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  • Inspirations (1036 ARTICLES)

  • A Conversation with Joe Mason, VFX Artist, Against The Clock (2019)

    January 4, 2019

    Joe Mason has worked in the motion graphics and VFX industry for two decades, but cut his teeth on visual effects for film only this year with work on an upcoming spy thriller called Against The Clock. Directed and written by Mark Polish, who is also known for The Astronaut Farmer (2006) and Jackpot (2001), and starring Andy Garcia and Dianna Agron, Against The Clock is an effects-heavy film with innovative visuals. Michele Yamazaki from Toolfarm talks to Joe talks about his first-time experience working on the film.

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  • Midweek Motivations: Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts 2018, Part 3

    January 2, 2019

    Here are the ten Oscar nominees for the best Animated Shorts. Over the next couple of weeks, we are featuring all of them, alphabetically by title, with a bit of background on each. Today, we’re featuring “Lost & Found”, “One Small Step”, “Pépé le Morse”, and “Weekends”.

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  • Midweek Motivation: Top Ten Title Sequences of 2018 – Art of the Title

    January 2, 2019

    The Art of the Title has released a list of what they consider are the Top 10 Title Sequences from 2018. This is the 5th year they’ve created the list. A panel of experts chose from among film, television, video games, and conferences.

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  • Midweek Motivations: Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts 2018, Part 2

    December 26, 2018

    Here are the ten Oscar nominees for the best Animated Shorts. Over the next couple of weeks, we are featuring all of them, alphabetically by title, with a bit of background on each. Today, we’re featuring “Bilby”, “Bird Karma”, and “Late Afternoon”.

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  • Big Screen Effects: Solo: A Star Wars Story

    December 19, 2018

    There are some new behind the scenes videos from ILM that have come out in the past weeks, and whether you liked the film or not, you can’t deny that the visuals are spectacular and a lot of work went into them. Here are a few videos and some articles about the visual effects in Solo: A Star Wars Story.

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  • Midweek Motivation: Redshift Renders

    December 12, 2018

    So many 3D Artists are creating amazing art with Redshift. Here’s a compilation of Redshift renders that I thought were pretty cool.  Happy viewing.

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  • Midweek Motivations: More Stuff with Behind the Scenes

    December 5, 2018

    This award-winning animation from Blue Zoo Animation really captures the way I feel about the holiday season! Plus, it’s very funny and beautifully modeled, textured, and animated. Musical comedian Ben Champion created the song.

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  • Midweek Motivation: 3D battle: Microsoft Excel VS Maxon Cinema 4D

    November 28, 2018

    Yep, you heard right. Graphic Designer and self proclaimed “Crazy Illustrator” Alexey Shelkovnikov, pits Excel against C4D to see which gives a more interesting 3D image.  This is hysterical, fascinating and a surprisingly close competition.

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  • Midweek Motivation: Tennyson – L’oiseau qui danse from Jean-Marie Marbach

    November 21, 2018

    This gorgeous animation features the music of Tennyson and was directed by Jean-Marie Marbach. Jean-Marie used particle effects and environments created with Trapcode Suite. He also elaborated on his use of Trapcode Suite for us. We shared this one last year but we’re sharing it again because it is a winner at 2018 SIGGRAPH Asia, taking place during the first week of December in Tokyo, Japan! Félicitations à vous, Jean-Marie!

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  • Midweek Motivations: Sonder

    November 14, 2018

    Written and directed by Neth Nom and produced by Sara K. Sampson, Sonder is an animated short that animators worldwide worked on over the past few years, using the Unity Engine.

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  • Midweek Motivations/Event: Phillip Boutte Jr. and the Mosaic Film Experience

    November 14, 2018

    Last Thursday I volunteered at the Mosaic Film Experience, which is a film festival with creative and educational workshops for high school kids. It’s geared toward kids who may not have access to equipment or media education, to help build and inspire the next generation of filmmakers and media artists. The highlight, for me, was meeting Phillip Boutte. Jr., who is a costume concept designer. His work is phenomenal and he’s a super nice guy.. Check out his reel and an interview about his career, plus photos and videos from The Mosaic Film Experience 2018.

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  • Midweek Motivations: Bilby, a Short from Dreamworks

    November 7, 2018

    Dreamworks Bilby looks adorable. “Bilby” directed by Pierre Perifel, J.P. Sans, and Liron Topaz is a short that was originally from a full-length Tim Minchin film that was canceled called Larrikins.

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  • Midweek Motivation: Greyscalegorilla 5-Second Project “Coffee” Winners

    November 7, 2018

    5-second projects are a Greyscalegorilla community driven animation competition. Here are the winners of the theme, “Coffee”. Mmmm, Coffee!

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  • Midweek Motivations: The Fascinating History of Cemeteries

    October 31, 2018

    This TedEd animated piece, with the Lesson by Keith Eggener, seemed perfect to post on this spooky day. The animation style reminds me of School House Rock and was done by Britain-based illustrators and animators Remus & Kiki, also known as Remus Buznea & Kyriaki Kyriakou.

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  • Sneak Peek: Trapcode Suite 15 with NEW Fluid Dynamics

    October 25, 2018

    Next week there will be a new version of Trapcode Suite that includes Fluid Dynamics! Watch the video to see it in action!

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