Maya Tutes and AWNtv

I got back into the Maya book a little and the one thing that is being driven home most clearly is the art of writing a tutorial. Things that just work in the book - often done work so smoothly for…


Jamendo

Providing Creative Commons music for us all is very cool and the Jamendo site does just that. Being able to add quality audio tracks to trailers, showreels and demo video is something I have wanted…


VES and Liquid Adverts

I noted through the CGSociety VES Awards coverage that the Digital Domain guys pulled in more awards for Benjamin Button. They also won for their Bacardi commercial where the liquid characters…


Unity3D 2.5 and ZeroFractal

Just a little more follow-up on the Unity3D side of things. Their website actually has some nice info on the upcoming Unity3D 2.5 upgrade (free from v2) which is much more cross platform, with the…


Unity3D

I dont recall taking a look at the Unity3D engine before - perhaps it was that it was encamped on the Mac side - but with players for the Mac, PC, browser, Wii, iPhone and more - it is a classy 3D…


Motion Capture Demo

Had a nice demo from Scott and Carl from Measurand and their ShapeWrap3 motion capture kit. Their relatively cheap and portable motion capture system looks like a great way for educational orgs to…


Sketch Theatre

I am a sucker for videos that show the evolution of an illustration and similar works. I recall my joy at the MillionMasterpiece site and the ability for us to play each square. Youtube is another…


Button's Oscar

Some quick Oscar's news: The poetic ride of Benjamin Button collected the Oscar for visual effects **tips hat to Digital Domain** more here The Best Animated Feature went to Pixar again with Wall-E…


Science, the SGU and some fun from MIT

After listening to a couple of EPs of the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe which is my favourite podcast, I was thinking about quotes and science and came up with the one below. The new website for…


Wall-E Blu-Ray

The new blu-ray of Wall-E is beautiful, the clarity of everything enhances the sheer elegance of the whole experience. Right from the opening Disney CG intro to the disk the quality stands out and…


Art and Video

Two more videos while we are letting youtube do the talking. First up, a UNSW video covering UNSW College of Fine Arts lecturer Michael Esson's workshops with plastic surgeons designed to help them…


Trailers, trailers, trailers

Here are a few trailers for some upcoming pieces of cinema etc that are flat out going to be awesome. The effects, animation and production values on display are jaw-dropping and I really like the…


Rocket Man Project

[WIP image from the Rocket Man short film via their blog] There is an awesome blog by a group of students doing their grad CG animation project - Rocket Man. The blog has contributions from the team…


Blade Runner

Took some time to watch our Blade Runner Director's Cut DVD. Ridley Scott's masterpiece is just as cool as I recalled from seeing it quite some time ago. The effects were still grand and helped…


Game Counter Interface Sample

To illustrate a game interface idea I threw this little image together that shows how things like 'counters' can be used to drive a game. Introducing counters lets the interface play with things like…


Inhabitat Green Kidgadgets

The Inhabitat site is always fun to visit and there have been a few cute little green gadgets of late that are worth a little look. I like how some nice 3D design merged with a cute aesthetic and…


Beach Assault Menu

I felt like exploring some more of the Cintiq 12WX and Sketchbook Pro - so I thought I might see what I could create with the tools for Touch Strategy and Beach Assault. They are after some screens,…


Banners

Was working on some Congratulations banners - here are some of the WIPs. There are a few variants on the swishy one and a slightly odd paper-plane concept :-)


Heroes

Did some major catching up on Heroes Season 3, having a ball with the characters still. There are comics and all manner of other bits and pieces of course. Check out HeroesTheSeries for lots more. I…


CG BUTTONS

Last night we went off to see the multi-nominated Curious Case of Benjamin Button which is up for the VFX Oscar along with Iron Man and The Dark Knight (see the CGSociety feature for more on their…