Category 3D and VFX

HDR Images

High Dynamic Range Images – HDRI  HDRI (High Dynamic Range Imaging) is a technology that expands the dynamic range of an image and shows details in both shadows and highlights. Dynamic Range is a range of brightness values that can be recorded on media (film, photographic plate, photographic paper) or on the matrix of a digital […]

Texturing

Resolution Gate indicates the outer edge of the render. UV texture space refers to a coordinate system that relates pixels of a texture map to positions on a surface.  UV points represent the location of a polygon’s vertices within a UV texture space.  If polygon faces overlap within the UV texture space, they share the […]

Compositing

An alpha channel, known as a matte channel or image matte is a greyscale channel that controls the opacity of an image.  White or zero is completely opaque and solid while black is fully transparent with grey being partly transparent. Chroma key TIFF and TARGA FILES can carry an alpha channel. Behind the Magic: The […]

Dynamics

 Additional information and resources I have collected along the way are at the end of these assessment blogs. DYNAMICS  002 REPORT 2B:  Schooner, Sail Boat Starting on this adventure, translating my sailing research into dynamics was not off to a good start.  When moving the sail boat the pieces of the model were not staying […]

Lighting and Rendering

This post includes information I have collected along the way abut lighting, shaders and rendering  software. The Science of Rendering Photorealistic CGI Disney’s Practical Guide to Path Tracing CG Channel.com 10 key tips for lighting and look development MAXDEPTH Resolution Revolution Redux: Setting up multi-tile uv shader networks in Arnold for Maya JEREMY  BIRN  Dec 17, 2013 […]

Animation Process Diary

What is Animation? Animation shows us change over time, which could be the position, size, colour or shape. It uses the principle of persistence of vision, such as the Zoetrope to create the illusion of movement an optical illusion.  A sequence of still images is perceived as a moving image, we blend images together and give them life. We […]

3D and VFX

17 favorite movies before and after visual effects The 10 best visual effects breakdowns of 2016 It goes without saying that the CG on display is excellent, but bear in mind that this isn’t a run-down of the biggest or best visual effects projects of the year: it’s a run-down of the best visual effects breakdowns. Editing, […]

Post Production

A POST PRODUCTION BLUE PRINT: By Joel Goodman EDITING ART of the CUT WITH “KONG” EDITOR, RICK PEARSON, ACE ART of THE CUT with KATE SANFORD, ACE EDITOR of “BOARDWALK EMPIRE” & “VINYL” Fitness & Editing Hollywood Blockbusters with Alan Bell, AC POST MAGAZINE:  Editing ARRIVAL Joe Walker has established himself as the go-to editor for […]