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Bastille Day, the French National Holiday & French Cinema

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Happy National Holiday, France! July 14th marks the anniversary of a key moment in the French history that greatly shaped the France of today.   It celebrates the storming of the Bastille of1789, when the French people took over control of the country from the monarchy of the time. But France’s history is also very interesting because it is closely intertwined with that of Canada.  Indeed, it is Jacques Cartier, a French man, who went […]

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Compositing and Assembling Rendered Images for 3D

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What is Compositing? Compositing is a step after rendering in the CG production workflow.  The process serves to assemble all the different render passes and layers produced by the lighting deptarment.  They are the 3D artists who finalize the look of every shot in a film.  It takes a tremendous amount of people to do this step on a feature film.  Is is also often associated with the lighting process, because they are closely interlinked […]

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3D Lighting Artists – Virtual Photographers

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Lighting a Scene in Film Lighting a scene for film may seem straightforward, but it’s an art on it’s own.  It’s the art of the director of photography and lighting artists.  Lighting a scene in 3D is surprisingly similar to this. In the digital world, the concepts of traditional photography still apply, but with even more control.  It uses the same skills, lighting theory and techniques to manipulate light, shadows and color to effectively convey […]

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Women in the 3D & Film Industry

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March 8th: International Women’s Day In honor of all the incredible women, everywhere in the world, we wish you a happy International Day of Women!  Let’s have a special thought for those strong women who pioneer in male-dominated industries, and making way for other generations.  In fact, the film and gaming industries are two such areas where there are still a majority of men. Can we collectively take  some time to reflect on how we […]

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Top 3D Schools for CG Film Animation, Games and VFX

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Studying in 3D Animation Happy March Break Everyone!   It’s that time of year again!! Where nature starts shedding it’s coat of white, as winter turns into spring.  The groundhog has decided it’s fate on February 2nd and school’s out for students who get a week-long break before the end of the semester. Are you taking a vacation or rather having a lecture week?  Maybe it’s time to catch up on your hobbies… like 3D computer […]

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Material Attributes & Properties

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Base Material Properties A 3D material is a collection of attributes that aim to simulate the visual ‘physical properties’ of real-world or imaginary objects.  Each attribute determines how the light bounces off a surface for a specific method for reflecting light (diffuse, specular, reflection, sss).  Any attribute can be colored, parametrized, textured or painted in 2D or 3D, inside or outside the shading software. Understanding how material attributes function are important for the texture artists […]