 2006 at 12:00am

The National Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA) has commissioned design and photographic consultancy Campbell Rowley to create a new website that will include an archival record of 15 years worth of animation projects. The new site is currently being developed and will primarily focus on showcasing student projects.

This phase will be completed and launched in October 2006, with further development planned before the website is finally completed in early 2007.

Animation Headline News

Animation Mentor Graduates First Class

Animation Mentor, the online animation school that combines next-gen technologies with the best of social networking, graduated its first-ever class Sept. 25.

One hundred fifty-four animators from 23 countries have completed their studies at the innovative school, where all of the instructors are working studio animators. They earned a diploma in Advanced Studies in Character Animation from the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education.

Cancer Headline News

Digital-Tutors Joins the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation

During the months of September and October 2006, Digital-Tutors has partnered with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in the fight against breast cancer. A portion from all proceeds earned from the sale of Digital-Tutors' training products in September and October will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Central Oklahoma Affiliate, with a donation goal of $5,000.

Lucas Headline News

George Lucas to Provide $175 Million Gift to USC Cinema School

The University of Southern California announced that the Lucasfilm Foundation, the private charitable foundation set up by alumnus George Lucas, will provide $75 million for the construction of new educational buildings and renovations of existing structures at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. In addition, the Foundation has agreed to provide a $100 million endowment for the school.