Category Archives: VFX/Animation

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Nattress Film Effects 2.5

Film Effects 2.5 from Nattress Productions is a rich set of filters for Apple Final Cut Pro designed to make material that originated in video formats appear as though it were actually shot in film. more »

Animation Commentary: Darren Price on Drunken Bears and Cinematic Bunnies

Animator/vfx artist Darren Price of Nexus Productions talks about his first step into the realm of directing, as well as techniques used to get a cel-animation look from CG, with his short film Potapych: The Bear Who Loved Vodka and the animation workflow for the Motorola short in which a bunny travels through the history of cinema. more »

Texture warping with NUKE

The STMap in NUKE is a simple but powerful node that handles texture warping this way: For each pixel in the output image, it looks at the corresponding pixel of the STMap and uses its red and green values as x/y coordinates respectively to pull the right pixel from the source image. more »

Five Questions with… director Aaron Stewart of Hornet

Director Aaron Stewart of Hornet Inc. steps up to answer Five Questions. 1. What are you working on today? I just had a baby boy (Nile on Jan. 3rd) I'm working on becoming a father. I am also working on … more »

How Animal Put a Polar Bear in the Ohio River

When the Pittsburgh Zoo wanted to promote a new polar-bear exhibit, it turned to local VFX studio Animal and director Michael Killen for a spot that used seamless VFX to plant a surprise in the Ohio River - a real polar bear that has local swimmers scrambling for the shore. more »

Visual Effects Society Awards Announced

The 5th Annual VES Awards Gala will be held on Sunday, February 11, 2007 at the Kodak Grand Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland. The following are the nominees: more »

VIDEO TUTORIAL: Games Export Pipeline in Softimage FACE ROBOT

Colin Hodges, senior product specialist, Softimage Special Projects, demonstrates the new games export pipeline in FACE|ROBOT 1.5. more »

Add Light Edges with CC Light Sweep in After Effects

Green screen talent is often lit very flat, which makes it difficult to properly blend the talent in the background plate. One handy tool for dealing with this is the CC Light Sweep, a former Cycore plug-in that now comes standard in After Effects. more »

Luxology Modo 202

The words "easy" and "3D" don't often come together. Hence, tools promising a better path for 3D tend to get plenty of attention. For its part, the Luxology team behind Modo is essentially the same one that brought Lightwave to the masses. more »

Janet Jackson's Wardrobe Function

How do you maintain a PG rating when Janet Jackson's clothes disappear in a flash? Good question, and one that the producers of the 2005 Super Bowl halftime show would have certainly liked to have known the answer to (or maybe not). more »