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Animate That!

The Edge digital culture centre is offering a $10 000 commission to artists under the age of 25 to craft and construct a bold experience for Edge visitors. Entries are open to artists from around Australia, from any creative background.

The Edge will be commissioning three works of differing scales to be installed into The Edge building or virtual platform (website) for a period of 12 months. The largest commission is valued at $10 000  and is open to creatives from around Australia. Commissions of $3000 and $150 are also open to Queensland residents.

We are looking for projects that will be irresistible to the passer-by, demanding exploration and a second glance. We are looking for projects that combine art, technology and science in weird and wonderful ways. We are looking for projects that offer our users the means and opportunity to cleverly connect and collaborate.

Full details can be found at Submissions close 7 October.

Movies / Dennis Muren Seminar
« on: August 23, 2011, 06:40:36 PM »
Dennis Muren, the senior visual-effects supervisor for Industrial Light & Magic, talks with David Denby about his craft, his sources of inspiration, and how to translate a director’s vision into special effects. Filmed in 2007, this interview has lost none of its potency and has some great advice for Animation and Visual Effects students. Watch the seminar here: ;D

External / SIGGRPAHASIA2011 Hong Kong
« on: June 14, 2011, 05:16:14 AM »
Here’s a unique opportunity for graduates to immerse themselves in one of the world’s most prestigious events for minimum outlay. The 4th Annual International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques in Asia is looking for Student Volunteers.

Why Volunteer?
  • Full Conference access badge
  • Eligible for five nights free accommodation
  • Team leaders will receive seven nights free accommodation
  • Meal vouchers provided
  • Computer Animation Festival ticket
  • SV Raffle
  • Great professional and personal experience
  • Networking opportunities


Download PDF

Deadline: 30 June 2011

Movies / 2011 kicks off in style...
« on: February 28, 2011, 12:47:17 PM »
Remember that Australian animated short film we exclusively previewed at AIAF10? Well guess what folks, it just won this year’s Oscar! All eyes on Australian animators now ;D

For Sale / Compositing Books
« on: October 26, 2010, 10:12:15 PM »
I’m selling more current textbooks for a fraction of the original price. Both books are less than 6 months old, in immaculate condition, come with original discs and only cost $30 each.

-   Digital Compositing for Film and Video (2nd Edition)
-   Adobe After Effects CS4 Visual Effects and Compositing Studio Techniques

These books offer definitive industry-leading compositing advice and are the recommended texts for VFX205 Digital Compositing. ;D

Movies / Star Wars officially goes 3D
« on: September 30, 2010, 04:13:55 PM »
Lucasfilm Ltd. announced today that the live-action Star Wars Saga will be converted to 3D;D

For Sale / Adobe CS4 Classroom in a Book Series
« on: August 16, 2010, 07:45:48 AM »
Would you like professional training on how to use Adobe software? I’m selling my Adobe CS4 Classroom in a Book collection for half the price. All of the following books are less than 6 months old, in immaculate condition, come with original discs and only cost $30 each.

-   Adobe After Effects CS4 Classroom in a Book
-   Adobe Flash CS4 Professional Classroom in a Book
-   Adobe Illustrator CS4 Classroom in a Book
-   Adobe Photoshop CS4 Classroom in a Book
-   Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 Classroom in a Book

Classroom in a Book®, the best-selling series of hands-on software training workbooks, helps you learn the features of Adobe software quickly and easily. Classroom in a Book offers what no other book or training program does—an official training series from Adobe Systems Incorporated, developed with the support of Adobe product experts.

Maya / Autodesk and CSU
« on: July 13, 2010, 05:20:28 AM »
You are going to absolutely love this! CSU Animation and Visual Effects students now qualify as members of the Autodesk Education Community where you can legitimately access 25 industry-standard applications throughout your time in the degree! ;D This is sensational news for anyone wishing to use…

Autodesk Maya
Newly available for the Mac OS® X 64-bit operating system, Autodesk® Maya® 2011 software offers artists an invigorated user interface, new 3D editorial capabilities, and improved character animation.
Autodesk MotionBuilder
Autodesk® MotionBuilder® 2011 software delivers features that enable it to integrate more smoothly and reliably into production pipelines, together with a significantly more interactive in-viewport experience.
Autodesk Mudbox
Autodesk Mudbox has a highly intuitive user interface that empowers artists, modelers, and students to quickly create highly detailed organic and inorganic assets that can easily be used with popular 3D animation software such Maya and 3ds Max. Designed by veteran industry professionals, Autodesk Mudbox is a premier digital sculpting application for today's film, games, television, and design projects.
Autodesk 3ds Max Design
Autodesk® 3ds Max® Design 2011 software offers compelling new techniques for bringing designs to life by aggregating data, iterating ideas, and presenting the results.
Autodesk Softimage
Autodesk® Softimage® 2011 software introduces innovative new rendering and animation tools that help artists create more complex, high-quality characters and effects in less time.
Design and shape the world around you with AutoCAD® software. Help speed documentation, share ideas seamlessly, explore concepts more intuitively in 3D, and customize for your specific needs. It’s time to take design further.
AutoCAD Architecture
AutoCAD® Architecture is the version of AutoCAD® software for architects. Architectural drafting and documentation is more efficient with the software’s intuitive environment and purpose-built tools for architects.
AutoCAD Civil 3D
AutoCAD® Civil 3D® software, the building information modeling (BIM) solution for civil engineering, helps teams deliver higher-quality transportation, land development, and environmental projects faster.
AutoCAD Electrical
AutoCAD® Electrical is AutoCAD® software for controls designers, purpose-built to accelerate the creation of electrical control systems by automating electrical engineering tasks and providing comprehensive symbol libraries.
AutoCAD Freestyle
AutoCAD® Freestyle software has just the features you need to create professional-looking drawings—quickly and easily. It’s simple CAD software ideal for creating garden and landscape designs, room addition and remodeling plans, electrical drawings, and more.
AutoCAD Map 3D
AutoCAD® Map 3D software provides direct access to design, GIS, and asset data, enabling better planning, design, and management of infrastructure projects.
AutoCAD Mechanical
AutoCAD® Mechanical is AutoCAD® software for manufacturing, purpose-built to accelerate the mechanical design process by automating common tasks and providing comprehensive libraries of standards-based parts.
AutoCAD® MEP software is the discipline-specific version of AutoCAD® software for mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) designers and drafters that provides greater drafting productivity.
AutoCAD P and ID
Create, modify, and manage piping and instrumentation diagrams with AutoCAD P&ID 2011. Built on the AutoCAD platform, AutoCAD P&ID is easy to use and boosts productivity.
AutoCAD Raster Design
Use AutoCAD® Raster Design software with AutoCAD® software, and applications based on AutoCAD to unlock and extend the value of scanned engineering drawings and plans.
AutoCAD Revit MEP Suite
Autodesk® Revit® MEP is an intuitive design tool that helps you think like an engineer. Minimize coordination errors between mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) engineering teams using building information modeling (BIM) workflows.
AutoCAD Structural Detailing
AutoCAD® Structural Detailing software enhances productivity with more precise detailing and creation of fabrication shop drawings for various types of steel and concrete structures.
Autodesk Algor Simulation Professional
Autodesk® Algor® Simulation software provides a broad range of mechanical simulation tools to help designers and engineers make critical decisions earlier in the design process.
Autodesk Alias Automotive
Autodesk® Alias® Automotive provides a comprehensive set of visualization and analysis tools for the entire shape-definition process, from concept sketches through Class-A surfacing.
Autodesk Alias Sketch
Autodesk® Alias® Sketch provides a hybrid paint and geometry workflow for design illustration and graphic communication.  Also available in a version designed specifically for AutoCAD® users.
Autodesk Ecotect Analysis
Autodesk® Ecotect® Analysis software is a comprehensive, concept-to-detail sustainable design analysis tool, providing a wide range of simulation and analysis functionality through desktop and web-service* platforms.
Autodesk Impression
Create compelling, presentation-ready graphics straight from CAD drawings with Autodesk® Impression.
Autodesk Inventor Professional
Autodesk® Inventor® mechanical design software takes engineers beyond 3D to Digital Prototyping by enabling them to design, visualize, and simulate products before they are ever built.
Autodesk Navisworks Manage
Autodesk® Navisworks® Manage software offers design and construction professionals the most comprehensive project review solution, providing advanced tools for interference analysis and spatial coordination.
Autodesk Revit Architecture
Purpose-built for building information modeling (BIM), Autodesk® Revit® Architecture software helps you capture and analyze design concepts, and accurately maintain coordinated design data through documentation and construction.
Autodesk Revit Structure
Autodesk® Revit® Structure software is the purpose-built building information modeling (BIM) solution for structural engineering firms, providing specific tools for structural design and analysis.
Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis Professional
Autodesk® Robot™ Structural Analysis Professional software provides structural engineers with advanced structural analysis capabilities for even large and complex structures.
Autodesk Showcase
Autodesk® Showcase® 2011 visual communication software enables designers, engineers, and marketing teams to tell the stories of their designs with vividly immersive 3D presentations and highly realistic renderings.
Autodesk SketchBook Pro
Autodesk® SketchBook Pro software is your digital sketchpad. It can be used in any creative process where pen and paper would traditionally be used.

How good is that? ;D

Course Enquiries / CSU Bachelor of Arts (Animation & Visual Effects) 2010
« on: February 04, 2010, 08:35:17 PM »

Thank you for expressing interest in the Bachelor of Arts (Animation and Visual Effects) degree at Charles Sturt University. We’re providing a humble little guide that will hopefully help you determine whether our course is the right one for you. Please note you’ll need Adobe’s free Acrobat Reader v6.0 or above to view the file. We’re endeavouring to provide as much information as possible to all applicants so that everyone can make a well considered and extensively informed decision about their future. If you would like more information please let us know.

Download the Higher-Quality AVFX Guide (16.9MB)

Download the Lower-Quality AVFX Guide (4.4MB)

Further CSU Information

General student enquiries can be often be answered by or calling 1800 334 733. For specific questions relating to the degree, please call the School of Communication & Creative Industries on (02) 6933 2589, or (02) 69 33 2473 for more detailed information.

Maya / Autodesk Maya 2010
« on: August 04, 2009, 07:06:37 PM »
Ladies and Gentlemen, Autodesk Maya 2010 has been officially announced. There's a tonne of cool new things to be excited by but one truly awesome feature is the integration of the professional 3D tracker MatchMover! Coming to the Animation and Visual Effects Studio soon... ;D

Movies / Annecy 2009 Winners
« on: June 15, 2009, 02:38:55 PM »
Henry Selick’s highly anticipated Coraline and Adam Elliot’s Mary and Max share the top prize at the world’s largest animation festival, Annecy. Huge congratulations! ;D

Television / Futurama is back
« on: June 11, 2009, 06:44:44 PM »

PC / Backup with ROBOCOPY
« on: June 04, 2009, 06:22:54 PM »
Everyone knows that we should always BACKUP, BACKUP, BACKUP...

If using a Windows-based computer you could install Microsoft’s excellent SyncToy or employ this awesome utility: ROBOCOPY

Why? ROBOCOPY by default, only copies what’s changed between the source and destination directory saving hours of transfer time when dealing with gigabytes of data i.e. Maya project folders. Added to this inbuilt coolness, the program will tolerate network outages or hard drive dropouts and resume copying where it previously left of. It does much more which you can discover by typing: ROBOCOPY /?

ROBOCOPY is a command line utility that you can access from the Start menu by entering: cmd

Chances are you’d much prefer to have a simple batch script that you could take anywhere and just double-click to instantly backup your work.

Here’s how to create your own backup script:

1.   Open Notepad
2.   Enter the following...

echo "Press space to start backup of the VFX project folder"
ROBOCOPY C:\Users\Hages\Documents\maya\projects\VFX Z:\Maya\VFX /E /ETA
echo "The backup is complete!"

3.   Modify the paths to match your own directories
4.   Save the file under an obvious name (e.g. BackupVFX.txt)
5.   Change the file extension to .bat (e.g. BackupVFX.bat)
6.   Double-click the file and enjoy!

What does it do? The first address is the origin of the files and second is where they are being copied to. The source folder is C:\Users\Hages\Documents\maya\projects\VFX and it’s being copied to Z:\Maya\VFX. If the were spaces in the file path we would enclose the address in quotes i.e. "Z:\Maya Files\VFX". The /E flag clears out files that are no longer necessary in the directory and /ETA gives an estimate time of arrival to copy the files.

Obviously there is much more to this utility than what’s covered here but I hope this helps some students transfer large quantities of data in a fast, efficient, smart way. Good luck! ;D

CSU General / Forum Etiquette
« on: March 18, 2009, 11:26:34 PM »
Some of you may have noticed that a few posts have been removed on occasion. The authors should consider it a service as several unwise comments didn’t promote them in a positive light. I’d like to remind some students to mind their rhetoric as being a university student implies you have the maturity to engage in articulate discussion in a public forum. We quite like humour here, even irony/sarcasm at times, but avoid comments and/or critiques that could cause offence; unacceptable to users of this forum who mainly look for insight, or at the very least wit. This forum can provoke ribald commentary and I don’t wish to discourage any member from posting and expressing themselves but please differentiate between a controversial subject and being a controversial author. Always use Forum Etiquette and everyone will be happy. ;D

Course Feedback / Call for Testimonials
« on: March 16, 2009, 03:34:47 PM »
As disgustingly self-congratulatory as I’m sure it sounds, marketing is enquiring whether any students are willing to quote their satisfaction with the Animation and Visual Effects degree. As seen on pages such as the official course brochure (yes - there is one), testimonials are considered fairly influential as they’re purported to be a student’s first-hand unbiased assessment.

I’m sure Ali Murphy-Oates is a wonderful lady who has enjoyed fantastic experiences at CSU but unfortunately she’s never been in our degree or enrolled in any of our subjects. The quote is flattering and reflects the university in a positive light but is it possible that some of you are happy within the course and might be able to provide a better perspective i.e. more representative of the degree?

If you’d like to help promote the degree by this modest request, please consider emailing me (or marketing) a line or paragraph stating your satisfaction with the Animation and Visual Effects degree. Marketing will then contact you for confirmation and permission before any publishing. Oh, and if you’re wondering where my testimonials are, I wrote all the content you read on the official pages and staked my reputation that student’s in a rural university are more than capable of competing on an international level. So don’t prove me wrong. ;D

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