Stop complaining about your tools!

As digital media artists and technicians, we deal with many different software applications daily.  They vary in quality, from barely usable, unstable, unreliable, obsolete nonsense to generally reliable, mostly stable, modern and user friendly. In my experience, most...

The Trouble With Overtime: A Case Study

Animators & VFX Artists Are Not High Tech Professionals A few years ago I wrote a blog article called Visual Effects Artists are Not High Tech Professionals.   I did this specifically to deal with situations like what happened in Sausage party.  Shortly...

Find Your Fifty – New Blog by William Vaughan

Find Your Fifty – New Blog by William Vaughan

Finding life balance as a digital artist "One Step...and then the next gets you where you're going." - Sister Creep When I was younger, people would ask me what I wanted to do for a living and I always had the same response; "I don't want to lift heavy boxes for a...

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...

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