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...

Cost Control in the CG Department

Hey there Producer. Ever wonder where your profit margin went on that CG-heavy visual effects / animation project? There’s a good chance much of it went to over-engineering; wild, crazy, out of control over-engineering, overbuilding and overthinking. How did this...

The Culture of Crisis in Animation & Visual effects

The culture of crisis in Animation & Visual Effects. I once heard a VFX producer say “I sure miss the days when artists slept under their desks.” Some time later, I heard another one say “Artists are like light bulbs. When they burn out, I replace them.” How did...

The Art of Critique at 3D Animation School

Critique in a 3d animation school or visual effects school should be the same as it is in a professional environment, so let's talk about a good professional approach to critique. It is a skill like any other that takes practice and thoughtful consideration without...

The Trouble with Overtime

I can’t help smiling 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 computer work station for five months of 6-day weeks. The conversation will...

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