CG Masters Students on the Set of Deadpool 2

CG Masters Students on the Set of Deadpool 2

Advice from VFX industry veterans CGM students get to do a lot of cool things.  We tour production studios, learn to shoot, discover all the interesting disciplines of 2D and 3D production, but none quite as awesome as this.  5 CGM students were invited to the set of...

The Trouble with Overtime

The Trouble with Overtime

Why Overtime in VFX and Animation is a Really Bad Idea. I can’t help smiling (on the outside) when I discuss this topic with certain visual effects production people, especially the managers who haven’t had to do 12 - 18 hours straight busting their brain at a...

The Effect of a Solar Eclipse on Shadow Quality

As the solar eclipse of August 21st 2017 approached, I was thinking about the effect it might have on shadows.  After all, the size and shape of a light source has a significant effect on shadow quality, and the size and shape of the sun was going to change...

VFX & Animation Industry: Calling all Canadians!

VFX & Animation Industry: Calling all Canadians!

Vancouver's Expanding Job Market for VFX & Animation For Canadians, there is no better time to get into the exciting film visual effects and animation industries. New immigration rules limit the ability of studios to hire foreign junior (entry level) artists and...

Make Bad Art – Guest Blog by William Vaughan

Make Bad Art – Guest Blog by William Vaughan

“All art is an intensely vulnerable gesture, and it is made with no small amounts of risk, and fear.” – Steven Erikson I was recently working with a large group of designers with years of traditional and digital illustration experience that were extremely new to 3D...

No. I Won’t do your VFX for Free.

As our reputation for vfx training grows, we get more and more calls from various people asking us to do complex visual effects and animation for free. After all, students don’t expect to be paid. They need experience, right? And what do they do in the evenings when...

One of my favorite things about Houdini

Enough of rants and raves for now. Let's talk about something great. One of my favorite things about Houdini is the diagnostic tool used to identify missing images in a render. When your average render engine goes to do a job, it begins by loading referenced geometry,...

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