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…
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
Motion Tools is a small collection of tools that aims to aid Motion Graphic work being created inside Softimage. It does so by providing many ICE compounds and partially abstracting the ICEtree construction processes. It eases the creation, procedural animation and simulation of many many objects or chunks of geometry.
A historical analysis of diferente elements of cinematographic language
Stereoscopy, popularly known as 3d, is a technology consisting on the simultaneous reproduction of two images, which results in a greater perception of depth. This article intends to investigate possible reasons for the fact that stereoscopy has never been absorbed as a natural part of cinematographic language. To investigate the matter, we have studied how other technologies such as sound and color were incorporated into cinema, and compare those cases with the several incursions of stereoscopy in cinema’s history. We have found similarities and differences in the history of the different technologies, and have hypothesized reasons for the sporadic characteristic of the stereoscopic phenomena: the lack of quality in many productions, due to bad capturing or poor 2d-3d conversion; and its self-referential and gimmick like use.
Originaly published at: RUA – Revista Universitária do Audiovisual, Setembro de 2012.
Motion Tools is a small collection of tools that aims to aid Motion Graphic work being created inside Softimage. In this latest release the capability of controling polygons and polygon islands with particles was added. Therefore enabling one to control this elements with regular ICE nodes, or Motion Tools’ compounds.
Some high priority bugs and workflow enhancements were tackled, although, due to time constraints these improvements were not akin to the initial intention. I hope this still may prove useful to some.