Cinematic Reference Resource Library

There are a multitude of ways to build up your own Cinematic Reference Library. I’ve talked about created your own cinema library.  I’ve been using Evan E. Richards website for years. My VFX/concept artist friend, Adam J. Ely recommended it to me long, long ago.  It’s been a phenomenal resource and has been a trusty go-to tool for me. Whenever I’m looking for inspiration or to do composition/lighting studies.

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There is now a newer website called SHOTDECK. It’s in Beta mode now but you can email them to be added to their website. It has an amazing catalogue of films and search parameters. I first heard of it from Jan Urschel. Here is a link to his free youtube link talking about it in more detail.

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Both sites are great for you to search out key cinematographers and top visionary films.

Here’s a little run thru using both.

 

May the 4th!

Happy May the 4th to Everyone!!

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Wishing that everyone is a safe and well during these troubling times!

This image also announces my CGMA Matte Painting course will be all NEW starting this summer!! Registration just started. Hope to see many of you joining us! This is one of painting I did for the new course.

There have been tons of great courses, programs, etc on sale to help those cope with our current lockdown. I have started to put together an Artstation store. If anyone would like some brushes and some tutorials please take a look. Some are free and I have a coupon for 30% OFF now thru Summer. The CODE is LOCKDOWN2020

Have fun and create some amazing art!!

Art Station store and Gumroad

I’ve finally gotten to setting up an ArtStation store and Gumroad accounts. I have been meaning to try this for quite sometime.
I will continue posting content on my blog here but for more in depth tutorials and deep dives into various programs I’ll be organizing them on my ArtStation store and Gumroad. Hopefully you all will find things of interest. Continue reading “Art Station store and Gumroad”

Lightbox Expo

I attended Lightbox Expo this weekend at the Pasadena Convention center. Simply stated it was a mind blowingly awesome event!!

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What a gathering of immensely talented artists in one roof. The organization of the expo was amazing for being it’s maiden year. Big tip of the hat to Bobby Chiu, the team at Schoolism, and Emerald City Comic Con founder Jim Demonakos. Demo/talks were great, well organized. Great tech support was overwhelmingly present. It was hard to choose which talk/demo because there were so many extraordinary presenters at the same time.

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It was such an inspirational event!!  I’m looking forward to next years already!

Cryptomattes

I’ve heard of Cryptomattes a lot lately. My friend, Paul Rivera, first mentioned it to me for Clarisse and loving the ease of use. Then literally the next day in a tutorial I heard about them. And then a co-worker mentioned them about if we’d looked into them at my work.

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So I decided to dig into it a little. Cryptomatte is a tool created by Psyop studio as a way to automatically generate ID mattes using information available at render time. It works with motion blur, transparency, and depth of field. It was presented at Siggraph 2015. This tool has already been picked up by multiple studios and various packages. The nice thing is Psyop has kept this an open source tool. Here is a good intro to them: PSYOP releases Cryptomatte

So far, Clarisse, V-ray, Katana, Maya, Houdini, Blender, Renderman, Redshift, Arnold, Nuke, Fusion, and After Effects can use it.

You can download it on GitHub

It’s super easy to install in Nuke. Takes only a few seconds to setup.

Here’s a Redshift tutorial that was useful: Tutorial #15

A cool update to Cryptomatte looks like their’s a new release of OpenEXR plugin for Photoshop: EXR-IO 2

I’ll be digging into it more over the coming months.

Recommended books

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I was recently introduced to Carol Dweck and her research on mindset. Dweck, a professor of psychology at Stanford proposes that everyone has either a fixed mindset or a growth mindset. A fixed mindset is one in which you view your talents and abilities as like it sounds, fixed. In other words, your intelligence and talents are fixed. A growth mindset, on the other hand, is one in which you see your talents and abilities are fluid. You can build your abilities up by doing the work and putting in the time.

Here are a couple videos that explain it in more detail:

I am currently reading her book, “Mindset: A new Psychology of Success“. It’s pretty interesting so far.

Some other interesting reads:

“The Talent Code” by Daniel Coyle

“Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise” by Anders Ericsson and Robert  Pool