Ice Bucket Challenge and More

First of all, let me say that this has been 5 1/2 months in coming. I have finally made available a video that I shot last August for my town’s fire department, which was holding an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Hit the jump for the video and a short effects tutorial. Continue reading

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3D Printing Hype: Will It Last?

A lot of excitement has been building around the technology known as 3D printing within the last 1-2 years. The question that we should be asking ourselves is: Is 3D printing the revolutionary game-changer that we are being told it is?

The excitement and talk about this emerging field has been accelerating at a fast pace. Many people are beginning to awaken to this technology with leaders such as former Wired chief editor Chris Anderson speaking exuberantly about 3D printing and news sources writing about 3D-printed guns and bioprinting at an ever-increasing rate. Makerbot co-founder and CEO Bre Pettis has staunchly supported 3D printing and its “potential to change the way we make almost everything.” But once one has settled into this supposed era of mainstream 3d printing where analysts predict that soon every home will have a 3D printer, one wonders if this is a realistic approach or just inflated hype.

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Complete 3D Scanning to 3D Printing Workflow

I have completed a series of tutorials on the workflow of taking a 3D object from scanning to outputting to a 3D printer. This series begins by exploring the 33D scanning process with a NextEngine 3D Laser Scanner and the ScanStudio HD software. Topics covered are the initial scan, trimming and aligning scans, and fusing the scans into one mesh before exporting. Next, I explain how to edit the object in Blender, outlining common problems that relate to the 3D printing process and how to fix them if needed. After exporting from Blender, another video covers how to make the mesh watertight and fix other issues in netfabb Studio. Finally, the series ends with how to open the STL file from netfabb in MakerWare and print on a Makerbot 3D printer.

My Experience in 3D Printing

Over the past school year, I have been working at my university, maintaining a recently acquired Makerbot Replicator. 3D printer. My responsibilities initially entailed figuring out how to produce consistent results and find the limits of the printer in terms of quality. I also researched information on printer operation and fixed any issues that would arise, including remounting gantry belts and unclogging nozzles. Eventually, I began accepting submitted 3D models from other students at the direction of my professors. The following is a collection of photos of some of the 3D prints that I created.

Ben and Alex

A week ago I had the privilege of shooting an engagement session for Benjamin Carlson and Alexandra Jones. I have formally known Alex for a year-and-a-half since she started attending the same college as I do. Ben and I have been close friends for over a decade. So when I was offered the opportunity, I jumped at the chance. These two people have always made a great couple, and while cliché, they have never looked better together than they did during the shoot. Continue reading

Resources for CG and Animation Jobs

Here are some websites that I’ve found to have good job listings for animators.

CG Studio Map – This is a site that I feel is a very good, if basic, resource. It provides a comprehensive list of studios ranging from animation and visual effects to post production and contact details for the studios. The site is laid out on a world map that allows one to see all of the studios in a particular region at a glance. The best part of the site is that even studios not actively advertising open positions are visible. http://www.cgstudiomap.com/

CG Society Jobs – CG Society is one of the best community sites and their job site is an equally good resource with many different types of jobs listed. One thing that you aren’t likely to find is any freelance jobs, but for professional-looking studio listings it is good. http://jobs.cgsociety.org/

VFX Jobs – This is another good one. It has postings from major studios and smaller ones. It also allows profiles from individual artists and specific projects. http://vfxjobs.com/

Motionographer Jobs – This is my most frequented site. Has several new job postings every day and allows artists to apply directly. Has jobs for any kind of motion graphics, visual effects, and 3D. I subscribe to their Twitter @MoGraphJobs, which makes job searching convenient. http://motionographer.com/jobs/

You Animator – You Animator isn’t a true job site; rather, it focuses on animation reel reviews by industry pros. This really makes it stand out to me and is recommended even if you plan on searching for studios yourself. http://www.youanimator.com/

Creative Heads – Well laid-out and easy to navigate site. I spotted jobs from Blur, Warner Bros, and SCAD, and it does seem to have plenty of good opportunities. Allows applying from within the site. http://www.creativeheads.net/

Gamasutra – It’s primarily a gaming news site, but also has a job board. It isn’t specifically for artists and animators, but it will probably be your best resource if you’re a game designer. http://gamasutra.com/jobs/

Mandy – I’m including this one because oftentimes it seems that other job sites just repost jobs from Mandy. It’s “all roads lead to Mandy.com,” so to speak. If you’re a filmmaker, animator, or mograph artist looking for work, I really recommend watching this site. http://mandy.com/1/filmtvjobs.cfm

Craigslist – Not something you might ordinarily think of, but there is some respectable job listings for animators and vfx artists. If you use Google Alerts, you can use the “site:” prefix with craigslist.org and your search terms. This will send a compilation of Craigslist ads to your inbox. Presto!

Freelancer – A good freelance website that allows you to bid on projects and contests. Has a very active community and solid reputation. One of the nice things about the site is the ‘Public Clarification Board’ that allows freelancers to ask questions about the job posting. http://www.freelancer.com

Elance – Very similar to Freelancer. Allows clients to ask specific questions of freelancers, rather than just a basic proposal. It also allows e-mail and RSS subscriptions http://www.elance.com

Odesk – This is another freelance site. A little smaller, but still has quite a few job postings. After you login, it displays an aggregated view of all your saved searches. Pretty nice. However, it does not have a portfolio feature. It allows a video link on users’ profiles, but nothing more. http://www.odesk.com

PeopleperhourPeopleperhour is a more recent entry into the online freelance world. In addition to the ability to bid on job postings, the site’s main focus is the Hourly. Hourlies are specific services offered by freelancers on a hourly basis. It also allows freelancers to include specific portfolio items in proposals.

Creative District – A place for filmmakers to post their film projects and hire crew. This isn’t a very active site, but it can be useful. http://www.creativedistrict.com

Nerdeo – At the time of this writing, the site is still in beta, but it promises to connect “…freelancers and top students with directors and producers, anywhere in the world, providing them with an online facility for more efficient remote collaboration.” So it allows creatives to find projects that they want to work on and contact the clients directly. It seems promising, but it does leave some room to be desired currently. http://signup.nerdeo.net

Superhero Cards

I created these superhero cards for an Inspirational Design class. I designed the superhero character using photos that I cut up and untooned in Photoshop to match the sketch, then used the Bristle Brush Cloner in Corel Painter to give it a more ‘painted’ look. For the background, I worked in Photoshop with the Oil and Water brush.