Frozen II has been released to the world, and it’s been amazing to see everyone’s response to it. So many people have been reaching out on how thrilled they are with sequel. It was such a wonderful experience on this film Continue reading “Frozen II, CTN, and Trainee program”
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”
I attended Lightbox Expo this weekend at the Pasadena Convention center. Simply stated it was a mind blowingly awesome event!!
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.
It was such an inspirational event!! I’m looking forward to next years already!
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.
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.
I’ll be digging into it more over the coming months.
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
Just a little plug for Disney Animation. 🙂
I am currently working on Wreck it Ralph 2. It’s my first show here at Disney and it’s
been a blast working on it. Continue reading “Wreck it Ralph 2”
We all know our jobs are getting more and more complex. There is an ever increasing amount of skills, training, and development needed in VFX and Animation. But when is enough, enough? Continue reading “When is too much, too much?”
If you haven’t heard of the Photo Ark, you were in the same camp as me a month ago. My wife showed me an episode of it on PBS. It’s National Geographic photographer, Joel Sartore’s quest to document various species of animals before they go extinct. He’s taken 7,297 different species of animals photos so far.