Saturday, 13 December 2008
Saturday, 6 December 2008
Wednesday, 26 November 2008
Monday, 24 November 2008
Thursday, 13 November 2008
Monday, 27 October 2008
Friday, 24 October 2008
Autodesk states, they want to preserve XSI product line:
Petit commented: “As we have demonstrated since the acquisition of Alias in 2006, we’re committed to giving our customers choice when it comes to their 3D tools. We plan to maintain and grow the Softimage product line, and through Autodesk FBX provide better interoperability between Softimage products, 3ds Max and Autodesk Maya.
Definitely technologies will merge once again and data exchange between the two packages could be better with new versions of FBX. Welcome to the club XSI users! :-P
I have to admit that before Alias was aquired by Autodesk, Maya was missing proper modeling tools and major updates of animation tools. Waiting for this was endless, but under Autodesk these tools got much improved.
Friday, 17 October 2008
Other countries to be accepted are Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Slovakia and Hungary, as well as South Korea.
- job satfisfaction
- carreer outlook
- and salaries
I`ve quickly checked it and it seem that the industry is getting bigger, which sounds good in recent worldwide financial crisis and that people generaly like what they do, which is great. What`s interesting it shows only 3% of participants were Technical Directors. I think too few TDs were involved in survey or they signed as Other (21%) otherwise there would be lack of TDs. I think they should have broken down types of jobs more and add lighters, fx, riggers etc. Animator is equal to lighter, but I think Animation Mentor was a bit biased as it`s focused on animators, not lighters or other jobs.
Tuesday, 7 October 2008
Sunday, 5 October 2008
html with quicktime video (sound goes off few times)
Then I found Maiolo was nominated Maya Master 2008 and here`s some info that surprised me, it says he built new skinning paradigm in Maya after ILM converted to new software (I guess Zeno) and that he also programmed simple 3d spinning visualisation of a car before going to college. Well done! :) More about ILM skinning in links below...
Tim Nailor`s perspective of rigger in ILM (2003)
It looks like, meawhile he moved with few other ex-ILMs over to head Character Development in new Lightstream Animation Studios, siggraph link.
And this is really nice portion of links on Maiolo`s website, some candy for riggers, check it out... plus Siggraph 2005 class about Starwars EpIII character pipeline pdf...
Friday, 26 September 2008
It offers 3 different courses ranging from
6 weeks for 3290 EU ~ 81.000 Kc to 12 weeks 5690 € ~ 140.000 Kc.
I think it can be quite expensive for a czech student, but maybe attractive for those coming from abroad as they are cheaper than competition. Although the quality of courses will probably be lower level as well.
Gnomon School "Maya Fast Track" 9 weeks $9425 ~ 6870 € ~ 170.000 Kc
Escape Studios `most courses` 12 weeks £8500 ~ 10.633 € ~ 260.000 Kc
(online) Animation Mentor "Class 1" 12 weeks $3000 ~ 2210 € ~ 54.600 Kc
Gnomon and Escape are more expensive but they offer instructors of very high level and high chance of getting hired in top industry studios. Also Gnomon and Escape names are well known schools.
Also Gnomon together with Animation Mentor offer online courses with feedback from instructors at even cheaper prices.
The advantage of Spafi Animation Academy could be czech language of some instructors for czech students. But as mentioned, it`s mainly lower price of lessons for students who could consider Gnomon and similar schools. Also lower expenses taking lessons in Prague and not having to travel far compared to London area or U.S.
It`s a first school of its kind in Czech Republic - good luck!
Monday, 8 September 2008
Saturday, 23 August 2008
This will be open to questions from audience anytime.
Here is inteview with the founder of GDS (czech)
Thursday, 14 August 2008
Monday, 11 August 2008
Wednesday, 23 July 2008
The design looks like mix of MadMax, Blade Runner and Star Wars. Maybe other films I can`t remember now. It looks really cool. They moved from alien claustrophobic coriddors (and HR Giger design), being long time inspiration for the guys from Mesquite. But I think they will still keep it close to their satanic-cyber roots as well :) It would be a shame if they wouldn`t.
More stuff: trailer 2
Sunday, 20 July 2008
Saturday, 28 June 2008
It seems they are aiming "ratatouille" high. Design, shading and animation look really nice. Let`s see in december if the story is good as well and how it will do in box office (which in the end matters the most). Fingers crossed!
Tuesday, 24 June 2008
This is links to some of his work:
http://www.yetanotherface.com/ - contributed as lighter
Saturday, 31 May 2008
Monday, 19 May 2008
Saturday, 10 May 2008
Sunday, 20 April 2008
Wednesday, 9 April 2008
Monday, 31 March 2008
Friday, 28 March 2008
the good thing is, even those guys like vfx, apart from the tiger which MPC didn`t work on. They add "what a waste of effects for such movie", yep that happens very often in vfx :)