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Midweek Motivation: cebas thinkingParticles – Joe Scarr Q & A

Midweek Motivation: cebas thinkingParticles – Joe Scarr Q & A

Joe Scarr (formerly ScanlineVFX, Vancouver), gives many great tips, pointers, techniques and insights into the visual effects he has helped to create for major films like ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’, TV shows such as ‘Shannara Chronicles’ and video games like ‘The Witcher 2’, using thinkingParticles, in this 6 part series.  Plus part 6 is actually a great thinkingParticle tutorial from Joe.

cebas software drives critical VFX (visual effects) scenes in major recent motion pictures, one of the recent and upcoming:…to name a few..

  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2
  • Independence Day – Resurgence
  • Game of Thrones
  • Ms. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • Into the Heart of the Sea
  • San Andreas
  • The Avengers
  • Transformers 3D
  • Green Lantern
  • 2012
  • Thor 3D
  • Star Trek
  • Life of Pi
  • Red Cliff
  • Spiderman Sequels 3 and 4
  • Snow white and the Huntsman
  • Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn II
  • Battleship
  • Red Tails
  • Ghost Rider 2: Spirit of Vengeance
  • Final Destination 5
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I and II
  • Alice in Wonder Land
  • Iron Man 2&3…..

TV series vfx, to name a few: Shannara Chronicles, Constantine, Disney’s LabRats, Sleepy Hollow and many more.

Major game titles in which cebas products were used include XHeroes, “League of Legends”, “The Witcher 2” movie intro, “Classic Transformers”, “Command and Conquer”, “Diablo”, “MX vs. ATV”, “Star Craft”, “Tomb Raider”, and “Wolfenstein”.

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Part 1: Joe Scarr: Advanced TP Techniques: Introduction to Visual Effects

Part 1 from the Joe Scarr LIVE Webinar for (Shanghai) on thinkingParticles.

Part 1:

  • Thank-you teamwork!
  • Joe Scarr on the shoulders of giants
  • Joe’s career background in VFX
  • Movie 2012 at Uncharted Territory and formation of TP team
  • Upcoming projects
  • Intro to ScanlineVFX
  • intro to Flowline and TP
  • Independence Day Resurgence – major VFX project for 2016
  • TP custom tools and the Game of Thrones VFX

Watch the full playlist on Youtube here.


Part 2: Joe Scarr – Advanced thinkingParticles Techniques – VFX production

Joe Scarr TP Webinar Part 2 of 6.

  • daily work of a VFX Artist
  • FX Supervisor Responsibilities
  • What it is really all about.


Part 3: Joe Scarr Advanced thinkingParticles Techniques – Independence Day Resurgence – closeup

Joe Scarr TP Webinar Part 3 of 6.

Independence Day Resurgence

  • the inspiration
  • Trailer delivery
  • Challenges
  • Team Dynamics & Endurance
  • an enormous amount of TP in IDR
  • Superbowl VFX scene
  • Flowline & TP
  • Alienship dislodges Singapore city
  • Destruction of buildings and lights popping
  • a whole system built to pull things down
  • tons of sim in order to get a perfect shot
  • shot on building debris falling from the sky
  • the Dubai Tower shot
  • immense visual effects showcase here.


Part 4: Joe Scarr TP techniques – 3ds Max and Thinking Particles logic

Welcome to the final Part 4 of Joe Scarr Webinar Overview of thinkingParticles Visual Logic covering:

  • How to get the most out of TP
  • How to approach shots
  • Evolution of shots and TP setups
  • Housekeeping tips
  • Artist’s Workflow
  • Keeping TP organized
  • Community Libraries & Methods


Part 5: Joe Scarr Advanced thinkingParticles Techniques – Finding your Edge

Welcome to the final talk on VFX career-building before the Part 6: actual thinkingParticles 6 tutorial and amazing Q and A we had with Joe Scarr.

This video is about Finding your Edge or niche in the VFX industry, especially for VFX freelancers:

  • Globalization
  • Finding Your Edge

Valuable qualities for FX Artist:

  • Attitude
  • good communication
  • problem-solver
  • generalist + specialized skills: the foundation of VFX basics
  • understanding of cameras and storyboarding
  • specialized skills
  • Future prospects
  • mastering your tools
  • Be flexible!
  • Attitude, Attitude is Everything!
  • Go for it!


Part 6: Joe Scarr TUTORIAL Advanced thinkingParticles Techniques

Joe Scarr Advanced thinkingParticles Techniques Tutorial from the LIVE webinar.

The Tutorial is 2:17 hrs/min long: beginners may wish to view it in its entirety as Joe gives real insights on how to setup/organized your TP Master Dynamic set from the outset to avoid problems down the line.

Intermediate/Advanced artists may wish to go straight to the 2nd part Q & A of the video at 1:01:30.

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