on November 06, 2012
Piece by pcgamer.com
It all started with mirrors. Spurred on by its insatiable hunger for the unknown, Reddit’s gaming community flitted between poring brainpower over why reflections don’t commonly appear in FPS games, the inevitable meme-orized destruction of the topic, non-Euclidean mind trips, and kittens. Eventually, the Jeopardy-like attention span shifted to first-person animation design. Discussion threads sprouted, recipes were shared, an expert was called in: Infinity Ward animator Chance Glasco who, in a weekend AMA thread, shared knowledge on the intricacies of constructing and positioning some of the most frequently glimpsed weapon animations of the genre from the Call of Duty series.
on November 05, 2012
Awesome piece by Aaron Gilman.
This was posted on May 24th, 2009 and is still a great read!
As someone who has been back and forth between games and film for many years, I thought it might be interesting to offer my perspective on what I think are vastly different animation pipelines.
In my opinion, when it comes to animation, games and film begin their production process needing (not wanting) vastly different things, and this ultimately sets the tone for how animation is critiqued, processed and approved over the course of almost the entire project.
on October 23, 2012
iAnimate instructor and former DreamWorks animator, Ken Fountain, is launching a project that we thought all of you independently-minded artists might find interesting to hear about. It’s called Crackerbox Studio, and it’s launching a Kickstarter campaign for its first title, “Geo-Me!”.
on October 18, 2012
If you could ask the artists about their techniques, experience, what they feels is the next step in the film or game industry, or anything at all, what would it be? Share your questions and comments via Facebook, Twitter or email us. We have an awesome panel and we want you to participate and be part of it.
There's a lot to talk about and we will do our best to answer and cover the topics you want to hear.
Link to Video : http://vimeo.com/51439456
on October 12, 2012
Here's a fun article on Method Studios and those "Hip" dancing hamsters.
One of the most popular commercials from 2011 was the Kia spot ‘Soul’ from agency David & Goliath, in which dancing hamsters took on a legion of dancing robots. We covered the spot here. Now, the hamsters are back in a disco-infused period piece, with even more impressive work by Method Studios. We talk to visual effects supervisor Andy Boyd about ‘Bringing Down the House’, from production company MJZ and director Carl Rinsch. The commercial was filmed by DOP John Matheison (Gladiator) at a theater in Prague, with real dancers wearing oversized clothing and a tracking rig, which was used to replace their heads with CG hamster versions. “They had a head piece they would wear that had tracking markers that we had spec’d out and measured, working in collaboration with Legacy Effects,” explains Boyd. “We actually tracked the whole body because we replaced the hands in most shots, and we were also tracking the body for interactive lighting – when the arm casts a shadow or moves in front of the head.”
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