For Memorial Weekend

To all the men and women who have died in service to our country, we remember and honor you today.

My wife, Tamiko, and I went down to Lyon Air Museum with her Dad. It was the last weekend where an official Tuskegee Airplane was on display. It’s located on the west side of the John Wayne Airport in Santa Anna. It houses an exhibit comprised of authentic aircraft, rare vehicles and related memorabilia, with emphasis on the defining event of the 20th century – World War II. The pieces in the collection are just stunning.

Here is a sampling of the photos I took as we experienced this wonderful museum.

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World Machine Tips

Well, this weekend was pretty busy with other commitments, but here’s a cool little tip I got from a friend at work.

You can export out your world machine geometry (extent region) cropped to a mask, which when he explained it, totally made sense. For some reason it didn’t dawn on me.

So, take your existing World Machine file.


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Clarisse tutorials

So not much to report about besides I’m going thru Clarisse’s multiple tutorials which are great. I’m knee deep in one called the Island. It’s amazing. Once I get more of my feet wet then I’ll be able to show more.

This weekend, I saw Captain America: Civil War. What a great film and totally worth seeing in the theaters. For a 2 1/2 hour movie it flew by!

Clarisse…oh boy!

Well, I’ve been hearing more and more about Clarisse. My friends, Adam and Scott at other studios have been raving about it. My fellow co-worker, Danny gave me a quick little demo a couple weeks ago. I must say this program is amazing! Sad to say that I saw this program demo’d at Siggraph a couple years ago, and it looked impressive then. I don’t know why I didn’t investigate it then. My bad.

Clarisse is made by Isotropix. Basically it’s a combination of an animation package, compositing software, and 3d rendering engine. The nice thing is it’s very artist friendly and intuitive. It’s lightning fast rendering thru it’s built in CPU rendering engine and memory efficient processing of huge data is just mind blowing. You basically have instant visual feedback.

So I’ve only begun scratching the surface with this great new tool. I’ve been doing various tutorials so I don’t really have much to show. What I will do is show a little peek under the hood.

Basic Clarisse at startup


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