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Thursday, March 31, 2005

ArchitectureWeek's :Thom Mayne Pritzker Prize ***



Thom Mayne has been named
Pritzker Prize laureate of 2005.
Photo: Mark Hanauer
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- This year's choice for Prize laureate is Los Angeles architect Thom Mayne. He is known for breaking through traditional bounds of forms and materials, and his work has been chosen for numerous awards during his three-decade career. Mayne is principal of Morphosis, meaning "manner of formation." The firm's recent built works to capture media attention include the Diamond Ranch High School, the Caltrans District 7..............Read More!
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Autodesk Launches Toxik: New Creative and Collaborative Software for Feature Film Visual Effects !!*****



Groundbreaking Solution for Multi-Artist Film Studio and Post-Production Pipelines

+ Calif., March 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
® Inc. (: ADSK - News) today announced Autodesk Toxik(TM), collaborative compositing software for the creation of . Featuring advanced creative tools as well as integrated, enterprise-level collaboration, Toxik brings new capabilities to feature production -- a market that is demanding increasingly sophisticated levels of creativity, collaboration and image processing quality. Redefining the way visual effects are created, managed and shared, Toxik will be shown publicly at the National Association of Broadcasters' Convention () in , April 18-21, 2005.."Sophisticated film pipelines are the technological backbone through which filmmakers can realize their most......................................Read More!
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CGI DESIGN SPECIAL "The Years Of Thunder"!!!! *****



CGI DESIGN SPECIAL "The Years Of Thunder"!!!! ★★★
By, Amit Dixit (CgIndia)
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- This week I decided to do design special, about a Innovative design which become an legend and evolved with time to fascinate us. So I start looking for such design and Come up with many, but one out shadowed them all - “FORD-T-Bird" better know as "Thunderbird", has earned its place in History as an icon of automotive technology.Introduced in 1955, its innovative design and powerful V-8 engine immediately catapulted into American consciousness as one of the premiere of its time.
Three men are generally credited with creating the original Thunderbird: Lewis D. Crusoe, a millionaire lured out of retirement by II; , chief stylist and a Ford vice-president; and , a Ford designer. There was some difficulty in naming the car, with suggestions ranging from the exotic to the ridiculous (Hep Cat, Beaver, Detroiter, Runabout, Arcturus, Savile, El Tigre, and Coronado were submitted among the 5,000 suggestions). One serious suggestion was Whizzer. Crusoe offered a $250 suit to anyone who could come up with a better name. Stylist Alden 'Gib' Giberson submitted "Thunderbird" as part of a list. Giberson never claimed his prize, settling for a $95 suit and an extra pair of trousers from Saks . The car was shown at the first postwar Detroit Auto Show on February 20, 1954. The first production car came off the line on September 9, 1954. It went on sale the following month as a 1955 model. Customers placed 3,500 orders in the Thunderbird's first ten days on sale.

The Years of Thunder: 1955 to 2005
Never has a car so fully embodied the heady sprit of an era. During the 50's,
T-bird caused a sensation with each new design change. The early models immediately won fans and in the T-bird lineage, the two -seater 1955-57 models are generally referred as "Classics”. the 1957 Model, model sporting the cleanest face ever, was the last time that a T-bird appeared as a two-seater.The 1958 model, square in design and seating four passengers, solidly established the ford division in luxury car Market and was name "Car of the Year" by Mag.The 1959 model made its debut and won six races in the top division. Revealed to public in Monaco, the 1963 Limited Edition T-bird Landau took the breath away from its many admirers around the globe.

From the 1967 model year, Thunderbirds were much larger, and some fans of the classic
Thunderbird considers 1966 to be the last year of interest.1980 saw a new, shrunken Thunderbird that was little more than a sedan with nicer trim. However, 1983 saw a much improved and car and the launch of the Turbo Coupe, and a much sportier image. In 1987, the Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe was redesigned and came with such notable features as automatic ride control, anti-lock brakes, and the intercooled turbocharged engine from the Ford Mustang SVO. All this resulted in a personal luxury car that produced 190 horsepower (142 kW) from a 2.3 liter 4-cylinder engine and had a 140+ mph (225 km/h) top speed. The Turbo Coupe was Motor Trend's Car of the Year for 1987.The last four-seater Thunderbird rolled off the assembly line in Lorain, Ohio on September 4, 1997.However, 2002 saw a new Thunderbird launched; this Retro Bird was again a two-seater and received the model's third Motor Trend Car of the Year honor. It was also nominated for the North Car of the Year award that year. The Ford Motor Company announced in March 2005 that the Thunderbird will again be discontinued in July 2005. Ford plans to release a new Thunderbird sometime in the years to come, but an exact date has not been specified.
In the last 50 years, more than 1.2 million Thunderbirds have been sold.

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Offsite Link's:
Ford Heritage - T-Bird...................Early T-bird Concepts
T-bird On CgTalk ........................2003 T-bird Concepts
Fords Website ............................Ford Car Club
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TUTOR FX Releases “Water FX” and “Storm FX” !!



TUTOR FX Releases “Water FX” and “Storm FX” to the 3D Community
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- Tutor Fx released Water FX Volume I and Storm FX Volume I, a new 3D tutorial series which is project focused and provides step-by-step instructions in modeling, particles, lighting, camera setup, and rigid body dynamics to create professional-level results.” The concepts and practices demonstrated in this tutorial series can be applied to other packages that utilize modeling, animating, particles, dynamics and particle rendering. These tutorials will take you through the fundamental tools used to produce professional effects..!!
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Digital Film Tools releases 55mm 5.0


55mm 5.0 is a comprehensive set of Digital Optical Filters for Adobe After Effects

- (March 31,2005)
Digital Film Tools releases 55mm 5.0, a comprehensive set of Filters for After Effects and After Effects compatible programs, Final Cut Pro and Motion, Editing Systems, Adobe Photoshop and Flint, Flame and Inferno systems.55mm is a comprehensive set of digital optical filters meant to simulate popular glass camera filters, specialized lenses, optical lab processes, lighting gels, ...........More!
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AutoStitch :: a new dimension in automatic image stitching!!****



AUTOSTITCH: 2D Image Stitching Demo
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- AutoStitch is a fully automatic, full view
stitcher being developed at the University of . AutoStitch is the world's first fully automatic image stitcher. Capable of stitching full view panoramas without any user input whatsoever, AutoStitch is a breakthrough for panoramic , VR and applications.
AutoStitch is built using cutting edge
from the AI lab at UBC, but it's incredibly simple to use! Just select a set of photos, and AutoStitch does the rest: digital photos in, panoramas out. You Must Try the free demo (for Windows).
Download the
FREE demo version now!
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Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Harness the Power of Parametric Design with the Alibre Design for Rhino Plug-in **



Harness the Power of Parametric Design with the Alibre Design for Rhino Plug-in
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- The Alibre Design for Rhino plug-in combines these applications into a complete
powerhouse with modeling capabilities superior to those offered in products that cost $5,000 or more. The allows parametric solid models created in Alibre to be inserted into with an associative link. Any changes made to the solid model in Alibre Design are transferred via the plug-in to the existing file in Rhino. Because Alibre Design is , not only is it easy to make changes, but any change to a part or...................More!
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Death Fall Interview with 'Chris Stover' !! ***



Death Fall Interview with Chris Stover
by, Luis Montemayor
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- The inspiration for making this
came from a couple of places. First - the original sketches done by Darla Klien. I was really excited about how her characters would translate into a world and what that world could look like fascinated me. Also, I was inspired by what other independent filmmakers were doing at that time, as far as creating unique looks for their films. I wanted “” to have a very painted feel but at the same time seem tangible enough that you could reach in and......................................Read More !
(Source: DeathFall)

CG Toolkit announces the release of Muscle TK !!



CG Toolkit announces the release of Muscle TK
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- CG Toolkit announces the release of Muscle TK for . Muscle TK is the world's first commercial muscle and skinning plugin for Alias Maya 5.0, 6.0 and 6.5 on and. Developed under the Alias Conductors program, Muscle TK gives creature TD's an alternative to traditional rigid and smooth binding techniques for their digital creatures. Muscle TK allows artists to give their creatures realistic musculature with two different methods of attaching that musculature to the creatures skin or 'mesh'. With Muscle TK skin, your digital creature's skin can realistically slide over muscle surfaces that are driven by underlying Maya joints. Maintaining your creature's .................................More!
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Tuesday, March 29, 2005

3D Animated Ads ***



3D Animated Ads
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- -based company TheSpecialThing has developed that floats in the air. No need to get a pair of those special eyeglasses. The trapezoid Imagepro3D black box contains an optical system and a patented software, both linked to a digital display that projects the images. The image can........................More!
(Source:WeMakeMoneyNotArt)

Roy Disney Animation Studio to Open in Manhattan!


Roy Disney Animation Studio to Open in Manhattan!
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Animation Studio to open in . Mercy College, a private liberal college located in , will begin offering its program in Manhattan at the Roy Disney Animation + Drawing Studios beginning September 2005. Outfitted with technology made possible by a grant from Mr. Disney, the studio will be located at the Mercy College Manhattan campus at Herald Square, 66 West 35th Street................Read more!
(Source: AWN.Com)

Gnomon School of Visual Effects hosts VFX experts.



Gnomon School of Visual Effects hosts VFX experts.
29 March 2005, Paul Hellard
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- Gnomon is once again hosting an illuminating evening with four master image creators.
On April 14th, Paul Debevec, Greg Downing, Eric Hanson and Ron Shirley will reveal techniques and methodologies to the audience at the Gnomon School of Visual Effects in
, . If you've ever wanted to digitize the High Sierras, model the , take a photograph, discover and learn how to build sets, this remarkable session with some of the ..................................More !!
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Itoo Software Relese "Forest Pack 2.0"!! ***



Itoo Software Relese "Forest Pack 2.0"
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- Forest is a for and , designed to give a complete solution for creation of vast surfaces of trees and plants. There are other plugins that allow you to create beautiful trees (with thousands of faces), but only Forest enables you to create a complete forest with thousands of trees using only a fraction of the resources.........Download Trial!
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Adobe Pushes the Boundaries of Digital Photography and Imaging with Debut of Photoshop CS2



Adobe Pushes the Boundaries of Digital and Imaging with Debut of Photoshop CS2

- New Vanishing Point Feature, Dramatic Camera Raw Workflow Enhancements, Customizable Menus and Smart Objects Headline Milestone
Upgrade , Calif. — April, 2005 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (:ADBE) today announced ® Photoshop® CS2, a major upgrade to the professional industry standard for image editing and creation. Available as a stand-alone software application or as a key component of Adobe Creative Suite® 2, also announced today (see separate press release), Photoshop CS2 software brings a new level of power, precision ..............Read more!
(Source: digitalphotographytoday)

Monday, March 28, 2005

SCU Plans Green Building to Show Sustainable Designs



SCU Plans Green Building to Show Sustainable Designs
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- Straw bale walls, photovoltaic cells, recycled textiles, and furniture featuring locally harvested wood are some features that will be a part of the new Kennedy Commons building on SCU's Mission campus. architectural firm of Kaplan Mclaughlin Diaz (KMD) has been commissioned to design the new building, which will be the ultimate "green" building on campus and an example of SCU's commitment to stewardship of the ..........................Read More!
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Subsurface Scattering Tutorials Realesed By PixelBox **



Subsurface Scattering Tutorials Realesed By PixelBox
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- PixelBOX Academy release a set of tutorials dealing with Subsurface Scattering, one of the hottest topics in the rendering world nowadays.The tutorials are for Pixar\'s RenderMan and Mental Ray, including a SSS with Mental Ray video lesson.......................Link!!
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'Reminder' - Global Student Animation Awards DEADLINE: June 1, 2005



Global Student Animation Awards
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-If you have forgotten to submit your entry, there is still lot of time left.....So brush up your skills and time to show your talent on Global scale. Enter the 2005 Global Student Animation Awards with your most outstanding Animation, Visual Effects or Motion Design projects and be prepared to win: PRIZE and RECOGNITION....So what are you waiting for hnnnnnn??
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Sunday, March 27, 2005

Adidas Trots Out Computerized Running Shoe



Adidas Trots Out Computerized Running Shoe
Heel Adjusts Firmness Based Upon Computer Sensor
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- , Ore., March 27, 2005 — In the $5 billion business of running, the race goes not to the swift; it goes to the company with the coolest sneakers. ......Adidas says people will notice it because of its battery-powered computer. It is designed to adjust the cushioning in the shoe.
But for the company, based in Portland, ..............
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(Source: ABC News)
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MATTE PAINTING From Traditional to Digital !! **



MATTE PAINTING From Traditional to Digital With Bob Scifo
By, Mary Dell
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- Matte painting is part of a classic cinema technique in which sections of the live-action frame are masked during filming, and then filled in later with a painting. Since the advent of greenscreen, it is no longer necessary to actually place a cut matte in the camera frame, but the term "matte" continues to refer to backgrounds created for the purpose of replacing background elements or scenery in a live-action shot. Originally, mattes were actual paintings. Today, special effects shops like Weta Digital and Illusion Arts create these elements digitally, using a variety of and tools. In a recent conversation, matte artist Bob Scifo (From Hell, , Predator, etc.), discussed the different....................Read More!
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Jet3D 2.1.1 Graphics Engine Released



Jet3D 2.1.1 Graphics Engine Released
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- The makers of Jet3D, a hobbyist-oriented 3D graphics engine built for high performance real-time rendering on the PC, have announced the release of v2.1.1 of the application, which includes a long-awaited Direct3D 9 driver for the app.Jet3D offers advanced lighting features, 3D modeling support, soft-skin polyonal characters, and more, and is free to download - there are examples of the kind of games and demos being created in the engine on
Jet3D's screenshots.
(Source: Gamasutra)
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Into The Pixel 2005 **



Into The Pixel 2005 - May 18-20
Convention Center
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- The 2005 Into the Pixel (ITP) is an exploration and celebration of the art of the video game, curated by interactive entertainment industry veterans and experts from the art establishment.ITP will feature a representative sampling of up to 16 works of video game art, selected by a panel of jurors from a field of submissions. The exhibition offers an opportunity for published video and computer game artists to be reviewed and recognized by the public and by their peers in both the art and video game ........................Read More!
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3D Round Three: This time, it's digital


3D Round Three: This time, it's digital
By David Germain
- -- After a brief incarnation in the early 1950s and a short-lived revival in the 1980s, movies are now getting serious consideration among filmmakers who want to send images leaping off the screen and into the audience."Star Wars" creator and "Titanic" director were among those promoting a new alteration that converts two- dimensional movies into 3D.Theatergoers still have to wear those familiar cardboard glasses with red-and-blue cellophane, although backers of the new technology ............................Read More!
(Source: indystar.com)

EARTH IN AUROVILLE - "Introduction "



EARTH IN AUROVILLE
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- From the early days of Auroville, in the 1970’s, different experiments have been made with earth building, with mixed results. The creation of the former Auroville Building Centre/Earth Unit in 1989, and the construction of the Visitors’ Centre, started a new era in earthen architecture.This Visitors’ Centre of 1200 m² was granted the “Hassan Fathy Award for Architecture for the Poor” in 1992. Built of compressed stabilised earth blocks, it demonstrated the potential of stabilised earth as a quality building material.Since then, the value of earth as a building material has been acknowledged for its economic advantage, as well as its comfort and quality, which promotes indigenous and sustainable development. Today, Auroville can show a wide variety of earthen projects: public buildings, schools, apartments and individual houses.Most of the projects...............................Read More!
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Saturday, March 26, 2005

Interview with Stephane Chasseloup ***



Interview with Stephane Chasseloup
by, Scott Davis
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- His work is truly brilliant. He models with incredible detail and beauty. His textures are amazingly well defined and he has an incredible artistic sense. Prior to doing this interview, I had seen much of his work around the internet and decided to track him down. I love , and really enjoy his designs because he usually delves into a space theme. He doesn't choose this theme because he lacks vision or variable interest. He does it because he loves the concept of space exploration. I do too, and understand......................................Read More!
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Top Architecture Prize Winner : Morphosis's Thom Mayne*



Mayne will receive a $100,000 grant and a bronze medallion at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion
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, FAIA, who founded his now internationally renowned firm Morphosis in 1972, has been chosen as the 2005 Laureate of the Pritzker Prize. This award celebrates a three-decade career in which the -based architect has garnered 54 national, state, and local Awards as well as numerous other honors around the world..................The firm also is looking forward to completing the New Academic Building for The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and the 2012 Olympic Village, a project in association with the Big Apple’s bid for the 2012 Olympics. Morphosis also .................Read More!
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Results of the red dot award: product design 2005 *****



Results of the red dot award: product design 2005
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- After the race for the best technical innovations in the last years, companies now increasingly focus on sophisticated designs meeting the demands of target-groups in order to keep their position in the competition. The consumer’s needs are coming more and more into the spotlight, when it comes to finding the ideal form for a product. This was shown by observations during the selection process of the red dot award: product design 2005. According to the jury the designers in the category “Living and Sleeping” have done their homework. They have observed the consumers and have realised that there is no “universal consumer”. Now they intentionally ......................................Read More!
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Animation high on Frames'05 Agenda **



Animation high on Frames'05 Agenda
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- MUMBAI: The Indian animation industry is currently growing at the CAGR of 30 per cent. Kids channels are likely to explode with more players and result in quick growth and big revenues, as nearly one third of India's population is below the age of 15. There are tremendous business opportunities in the areas of co-production, content acquisition and sales, licensing, merchandising etc with Indian animation and Game Production houses.Keeping this scenario in mind, FICCI Frames has an entire track.....................................Read More!
(Source: Indiantelevision.com)
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Oscar-Nominated Shorts Few See but Many Should



Oscar-Nominated Shorts Few See but Many Should
By DAVID KEHR
- As anyone who has entered an office Oscar pool knows, it is all but impossible to see, or even discover much about, the titles nominated in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' short-film categories................One short, Jeff Fowler's
"Gopher Broke," is a -perfect example of polished computer work; it is about a rotund, Disneyesque gopher whose dreams of feasting on vegetables bounced from the back of passing trucks are frustrated by competing cuddly creatures. "Birthday Boy," an Australian film............................Read More!
(Source: The New York Times)
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Friday, March 25, 2005

3D Motion VR - The World's First 3D Modeling Program Intended for Virtual Tours Released



VR4 Technology Releases Cutting Edge Virtual Tour Software That Allows Users to Easily Create 3D Worlds Based on Real Locations.
(PRWEB) March, 2005
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- VR4 Technology released their 3D Motion VR software for sale to the public on their website today. With the 3D Motion VR software package, virtual tour companies are now able to model an entire space into a single virtual tour. The software creates a 3D world based on multiple standard panoramic photographs, and then allows visitors to a website to navigate freely through the 3D world virtual tour.The intent.........................Read More!
(Source: PRWeb)
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