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Filmmaker that you should know

images-24With projects taking up all of your time, we know how easy it is to miss some breaking news or cool features. These are some of the biggest stories from August 2015.

1. Fusion 8 Beta Released

Hot off the release of DaVinci Resolve 12 Beta, Blackmagic Design has already made Fusion 8 available for download.Fusion 8 is a compositing software for VFX artists to create motion design and 3D animation.

Prior versions of Fusion have been used on features like Thor, The Amazing Spiderman 2, and The Hunger Games. It was also used on television series like Breaking Bad, Adventure Time, Downton Abbey, and Battlestar Galactica.

The public beta is available for FREE! More on Fusion 8 over at No Film School.

2. The Future for Adobe

Adobe’s Sr. Director of Product Management for Video, Bill Roberts, gave an interview to Video & Filmmaker about the future of Adobe. You’ll see how Adobe discovered that filmmakers use Creative Cloud more than any other industry users.

We found that video professionals are the most voracious users of Creative Cloud, using more tools and services across a range of disciplines to complete their work. For example, it’s not uncommon to have a logo from Illustrator CC and image from Photoshop CC combined in an After Effects CC comp and dynamically linked to a Premiere Pro timeline.

You can read the entire interview over at Video & Filmmaker.

3. Why CG Sucks (Except It Doesn’t)

One of the most popular videos shared this past month came from RocketJump Film School. Freddy Wong and crew tackled the always controversial use of CG in films.

4. Columbia Pictures Takes Down Unrelated Videos, and Their Own Trailer, With a Bogus DMCA Claim

Vimeo received DMCA notices on behalf of Columbia by Entura International for the film Pixels. The filing was incredibly broad, including any use of the term “Pixels” in the title. Unrelated films like Pantone Pixels were taken down, as well as the original short film, Pixels, the movie is based on. The claims have since been rescinded, but it did open a huge debate on DMCA practices. The DMCA notice also had the films own trailer removed. You can read more about this mess at Geek.

5. SmallHD 500 Series Causes Problems With Digital Bolex D16

Digital Bolex has announced multiple reports of D16 users experiencing problems with SmallHD 501 and 502 monitors. The monitors were causing the internal SSD to dismount or freeze, which caused problems with recording and playback.

The issue was tied to a new data standard in the HDMI signal. The D16 did not recognize the signal, and a firmware patch will be released on 8/31/15. Read more about the issue at No Film School.

6. 10 Astounding VFX Innovations from ILM

A look at the incredible VFX work of Industrial Light and Magic. This breakdown includes effects like building virtual cities and creating movie monsters. Be sure to watch the behind the scenes look at the ILM Virtual Reality Lab, where they are pushing the boundaries of VR filmmaking. They’ve even used the technology to create pre-production sets for Star Wars: Rogue One. Read about the 10 innovations at RocketStock. Speaking of Star Wars…

7. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens Will Take Over Every Imax for a Month

For four weeks, all IMAX theaters will only play Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. The exclusive deal will keep cinema goers from seeing The Revenant and In the Heart of the Sea on IMAX until January 2016. You can read more from The Hollywood Reporter.

8. Netflix Users Avoid 130 Hours of Commercials a Year

By calculating the streaming time on Netflix and average time ads are aired, it was determined that Netflix saves subscribers from 130 hours of advertisements a year. This was determined by factoring the average streaming time of 1.5 hours on Netflix and the average hour of television, which includes 15 minutes and 30 seconds of ads. Read more about this at Exstreamist.

After Effects Apprentice

After Effects CC comes bundled with the 3D application CINEMA 4D Lite. But many new users are intimidated by 3D space. After Effects Apprentice offers three training courses just for C4D beginners. In this installment, After Effects expert Chris Meyer shows you how to create, extrude, and animate 3D text in C4D Lite, and believably composite it over a 2D background inside After Effects. The tutorials cover creating 3D text from scratch, animating with effectors, texture mapping and lighting the text, working with 3D cameras, and rendering. Chris also shows a workflow for extruding Illustrator artwork for animation.

The first course in the series, After Effects Apprentice 17, includes an overview of the C4D Lite user interface, as well as important setup information you need to know whenever you use live C4D layers in After Effects. We recommend you watch it first if you have no prior experience with C4D.

Topics include:

  • Extruding 3D text and Illustrator artwork
  • Beveling letters
  • Creating animations using the Fracture object and plain effector
  • Texturing and lighting
  • Adding a camera move in After Effects
  • Using multipass renders
  • Simulating glass-like effect distortions
  • Improving render quality

Social Tech Infographics Tips

After Effects Breakdowns is for artists who want to better understand advanced techniques, design concepts, and approaches to complex motion graphics projects. The infographics-driven video in this installment, designed for the nonprofit organization Com.unity, explains how social tech is designed to solve large-scale social problems, such as obesity, accessibility, and car accidents. Watch Eran Stern reverse engineer the finished project using his favorite tools: After Effects and a few third-party plugins (Animation Composer, Particular, and Newton).

Eran shows how to decode a client brief, perform storyboarding in Illustrator, and then transition the design to After Effects for animation. Along the way, he weaves in tips, shortcuts, and professional techniques that will amaze both veteran After Effects users and new motion graphics artists.

Topics include:

  • Analyzing a client brief
  • Designing a storyboard with Illustrator
  • Automating animations with Animation Composer
  • Creating custom particles with Particular
  • Crashing simulations using Newton

Get a glimpse behind the scenes of a real-world commercial made with After Effects. This course is for artists who are familiar with After Effects and want to better understand advanced techniques, design concepts, and approaches to complex projects.

The featured product is the N-trig pen, a digital pen that “draws the line from idea to technology.” You will reverse engineer the finished project to understand the practical steps and creative decisions the filmmakers made along the way.

Eran Stern shows how to decode a client brief, present design concepts for signoff, create previsualizations and animatics, and then transition the design to After Effects. Many of the effects, such as dust layers, streaks of light, and geometric lines, are achieved using some of Eran’s favorite third-party plugins (Particular, Form, and Plexus). The lessons are full of practical examples for broadcast television as well as online distribution. Along the way, Eran weaves in tips, shortcuts, and professional techniques that will amaze both veteran After Effects users and new motion graphics artists.