This month I complete one year teaching at UFSC, in celebration of this I wanted to share the work of some of the students in one of my classes: 3d Animation I or EGR7249. This is the first contact of the students with the art of 3d animation in the course. Congratulations to all students for the effort and great work.
This last job I’ve participated in was of a very rare breed. Animaking was bold enough to mix a bunch of different techniques, namely live action, miniature models, stop motion, cg and post… phew. It all blends into a nice view of the Aircross automobile running through the atacama desert…
I was a small part of this great effort, running most particle sims. It was very nice to work with some old friends and meet a few more nice people.
Watch in HD, if you will…
In the uni lab where I work (DesignLab) the creation of av content through computer graphics is a daily routine. Therefore we occasionally have to discuss workflow, project, file and asset management In the companies I have previously worked, as well as in our lab, I’ve never used a complete computational solution to handle this tasks. Most of the times management of many production aspects happens through best practices and some minor computer programs that help ease repetitive tasks or lessen user error potential of other tasks. During my last vacations, out of curiosity, I decided to research what would be necessary to automate management of of digital productions in our lab. Firstly I sketched out some diagrams of how worked flow, most places I’ve worked. I also brought down to paper rules for naming, storage, and backup… rules I’ve learned ad hoc.
Simple script emulating 3ds Max’s behaviour of offseting animation through transforms inside of Softimage.
Add-on: Offset Curves.xsiaddon
Back from the metropolis! This past week I have presented a workshop on ICE for 40 people at Melies school of cinema and animation, in São Paulo. Those who attended got a clear idea of what a interactive visual programing envoiroment like ICE may bring to the table in the context of animation and effects. We also stablished a panorama of most type of sims that exist in this, and other plataforms, trying to understand the pros and cons of each. Besides this overview we got into the guts of all the math behind ICE and some things those who are not aquinted with the tool get a hard time with (like data’s type and context). To finish it all off tornados and explosions were simulated, good times!
This is an oldie actually. A compound that restores lost symmetry, as long as you have been a good boy and kept a symmetry map.
Compound: Restore Symmetry.xsicompound
A couple good news in a role this month!
Last week I finally made to the 1.0 version of my plug-in (called Motion Tools) for Autodesk Softimage. I’ve talked about this in previous posts, but basically it is a collection of tools to aid motion graphics work. It eases the use of the ICE framework for the creation, procedural animation and simulation of many many objects. For more info, please visit: http://gustavoeb.com.br/mtools/
Besides that, I’m proud to anounce that together with the guys at Melies School of Cinema and Animation (in São Paulo, Brazil), I’ve prepared a 1 week workshop on ICE. The idea is to avoid the tutorial approach and dive into the concepts behind technical direction and simulation. This workshop will take place at Melies’ building, between the 24th and the 28th of September. For those in Brazil, call (11) 5573-1095 for more info.
Motion Tools is a small collection of tools that aims to aid Motion Graphic work being created inside Softimage. The idea is to create a workflow for the creation, distribution and animation of instances as intuitive as the ones found in comercial solutions. Since it is created ontop of ICE the tools have speed and combustibility considerably superior to similar solutions.