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ACDC Vs Iron Man 2 - Architectural Projection Mapping On Rochester Castle by seeper
  For those about to rock!

"On the site of a thousand years of violent history, ACDC were pitted against Iron Man in a ground breaking architectural projection mapping project. The front facade of the Great Keep at Rochester Castle, was brought to life using the latest in 3D animation techniques. This onslaught of the senses, saw the castle confront it's ultimate challenge. Warping, morphing, spewing and collapsing before the audiences eyes. Let there be rock! "

Click the link to see more.........
 
Reported By On 12-05-2010 at 12:49:33  
Concept Art From Tron Legacy
  Tron Legacy concept art.

say now mowha...

Hit the link to feast your eyes at Slashfilm.....
 
Reported By Chris Thomas On 11-05-2010 at 18:26:10  
Help Celebrate Ray Bradburys 90th Birthday! by AMIDl
  With Frank Frazetta's passing, it's easy to feel a little down. But.. as we said, he may be gone, but will not be forgotten. One great of fiction is Ray Bradbury, who luckily enough is still with us, hale and hearty. Even better, he's celebeating his 90th birday this year. Cartoon Brew is marking the occasion be asking it's readership to put forth tributes to ole Ray, if they feel so compelled. This man is a great of fantasy/sci-fi. So why not get in on the action and produce a render (or two) based on one of his great works?

"Lou Romano asked me to share this with Cartoon Brew readers. In honor of Ray Bradbury’s 90th birthday later this year, animation producer Steven Paul Leiva is putting together a collection of artwork that will be presented to Bradbury in the form of a printed book. Here is what he’s asking for:

We are putting out this call to all professionals in World Animation: If you would like to honor this great American author, and contribute to a unique gift, create a portrait or caricature of Ray, or illustrate a scene from one of his novels or short stories for inclusion in RAY BRADBURY: THE ILLUSTRATED MAN, a book and possible a DVD compilation of such work to be presented to Ray during RAY BRADBURY WEEK as a gift from the Animation community."


Click the link to read more at Cartoon Brew........
 
Reported By On 11-05-2010 at 18:07:13  
Autodesk 2010 Animation Show Reel Call For Submissions Show Off Your Talent in the Autodesk 2010 Animation Show Reel
  It's that time of year once more. Siggraph looms large and Autdesk want to put on their glad rags (and why not!?). Autodesks canon is pretty large these days. So there's a good chance you qualify to be on there. Question is, do you have anything worth trumpeting about?

"Looking to show off your best assets? Be part of the Autodesk 2010 Animation Show Reel.

Submit your latest short animation game cinematic, film, feature film, commercial, broadcast, music video and episodic projects created using Autodesk software, such as Autodesk® Maya®, Autodesk® 3ds Max®, Autodesk® Softimage®, Autodesk® MotionBuilder®, and Autodesk® Mudbox™ software."


Click the link to read more at Autodesk,com............
 
Reported By On 11-05-2010 at 18:05:20  
Frank Frazetta Fantasy Illustrator, Dies at 82
  A sad day indeed. Franks art was something I remember poring over as a youth. He had a lurid style. But one that really must have created the mould for many budding fantasy artist. If you have ever read Bisley's Slain, then you are looking at a project that surely had some major thought ticklings from Mr Frazetta.

And of course, any man that could bring to life, so many lovingly crafted ladies bottoms (and so much more) and also inspire the imagination in all realms of fantasy, has got to be saluted. Bye Frank, you'll be missed, but certainly not forgotten......

"Frank Frazetta, an illustrator whose vivid colors and striking brushstrokes conjured up fantastic worlds of musclebound heroes fighting with broad swords and battle axes to defend helpless women from horrible beasts, died on Monday in Fort Myers, Fla. He was 82.

The death, caused by a stroke, was confirmed by Rob Pistella and Steve Ferzoco, his business managers. In a telephone interview, Mr. Pistella said that Mr. Frazetta, who had a history of strokes, had returned from a Mother’s Day dinner with his family on Sunday night and fell ill. Emergency medical services were called and Mr. Frazetta was rushed to the hospital, where he died."

 
Reported By Chris Thomas On 11-05-2010 at 14:36:57  
3D Printer Creates Ice Sculptures -- Just Add Water By Sean Hollister
  And... just to show that 3D printing really is the zeitgeist right now. Here are some creatives at a Canadian uni, that have decided that ice (yes, ice) would be a "good" cheap alternative material for 3D prints. As a test, they have created icy drinks containers. Now, I can see two scenarios unfolding here......

1. Drinks container is so cold that the ice sticks to your skin and gives you nasty frost-nip. Ouchy
2. Drinks container melts, and becomes so slippery that it spills piping hot mead all over your pride and joys. Boo hoo :(

"Paper-mache, candy, and human cells have all been seen flowing through 3D printers for custom fabrication work, but students and faculty at Canada's McGill University have a cheaper prototyping material: plain ol' H20. They recently modified this Fab@Home Model 1 by replacing the soft goo extruders with a temperature-controlled water delivery system, and set about making decorative ice sculptures and a large beer mug for good measure."

Click the link to read more at Engadget..........
 
Reported By On 11-05-2010 at 14:22:13  
Shapeways: Full Color 3D Print Calling all Students!
  3D printing is just science fiction, right? I mean, until 10 years back, if you said I could print something from 3D CG model to physical reality, in just a few minutes, I'd have said you were crazy. Anyway, it's not crazy anymore, and this company, Shapeways, have a reather neato competition to have your own 3D model printed for you. In full colour no less! Git over there and upload away I would suggest......

"Want to test your 3D modeling skills, have your object 3D printed in full color by Shapeways and win $100 worth of 3D printing?
The 2010 Shapeways Full Color 3D Print Student Contest is looking for the most creative and innovative model that can be 3D printed in full color. If you are an animation student you could 3D print your lead character, if you are an industrial design student you could 3D print your next prototype, if you are a medical student you could 3D print a dissected toe, the possibilities are open to you.
Simply upload your full color model to Shapeways by the 31st of May with the tag “Student Contest” and you will be in the running to win."

 
Reported By On 11-05-2010 at 14:14:38  
New Features For CryENGINE 3 by Matt McCorkell
  Quite a lot of new features here, so best hit the link to read up on them all......

"Frankfurt, Germany (April 22, 2010) – Today, Crytek is releasing version 3.1 of its CryENGINE 3 SDK. This is the first major upgrade to the award-winning all-in-one game development solution and includes many revolutionary features and innovative tools. CryENGINE 3.1 enhances the CryENGINE® Sandbox® toolset with a new Shader Editor showcased at GDC 2010, improved profiling tools to maximize performance and quality, upgrades to animation tools and the introduction of new features such as Procedural Deformation, Irradiance Volumes and physics-driven animations. All these features can be created with the unique Crytek “What You See Is What You Play” real-time pipeline, simultaneously across all supported platforms."

Click the link to read more at CGChannel.....
 
Reported By On 11-05-2010 at 13:31:46  
Pixar Releases Tractor 1.0 by Matt McCorkell
  Do you work in movie FX? Have you suffered at the bumbling hands of Alfred, Pixars long "loved" rendering management system? Well, rejoice, for we now have a new kid on the block from Pixar. Tractor. So, be ready for even more corny (pun intended) named utilities in this software suite. What will the viewer be called? Cab? Pond? Silage?

Anyway, enough sarcasm and all. This HAS to be better than Alfred. Fingers crossed.......

"EMERYVILLE, CA – (April 30th, 2010) Pixar Animation Studios today released its next generation distributed processing solution, Tractor™ 1.0. Derived from Pixar’s unparalleled experience in managing the computational demands of the world’s largest render farms through its RenderMan® and Alfred™ products, Tractor 1.0 is a completely new and robust solution specifically engineered to address the extreme scalability and performance requirements of multi-core networks of tens of thousands of processors and beyond."

Click the link to read more at CG Channel......
 
Reported By On 10-05-2010 at 18:46:38  
Intel Plans To Stuff More Than 8 Cores, Extra Speed Into 2011 Server Chips By Vladislav Savov
  AMD have released super fat multi-core procs, and now its Intels turn. Who suffers here? We do, with these crazy super-computer level workstations that only cost a few K. It just pains me to render something in 10 minutes, that used to take literally hours. I mean, c'mon, where's the fun in that. I can't read half as much these days as I used to... sob sob.....

"Yeah yeah, "more cores and faster speeds," you've heard it all before right? That'd be our reaction too if we weren't talking about the successor to the Nehalem-Ex, Intel's most gruesomely overpowered chip to date. Launched under the Xeon 7500 branding in March, it represents Intel's single biggest generational leap to date, and with its eight cores, sixteen threads, and 24MB of shared onboard cache, you could probably see why."

Click the link to read more at Engadget............
 
Reported By On 10-05-2010 at 18:40:07  
The Multiplayer Bungie Game REACH Latest TV Spot And Interview With The Designers
  What's this Halo game?? Gnuh?

"Halo: Reach, one of the most highly sought-after Xbox Live Multiplayer games is into beta and is showing the modes.

The Beta testing period starts on May 3rd, and there are plenty of bumps and jumps to find in the many ODST campaign collection.

Here is a tasting of the latest TV Spot for the game and then a Bungie produced mini documentary interview spread with some of the main dudes who designed and created the game. "


Click the link to see more at CG Society........

http://features.cgsociety.org/story.php?story_id=5638&referer=cgnews
 
Reported By Chris Thomas On 10-05-2010 at 18:39:34  
Integrate Painting, Image Manipulation, Illustration into your AutoCAD Design Workflow
  Ah ha! Alias design products are now being integrated into the Autodesk design suite fold. Kind of like Cats and Dogs, living together. But weirder.....

"Take advantage of Alias® and SketchBook technology directly in AutoCAD® software. Autodesk® Alias® Sketch for AutoCAD® Technology Preview adds fully integrated painting, illustration and image manipulation capabilities to enhance the AutoCAD design workflow, making AutoCAD a much broader creative tool. With Alias Sketch for AutoCAD users will be able to:"

Click the link to read more at CG Architect.....
 
Reported By On 10-05-2010 at 18:28:33  
Iron Man 2 Boom Or Bust?
  Iron Man 2. Would you beleive I worked on some of the shots in the Monaco sequence? Yep, it's true. I have to say, the guys at Dneg have done a pretty amazing job on that sequence (and many reviewers agree). Anyway, a big up to the Dneg'ers out there. And oh yeah, ILM played their part also.....

"Boom! Was there ever any doubt?

Iron Man 2 holds onto and glorifies the myriad of strong points from the first film. For you action junkies, the suit becomes supercharged and various other highly creative models are constructed. The result: a visual overload of bullets, missiles, and explosions.
For you techies, JARVIS will now be the subject of your wet dreams. His holographic interface is blown way out of proportion in the most excellent way. Instead of Downey, Jr. aimlessly flailing his arms about like in Iron Man, motion commands to operate the interface are actually present and consistent in this sequel, to where it is almost convincing."


Click the link for more at CG Channel.......
 
Reported By On 10-05-2010 at 18:21:24  
Pixar A Human Story of Computer Animation
  Hey, looks like it's Pixar season here at CGA News. Still, these guys have been THE major movers and shakers in the 3D animation industry for the last thirty years or so. Anyway, you need no wittering from me. Hit the vid above, and listen in.......
 
Reported By Chris Thomas On 10-05-2010 at 17:24:29  
Panasonic's Autofocus Fixin' DMC-GF1 / GH1 / G1 Firmware Updates Now Live By Tim Stevens
 

"Aunt Fran out of focus? Bay Bridge a little blurry? Statue of Liberty a bit soft? If you're having these issues with images captured through your Panasonic DMC-GF1, GH1, or G1, your fix is ready. We're not seeing any surprises compared to what was previously said to be included, but no surprises is usually a good thing when it comes to firmware updates. Each is a little over 2MB in size, and you can get your downloads rolling at the source links below."

Click the link for more at Engadget............
 
Reported By On 10-05-2010 at 15:03:46  
Star Wars: The Old Republic combat animations and design philosophy
  As it says on the tin. Our own Ben Cloward is working on this project. Ben is the author of our HLSL Shader Creation series. Which has been something of a hit with our games industry customers out there. Anyway, check the vid, and see just what is possible with HLSL, and some pretty amazingly talented artists of course......

The three HLSL Titles....
https://www.cg-academy.net/es_catalog/product_info.php?products_id=64
https://www.cg-academy.net/es_catalog/product_info.php?products_id=65
https://www.cg-academy.net/es_catalog/product_info.php?products_id=77
 
Reported By Chris Thomas On 10-05-2010 at 11:22:25  
3D World Magazine Celebrates 10th Anniversary by Leonard Teo
  Ten years eh? I actuallly thought that 3D World had been around longer than that, back in the 90's and all. Well, there you go, the mind plays tricks it seems.....

"Our friends over at 3D World Magazine are celebrating their 10th Anniversary. To commemorate this, they are releasing a special 132 page birthday issue on 5th May 2010 along with free software worth more than £1100 ($1680 USD).

Inside, the very special birthday issue of 3D World is introduced by Industrial Light & Magic’s Visual Effects guru, John Knoll. Best known for his work on the Star Wars prequels, and the recent 3D blockbuster Avatar, the Academy-award winner exclusively discusses the major changes in 3D design over the latest decade."


Click the link to read more at CG Channel............
 
Reported By On 10-05-2010 at 11:15:16  
Fragmented City - 2010 by Tom Freitag
  This has a nice graphic style. Very much of the momment....

"This work is a personal project; just for fun. It base on a illustration I have done for book cover. The music is from fx.randomize/A-Musik, everything else from me."
 
Reported By On 07-05-2010 at 16:01:34  
'The Hobbit' Not Delayed On Track For 2012
  Can't wait to see this movie and yet at the same time, I am also kind of dreading it. Why? Well, I think that Pan's Labrynth was pretty cool, but not amazing. Whilst (IMHO) Hell Boy 2 was just a mess (very creative and all that, but a mess). So, which way will The Hobbit swing? Fingers (and toes) crossed.

"“The Hobbit” is coming to theaters sooner than you think, but later than you initially thought.

Let's clear it up.

Warner Bros. is scheduling Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro’s two-part adaptation of “The Hobbit” for December 2012 and December 2013.

A confusion over release dates surfaced earlier today when Imax announced an overall, 20-film, three-year deal with Warners. In outlining which films would be included, Imax incorrectly gave 2013 as the release date for the first “Hobbit” movie. "


Click the link to read more at Heatvisionblog......
 
Reported By On 07-05-2010 at 15:58:35  
Inside Pixar’s Leadership with Ed Catmull
  This really is a great video. It shows there's so much more to running a successful creative venture than simply atristry alone. And the over-arching message from Mr Catmull is that free range chickens are more productive than battery hens (so to speak....)

"There were plenty of high profile people at the Economist event in March, but hands down the best session was a simple interview with Ed Catmull, the president of Pixar.

Martin Giles from the Economist did the interview, and did an excellent job letting Catmull cover some excellent territory.

Here’s the video, and below I transcribed my favorite quotes."

 
Reported By Chris Thomas On 07-05-2010 at 15:54:22  
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