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Posing and Rendering CGI Characters – A Filmmaker IQ Course!!!

How do we create and pose CGI characters? In this course we walk through the steps we use to create, pose and render our mascot using 3D Studio Max, V-Ray as well as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe After Effects. This course is proudly sponsored by HP and the HP Z workstations – Unlimited Potential to Read MoreRead More

The Science of Rendering Photorealistic CGI – A Filmmaker IQ Lesson!!!

How do we get a glorified adding machine to generate a photorealistic image? Find out as we explore the processes developed over 40 years of intensive computer science research which now bring amazing Visual Effects to the silver screen which include Rasterization, Ray Casting, Ray Tracing and the Rendering Equation. This lesson is sponsored by Read MoreRead More

Face Swapping Technology Means You’ll Never Know What’s Real Ever Again

What if you can realistically control an actor’s face using only a basic webcam? The technology is quickly coming thanks to the researchers at Stanford University who just released a paper and video on some amazing real time face capture and Reenactment software. From Video description: We present a novel approach for real-time facial reenactment Read MoreRead More

Film Emulation for Digital Video, Explained

This video examines film emulators, reviewing their common features and suggested uses. Film emulation is the process of converting digital footage to appear as if it was shot on film. This process works by matching the color values of digital footage to different film stocks. Film emulation can be achieved through stand-alone software, with plugins, Read MoreRead More

The Visual Effects of “The Martian”

‘The Martian’ has director Ridley Scott returning to the science fiction genre where he made his mark with “Alien” and “Blade Runner.” Visual effects supervisor Richard Stammers and virtual production supervisor Casey Schatz reveal how everything from Scott’s sketches on printouts to the latest computer technology helped create one of Hollywood’s most realistic space adventures.Read More

Oscar Ballot Guide -­ Animation Character Design -­ Variety Artisans

What goes into designing an animated character you’ll love watching for an hour and a half — and remember forever. We hear from three of this year’s contenders, Albert Lozano from Pixar, Nick Bruno and Scott Carroll from Blue Sky, and character sculptor Carol Koch of “Anomalisa,” along with David Vandervoort of Laika (“Paranorman,” “The Read MoreRead More

My Life In Monsters: Meet the Animator Behind Star Wars and Jurassic Park

Phil Tippett is the Oscar-winning stop-motion animator and designer behind some of the greatest fantasy creatures and sci-fi set pieces in cinema history. From his humble beginnings as an alien patron in the iconic Cantina sequence from ‘Star Wars: A New Hope’, to pioneering stop-motion techniques used throughout ‘Empire Strikes Back’ and ‘Return of the Read MoreRead More

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