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Week 05: The Lights Are On...

Week 05: The Lights Are On...

The fifth week of the Maya Core evening course is equivalent to day five of the intensive day time class, so we have now covered one week of the comparable daytime course. The advantage of the evening course is you have more time to soak in the deluge of information showered onto you, but the daytime class are constantly thinking in Maya so perhaps absorb it more thoroughly.

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Fri 2 Mar 2012: 12:08pm

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Pixomondo Pick up VFX Oscar®

Pixomondo Pick up VFX Oscar®

Pixomondo’s first Oscar was won for their contribution to Martin Scorcese’s 3D cinematic triumph, Hugo. Visual & Digital Effects Supervisors Ben Grossmann and Alex Henning were there to pick up the award, but the entire Pixomondo worldwide family contributed to the success, including a couple of escapees here in London.

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Thu 1 Mar 2012: 8:30am

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CG Coffee Culture

CG Coffee Culture

The lives of professional VFX artists, who during their working hours create amazing effects, are generally fuelled by a colossal coffee culture, which is almost as strong as the pub culture that exists after work.

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Wed 29 Feb 2012: 1:00pm

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Autodesk Excellence for Every Customer

Autodesk Excellence for Every Customer

This year Autodesk are putting you first, with the introduction of their new customer engagement initiative which they are calling "ACE". The program aims to offer the end user the best possible experience when purchasing Autodesk products.

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Tue 28 Feb 2012: 11:00am

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HIERO Launch Party in London

HIERO Launch Party in London

Wednesday 29th of February marks the official release of HIERO, a VFX tool we’ve been lusting over for the past 6 months. Following rigorous beta testing this product is now ready for integration with VFX pipelines around the globe. To give this product the welcome it deserves, The Foundry are hosting launch events in LA, Toronto, Vancouver, New York, London, Paris, Hamburg, Munich and Sydney. Escape Studios are teaming up with The Foundry for the launch in London, an event we hope you can all attend. The event is on Tuesday, 6th March at the VUE Leicester Square, running from 7-9pm, followed by drinks. Registrations will start at 6:15pm so try to get there early to avoid queues.

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Tue 28 Feb 2012: 11:00am

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Framestore Industry Coaching for Escapees

Framestore Industry Coaching for Escapees

We believe it's crucial for students to not just have a thorough knowledge of work flow and software, but also understand the VFX industry and pipeline where they will work. So during their course we invite established post production houses to coach them, this means they get direct feedback on their work from respected VFX supervisors.

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Mon 27 Feb 2012: 1:00pm

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News Round-Up: Monday 27th Feb 2012

News Round-Up: Monday 27th Feb 2012

It's the time of the week when I share with you the news that picked my interest over the last seven days. This time, there are the following goodies on offer: a cool making of from Framestore, some great new tutorials, a trailer of Pixar's "Brave", a new trailer for Spiderman and lots of education news related to Michael's latest announcements regarding education reforms.

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Mon 27 Feb 2012: 9:23am

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Week 04: All Tapped out but Ready to Roll

Week 04: All Tapped out but Ready to Roll

After last week’s fruity frolics and forays into furniture, we began week four of our Maya Course finishing the seat cover of our poly modelled chair. The back row gang was complete again as our comrade James returned as he was unable to attend last week’s lessons. He was gutted to miss the chair making exercise, because he’s a budding furniture designer now hoping to get an internship at a London studio, and believes learning Maya will boost his creative potential.

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Fri 24 Feb 2012: 1:00pm

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News Round-Up: Monday 20th Feb 2012

News Round-Up: Monday 20th Feb 2012

After an absence of a week, I am back again with my usual digest of news. This week, we have some great showreels from the likes of Pixomondo, a great trailer from Spiderman and even some tutorials.

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Mon 20 Feb 2012: 2:34pm

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A Modern Soundtrack for a Restored Classic!

A Modern Soundtrack for a Restored Classic!

Last weekend I stumbled across an album cover with the VES (Visual Effects Society) logo on it. For those of you who don’t know, the current logo for the VES is the iconic image of the moon from the film Le Voyage dans la Lune (A Trip to the Moon), a 16 minute black and white silent film from 1902. It was a revolutionary film for its time, being not only the first sci-fi but also using special effects that were very high tech at the turn of the century. Though the film was distributed predominately in black and white there was also a hand-coloured version that was thought to be lost for quite some time until the only surviving print was found in Spain in 1993.

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Mon 20 Feb 2012: 9:12am

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Calling all Maya Artists!

Calling all Maya Artists!

NVIDIA very recently put out a call for Maya artists to submit new models to be considered and potentially used as benchmarks for Autodesk’s Maya. NVIDIA developed a CUDA plug-in for Maya that delivers fluid simulation, hence their involvement in this. For more details on that, check out this demo.

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Tue 14 Feb 2012: 11:00am

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Week Two: We’ll be Apples

Week Two: We’ll be Apples

There are no Antipodeans in our class, but if there were we might use the Aussie slang phrase ‘We'll be apples’ (meaning it’ll be alright), as we started to understand the workflow, and make our first tentative steps at modelling fruit in Maya. For on Monday night Mark began our second week of tuition with an exercise in creating an apple, giving new meaning to Maya Core.

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Fri 10 Feb 2012: 10:30am

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NUKE Gets Results at Flipbook Studios

NUKE Gets Results at Flipbook Studios

Flipbook, the Manchester based animation and VFX boutique studio, are celebrating a second year in business this week. Quite literally two years ago to the date (February 8th 2010) they took on their very first job. Since then Flipbook have grown from strength to strength, and look forward to a prosperous future as they make some significant upgrades in the company’s workflow.

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Thu 9 Feb 2012: 12:00pm

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Free Tutorial: Mastering Dynamics in Maya

Free Tutorial: Mastering Dynamics in Maya

If you’re an aspiring VFX artist, knowing Maya inside out is an absolute must. On our VFX course, I make sure that every student has a good understanding of Dynamics and linking objects kinematically which are an integral part of the VFX pipeline. Not knowing these just isn’t an option. They form part of a basic skillset which post houses will expect you to know. That’s why, this month, I’ve created a tutorial which will give you two new skills you can add to your showreel. Being able to use Dynamics fluently will demonstrate to potential employers that you understand the key techniques in VFX and are ready to take your first steps in the industry. So what are you waiting for? Log on to our eLearning platform and add these skills to your existing toolset.

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Wed 8 Feb 2012: 2:30pm

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Free Download: An Artist’s Guide to a Career in CG

Free Download: An Artist’s Guide to a Career in CG

Are you an aspiring CG artist who’s trying to get your CG career off the ground? Are you working in the creative industry and want to transfer your skills to VFX? We know how difficult it can be to make decisions and chose the right path, but that’s where our Careers Guide can help. By revealing the many opportunities that exist within the CG industry, the guide helps you overcome some of the hurdles you might face when you start making career choices.

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Tue 7 Feb 2012: 9:30am

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News Round-Up: Monday 6th Feb 2012

News Round-Up: Monday 6th Feb 2012

There's all sorts of goodies in this week's edition of my News Round Up: we have free sofware from DAZ3D, some cool VFX breakdowns, the usual Oscar related stories, and lots of lots of news on the state of the UK education system. Hope you enjoy it, and as usual, I welcome your feedback.

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Mon 6 Feb 2012: 9:50am

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An Upgrade to V-Ray 2.0 for 3ds Max

An Upgrade to V-Ray 2.0 for 3ds Max

V-Ray 2.0 for 3ds Max has had a bit of a makeover, as Chaos Group integrate a range of new features that are sure to speed up your workflow considerably.

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Tue 31 Jan 2012: 10:00am

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The RV/NUKE Integration Package from Tweak Software!

The RV/NUKE Integration Package from Tweak Software!

Tweak Software, the guys who created RV-image and sequence viewer software, have teamed up with The Foundry to build an RV/NUKE integration package that provides a beautifully seamless workflow between the two applications, which are said to deliver high-performance RV playback as you work in NUKE.

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Tue 31 Jan 2012: 9:00am

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News Round-Up: Monday 30th Jan 2012

News Round-Up: Monday 30th Jan 2012

This week, my round up of CG news features software and hardware announcements, interviews with VFX professionals, and some cool new VFX breakdowns. Hope you enjoy it!

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Mon 30 Jan 2012: 11:51am

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Quantum Hoax

Quantum Hoax

When five students from the Centre NAD University in Montreal Canada were given a film project, to create a viral hoax using CG assets integrated into live action footage, they could scarcely have predicted the success their movie would be.

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Fri 27 Jan 2012: 12:26pm

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