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Game Headline News

Apply Now for Game Developers Conference Student Scholarships

Students who are interested in pursuing a career within the video game industry may now apply for the Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2006 Student Scholarships.

The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) will present recipients with full access to all sessions, roundtables and keynotes at GDC, which takes place March 20-24, 2006, in San Jose, California.

Students will be given an opportunity to take part in discussions, network with professionals, and witness the future course of the industry firsthand.

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Digital-Tutors Offers Intermediate RealFlow and Maya Training

Digital-Tutors announced the availability of INTERMEDIATE: REALFLOW AND MAYA INTEGRATION training kit, a comprehensive video-based training guide for RealFlow and its integration with Maya. INTERMEDIATE: REALFLOW AND MAYA INTEGRATION marks the second RealFlow training title and the latest release in a growing library of popular training resources for emerging digital artists. INTERMEDIATE: REALFLOW AND MAYA INTEGRATION provides four hours of project-driven training for creating photorealistic liquid and dynamic simulations using a variety of timesaving techniques.

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Digital-Tutors Offers Annual Thanksgiving Sale

Digital-Tutors announced its annual Thanksgiving sale, with 20% off all training products storewide. Save today by simply entering dtgive at checkout. The sale ends Nov. 29, 2005 at 9:00 am. (Central Time). Popular titles include: INTERMEDIATE: REALFLOW AND MAYA INTEGRATION, INTRODUCTION TO MAYA: 2ND EDITION, INTRODUCTION TO PAINT EFFECT, FUNDAMENTALS OF MENTAL RAY IN XSI, INTRODUCTION TO XSI and INTRODUCTION TO XSI RENDER TREE.

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Animation Headline News

California State U Chico Chooses Mirage for 2D Animation

California State University, Chico has purchased 100 seats of Bauhaus Softwareâs Mirage product. Integrated directly into the universityâs graphics and animation curriculum, Mirage will enable students to learn classical and modern 2D animation, in a completely paperless environment.

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3D Buzz Offers Video Training for Half-Life 2 Level Design

3D Buzz has released a new Video Training Module (VTM) series entitled HALF-LIFE 2 LEVEL DESIGN. This VTM will introduce students to Hammer, the powerful level editing tool within HALF-LIFE 2'S SDK. Lessons include full covering of Hammer's UI, creation and editing of geometry, creation and placement of entities, including props, weapons, lights, NPCs and more. Students will also see the entire process of creating a basic level, so that they can follow along and see how to start generating your own environments. The VTM is free and ready for download at

Effects Headline News

Escape Studios to Launch First Houdini Class in November

Escape Studios and Side Effects Software will partner to provide training in the U.K. animation and visual effects market for the Houdini line of products. Houdini has long been recognized as a key contributor to feature film production pipelines and is a popular choice for technical directors working on high-end visual effects (CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, ANT BULLY, STEALTH, the SPIDER-MAN franchise, THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy).

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Digital-Tutors Releases Flash 8 Training

Digital-Tutors announced the availability of INTRODUCTION TO MACROMEDIA FLASH 8 training kit, a comprehensive training tool for Flash 8 and the latest release in a growing library of popular training resources for emerging digital artists. INTRODUCTION TO FLASH 8 provides more than hours of project-driven training and guides you step-by-step through the industrys most advanced authoring environment for creating interactive websites, digital experiences and mobile content.

Animation Headline News

Don Bluth and Gary Goldman Gift Savannah College

Producer/director/animator Don Bluth and his artistic partner, Gary Goldman, signed a major gift agreement to give Savannah College of Art and Design a collection of more than one million pieces of art including animation cels, drawings and by these animation legends.

SCAD will honor Bluth and Goldman at the Savannah Film Festival with a Lifetime Achievement Award in Animation on Nov. 5 at 7:00 pm.

Studio Headline News

EA Gears Up Training Program in Montreal

Electronic Arts (EA) is investing up to $2.6 million for a training program to grow its workforce of gamemakers at EA Montreal (EAM) with the technical and creative skills they need to develop the next-generation of interactive entertainment. Michelle Courchesne, Quebec minister of Employment and Social Solidarity, said that Emploi Quebec will contribute $660,000 toward this initiative.

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Pixel Corps Offers Classes on Apple Shake, Compositing and Digital Greenscreens

Pixel Corps, the global learning guild for aspiring and professional digital craftsman, revealed its fall class line-up scheduled for Nov. 1-8 in San Francisco. Taught by industry veterans such as Alex Lindsay, Steve Wright and Marty Rosenberg, this four-part series of comprehensive workshops will cover everything from mastering Apple Shake 4 and the secrets of compositing, to shooting and lighting a visual effects shot on a fully-equipped greenscreen stage.

Animation Headline News

Seneca College Now Accepting Applications

Seneca Colleges Animation Arts Centre is now accepting applications for its January 2006 intake in its one year graduate certificate programs, which include 3D character animation, visual effects for film and television and 3D gaming program. In addition, Seneca offers a three-year undergraduate diploma in animation arts, which provides a solid foundation of 2 years of traditional animation and in their final year students can choose between 3D character animation for film and television or 3D game art and design.

Design Headline News

AI of LA Offers Scholarships for High School Seniors

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, October 12, 2005 at 12:00am

The Art Institute of California Los Angeles invites high school seniors interested in the fields of applied arts and design to apply for tuition scholarships in its 2006 Scholarship Competition. The competition is open to all students who are scheduled to graduate in 2006 from a U.S. high school or equivalent foreign institution.

Scholarships are available for new students pursuing degrees in Graphic Design, Media Arts & Animation, Game Art & Design, Interior Design, Interactive Media Design and Video Production.

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Digital-Tutors Releases XSI Render Tree Training

Digital-Tutors announced the availability of INTRODUCTION TO XSI RENDER TREE 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.5.0 Foundation is included with INTRODUCTION TO XSI RENDER TREE, allowing for immediate access to learn and explore the software.

Game Headline News

Slamdance Guerilla Gamemaker Competition Creates Scholarship

The Slamdance Guerilla Gamemaker Competition and the DigiPen Institute of Technology have announced the establishment of a scholarship to DigiPen Institute of Technology. Every member of the winning student design team for the Physics award will receive a $15,000 scholarship to DigiPen Institute of Technology, subject to admission to the program. Winners choosing not to attend DigiPen, or unable to qualify for admission, will receive cash and prizes valued at $5,000. The Physics Award judges engine, tool and A.I. programming, implementation and game play.

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Digital-Tutors Announces First XSI 5 Training Kits

Digital-Tutors announced the availability of the highly anticipated FUNDAMENTALS OF SOFT AND RIGID BODIES IN XSI and FUNDAMENTALS OF MENTAL RAY IN XSI training kits, the newest releases in a growing library and first release of training material for XSI v.5.0. A free trial of SOFTIMAGE|XSI V.5.0 FOUNDATION is included with both, FUNDAMENTALS OF SOFT AND RIGID BODIES IN XSI and FUNDAMENTALS OF MENTAL RAY IN XSI training kits providing immediate access to explore the software and expand the users skills.

Animation Headline News

Maya Academy Hosts Animation Career Seminar

Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics, a leading animation training institute in India and part of the internationally acclaimed Maya Entertainment Ltd., hosted a seminar on Career Opportunities in the Animation Industry at the Music Academy in Chennai recently, reports CHENNAI ONLINE.

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Alias Releases Maya 7 and MotionBuilder 7 Personal Learning Editions

Maya 7 Personal Learning Edition (PLE) and MotionBuilder 7 Personal Learning Edition are now available for download at and, respectively. Maya 7 PLE and MotionBuilder 7 PLE are special versions of Maya Complete and Alias MotionBuilder Standard that provide free access to the software for non-commercial use.

Animation Headline News

Design Studios Set to Open National School of Animation

Design Studios, a training, production, and research-based animation studio, is in negotiations with the state government in Hyderabad to open a National School of Animation (NSA), according to CYBER INDIA ONLINE. If approved, the academy would be one of the largest animation houses in Asia. Besides the government, Design Studios is in talks with big companies to help fund the academy.

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Learning Edition ZBrush 2 and ZBrush Learning Kit Available

Pixologic has announced the release of the learning edition of ZBrush 2 and the ZBrush Learning Kit. Experience ZBrush 2s innovative modeling and texturing tools. With its realtime sculpting and texturing of multi-million poly models, ZBrush will carry your digital art to that next level of realism and artistry.

India Headline News

MAAC To Conduct Animation Career Seminar

Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics today (Sept. 14, 2005) that it will be conducting a seminar on careers in the animation industry on Sept. 17, at the Music Academy in Chennai, India, it was reported in India Infoline News.

Jesh Krishna Murthy, who is a renowned Hollywood animator, conduct the seminar. The Computer Graphic department of Maya Entertainment will also be showcasing MAAC involvement in visual and special effects, used in Ketan Mehtas latest film, The Rising.

Animation Headline News

UNICEF Helps Egyptian Kids to Produce Toon

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, September 14, 2005 at 12:00am

REBELLION OF THE CANES is an animated short documentary, which was recently produced by 25 Minya children in Egypt with the financial add of UNICEF, reports EGYPTTODAY. The children spent five days making a series of short animation films on topics relating to childrens rights. The resulting film screened at the Lebanon International Film Festival.

Effects Headline News

Digital-Tutors Releases Maya Paint Effects Training Kit

Digital-Tutors released INTRODUCTION TO PAINT EFFECTS training kit, the newest release in a growing library of popular training resources for emerging digital artists. INTRODUCTION TO PAINT EFFECTS provides more than four hours of project-driven training and guides users step-by-step through Mayas powerful brushed-based technology, Paint Effects.

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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.

Game 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.