Technical Art for Animation and VFX

Archive for March, 2009

Ed Ulbrich: How Benjamin Button got his face

March 7th, 2009

Talk

“Ed Ulbrich, the digital-effects guru from Digital Domain, explains the Oscar-winning technology that allowed his team to digitally create the older versions of Brad Pitt’s face for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”

http://www.ted.com/talks/ed_ulbrich_shows_how_benjamin_button_got_his_face.html

Impact

While I can’t comment on what we use at IMD, I can say that the route that Digital Domain went for this film is something cg artists will want to pay close attention to. Technology and theory from large houses have a heavy effect on software and hardware venders, leading to a trickle down effect over time. Talks like this can sometimes give you an excellent idea as to what to expect in the years ahead – something that can be very useful to help guide your training and career choices. 

2009 SIGGRAPH Autodesk® MasterClasses

March 7th, 2009

Character/TD Related Classes:

Rigging for the Masses: Automated Large-Scale Production Rigging
TJ Galda, Electronic Arts Canada

Advanced Character Rigging and Facial Animation Pipelines
Sylvain Côté, Artificial Mind & Movement

PyMEL: Harnessing the Power of Python™ in Maya
Chad Dombrova, Luma Pictures

Mocap and Character Rigging Demystified
Marc-André Guindon, NeoReel Inc

Animating with Character Studio
Hugo Morales, BioWare

View All Classes:

http://area.autodesk.com/masterclass/lriley/090224_1235/2009_SIGGRAPH_Agenda_POST.pdf

* It’s still early, so expect changes and additions.