TRON: Evolution -- Game Developers Go Hollywood By John Gaudiosi DisneyInteractive Studios has a PC game that serves as a bridge between TRON the 1982 hit movie, and TRON: Legacy, the 2010 sequel. Propaganda Gamesworked with the filmmakers to enable gamers to interac ...Read More »
Making Magic: On Schedule and Within Budget By Garret Romaine Framestore, one of the world`s leading digital film and video studios, brings fictional planets to life, makes a children`s toy talk and re-creates the London waterfront of old. ...Read More »
Creating Photo Slideshows for Online Use By WIKI Do you have a commercial Blog and would like to promote your product or service on it? Photos is more than words. Why not create a photo slideshow to make it more attractive? Below is a tutorial helps you to make a photo slideshow for sites or blogs. ...Read More »
Anonymous Pumps Out Lexus Hybrid Spot for Team One Anonymous Content Director Andrew Douglas, via Team One, recently completed a compelling :60 promoting Lexus' line of hybrid vehicles. The spot is a masterpiece of choreography and a beautiful ode to the luxury car maker's foresight. ...Read More »
Loyalkaspar Teams With Agency Brooklyn Brothers For Cable Provider Insight Communication's Ten-Spot Branding Campaign When ad agency The Brooklyn Brothers approached New York-based design and story-driven creative engagement studio, Loyalkaspar, about collaborating on a campaign for Insight Communication, the U.S's ninth largest cable operator (serving the Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana areas), they knew it would be a test on a number of levels. Not only was the idea creatively challenging, but given the project's budget restrictions it would also force them to rethink how to achieve the spectacular results the concept demanded. ...Read More »
Calabash Animation animates Captain Night Night for Frosted Cheerios By John Virata Calabash Animation just completed animation work for Frosted Cheerios that brings to animated life Captain Night Night, a zany wrestling character that spends his time trying to jostle a live action teenager back to bed. As the teen tries to get out of bed, Captain Night Night tries to wrestle him back to bed. ...Read More »
Asylum and Smuggler Change Life Into Art for Samsung Mobile Asylum Design CD Simon Cassels, in collaboration with Smuggler directing team The Guard Brothers via Leo Burnett, Chicago, handled post, VFX, design and animation on an imaginative spot promoting the Android-powered Samsung Behold(r) II mobile phone. The :30 advertisement, Graphic Artist, continues Samsung Mobile's overarching campaign to show off the innovative and practical uses for their smart phones in everyday life. ...Read More »
The Hot Seat: Superfad and Athletico Take Shakira on a Wild, Animated Journey with Popular Auto Maker Superfad has just produced a dazzling animated SEAT commercial for agency Atletico that combines a myriad of animation styles and techniques with live action, visual effects and architectural design. At the center of the eye-popping spot is international superstar Shakira who is about to embark on a European tour, which is sponsored by SEAT. ...Read More »
Autodesk Maya 2009 New Features: Tweaking nParticles Forces By George Maestri In this clip, host George Maestri discusses how now with nParticles you don't have to create separate wind, gravity, and other forces separately because it is all built in. George shows you how to set nParticles up to create the wind, gravity and other forces. He also covers the Nucleus tab which defines the forces, such as wind speed and air speed. He also shows how top turn the wind on and off. ...Read More »
Autodesk Maya 2009 New Features: Tweaking nParticles Forces By George Maestri In this clip, host George Maestri discusses how now with nParticles you don't have to create separate wind, gravity, and other forces separately because it is all built in. George shows you how to set nParticles up to create the wind, gravity and other forces. He also covers the Nucleus tab which defines the forces, such as wind speed and air speed. He also shows how top turn the wind on and off. ...Read More »
Rhino Produces In-House Spot for Comcast Rhino's Harry Dorrington directed a dazzling, 100 percent CG spot promoting Comcast's Triple Play Rewards program. Dorrington directed the :30 entirely in-house at Rhino, completing it only five weeks after Agency M approached the studio for the project. ...Read More »
Lenovo D20 media workstation By John Virata Lenovo's D20 is the company's top of the line ThinkStation workstation. This particular model shipped with dual Intel E5540 2.53GHz Xeon processors (four processor cores), 12GB RAM, and Windows 7 Professional. Graphics was powered by an NVIDIA Quadro FX 4800 graphics card. This is your classic media workstation, configured to run the latest creative applications from Adobe Systems, Autodesk, Sony Creative Software, as well as CAD tools such as AutoCAD, Pro Engineer, and others. ...Read More »
Rhino Supervises Entire Assembly Line for Mazda Rhino CD Vico Sharabani recently collaborated with director Jason Smith of Industry on an elegant new :30 for Mazda via Doner, Detroit. Sharabani supervised the planning, shoot and post work for all VFX, with a special focus on a detailed pre-vis to streamline the spot's creation as much as possible. ...Read More »
Brickyard VFX Lends a Hand to Sprint for "Pass the Pixi" Artist owned and operated, bi-coastal effects boutique Brickyard VFX recently completed compositing, color grading, and CG work on a new spot for Sprint's webOS Palm Pixi - a smartphone that falls squarely into the 'for fun' camp. Titled "Pass the Pixi," the spot was directed by the Snorri Brothers of The Cartel for agency Modernista! and first aired November 17 in North America. ...Read More »
Flash Browser Tracing On Mac, Windows, and Linux By Kevin Schmitt Ah, the simple, venerable trace command. Everyone who has ever written even a single line of ActionScript -- from the newbiest of designers to the most seasoned programming professional -- has doubtless become intimately familiar with this most basic, approachable, and useful command. But love turns to hate if you ever need to see what's going on when your Flash movie is playing in a browser, where seeing a simple trace can rapidly become an exercise in frustration. Fret no longer, fearless readers, as this guide aims to get everyone in on that sweet, sweet browser tracing action. ...Read More »
Flash Browser Tracing On Mac, Windows, and Linux By Kevin Schmitt Ah, the simple, venerable trace command. Everyone who has ever written even a single line of ActionScript -- from the newbiest of designers to the most seasoned programming professional -- has doubtless become intimately familiar with this most basic, approachable, and useful command. But love turns to hate if you ever need to see what's going on when your Flash movie is playing in a browser, where seeing a simple trace can rapidly become an exercise in frustration. Fret no longer, fearless readers, as this guide aims to get everyone in on that sweet, sweet browser tracing action. ...Read More »
3.06 GHz 17-inch MacBook Pro By Heath McKnight I recently had a chance to review the latest, top-of-the-line unibody MacBook Pro from Apple; with a 3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 8GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive, and many other great features, this is the fastest Apple laptop I've ever used. ...Read More »
HP Z400 workstation By John Virata The Hewlett-Packard HP Z400 is the company's entry level workstation. While it doesn't have the whiz bang design features of the HP Z800 reviewed in March, it still does not disappoint as the benchmark numbers will surprise you. ...Read More »
Full Browser Flash By Kevin Schmitt Let's face facts, folks: sometimes just scaling your entire Flash movie to an arbitrary window size won't cut it. A prime example of one of those times would be if you're using Flash to create Web-based applications, where your users would rightfully expect to have the application interface scale intelligently to the size of their browser window. Flex Builder can do this through a simple GUI panel, but the process is a little more involved if you're using Flash CS4 Professional, which is where we'll pick things up. ...Read More »
Asylum Helps Draw The Porsche Family Tree Asylum, in collaboration with ad agency Cramer-Krasselt/Chicago and @RadicalMedia Director Jeff Zwart, completed a major VFX feat for a new TV spot introducing the Porsche Panamera - the first four-seat sports car from the iconic carmaker. The elaborate, technically challenging commercial was the perfect showcase for Asylum's vast VFX capability. ...Read More »

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