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Tri-Dimensional Opens Maya Training Center

Tri-Dimensional Studios of Tampa, Florida has launched The Maya Training Center, a state-of-the-art computer animation training facility specializing in intensive training for Alias' Maya. Designed to meet the needs of professionals and enthusiasts alike, The Maya Training Center provides Maya 3D animation training via its Tampa-based state-of-the-art classrooms and remotely through onsite training at their client's location.

Effects Headline News

Gnomon Workshop Releases New Maya Training DVD

The Gnomon Workshop has released a new installment in its Dynamics training for Alias Maya DVD series. Dynamics, 14: Advanced Sprite Rendering includes 120 minutes of instruction, project files, lecture notes, resource spotlights and bonus materials. The DVD was produced by Andrew Orloff, principal and VFX supervisor at Zoic Studios. The DVD explains the tools, with a focus on workflow, using a wide range of examples including wind-blown seed pods, a sea of microbes, depth-of-field effects, tossed coins and crowd simulations.

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MIFF Announces L.A. Film School Scholarship

Milan International Film Festival (MIFF) has announced that it is providing two students the opportunity to study at Los Angeles Film School (LAFS). Since 2001, MIFF and LAFS have collaborated to award deserving students the tuition necessary to attend the course of their choice. This year, in addition to the one full-year scholarship given in previous years, another scholarship for the six-week digital imaging courses will be offered. The scholarship is open to all high school graduates. The deadline to apply is November 15, 2003. Scholarship winners will be notified by December 15, 2003.

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Analyze This: Simpsons As College Class

Most people want to go home from work and school and enjoy THE SIMPSONS on television, but some diehard fans and media students have taken it up as a course of study at South Carolina State University, which offers the course, Postmodernism, Parody, Pastiche: Deconstructing THE SIMPSONS. According to a report in THE NEW HAVEN REGISTER, 25 SCSU students are enrolled in the college class taught by professor Carlene Dellinger-Pate, who finds deep meaning in cartoons, and plans to explore the question, What keeps us laughing at this text for so long?

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Video Symphony Approved for International Visas

Video Symphony, a Hollywood TV, film and DVD education center, has received approval to issue between one and 20 visas to enable international students to travel to California to enroll in classes. Located in Burbank, California, Video Symphony is an authorized training center for Avid, Apple, DigiDesign, Sonic Solutions, Adobe, Alias, Boris and Newtek. The center provides professional-level instruction in post-production for feature films, TV, video and DVD.

Animation Headline News

USC School Of Cinema-Television To Introduce SOFTIMAGE|XSI

Softimage's SOFTIMAGE|XSI software is being introduced to two Master of Fine Arts programs at USC's School of Cinema-Television: Interactive Media and Animation and Digital Arts. According to the university, this is to help meet industry demands for professionally educated animators and digital media creators.

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Art Institute Forms First California Student Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH

The Animation Club at The Art Institute of California --San Francisco ( has made its mark on the computer graphics and animation world by forming California's first student chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH, the world's largest organization of computer graphics professionals.

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ARTS Offers $900,000 to High School Seniors

U.S. high school seniors wanting to pursue a career in the arts can apply to Arts Recognition and Talent Search (ARTS) for the chance to share $900,000. Applicants will also be eligible for $3 million in scholarships by arts colleges across the U.S, which range from $100 to $25,000. The final application deadline is October 1, 2003 with the submission/audition materials deadline being November 1, 2003. Applications may be obtained through high school art teachers, by visiting or calling 1-800-970-ARTS.

Animation Headline News

Study Shows Bay Area Animation Grads Thrive in Non-Traditional Roles

Contrary to the high profile jobs at Pixar, Industrial Light & Magic, PDI/DreamWorks and other prestigious studios, the real growth area for Bay Area animation jobs is coming from other industries looking for people trained in computer graphics, 3D environments, simulation and other animation-related skills.

Animation Headline News

Aps Due for European Animation Masterclass

Fernesh Akademie Mitteldeutschland will host a fifth European Animation Masterclass September 1, 2003 to January 30, 2004 in Halle, Germany. Applications for 10 participants are due by July 31 for the international training program co-funded in equal portions by the MEDIA Plus Program of the European Commission and the regional film promotion entity, Mitteldeutsche Medienforderung GumbH.

Design Headline News

Oegon3D Offers New Design and Visualization Class

Oregon3D Inc., The Center for Visualization Technologies, has scheduled a two-day seminar devoted to Discreet's 3ds max as an effective design and visualization tool for the weekend of June 14-15, 2003. Taught by Discreet-certified instructor Gary M. Davis, this class will focus on importing models efficiently, creating/applying materials, lighting techniques (including global illumination) and rendering out photo-realistic or technical (illustrative) images. 3D modeling and animation will also be discussed in respect to augmenting third party models and showcasing a product or building.

The Design and Visualization class will take place from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at Oregon3D's training facility in downtown Portland, Oregon. The registration fee is $500. For additional information and class registration, visit or contact Oregon3D's toll free number at (866) 626-9100.

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Discreet to Offer 3ds max Workshops

Special one-day 3ds max workshops will be sponsored by Discreet throughout the summer in Santa Monica and San Jose, California. Designed for professional animators as well as Maya, XSI, Houdini or LightWave users, the workshops will focus on animation, modeling, texturing and character animation and rendering techniques.

The workshops will focus on:o Character modeling with cool polygon modeling techniques o How to create 3D surfaces from patches o How to create a complex material tree using material types

Effects Headline News

Gnomon Workshop Releases New Maya Training DVDs

The Gnomon Workshop has released eight new training DVDs on texturing, lighting and particle rendering in Alias|Wavefront's Maya, as well as two "analog" titles on character sculpture, produced by industry veteran John Brown, a new addition to the Gnomon team. Each title contains two hours of instruction, lecture notes, resource spotlights and bonus materials. They are priced at $69 each and may be purchased at

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Video Symphony Awarded Retraining Contract

Video Symphony, one of Hollywood's leading TV, film and DVD education centers, has been awarded a two-year, $1.5 million contract by California's Employment Training Panel (ETP) to retrain professionals employed by the state's digital media production companies.

ETP funds are awarded to a select group of training centers, such as Video Symphony, to help keep California's digital technology companies competitive, and to diminish export of production work to other states and nations.

Sonic Headline News

Video Symphony Launches DVD Production Courses

Hollywood-based Video Symphony has launched two new classes in DVD production: the DVD Certificate and DVD Bootcamp programs. The classes cover DVD authoring and design, from basic skills to advanced techniques. The curriculum emphasizes "hands-on" learning with Sonic Scenarist, Sonic DVD Creator and Apple DVD Studio Pro systems. The DVD Certificate program will focus more on the Sonic software, while the DVD Bootcamp will focus on Apple DVD Studio Pro. The specific courses will include: Intro to Sonic DVD Creator, Intro to DVD Studio Pro, Intro to Sonic Scenarist, Designing DVD Menu Graphics with After Effects, Encoding Audio & Video for DVD and Advanced DVD Authoring.

Classes will be taught by Barry Braverman, a Certified DVD author for the Sonic DVD Creator system. Along with more than 20 years of experience as a DP and cameraman, Braverman has also authored more than 50 DVD titles and is a regular contributing writer to Video Systems Magazine.

Film Headline News

Make A Film At Camp

Go to camp, make a short film, is the mission of the upcoming Oregon3DSM Film Camp, August 17-29, 2003 in Portland, Oregon. Oregon3D Inc., The Center for Visualization Technologies, offers a two-week film school-style camp where the students create a short film as a group under the guidance of award-winning director Mike Wellins and Oregon3D's Discreet-certified flame compositor Phil Guzzo (both previously from Vinton Studios).

Free Headline News

3ds max Workshop Offers Free Trial CD

Discreet, a division of Autodesk, Inc., is offering one-day workshops for professional animators to check out the animation, modeling, texturing, character animation and rendering techniques of 3ds max and receive a free 30-day trail of the 3D software. Classes are being offered throughout North America for $99. Advance registration is required. To register, get locations and times in your area and other information call (800) 869-3504, e-mail or go to


Media Headline News

Ex’pression Center Dedicates Chuck Jones Lab

Expression Center for New Media has named one of its state-of-the-art digital media labs in honor of late animation legend Chuck Jones. The Chuck Jones Lab in Emeryville, California will be used by Expression Digital Visual Media students to create 3D animation and modeling using Maya, After Effects, Flash, Vicon Workstation and Kaydara FiLMBOX software, plus Dell precision workstations with 2.2GHz processors and Trinitron monitors.

Animation Headline News

Anzovin Studio Releases Secrets of Animation:Master 2003

Anzovin Studio, a leading publisher of training materials for Hash's Animation:Master 3D animation software, has released a new instructional CD-ROM, SECRETS OF ANIMATION:MASTER 2003. Anzovin's Raf Anzovin and Bill Young take viewers step by step through some of the newest and least understood features of A:M 2003 (version 10/10.5). It features more than two hours of pristine, 800 x 600 QuickTime video and all associated project files, models and rotoscopes.

Series Headline News

3D Apprenticeship Video Training Series for Maya

Lost Pencil Animation Studios Inc. presents a new training series: the 3D Apprenticeship Training Series for Maya. This video training series includes more than 15 hours of video training on 9 CDs covering modeling, UV mapping, texturing, rigging, weight mapping, lighting and animating a realistic elephant. The training material is aimed at the novice and intermediate 3D user.

The training material is available in four individual sets:1. Modeling (3 CDs)2. UV Mapping and Texturing (2 CDs)3. Rigging and Weight Mapping (2 CDs)

Animation Headline News

Now Available for Free Download! AWN's 2003 Global Animation School Directory

By Joan Kim | Thursday, April 24, 2003 at 12:00am

It's finally here! Another AWN exclusive -- AWN's 2003 Global Animation School Directory is your complete, indispensable reference guide to over 550 animation-related schools and educational programs, from 40 countries. This year, we've added more schools, more countries and more program types. A must have resource for anyone considering a future in animation! Over 50,000 people downloaded our previous edition.

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Toon Boom Animates Kid Camp

Toon Boom Studio will be the main tool to teach 2D animation to the children attending the 2003 Summer Camp sessions in Canada this summer. The Children's Technology Workshop is a year-round business dedicated to developing and delivering applied technology curriculum to kids. With more than eight years of experience designing and testing camp programs and curriculum, their activities are under constant review by their educators, engineers, technologists and enthusiasts. The summer camp sessions are spread over nine locations, including Burlington, Oakville, Etobicoke, Mississauga, Scarborough, Toronto, Markham, Richmond Hill and Newmarket. These five-day sessions are offered from June 16 through August 25, 2003. For more information check out, and, for ToomBoom, visit

Animation Headline News

TELETOON Rolls Out Sixth Annual Scholarship Competition

TELETOON, Canada's all-animation channel, is holding its TELETOON Animation Scholarship Award Competition 2003, recognizing the efforts and financial needs of young Canadian art students. A total of C$30,000 will be divided between 12 talented students with the prize amounts ranging from $1,000 to $4,000. The scholarship is separated into four categories: Entrance Scholarship (for high school students moving on to an animation program), Continuing Education Scholarship (for students pursuing their animation studies), Most Promising Student Scholarship (for students graduating from an animation program) and Mature Student (for an arts graduate pursuing further studies or career development in animation). The three finalists in each category will be announced at the closing ceremonies of the Student Animation Festival of Ottawa in October. The winners' work will also be showcased on TELETOON'S Website, and on both English and French networks. The submitted portfolios and reels will be judged by an advisory committee comprised of Canadian animation educators and industry professionals. The submission deadline is 5 p.m., Friday, May 16, 2003. For additional information or to obtain an entry form and regulations go to or e-mail Since the launch of the scholarship five years ago, almost C$150,000 has been awarded to students in Canada.

Animation Headline News

Animation Lessons From Beyond Via VanArts

In what may be a first of its kind, this April VanArts (Vancouver Institute of Media Arts) will launch a series of online lessons and lectures featuring the late Academy-Award winning animator Lee Mishkin. This rare and recently edited collection, THE LEE MISHKIN LECTURE SERIES, features talks and instruction by the founding director of VanArts Classical Animation Program. The lectures cover a wide range of fundamental animation principles for 2D or 3D professionals.

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Oregon3d Offers Four-Week Maya Camp

Oregon3D Inc., The Center for Visualization Technologies, is offering a four-week Maya Camp May 5-30, 2003 to provide a comprehensive look at the process of creating 3D animation and storytelling. Designed for new and beginning users of Maya, the class begins with a theory course on character and story development, transitions into learning the basic Maya interface, moves on to character rigging and animation, then finishes with a week of project development and a light overview of rendering. Extended evening and weekend lab time will be available at Oregon3D's training facility in Portland, Oregon. For additional information on Maya Camp, which costs $2,500, and class registration, visit the Oregon3D Website at or contact Oregon3D. To register at a special discount for two or three sections of the Maya Camp, call Oregon3D toll-free in the U.S. at (866) 626-9100.