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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

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

For Sale / Re: Compositing Books
« on: March 12, 2012, 07:12:34 AM »
I’d love to offer you the digital compositing book but it got snapped up straight away :(
I’ll make sure you're the first to know of any other titles I might be selling later in the year.  :)

External / Re: Live & Love Short Film Competition
« on: September 14, 2011, 01:49:53 PM »
YouTube Reply #23947: Isn’t it a bit obvious and perhaps even disingenuous to imply that joke? I’m sorry to say that I’d have to employ my imagination if entering the competition as I just don’t have the personal experience. But maybe $10,000 would be worth it? Either way, I hope students wouldn’t shy away from participating in this project for fear of ridicule or stigma. View the challenge like any advertising agency would and be creative! Who knows, some of you may have to do this anyway… without the competition ;)

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.

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:

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

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 and start filming.

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

Maya / Re: project set up screw up
« on: August 20, 2011, 01:34:31 PM »
Start again or move all the poorly referenced folders into the correct Project folder. You’ll need to be more specific when stating why the scene doesn’t work. Is it missing textures, models or simply refuses to open? I wouldn’t recommend exporting geometry as an .obj file as it’s a legacy format without a node structure. Export individual pieces as .ma or .mb (or FBX) files or use the scene repair tools littered throughout the primary menus. I’ll hazard a guess, judging on the two days spent addressing this problem, that it’d be faster/safer/better to rapidly start afresh with the knowledge you’ve gleemed. Good luck! :)

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

Animation / Re: Timeline navigation shortcuts?
« on: February 06, 2011, 10:43:35 PM »
I’m not back at CSU for another couple of weeks but when I return… oh, the knowledge! Here’s a teaser...

Play/Stop: Alt+v
Previous Frame: Alt+,
Next Frame: Alt+.

You assign a custom HotKey to any task(s) in Maya via:
Window > Setting/Preferences > Hotkey Editor > Playback Controls
Don’t worry if you can’t find every function in existence when you can make your own commands by copying and pasting the code from the Script Editor:
Script Editor > History > Echo All Commands

That’s it for now. Till next time, get ready for an AMAZING year ahead people! ;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

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