Masters of Visual Effects, LLC has released the first two series of Masters
of Visual Effects training videos. The series' offer an overview of visual
effect that artists, producers, and filmmakers, whether novice or
professional, will benefit from. The first series, entitled "Introduction
to Visual Effects," covers introductory concepts in visual effects such as
visual effects cues, film and video as digital images, commercial post
production basics, pre-visualization and offline editing. The second
series, entitled "2D Compositing," covers image processing, image
combination, rotoscoping, 2D painting, tracking, and keying matte creation.
Series 3 & 4 cover 3D animation and advanced concepts but will not be
available until August. Among the experts who host the tapes are John Knoll
(STAR WARS EPISODE ONE, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE, STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT),
Scott Squires (STAR WARS EPISODE ONE, STARSHIP TROOPERS, THE MASK), Ron
Brinkmann (CONTACT, JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH, SPEED), Eric Chavin (STAR
TREK: VOYAGER, THE X-FILES, BABYLON 5). For more information visit
or call Puffin Designs at (415) 331-4560.