Wednesday, May 31, 2006


''C://Max/Run'', a short film by James Spillman.

Tutorial: Blurry Edged Box Mapping

This is a tutorial that discusses a quick and easy way to apply a noisy bitmap to an object without the need to unwrap the uvs of the object.

Trailer: Pixar's Ratatouille

The first trailer for Pixar's Ratatouille, which Brad Bird recently helmed its directing from Jan Pinkava of Geri's Game

123D Free Portfolios!

Become a Member of The123D and create your own Free Online Portfolio Homepage!

Tutorial: XSI, Lightmap based Ambient Occlusion

New Softimage tutorial by Vladimir Jankijevic on 'Lightmap based Ambient Occlusion'.

Adobe After Effects 7 Professional Review

CG focus has published, interesting Review of Adobe After Effects 7 Professional by Wes McDermott.

Spot: Peueot Pong

This spot is now airing on Italian TV and is the result of the third collaboration Edenlab had with the Italian TaxFree agency, which is directly related to Euro RSCG, one of the biggest advertisement companies in Italy.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

PS3 $600 ?

While the entire internet (at least the gaming part) continues to reel from Sony's $600 price announcement, we have to consider just how it came to be that the video game console leader decided to create such an expensive piece of machinery. There's no confusing this: Sony has known for some time that the PlayStation 3 would cost more than any game system before it (two jobs, remember?). But what corporate machinations influenced that decision?

Silo Tutorials

On this page you'll find a few basic Silo modelling tutorials showing various techniques/tricks that can be applied to a variety of situations. Some things that can be done quickly and easily with nurbs/solids can get you scratching your head a fair bit when it comes to doing the same thing in subdivision poly modelling; so hopefully one or two of these videos may help you out a bit. As and when time allows, I'll be updating this page with more tutorials. I may even record audio on them; though I'm not sure my heady mix of Dub' Irish / Bolton English accents will be easy to understand if you're not local to either place!

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Silo 2 new video!

Here's the latest video, covering the new manipulators, more with sticky keys, displacement painting, and some general workflow improvements.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Autodesk 3ds Max Books

Autodesk Media and Entertainment produces a series of Fundamental and Advanced Level Courseware for its award-winning products.

Free Texture Packs

Free Texture Packs

Facial Animation Rig for Delgo

I am Warren Grubb, Animation Director for Fathom Studios on the film Delgo. (click here for the trailer) When we R&D for the feature film Delgo, I was Technical Director and I knew we would need a facial rig for our characters that was more powerful and flexible than standard multi-targeted blendshape rigs. The solution we came up with, to describe it very simply, uses NURBS curves as influence objects on a poly mesh that is bound to control joints using smooth skining. We retained the ability to create blendshapes if necessary, but we gained, among other things, the ability for animators to create very subtle or extreme changes in expressiveness without having to send the character to a modeler for new target shapes. In most cases, this process is simple and fast enough that you can rig a head in a single day.

Color Schemer Studio and ColorPix

Color Schemer Studio is a professional color matching application for anyone from hobbyists to advanced professionals.

Work with a dynamic visual color wheel, instantly explore harmony relationships and even let Color Schemer Studio intelligently suggest color schemes for you!

ColorPix is a neat little app that will let you grab the color values and screen coordinates at any pixel on your screen.

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Animation: Creme Lounge

Animation: Creme Lounge

Friday, May 26, 2006

Tutorial: 3ds Max Reactor Collision

In this tutorial I will show you how to create a collision using Reactor, this technique is really handy which is why I like to use it most of the time in my projects. To do this tutorial you should know how to use reactor with its properties I mean intermediate knowledge. I have provided a simple scene for you to use here with a few boxes, walls and the cone which is representing the lamp light it will act as collision in the scene, so you can say that we have a warehouse with collision on it.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Polygon and Sub-D Modeling in XSI

Easily learn the fundamentals of Polygon and Sub-D modeling in XSI. Contains over 3 hours of project-based training and time-saving techniques. Perfect for beginner and intermediate artists.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Modo 201 Ships!

modo 201 delivers the next evolution of 3D modeling, painting and rendering in a single integrated and accelerated platform.

Dell Goes For AMD

Dell (nasdaq: DELL - news - people ) finally announced that it will start using AMD's (nyse: AMD news - people ) processors, breaking its long-standing, single-source relationship with IntelINTC - news - people ) and giving AMD yet another victory over its archrival.

Trailer: Driver Parallel Lines

Trailer: Driver Parallel Lines

Tutorial: mel ShapeEditor

New Maya tutorial by Martin Andersson on mel ShapeEditor.

Review: Duber Studio Training

Hello dear 3DM3 readers. Today I wish to present you a product from DUBER STUDIO TRAINING. This is nice modelling and texturing of girl head tutorial. In this article I shall try to tell you about this product as much as possible precisely and not prejudicedly.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Interview with Sara Rehnmark

Actress Sara Rehnmark who performed Kitty Hunting in the Sofitmage Face Robot demo videos talks about virtual performances.

Making of: Old Alley

Hello there, this tutorial is the making of one of my latest scenes entitled "Old Alley." This is my first making of tutorial, and I hope to create some more along the years. I will take you through all the modeling, texturing, lighting, and rendering.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Garfiled 2 Trailer

Starring: Bill Murray, Breckin Meyer, Jennifer Love Hewitt Director: Tim Hill Opens: June 16, 2006 What the Movie's About: Garfield heads to London, gets mistaken for feline royalty, inherits a castle and lives the "fat cat" lifestyle -- until the wily Lord Dargis (Billy Connolly) tries to off our beloved lasagna lover so he can turn the castle into a resort. Here's the Buzz: 'Garfield: The Movie' was a worldwide box-office success in 2004, and the whole original cast is returning. That includes Jennifer Love Hewitt as a super-sexy veterinarian and Bill Murray, taking a break from his recent string of dramedies to play the wise-cracking cat we all love. This is one kitty that's sittin' pretty.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Tips & Tricks for 3ds Max 8

Explore, Learn & Be Inspired to Create

Tutorial: Modelling Clothing Details

My software of choice is Lightwave 3D. If you are using LW8 there are no plugins you'll need to download in order to follow along. If you are running LW 7.5 or earlier you might want to get a hold of DI's Powertools and Edge Tools from Dstorm since they will help speed up the process, otherwise there is a little more manual labor involved, in that case take a look at this other tutorial:

Interview: Ziv Qual

My name is Ziv Qual. I’m 23 years old and I live in Israel. I work as the 3D department manager of MD Simulation, a company that makes realistic graphical simulations in the medical field for some of the best medical professionals around the world.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Houdini 8.1 Public Beta is out!

Side Effects Software is pleased to announce the public beta of Houdini 8.1.This new version features an artist-friendly Auto Rig, Muscle System, Character Picker, and Pose Library, as well as enhancements to the Rigid Body and Wire dynamic solvers.CG artists from around the world can DOWNLOAD the Houdini 8.1 public beta and run it for free as part of the HOUDINI APPRENTICE PROGRAM and learn about all the new features.

Using SyFlex in Maya

Using SyFlex in Maya

Easily learn SyFlex and begin creating various realistic simulations. Contains over 4 hours of project-driven training. Perfect for beginner to intermediate artists.

Special Offer: Receive a 10% discount on a SyFlex License with the purchase of "Using SyFlex in Maya". Offer valid until June 10, 2006 and complete details included with each "Using SyFlex in Maya" product.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Get SOFTIMAGE|XSI v.5.1 Advanced for $3,499 USD

For a limited time, get hold of SOFTIMAGE|XSI v.5.1 Advanced at half-price ($3,499 USD) when you buy it with 1 year of Maintenance ($1,799 USD).

XSI Advanced is the ultimate in 3D software. Containing all of the features of XSI Essentials, XSI Advanced also includes Syflex Cloth, the renowned XSI Hair technology, the Behavior v.2.1 crowd simulation and behavioral animation system, and a whopping 12xCPUs of mental ray rendering power!

Click here for a full model comparison.

To take advantage of this offer, contact your reseller or Softimage Sales office. Be quick – offer ends June 30th, 2006.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Interview: Sze Jones

The Character Modeling Supervisor of Blur Studio talks about modeling girl characters, Kitty Hunting and her career. Two of her cg girls were featured in Playboy magazine.

Warcraft Movie

Blizzard Entertainment and Legendary Pictures to produce live-action Warcraft movie

Interview Victor Navone (Pixar)

Hi Victor, thank you so much for taking the time to speak with us. I know you are in the middle of production on Pixar’s next feature “Cars” which is looks like fun. I know you are also juggling duties as an Animation Mentor as well. Your schedule must be quite hectic, to say the least. Can you explain to the ‘strut’ readers a little bit about yourself?

Justin Lassen- Inspired Musician

Justin Lassen is a musician. In this field, he is one very passionate artist. While not a visual digital artist, Lassen creates visions in soundscape. Gaining inspiration from the works of the digital artists we see and celebrate, Justin emotes into music, the feelings and sounds he finds in his head while appreciating the art.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Warhammer: Mark of Chaos

Warhammer: Mark of Chaos | Trailer

Interview: Evan Jacobs

At Vision Crew Unlimited, Jacobs served as Executive Producer and Visual Effects Supervisor and contributed to many films such as "The Mummy", "Dinosaur", "Armageddon", "Dante's Peak", "Mortal Kombat: Annihilation" and "Titanic". The company was also very active in the commercial market, providing effects for Mazda, Lexus, Dr. Pepper, Nissan, Jeep, Dodge, Toyota, and Coca-Cola to name but a few.

Tutorial: Galvanized Steel

New 3dsmax tutorial by scrimski on creating galvanized steel using procedural.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Tutorial: Study Hall Exterior

This tutorial is a continuation of the previous Study Hall Interior, and uses the recently released VRay 1.0902q Advanced. It is not intended as a comprehensive tutorial on modeling, texturing or lighting of an architectural scene. The aim is to extend the Additive Lighting Strategy outlined in the previous tutorial to tackle an exterior shot of the same scene. In the process, we will also examine some other features of V-Ray that allow greater control and adjustment of individual objects or materials.

Game and movie studios getting to know each other, better

Activision will be opening a dedicated studio facility on the DreamWorks campus. The move, which establishes an unprecedented level of collaboration between a Hollywood studio and a video game company, will facilitate simultaneous co-development between DreamWorks' CG feature films and Activision games based on those films.

15 New Brushes

Download: Photoshop Brushes Series 40 15 watercolor and other wet brushes

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Interview: Ila Soleimani

3DTotal - Hi there, could you introduce yourself to the viewers and tell us a bit about yourself?

Ila - Hi and thank you for giving me this opportunity. I am Ila Soleimani, a Tehran (Iran) born freelancing 3d artist, animator and TV Ad developer. It was PIXAR’s short film ‘Tin Toy’ which awakened my desire for being a 3d artist exactly in the year it won the Oscar award. Since then I follow my career experiencing with my beloved C64 home computer by making simple 2d flying logo animations and sprite designing. I got into the professional CGI market in 1993 while I was studying Graphic Designing at University. I started my first 3D experience with Autodesk 3dstudio 2. I am totally a self-taught in the field of CGI and 3D (The reason was very simple, there was no CG school back to early 90’). I went freelancing since I left Hoor Animation Studio in end of 1999.

Silo 2 Video - May 6

Silo 2 Video - May 6

Interview with Adam Dotson

Character Animator Adam Dotson talks about Eight Below, Lord of the Rings, Iron Giant and what it means to grow up in Hawai'i. May, 10th, 2006, by Raffael Dickreuter, Bradley Gabe, Bernard Lebel

Introduction to XSI, 2nd Edition

Easily learn Modeling, Texturing, UV Mapping, Animation and Rendering in XSI. Contains over 6.5 hours of project-based training. Perfect for beginner to intermediate artists.

Popular highlights include:

  • Polygon Modeling
  • Extruding Faces
  • Extruding Edges
  • Merging Polygons
  • Rotoscopes
  • UV Layout
  • Textures
  • Texture Layer Editor
  • Materials
  • Parenting
  • Cycle Curves
  • Animation Editor
  • Path Animation
  • Keyframing
  • Smoke Effects with Particles
  • Render Tree
  • Shader Networks
  • mental ray
  • Keying Panel
  • Environment Setup
  • Operator Stack

Review: XSI Books

Thomson released the book “The Official Guide - XSI 5” which is an updated version of Anthony Rossano’s early book “XSI Illuminated”. If you read the book back then, around XSI version 1.5, you might find various similar chapters in the current edition of the book. However the book has been updated not only to the current version, but also several new chapters were added.
The first chapter explains the Interface and workflow concepts of XSI which helps a person new to 3D or to XSI getting started quickly. This chapters also covers hotkeys, property pages and customization.

Tutorial: Rendering better cars

Master the skills required to turn 3D models into professional-looking automotive renders with this set of expert tips from 3D World

Although automotive images are a standard component of many aspiring 3D artists’ portfolios, it’s not unusual to see a great bit of modelling spoilt by an uninspired render. Yet often, all that is needed to turn a mediocre image into a great one is attention to a few simple guidelines.

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Tutorial: Creating Wooden Planks using Photoshop

Hi, I have been planning to write this particular tutorial for some time. So here it is finally. This tut is basically an exercise in painting texture from scratch having no dependency on any photographic material just to give an idea as to how far you can actually take PS. So let’s start.

Maxon Cinema 4D 9.6

MAXON announces immediate release of CINEMA 4D R9.6

Interview with Allan Mckay

Visual effects Supervisor and Technical Director, originally from Australia and known as particle fx guy in community.