Happy 30th Birthday Super Mario Bros - How World 1-1 was made

Published: Sunday 13th of September 2015 | Type: News | Main Focus: Maya
Today is a very special day in video game history, as Super Mario Bros celebrates its 30th birthday. When the game was first released in 1985 it revolutionized the industry, which was in shambles at the time. Watch the creators talk about game level desig

Legendary Disney Animator Glen Keane draws characters in Virtual Reality

Published: Friday 11th of September 2015 | Type: News | Main Focus: Maya
Watch this amazing clip where animation veteran Glen Keane draws Disney characters with new technology in Virtual Reality. During his career he's worked on some of the best hand-drawn animated features ever made, such as The Little Mermaid and Beauty and

Animation Tool for Onion Skinning in Maya - bhGhost Updates

Published: Thursday 10th of September 2015 | Type: News | Main Focus: Maya
The animation tool bhGhost for Maya provides a different approach to ghosting in 3D, by letting you see key poses and breakdowns live on the screen. Ghosting, or onion-skinning, is a 2D technique that was used in traditional cartoon animation to see sever

Taking Flight Trailer - New Animated Short Announced by Moonbot Studios

Published: Thursday 3rd of September 2015 | Type: News | Main Focus: Maya
Oscar-winning Moonbot Studios have announced a new five-minute short, "Taking Flight", which tells the story of how a small boy's boring day with Grandpa turns into a larger-than-life journey. It uses hybrid animation, and and the animators studied the cl

Wire Cutters Sci-Fi Short Film

Published: Wednesday 2nd of September 2015 | Type: News | Main Focus: Maya
"Wire Cutters" tells the story of two mining robots that are working off-planet and meet by chance. Although the sad robot invokes memories of the Wall-E classic at first, he has both a unique look and personality, and the story takes a very different tur

Maxwell Render Showreel 2015

Published: Monday 31st of August 2015 | Type: News | Main Focus: Maya
The latest showreel for Maxwell Render from Next Limit Technologies has a lot of nice work in it. In addition to the core areas of architecture and product viz that the renderer is best known for, there's some great VFX work.

Student Academy Awards Winners 2015 - Animation Category

Published: Friday 28th of August 2015 | Type: News | Main Focus: Maya
This week fifteen students have been voted as winners of the Student Academy Awards, which provides a platform for global emerging talent to showcase their work within the industry. Take a look at the three short films that won the animation category this

Color Management in Maya 2016 - Free Friday Tutorial

Published: Friday 28th of August 2015 | Type: News | Main Focus: Maya
This short video tutorial in Maya 2016 takes a look at the new color management system. We show you how to avoid some of the pitfalls, and compare the old linear workflow to the new one, that's been made easier in Maya 2016.

Arch Viz Short - Themes & Variations

Published: Thursday 27th of August 2015 | Type: News | Main Focus: Maya
This beautiful Arch Viz short aims to use Visual Effects to create new versions of contemporary artwork. It's made by Ziye Liu as the thesis project for his MFA in Visual Effects at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), and uses a lot of interesting

New Maya Plugin - Instance Along Curve

Published: Wednesday 26th of August 2015 | Type: News | Main Focus: Maya
This free Python Plugin lets you instance various objects along a curve in Maya. It has a user-friendly interface with a node creation command and an Attribute Editor template, and can be used to easily instance, edit and animate objects along a curve. Al