VFXWorld presents the first excerpt from Learning Maya 7 | Foundation from Alias|Learning Tool. This excerpt begins a close-up look at how to animate a polygonal orb.
Taylor Jessen reviews five short films One Man Band by Andrew Jimenez and Mark Andrews, Badgered by Sharon Colman, Imago by Cedric Babouche, The Dentist by Signe Baumane and The Wraith of Cobble Hill by Adam Parrish King.Includes QuickTime movie clips!
In the first edition of the new monthly column, The Animated Scene, Joseph Gilland talks about balancing the eclectic mix of personalities on an animated project to create a successful team.
Taylor Jessen reviews five short films Amfraid by Anne Sophie Bertrand, Thibault Debeurme, Sophie Van De Velde and Pascal Verkindt, City Paradise by Gale Denis, The Fan and the Flower by Bill Plympton, Hadacol Christmas by Brent Green and The Sandbox (Sunaba) by Kory Juul. Includes QuickTime movie clips!
Barbara Robertson flies to Genzano, Italy, for the I Castelli Animati festival and says bravo to what she found there.
Upon the sad news of Wendy Jackson Halls passing, Animation World Network collected the thoughts of the community in tribute to her career in animation.
Peter Plantec explores recent advances in facial animation and crowd simulation software to see how different forms of virtual acting are converging in vfx-driven works.
Greg Singer sat down with Drew Carey in October of last year to discuss his experience of creating Drew Careys Green Screen Show.
Taylor Jessen reviews five short films Workin Progress by Gabriel Garcia, Benjamin Fligans, Geordie Vandendaele and Benjamin Flinois, The Mantis Parable by Josh Staub, The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Michael Sporn, Juan el Tintero (John the Inkerman) by Edwing Solzano and Ichthys by Marek Skrobecki. Includes QuickTime movie clips!
Tara DiLullo talks with Academy Award nominated ILM visual effects supervisor Pablo Helman about winning the invisible visual effects war with their work on Jarhead.
After a chat with Sonys lead artist and designer Fumito Ueda, Fred Galpern enters the Shadow of the Colossus videogame and reports back on whether this PS2 title holds up to the hype.
In the first part of his in-depth report on the fourth Harry Potter blockbuster, Alain Bielik discusses several of the eye-opening vfx performed by various companies.
This month Dr. Toon plays the “What If” game to see how the world of animation would be different if in an alternative reality Dick Tracy was an animated star, Bob Clampett lived longer or Walt Disney never lost Oswald the Rabbit.
Taylor Jessen reviews five short films Backbone Tale (Une Histoire Vertebrale) by Jeremy Clapin, The Curse of the Voodoo Child by Steven Woloshen, Meeting Me (Wie Ich Mich Traf) by Angela Steffen, The Mysterious Geographic Exploration of Jasper Morello by Anthony Lucas and Perfect by Sally Arthur. Includes QuickTime movie clips!
Bill Desowitz chats with ILMs Joel Aron about the challenges of converting Chicken Little into the all-new Disney Digital 3-D process.
Taylor Jessen looks at the load of recent releases celebrating the art of Winsor McCay, including the reissue of John Canemakers Winsor McCay: His Life and Art, the comicstrip collection Little Nemo in Slumberland: So Many Splendid Sundays and the Winsor McCay: The Master Edition DVD.
With the holidays comes holiday parties. The Career Coach gives some quick tips on how to get more out of the festivities than just chips and dips.
Alain Bielik reports on Les Chevaliers du Ciel, the most ambitious photoreal vfx movie ever made in France, thanks to the noteworthy work of La Maison.
Jen-Shen Gur gives us a look at the Chinese animation scene via the China International Cartoon and Digital Arts Festival, including impressions from NFB producer Marcy Page and Terkel in Trouble director Thorbjorn Christoffersen.
Ryan Lesser reviews the newest tools available in Autodesks 3ds Max, including pelt mapping, render UVW template functionality, skinning, modeling and animation.
Andrew Osmond chats with Lloyd Price, supervising animator on Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit, about bringing Aardman superstar plasticine duo to the big screen.
Taylor Jessen reviews five short films At the Quinte Hotel by Bruce Alcock, The Back Brace by Carolyn London and Andy London, It's Like That by Southern Ladies Animation Group, Jona/Tomberry by Rosto and Overtime by Oury Atlan, Thibaut Berland and Damien Ferri Includes QuickTime movie clips!
Christopher Panzner looks into the increase of stunning student animated films from European schools and the factors contributing to why they are turning out often better than pro.