Monday, December 24, 2007
Setting New Goals
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Learning New Software
I've wanted to learn more about NUKE for a while now. I'm pretty familar with Fusion and after effects. I wouldnt consiter myself an expert but I can pull my own weight. But I feel like those programs can only let me be so efficent. I really want to take it up. Hopefully I'll be able to do that. I have an idea of how I'd like everything to work. But who knows how it'll work out. It's going ot be interesting.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
More Mental Ray
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
frustrated by it. Don't get me wrong I'm far from loving it by any
means. But there are a few features here and
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Monday, December 3, 2007
Broken Laptops and Living on-line
reading way too much about GTD and moving most of my digital life
online has not only kept me organized but has let me but has expanded
how I think about being organized and structure in my life and work.
This whole thing started earlier this year when my laptop's hard drive
took a break from working. My laptop was my digital life. It had my
email, my music, my photos, my movies and let me carry around large
files. It was great, I had everything set up just right and it was all
working smoothly. I had archived geeky nirvana and it was good. All
that was taken away when my laptop's hard drive ceased to function.
Now my laptop was not the latest or the greatest. It is a G4
Powerbook, dont get me wrong it's nice. But I really didnt want to
spend that much money to fix it and my warranty had already worn out.
With all that going on how was I supposed to get along? I had a tough
choice. Fix the laptop or find another way.
I choose to find another way. I realized that I could pretty much do
everything online. With a little planning ahead and the whole web as
an app thing going on. Tons of things are possible. On thing that is
probally important is that I have a lot of computers that I use all
the time. Two-3 computers at work, a couple at home and a few here and
there. Which means I didnt want to lug around a hardrive and I didnt
want to trust in a thumbdrive thats way to easy to forget someplace. I
really wanted something simple and something that would work
The first thing I did was move all my mail to a gmail account. While
I've had a gmail account for a while. I never really saw the benefit
of it. I was perfectly happy using mail.app. Gmail checks all of my
accounts at least every hour. Which is good enough for me especially
since I dont think there is a way to change it. Gmail also lets you
respond as your account which is great. So no even though you are
using your gmail account, clients and everybody else does not have to
Gmail is great as a store house of knowledge. It's much easier just to
search for the information than sorting through emails, trudging
through folders and conjuring from some strange mental state. It was a
bit of a stretch to let go of folders. After all I'm trying to
reorganize my life. How can getting rid of folders for my all
important in box help me be organized. The truth is that I spent too
much time organizing things that I really didn't have to. It's ok to
let the computers do the grunt work for me.
Now after you have moved all your email over what next? Bookmarks,
your list of places you've been things you want to read later and all
those things you should know more about you dont. While google has a
browser sync plugin ( that I do use) and they have a bookmarks app. I
mostly use Del.licio.us. Dellicous is just great for your own
bookmarks. Using tags to organize your bookrmarks makes a lof sense.
First of all you can orgaize by what ever system you like. The same
book mark can have mulitple tags so it can easily be in many locations
at once. So you can have tags for such things as "Home, Work, Linux,
3d, and whatever" so it's really easy to find everything about 3d even
if it has some linux stuff in it and vice versa. I know what you're
thinking, big woop.
This was my first experence with tags. So in the begining I tagged
everything very specifically. So after a while I started looking for
things again. But I couldnt find anything. I was being too orgainzed
again. It's amazing how many times you have to learn the same lesson
over and over, simple is beautiful. After a bit of reorganizing and
keeping most things to a few tags it's really easy to find what I want
at any time.
So I've talked so far about how I'm using gmail and Dellicous. Next
I'll talk about Remember the Milk, Google Calender and How GTD worked
Friday, November 23, 2007
So i've found this cool webiste/tool that let's you use a bunch of tools directly through your instand messenger. I'm actually writing this post on meebo right now. I can also "talk" to my remember the milk list or use my delicious links. I'm pretty impressed with how easy it is to setup and use. The only problem that I have right now is that the twitter widget seems to be down. But that should be fixed soon as they have just changed the twitter protocols.
A New Direction
So I'm thinking that I dont want to just post things about 3d and rendering here. I would like to post more about how I've been organizing and simplifing my life. I've found alot of really good techniques and simple tools that really help me out. It would also be more interesting for me to post about this kind of stuff.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Who is out there?
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
- Work to Done
- Work ahead, test before finish
Now these sound pretty simple and pretty obvious. But I dont they happen enough. Testing before finals is very important. For everyproject I comp. I always have my comp setup right after my first round of test renders. Now I can evaluate my renders in my comp and see how and int what ways I need to change things. I can also see where is the best place for me to make a change in render or in comp?
Working to done is the ultimate time saver. If I'm working on project I always try to have specfic goals set up for me to work on. Usally I just writ them in a list on a small sheet of paper. Then as I get things done I just cross them off. Now I have something else to jump on to . So now I'm not wasting any time and I'm just knocking things off my list. It's a very good work habit.
Monday, September 24, 2007
NEW DEMO REEL !!!
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Bye bye Siggraph 07
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Troy plays Tempest!
Wens at siggraph
how they made the sand for spiderman and that was really sweet. A lot
of stuff about ri points and point clusters. It really got me thinking
Then this afternoon I taught my masterclass and that went really well.
Better than I expected, I got a lot of people that came up to thank
me after and I had to hurry it up in the end. I was worried that I
wouldn't gill the time. Hopefully I'll be able to do something like
that again .
Well I'm off to the Electronic Theater hopefully that be as good as
the one last year.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Autodesk booth at siggraph
Autodesk booth at siggraph
it and it seems that ilm is starting to act more like a smaller studio
with fewer people doing mor and that sounds awesome to me
Monday, August 6, 2007
Autodesk buys mudbox!!!
Shape depiction and stylization
for toon like rendering and its really great to see all this work I've
got some great ideas
Thursday, August 2, 2007
5 of my Favorite Books
- Dune - Frank Hurbert
- Foundation - Issac Asimov
- Enders Game - Orson Scott Card
- The Butlerian Jihad - Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson
- Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk
So I'm working on this forest scene in max. I'm really happy with how it's coming so I thought I'd post something.. but the compression is really really bad. But this scene is so cool because it's just using a vray sun/sky for everything. The primary GI is Monte-Carlo with the secondary being lightcache. I'm just really impressed with how it handled all the geometyr, motion blur and GI. The trees are the AEC trees that come with max with materials I made.
Monday, July 30, 2007
The beer fest group
Friday, July 27, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Sunday, July 15, 2007
5 programs I want to Learn
- Modo - a very up and coming program, lots of features
- Zbrush - the program that turned modelers into sculptors
- Nuke - it seems to be the only high end compositing app out there people care about
- Mental Ray - well Autodesk keeps including it with everything
- Final Cut - got to edit all together someplace right?
I'm becoming more obsessed with how the elements that I create are being compsitied together. My friend Bruce Spike who is the main Comopister at Armstrong-White is just great at it. I think we work really well together and we can pass the buck between us. Meaning He knows if something is difficult for me and I know when something is difficult for him and we work around a lot of each others problems. I would like to know more about nuke so I can more easily anticipate his problems and do more compositing of my own. Digital Fusion is another tool out there but there is much more hype around Nuke so I guess I want to see what it's all about.
Ah Mental Ray, well Autodesk keeps putting in all of their products for some reason. I'm a big big fan of Vray, it's just so sweet. But It seems like a lot of people are using this and making some pretty impressive images. Especially in animation and film that seems to be where it really shines. The whole final gather thing seems to be really annoying and I just dont ever want to deal with photons. This one is going to be an up hill battle.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Demo Reel from 2002
Here is my old demo reel again, only through Virb which looks way better than Youtube compare for youself
Teststing out Virb video posting
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Submission for Envelope
Here is a very wanky 3d peice I made for a friends gallery show. This I actually made the music for.
Ocean Drive Rocks_crop
What can I say about Bib ( the mich man's real name) I just love working on him. He's always so fun and a nice distraction
All the rockets on the cover are cg and created by us at AW, I was the lead color and light artist of the 3d elements
FJ Cruiser CGI Montoge
I was responsible for the all the Lighting and rendering of the elements that made this style up. Every sequence is made up of at least 7 layers all rendered from the same max file. I learned to love Batch Render on this project
Ford Edge Web Intro
Some mangement, mainly color and light. This project allowed us to experiment with every part of our pipeline and set the stage for how we are working on the Mercury Vechiles project
Mercury Vehicles Montage
Here is part of the Mercury Vehicles website. I was mainly resposable for the Lighting, Shading and Rendering of all the Exterior car elements. Peter Reynolds worked on the Interior and the backgrounds where provided by Moving Pixels.
5 Albums to Listen to
- Dimmu Borgin - In Sorte Diaboli
- Smashing Pumpkins - Zeitgeist
- Nine Inch Nails - Year Zero
- Morcheeba - The Antidote
- Sophie Ellis Bextor -Trip the Light Fantastic
The next big thing
I have been thinking that some task based system would be great to divide up the work. Remember the Milk has some great task tools. But so far it seems a bit difficult to work with and for me that means that I just wont use it. I'm a big fan of Ta-Da list while they are simple they lack enough complexity to use with a group of people.
Another Idea to keep the motivation happening is to keep a blog of production. It'll be great to post stuff for other people to start to see whats going on. Now this so far is my favorite idea.
Bell dog at my house
Peter Reynolds at his finest
Monday, July 9, 2007
I would like a uniform
would like a uniform of my own. Not that does not mean that I want
everybody to wear one but sometimes it would be easier just to slap
something on with out having to worry about What it means. Maybe
clothes mean too much. It's not like I try very hard to look a certain
way. But now that I think about it maybe I try too hard not too look
like certain things. Now who said that class struggle is over or that
clicks only exist on high school.