Contact Shadows & Cast Shadows: A myth

I have worked with hundreds of digital artists over the years, many of whom distinguish between what they call “Contact Shadows” and what they call “Cast Shadows”. Cast shadows, we are told, are the sharp shadows you can see cast by an object that is lit by a light...

If you don’t like your VFX job, quit. Seriously.

Below are excerpts from an article, the full text of which can be found here: http://m.broadcastnow.co.uk/5073081.article In the article, addressing an investigation into poor VFX working conditions, The Mill chief creative officer Pat Joseph said that although the...

Why you can’t learn CG Lighting over a beer.

I have had quite a few requests from people to "pick my brains" over a beer and learn the secrets of great lighting. I'd be happy to do this, but I can't. In order to explain why, you'll need a little background, so here it is: As a professional CG Generalist of some...

Learning Animation & VFX at a University?

(edit: May 20): It has been suggested that the purpose of this post may be to "attack" universities. I thank the university gentleman for his remarks and concerns and offer the following. Quite to the contrary, this article is part of a much larger discussion which...

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