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!

Studio interview: Finger Industries
from 3D Artist Magazine
Finger Industries' managing director, Marcus Kenyon, talks textures, time saving and offers industry advice.

VFX explosions with award-winning TD Anselm von Seherr-Thoss
from 3D World Magazine
Watch over 3.5 hours of FumeFX training as award-winning VFX technical director, Anselm von Seherr-Thoss, shares his tips and tricks for making explosions using FumeFX within 3ds Max.

ZBrush 4R2b update patch and a codenamed tool
from 3D World Magazine
Pixologic has released an update patch allowing you to take full advantage of the powerful features in Z4R2 prior to the Z5 release.

Smith Micro and Wacom Announce New Partnership
from Animation Magazine
Smith Micro Software and Wacom have announced a partnership to bring the ease of multi-touch functionality to animators and digital artists.

Leprosy Charities Cause "Pirates" Changes
from Animation Magazine
Aardman Animations, the Bristol, U.K.-based animation powerhouse behind last year's Arthur Christmas, have announced changes to their upcoming stop-motion 3-D feature The Pirates! Band of Misfits after the film's trailer raised objections from leprosy charities, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Bruno Bozzetto Plans New Feature
from Animation Magazine
Italian animator Bruno Bozzetto, who earned an Oscar nod in 1991 for his short Grasshoppers and is well known for his politically satiric works and hapless Signor Rossi character, has announced plans for his first feature film project in 36 years, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Tintin Takes Home Another Best Animated Trophy
from Animation Magazine
Continuing its winning streak after taking the Golden Globe Award a week ago, Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin took home the Producers Guild Award for Best Animated Feature on Saturday.

FiberMesh to Splines for Maya released
from Animation Magazine
The small FiberMesh to Splines for Maya application will convert the exported FiberMesh from ZBrush to splines.

Getting BackBurner rendering on Windows and Mac OS X simultaneously
from Viz World
Most people know that Autodesk Maya will run on multiple platforms (Windows, Mac, and Linux), but most people don't know how to get a single Backburner install rendering across multiple platforms simultaneously.

Weta Digital: The Adventures of Tintin – Making of
from Viz World
YouTube has a great video showing much of the behind the scenes motion tracking work that went into the new Adventures of TinTin movie.

How They Did It: The Art of Flight Opening Titles
from Studio Daily
Helio Collective created a scene-setting title sequence for the snowboarding film The Art of Flight. Cinema 4D maker Maxon and writer Scott Strohmaier took Film & Video behind the scenes to learn more about how the project was executed on a short schedule.

A Game of Shadows: more to the mystery
from Death Fall
An fxguide article about the visual effects on Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.

Happy Feet 2 - VFX Breakdown
from Death Fall
Alessandro Nardini shows in this video all the effects layers needed to finish the shot.

Tuition fees commission set up
from The BBC
An independent commission has been set up to examine the impact of increased tuition fees in England.

Doubt over university reform plan
from The BBC
Doubts hang over the plans to open up the UK's university sector to a new wave of private providers.

Home Office and business department do battle over overseas students
from The Indenpendent
Government ambitions to dramatically expand the number of private colleges risk being defeated by an overzealous Home Office crackdown on immigration.

Party days are over for students
from The Indenpendent
The class of 2012 will no longer consist of "hard partying" students looking for a "laid-back" course.

University places to be cut by 15,000
from The Indenpendent
The Government announced last night that university student numbers would be slashed by 15,000 this autumn.

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