George Maestri ventures into the story behind how LEGO brought its popular Bionicle franchise to cinematic life.
Rick Baumgartner spoke with various effects artists about how previsualization is being used by directors as an important design and approval tool.
Discreet will begin shipping combustion 3, the latest version of its award-winning visual effects and 3D compositing desktop software, in fall 2003 for Windows XP and Windows 2000 and early 2004 for Macintosh OS X. Suggested price for combustion 3 software is $995. Upgrade price from combustion 2 or combustion 2.1 will be $199.
Greenworks Xfrog organic modeling system has been rewritten from scratch for the release of Xfrog 4. With the new version, all parameters in Xfrog 4 can be animated and combined with the objects in MAXON's CINEMA 4D, allowing artists to create trees or other plants, which grow and follow the sun as well as leaves and branches, which move in the wind. Additionally CINEMA 4D XPresso diagrams can be combined with Xfrog to create photoreal parameter-driven organic effects.
HP has announced the HP Workstation zx2000 now includes the new low-voltage Intel Itanium 2 1.0-gigahertz processor with 1.5 megabyte L3 memory cache. The enhanced workstation provides up to a 10% increase in application performance. In addition, HP plans to introduce entry-level servers with the new low-voltage Intel Itanium processor in early 2004.
From the Inspired 3D series, David Parrish continues his look at compositing techniques and methods.
Strata, the trail-blazing company dedicated to adding a creative new dimension to the designers toolset, plans to publish ANGELMAN, a children's book completely illustrated using Strata 3Dpro. French artist Matthieu Roussel once worked in traditional materials until he discovered Strata.
ANGELMAN concerns a retired superhero who longs to take to the skies again and the young boy who discovers and inspires him. Like Mr. Angel, Roussel also found his wings, but in the form of 3D graphics software from Strata.
Steven Mirkin delves into SCI FI Channels flashy new re-branding campaign to find out who comes up with those creative spots.
Rick DeMott collects some of the best animated and visual effects commercials from top companies to highlight the wonderful work being done in the medium.
Sarah Baisley rounds up facts, thoughts and examples of issues and trends driving producers of CGI commercials today.
Always ahead of the curve, Trumbull assesses the benefits of shooting electronically as it relates to vfx.
NXN Software has joined Intel's Developer Dispatch Program. Under the terms of the deal, NXN will provide a special trial version of its NXN alienbrain Engineer configuration management system to all participating developers. As part of the program, NXN will also present its offering for software developers at Intel's ECTS booth 1240.
This month the Career Coach, Pamela Kleibrink Thompson, talks about how to test-drive a job or get your foot in the door via an internship.
Bauhaus Software Inc. has announced the launch of its flagship product, Mirage, a unified environment for creating animated graphics and special effects. Mirage seamlessly integrates realtime video paint, animation and effects functionalities into a single product. Designed for projects of any resolution, ranging from HDTV and film to web video, Mirage provides a common sense, powerful alternative to expensive proprietary solutions and complex software workflows. Mirage is based on technology formerly distributed as NewTek's Aura Video Paint.
Electric Rain Inc. has launched Swift 3D version 3.0 for Mac OS X. Swift 3D is a standalone application for designers to build and export 3D animations to the Macromedia Flash (SWF) file format, as well as other major vector and raster formats.
"Electric Rain is proud to broaden its support for the Mac community by making Swift 3D available for Mac OS X," said Electric Rain president Mike Soucie. "Swift 3D is a powerful 3D authoring tool that becomes even more compelling when paired with Mac OS X and its advanced capabilities."
Automatic Duck Inc., a software company providing workflow solutions to digital media artists, has released Automatic Duck Pro Import 2.0. Available for both Windows and Mac OS X operating systems, this new translator offers all of the functionality of the company's Automatic Composition Import (ACI), ACI DV and ACI FCP software products for Avid editing systems, Final Cut Pro 3.0, After Effects and Boris RED, with additional features that significantly extend the power and interoperability of these editing and graphics effects applications.
With the debut of The Alan Brady Show, VFXWorlds Bill Desowitz took the opportunity to talk with Hollywood legend Carl Reiner about his upcoming ventures into animation and his otherwise animated life.
Top video game publisher and developer Codemasters has chosen NXN alienbrain Studio by NXN Software. Codemasters will equip all its game studios with more than 200 seats of NXN alienbrain Studio to manage the thousands of art assets and source code files created throughout the development of upcoming titles for PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC.
Immersion Corp., a leading developer of 3D and haptic (touch) feedback technologies, and FISHER/UNITECH, a Michigan-based engineering technologies firm, are jointly offering Immersion's MicroScribe digitizing systems to graphics designers and CAD engineers working with Maya and SolidWorks software. Effective Aug. 12, 2003, FISHER/UNITECH is an Immersion "Premier Reseller," adding the MicroScribe G2 product line to the products it resells throughout North America.
Joe Strike ventures into the Newark, New Jersey home of DPS to discover how their global animation studio philosophy has helped them become a major player in such a short period of time.