Tuesday, June 30, 2009

30+ High Quality Metallic Texture, Pattern, Brushes and Photoshop Tutorials

This one is for you 3D modelers, texture artists, and Photoshop fanatics. Hongkiat.com has published this list of textures, brushes, and tutorials all having to do with metal.

VFX artists might also find it of use, particularly for elements such as bullet holes and the various metallic grunge textures.

Check it out here.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Inspiration: Rugby

A student just recently showed me this one and I was blown away. (Thanks J.D.!) CG Society put together this great article on a VFX-intensive Snickers commercial produced by BBDO Moscow, Sky Films in Toronto, and a German post facility called Unexpected. The article includes some great info about how they produced the spot, including fantastic breakdowns of the various elements - live action, CG layers, particle systems - that went into each shot.

Read the full story here.

Friday, June 26, 2009

ATLAS/CERN Multimedia Contest

CERN, the world's largest particle physics laboratory, birthplace of the World Wide Web and home of the famous Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has a great opportunity for DV students! The ATLAS/CERN Multimedia Contest features great prizes, including Adobe Production software, a trip to the LHC, and an internship at CERN. The deadline is July 31, 2009 - so don't delay.

Check it out NOW!

Featured Project: Pirate Booty

This week's featured project is a "two-fer" - a short film AND its "making of" documentary.

"Pirate Booty" was created by Team UAT for the Phoenix Film Foundation's annual 48-Hour Film Challenge during the summer of 2006, and it went on to be an Official Selection of the 2007 Phoenix Film Festival.

"48 Hour Film Challenge Documentary" chronicles the team's efforts from Friday night's kick-off, through 48 hectic hours, and finally to a last-minute by the skin of the teeth delivery on Sunday - and features great interviews with a crew of students who have since gone on to graduate and take jobs in the film and video industry.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Build a Car Racing Scene from Photographs

In another great tutorial, Greyscale Gorilla (aka Nick Campbell) teaches you how to create a stylized 3D car racing scene from a simple 2D photograph using After Effects' 3D compositing tools. This one is long, so it's presented in 2 parts: Part 1 and Part 2

After Effects Tutorial - Build a Car Racing scene from Photographs Part 1 from Nick Campbell on Vimeo.

After Effects Tutorial - Build a Car Racing scene from Photographs Part 2 from Nick Campbell on Vimeo.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Science of the Movies

Science Channel has begun airing a cool new series called "Science of the Movies" that every DV student should check out. Recent segments have included a trip to Panavision for a look inside cameras and lenses and a discussion of film vs. digital with Oscar-winning DP Dean Semler. While it's really made for people who know little to nothing about filmmaking, it still manages to include some really interesting facts for the seasoned DV enthusiast.

"Science of the Movies" airs at 10 pm on Thursdays.

Or, you can check out some video segments on Science Channel's website.

Monday, June 22, 2009

From CNET: 3D means new rules for directors

CNET's Rafe Needleman has posted an insightful blog post about 3D stereoscopic imaging and its impact on current and future entertainment trends in film, TV, and videogames. Like it or not, it seems 3D is here to stay for the immediate future and will continue to be a growth area in both content creation and emerging technologies.
3D is still seen as gimmick by most consumers, but it's becoming more mainstream. That means content producers and artists will be thinking about 3D content more in the near future: Not just how to have it call attention to itself, but rather how to have 3D fade, as it were, into the background of the storytelling.
Read the rest here.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Featured Project: I'm Not Crying

This week's Featured Project comes from last semester's DVA274 Digital Video Editing class. "I'm Not Crying" is another take-off from the "Flight of the Conchords" TV series from students Hido Harada, Luke DeSalvo, and Chris Erickson.

YouTube Link

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

How To Use Simple Shapes and Masks to Make an Entire Animation

Greyscale Gorilla has published a great tutorial on how to make complex-looking animations very simply, just by building them up from simple animated elements. It takes some planning and a bit of thought, but it results in some cool-looking stuff. All Motion Graphics students need to watch this now!

Using Simple Shapes and Masks to Make an Entire Animation - How I made ConformNonConform from Nick Campbell on Vimeo.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Top VFX Twitter-ers to Follow

Topher Welsh at Inside The Hive (the "blog of all things in motion") has published a cool list of the top visual effects innovators currently sharing information via the ubiquitous social-trending site Twitter. Included on the list is VFX artist / filmmaker / technologist Stu Maschwitz (@5tu), author of our old familiar friend The DV Rebel's Guide.

Check out the complete list here.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Featured Project: Peephole

This week's featured project is a short film produced for DVA441 Competition Shorts class during the Fall 2006 Semester. It went on to become an Official Selection of the 2007 Phoenix Film Festival.

Written and directed by Daniel Martinez
Produced by Carl Hawke
Director of Photography Kevin Mason
Edited by Ryan Luibrand

YouTube Link

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

After Effects Tutorial: Text effects using Set Matte

Here's a brilliant tutorial from Harry J. Frank at Graymachine, combining some very simple and innocuous-seeming effects into a customizable and beautiful text composite. If you're doing any work in motion graphics, this one is a must!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Editors talk Avid, Apple, Adobe

From StudioDaily: At the AlphaDogs Editors' Lounge, a panel of editors discuss the battle for the NLE market, including the future of Avid, whether Apple is committed to its ProApps and how Adobe may just sneak up and overtake them both in coming years.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Editors' Picks at NAB

From StudioDaily: At the AlphaDogs Editors' Lounge, a panel of editors talk about NAB 09, how the reduced attendance made if the best show in years and what products impressed them.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Some cool DIY camera rigs and special FX projects

Courtesy of the folks at Self-Reliant Film, a nice (though not nearly comprehensive) list of do-it-yourself projects for indie filmmakers - camera cranes, dollies, specialty rigs, blood & gore, and an assortment of odds and ends. Plus, every link takes you to a site chock full of other cool project ideas and tutorials.

DIY Film Projects

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

How and When to Use Auxiliary Timecode

From StudioDaily: One very under utilized feature in both Avid Media Composer and Apple Final Cut Pro is the software's ability to assign an auxiliary timecode to clips. An auxiliary timecode is basically a fake, user-assignable timecode track that can be set to any timecode the editor desires.

Read the complete tutorial here.

Monday, June 1, 2009

The power of the editor

Check out this video from BBC News about their editor Bill McKenna, who was recently named "editor of the year" by the White House News Photographers Association. It'll make you really think about what an editor does during all those hours behind the keyboard.

Featured Project: The Addict

This week's featured project comes from summer 2007 and was Team UAT's entry into the Phoenix Film Foundation's annual 48-Hour Film Challenge, where it won Best Comedy and went on to be an Official Selection at the 2008 Phoenix Film Festival.

Directed and Produced by Jon Ray
Director of Photography Evan Sprague
Edited by Sam Goff

YouTube Link