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Tuesday, December 1st, 2009
11:01 am

I have found one cool 2D video.

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Thursday, March 22nd, 2007
3:06 pm - Ringling School of Art & Design kicks ass!

I am going to the best school anywhere for my degree. Read the following e-mail that the CA department head at my school (Ringling) sent out to all of the Computer Animation majors here at school.

To: All CA Students


The March issue of 3D World Magazine has announced the Top Ten Schools
for 3D in North America (US & Canada). The number one school is....
Ringling School of Art & Design. Underneath our name, the caption reads
"One of the oldest art schools in the US, Ringling is renowned for
training some of the best animation talent in the world."

That would be you. Congratulations!

Here is the complete list of the Top Ten in order (they reviewed 50

1) Ringling School of Art & Design
2) Academy of Art University
3) Savannah College of Art & Design
4) Sheridan College
5) Mis-print but appears to be CalArts
6) University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts
7) Pratt Institute
8) Gnomon School of Visual Effects
9) Full Sail
10) Vancouver Film School

I'm not sure who would rank Full sail over VFS, but it says the listing
was compiled "using data and recommendations provided by a panel of
industry figures and recruiting departments at the major animation,
visual effects and video game studios." It also says "these are the
schools the industry tends to look to most often for new talent and
whose students can often be found showcasing their work and winning
awards at festivals."

There is also a nice quote from CA graduate David Gibson...
"When I received my BFA from Ringling I had no idea how important it
would be to my future. It's taken a few years, but I've come to realize
how well my education prepared me for a career in animation. During my
Senior year, I was fortunate enough to meet Todd Labonte from Tippett
Studio, and was hired as an animator for "Charlotte's Web." Ringling
prepared us to be successful outside of the school and enabled us to
walk into our positions at studios as professionals rather than students."

If you want to pick up the issue, it is at Barnes & Noble. The magazine
is issue number 88, and the articles are bundled with it in a second
supplement called "3D Training- The Complete Guide."



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Thursday, August 10th, 2006
12:41 pm - Pwyll, Fighting Arawn's Rival

(crossposted from personal LJ)

OK, this is continuing on with the character study of Pwyll:

click for full-size image

Comments, observations, etc. are welcome, as always...

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Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006
1:28 am

Hi! :) I'm obviously new to this community, lol. I've actually been searching for a place where people can ask questions and not get shot down, ridiculed, or judged,etc. etc. I'm pretty glad to have found this place. Well, I'm currently in school for computer animation down in Florida and have absolutely nothing to show at the moment. Hopefully soon.

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Thursday, May 26th, 2005
7:28 pm - Notebook Case for sale

I have a brand spankin new Dell notebook "Corporate Executive Black 1680D Nylon Notebook Case" for a 14" monitor for sale.

It is typically $77.16 + shipping and handeling. I will sell this one for $70 total.

It is brand new, has not been touched. My father ordered the wrong size for my computer and I am over the 21 day return policy and Dell wont let me return it.

It's a beautiful case, I wish so much that it worked for me but it's like a half an inch too small.

please e-mail me at raincrow88@hotmail.com or call me at 303-523-3177

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Monday, August 2nd, 2004
8:19 pm - My Character


Still not finished

check it out

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Friday, June 18th, 2004
9:00 pm - Hi


the name's jacob and i'm kinda new to 3D animation, kinda not. i know the basics and everything, but i've never been formally trained, just kinda taught myself everything i know. i've made two short films using 3ds Max. please view them and tell me what you think.


current mood: new

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Friday, June 4th, 2004
5:32 pm

Ah, glad this group exists. I went to RIT for two years, flunked out (extenuating circumstances) and after upgrading my computer I've been working in Maya quite a bit, as its what I want to do for a living.

But I got a question- Anyone here have any experience using Maya Cloth?

I'm working on a fairly complex project, and I'd like to use dynamic cloth for the character's shirt. But I'm sucking out at it. Any good online resources? I have it set up right (on second thought- maybe not, at least at the top) I just don't know what settings to put the solver/cloth properties at so that is simulates somewhat realistically. All its doing is exploding all over the place, or strangling poor Tim.

Any help appreciated...

My website is here, but I don't have much up on it yet (only a fraction of what I've completed for the project) and the website itself is pretty sketchy.

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Friday, April 9th, 2004
11:58 am - Real World work?

Does anyone here specifically do animation for titles or effects or anything like that? I'm taking a class that requies me to get an interview with someone in the industry. Any volunteers?

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Thursday, February 26th, 2004
8:50 pm

Okay, so I'm new to 3d...and I've only been using Maya/modeling in 3d for about a month now. I've gone through a couple tutorials, but mostly on basic stuff...so this is my first attempt at modeling something more advanced and completely on my own. Haha, it's obviously not finished...it's just a torso, arms, and legs, but I wanted to see if I could get some critique about what I have so far.

Modeled in polygons...Collapse )

I figure I'll start work on the head next...but that's gonna be a bitch I figure. Should be interesting at least. It only took me about 6 hours to get to this point, but I have a feeling the head might take a day or so...

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Saturday, February 21st, 2004
5:00 pm - A dark living room

Hello, I just joined this community! Looks fairly small, but give it time and they will come.

In 1 week I will be finishing up my first year of college at ITT Technical Institute in Thornton, Colorado in Multi Media. (ya I procrastinated after high school , oh well) Anyway here are some pictures from my final project for my first 3D Studio Max class @ ITT. I haven't figured out if I am finished or not with the picture or not...

Let me know what you think and if you have any constructive criticism.
I'm not sure if we are aloud to post pictures here or not.Collapse )

current mood: content

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Monday, February 2nd, 2004
8:10 pm - Online Portfolio Underway

I am recently coding and online portfolio for those in computer animation majors. Though this will probably be in the making while I'm in school it will take a while being that FS takes over your life. The coding and intergratin will be primitive since I am still learning a bit if PHP but it helps me a bit on practicing it. So far the uploading system works and the login system works. I am working on trying to get it to set a session cookie where as when you log in you have the choice to stay logged in everytime you visit your admin functions or dont' stay logged in. It will take a while. Right now I'm working on the registration page. Beta testing of the online portfolio in under going major construction with the help of my roommate.

What the online portfolio does is help you organize your art work and 3D work. Plus you can organize which type of Demo Reel you want to show to your potential employer. I'm not sure on how much space to give people on this portfolio. I'll probably may charge a small fee for it since it's a portfolio that will take up alot of bandwidth. As of right now if you guys are interested once the first offical public Beta version comes out you guys can sign up for an account and test it out a bit and give feedback on what bugs I should fix. If there is any suggestions you guys have form me here about what to put onto the portfolio let me know.

So far the version has these implemented:
. (Choose from 2D or 3D and it will upload to the right folder.)
Admin F

What will in added within the next two or three weeks to the Admin:
e Admin:
Category Manager
Demo Reel Manager
Resume Editor
Contact Info Editor
Profile Editor
Forum/Guestbook Manager
Comments Manager

To the Main Index:
Login for Members (So members can critique on other members works.)
Job Openings (Which companies are hiring and what are their criteria for the job position they are hiring for.)
Members Forum (Get to know other members with portfolios and what got them interested in art/computer animation.)

Hopefully this will take off easy and be worth it for everyone.


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12:18 pm

Hello, everybody!

I've been tinkering with computer graphics and animation since I was 14. I went to Full Sail and received an AS in computer animation. I'm currently trying to break into the film/TV animation industry and/or the gaming industry. I mostly use Maya, however I used to use MAX and I really want to learn XSI.

Well, here's my gallery: www.BrainFaucet.com

Great meeting you all.

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Monday, January 26th, 2004
9:18 pm - Computer Animation News Jan 26th 2004

3D Studio Max Creator Joins Mental Image

I thought this might be useful for those into 3D and comptuer animation. Being that it's along the criteria. Of course we shouldn't always be stuck on just MAYA programs and open our eyes to other 3D programs too since the industry does use a variation of different types of programs for their 3D effect etc. Post your views on this article.

Alias Strikes Deals with House of Moves

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1:37 am - Welcome Computer Animators

First off this community is based for the sole purpose of getting information about computer animation and 3D graphics. Works of using Maya, 3D studio Max and other 3D programs that the industry use. You are to help each other out and new computer animation members of the community if they have a problem. Be advise some of these people may have more experience than you and some may have very little but everyone is here for one reason. Because they love to do computer animation whether it be for movies, music videoes, or game design. Show each other some repsect. And please save your competition for the industry when you go out job hunting.

I'll be posting from time to time stating my views on the computer animation industry. I've also done alot of research on what type of demo reels that each company will WANT to see. Also to help all those beginners make a KICK ASS demo reel that will blow the competition away. Most job openings will always ask for 3 or more years of experience so what I suggest you new computer animators do is take on as much internship while in college as you can. Work your ass off as an intern even if serving coffee is just what you do as an intern. While intering get to know alot of people that are INSIDE the industry. The more you know people the easier it is for them to recommend you. Don't forget. HAVE A FIRST GOOD IMPRESSION ON EVERYONE AND STICK WITH IT. Computer animation is growing big but don't forget the traditional 2D animation, cause somewhere in the future Computer animation will die out from something even better.

Catch you all later.

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