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Maya / Autodesk Maya 2018 Announced
« on: July 26, 2017, 09:31:39 AM »
Here's what to expect from the next release of Autodesk Maya 2018 ;D

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For Sale / AVFX Textbook Sale 2014
« on: June 01, 2014, 06:44:14 PM »
So how do lecturers/professions do it? How do they acquire the smart-arse breadth, depth, confidence and currency of technical mastery in so many specialist applications in a hectic fast-paced constantly evolving industry? Want to rapidly learn the same software and vastly improve your art/craft, assignments, portfolio and CV? As you can guess, I’m about to say farewell to a recent selection of core textbooks employed in the Animation and Visual Effects degree on a first come, first served basis. Feel free to compare the sale prices to anywhere online and see what a bargain these books really are. These books can be picked up during consultation hours or after regular class/workshop times. All volumes are in mint condition and come with the original DVD’s.

Enjoy!  ;D

Adobe After Effects CS6 Classroom in a Book - $20 (RRP $64, SAVE 69%)
Adobe After Effects CS6 Visual Effects and Compositing Studio Techniques - $25 (RRP $69, SAVE 64%)
Adobe Creative Suite 6 Production Premium Classroom in a Book - $20 (RRP $64, SAVE 69%)
Adobe Flash Professional CS6 Classroom in a Book - $20 (RRP $59, SAVE 66%)
Adobe Illustrator CS6 Classroom in a Book - $20 (RRP $65, SAVE 69%)
Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 Classroom in a Book - $20 (RRP $68, SAVE 71%)
Nuke 101: Professional Compositing and Visual Effects (1st Edition) - $40 (RRP $89, SAVE 55%)

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Rendering / Pixar’s RenderMan – Major Announcement
« on: May 30, 2014, 09:22:36 AM »
It’s not every day that you discover that the world’s most historic, revered and expensive rendering technology is going to be FREE for non-commercial use! I guess that demonstrates Pixar’s confidence in the future of animation and visual effects industries by ensuring RenderMan remains the global gold standard. Find out more here and register for free Non-Commercial RenderMan if you feel inclined. ;D

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Maya / Autodesk 2015 Announcements
« on: March 20, 2014, 10:08:08 PM »
Autodesk has officially announced the 2015 versions of 3ds Max, Maya, Mudbox and MotionBuilder. Get ready for random outbursts of “Cool!” as you read through the new features. ;D

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Maya / Autodesk Technology Preview: Project Pinocchio
« on: October 10, 2013, 03:25:52 AM »
Project Pinocchio is a free* technology preview that leverages Autodesk's powerful 3D design and animation tools to provide you with a web-based laboratory where you can create fully-rigged custom 3D characters. Design a creation of your own or modify existing stock characters using a variety of pre-defined body types, facial features, and clothing styles for inclusion in 3D games, animations, and scenes.

Using a web browser and Project Pinocchio, you can create, customize, and download your very own rigged 3D characters from a catalog of over 100 body types, outfits, hairstyles, and physical attributes in a few simple steps. Once you create a character, you can use it in a variety of Autodesk modeling tools to create imagery and movies.

AVAILABILITY
This technology preview is available until December 31, 2013 after which the web portal may come down.

* Free technology previews are subject to the terms and conditions of the end-user license and services agreement on the web site.

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For Sale / AVFX Textbook Sale 2013
« on: August 21, 2013, 06:56:37 AM »
Contrary to popular belief, academics are not the diabolically wealthy estate barons who can amass their fortune by stocking an infinitely majestic library with unlimited books. This tragic restraint is fantastic news for anyone wanting to possess their exotic tomes when the shelf space runs out. As you can guess, I’m about to say farewell to a recent selection of core textbooks employed in the Animation and Visual Effects degree on a first come, first served basis. Feel free to compare the sale prices to anywhere online and see what a bargain these books really are. These books can be picked up between 10:00-12:00pm Thursday 22nd August when I'm in my office.

Good luck!  ;D

Introducing Autodesk Maya 2013 - $20 (RRP $60, SAVE 66%) - Reserved
Mastering Autodesk Maya 2013 - $30 (RRP $85, SAVE 65%)
Adobe Photoshop CS6 Classroom in a Book - $20 (RRP $55, SAVE 64%) - Reserved
Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 Classroom in a Book - $15 (RRP $55, SAVE 73%)
Adobe Flash Professional CS5 Classroom in a Book - $15 (RRP $55, SAVE 73%)

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Maya / Extension for Autodesk Maya® 2014 Preview
« on: August 16, 2013, 11:51:01 AM »
Hiya Maya fans,

As many of you have noticed, we’ve been pushing the Animation and Visual Effects curriculum into an internationally competitive framework so that students can lead instead of follow on the technical boundaries of their finished films. This requires smart adaptive study techniques but the results should prove tremendous if adopted. This post is simply to encourage students to delve deep into Maya and appreciate its incredible creative capacity before being further empowered with the next release. With that said, I’d like to draw your attention that what may be possible at the end of September so enjoy! :D

http://area.autodesk.com/products/features/extensionmaya

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Television / The Walking Dead Season 3 Visual Effects Reel
« on: April 13, 2013, 04:00:32 AM »
Certainly not for the squeamish, you can the latest work from North American VFX house Stargate Studios here: :)

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For Sale / AVFX Textbook Sale 2012
« on: September 07, 2012, 06:20:47 PM »
Contrary to popular belief, academics are not the diabolically wealthy estate barons who can amass their fortune by stocking an infinitely majestic library with unlimited books. This tragic restraint is fantastic news for anyone wanting to possess their exotic tomes when the shelf space runs out. As you can guess, I’m about to say farewell to some of the core textbooks behind the Animation and Visual Effects degree on a first come, first served basis. Feel free to compare the sale prices to anywhere online and see what a bargain these books really are. These books can be picked up between 10:00-12:00pm Monday 10th September when I'm in my office.

Good luck!  ;D

Adobe After Effects CS5 Classroom in a Book - $25 (Normally $60+)
Adobe After Effects CS5 Visual Effects and Compositing Studio Techniques- $25 (Normally $60+)
Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 Classroom in a Book - $20 (Normally $55+)
Adobe Flash Professional CS5 Classroom in a Book - $20 (Normally $55+)
Adobe Illustrator CS5 Classroom in a Book - $20 (Normally $55+)
Adobe Photoshop CS5 Classroom in a Book - $20 (Normally $55+)
Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 Classroom in a Book - $25 (Normally $60+)
Advanced Maya Texturing and Lighting - $20 (Normally $55+)
Introducing Maya 2011 - $20 (Normally $55+)
Mastering Autodesk Maya 2011 - $30 (Normally $70+)

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Movies / Real Disney Characters
« on: April 05, 2012, 08:57:48 AM »
I’m sure many of you will appreciate the realisation of Disney characters in the academic blog of Jirka Vinse Jonatan Väätäinen studying at the Arts University College at Bournemouth. http://jirkavinse.wordpress.com/ ;)

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Maya / Autodesk 2013 Announcements
« on: March 28, 2012, 11:03:33 AM »
The 2013 line-up has now been officially announced via the Autodesk website. Highlights of Maya 2013 include nHair, Viewport 2.0 Enhancements, new Node Editor, Bullet Physics, Heat Map Skinning, Trax Clip Matching, Alembic Caching and ATOM Animation Transfer. Some of the features i.e. nHair are genuinely ground-breaking but savvy students may have noticed we’ve actually already been testing these delights through our Subscription Advantage versions installed in the AVFX Studio. Be sure to check some of the amazing new production tools in 3ds Max, Softimage, MotionBuilder and Mudbox to really appreciate the potential of what we could achieve this year! ;D

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Photoshop / Adobe Photoshop 6.0 (Beta) Available
« on: March 24, 2012, 06:28:55 PM »
The next version of Photoshop is ready to preview from Adobe Labs. Be sure to check out the new Content Aware Move, Camera RAW 7.0, Video, 3D, Adaptive Wide Angle, Field/Iris/Tilt Blur, Crop Tool, Liquify, Brush features, and discover all the other secret new goodies. Don’t fret if the whopping 1.7GB file will cripple your download quota as the beta will be available to copy onto USB during this week’s workshops. ;D

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External / 48 Hour Film Project - First prize $8,000 and a trip to USA
« on: September 12, 2011, 09:46:08 PM »
48 Hour Film Project - is an international film competition were filmmakers must make a short film - write, shoot, edit and score it—in just 48 hours. The 48 Hour Film Project is the world’s largest timed film competition, currently run in over 100 cities.

The competition will start on Friday, 23rd September 2011 and begin at 7pm, were participating teams are given a genre, a character, a prop, and a line of dialogue that they must work into their film. Teams are responsible for putting together a cast and crew, as well as securing equipment, locations, and costumes. They have only 48 hours to complete and hand in there 4 to 7 minute film on Sunday, 25th September 2011 by 7pm.

Public screenings will be held during the day at Riverside Theatres in Parramatta on the 9th October, followed by The Awards Night which will begin at 6pm. The Prize - for the winning short film and a member of the team from each city will be flown to USA to show there film to an international audience and compete at the world championships. The ten best films from the international championships will be screen at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival - Short Film Corner.

Register Now for the 48 Hour Film Project!

Friday, 23rd September 2011 (7pm) - Competition Starts
Sunday, 25th September 2011 by 7pm - Competition Ends, Finished films to be submitted
Sunday 9th October - Public screenings will be held during the day at Riverside Theatres in Parramatta followed by The Awards Night which will begin at 6pm.


Do you have what it takes to make one of the Best 48 Hour films of the year? Now in its eleventh year, the 48 Hour Film Project is the ultimate filmmaking challenge. Making a film isn't so hard, is it? Here's the catch—you've got to do it all (and we mean all) in just 48 hours! Teams are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis—so register early. Whether you're a seasoned professional or just getting started, this is the contest for you. It's easy to enter, just fill in the registration form.

First prize $8,000 and a trip to USA to screen your film at the international championships held in March 2012 at Taos Short Film Festival, New Mexico. Then the 14 best films from the championships will be shown at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival – Short Film Corner.

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The MyState ‘Breath of Fresh Air’ (BOFA) Film Festival, taking place in Launceston 23-27 November this year, is calling for entries for its two short film competitions. Entries close on Friday 30th September.

The Fusion film competition, which incorporates the moving and still image and the Digital SLR short film competition embraces the prevalence of digital technology of DSLR and the creativity that it inspires.

Competition details:

Digital SLR Short Film Competition – Embracing the prevalence of Digital technology and the creative prowess it inspires, MyState BOFA invites entries for short films, shot on Digital SLR camera. Films should be under 12 minutes, based on either of the festival themes, ‘Food for Thought’ and ‘New Horizons’.

Fusion Film Competition – MyState BOFA, in conjunction with the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) welcomes entries of ‘fusion’ productions – moving images combined with stills from the same camera. Films should be less than five minutes in length without narration or dialogue and reflect BOFA's key themes ‘Food for thought’ or ‘New Horizons’.

Entry deadline for all film submissions is at 5pm on Friday 30 September 2011.

For further information go to: https://www.withoutabox.com/login/9557

About MyState BOFA Film Festival

Event: MyState BOFA (Breath of Fresh Air)Film Festival
Dates: Wednesday 23 to Sunday 27 November 2011
Venue: Inveresk Precinct, Launceston, Tasmania
Website: http://www.bofa.com.au/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Tasmanian-Breath-of-Fresh-Air-Film-Festival/118262041542552

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External / Live & Love Short Film Competition
« on: September 12, 2011, 09:34:51 PM »
Live & Love is a short film competition created to raise awareness about the Herpes Simplex Virus.

The Live & Love competition aims to provide Australian filmmakers an opportunity to creatively create a thirty second short film that deals with the challenging topic of 'how do you tell someone that you have herpes?'

There are $15,000 worth of prizes to be won – with a Judge’s Choice Award of $10,000 and five People’s Choice Awards of $1000 each.

You can submit as many videos as you like. Entries are due by 11.59PM AEDT 28th October 2011.

If you think you are up to the challenge, log onto http://www.liveandlove.com.au and start filming.

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