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Friday, April 24, 2009

AniMotion NM - The Maya - Mudbox Production Cycle

Another don't miss event is coming up in May from the good folks at AniMotion NM:

AniMotion NM - The Maya - Mudbox Production Cycle

Date and Time:
May 12, 2009 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Cost: FREE

131 Pine St. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Join us for a very special evening with Senior Solution Engineer from Autodesk, Marcel de Jong.

Learn how Maya2009 and Mudbox2009 are used together to create extremely detailed characters while maintaining optimum performance. Marcel will start by preparing a simple character in Maya so we can sculpt and finish a highly detailed version in Mudbox. Once the sculpting has been completed in Mudbox all the modeled information will be extracted in the form of image maps to be used in Maya where you would typically animate your character.

Marcel de Jong is a Senior Solution Engineer at Autodesk and a Digital FX Consultant. Marcel is the co-founder of Gnomon School of Visual Effects a which specializes in training for careers in high-end computer graphics for the entertainment industry.

Marcel has worked with a wide range of clients including DreamQuest Images, DreamWorks, Digital Domain, Warner Digital, Walt Disney Feature Animation, Pixar, and Sony Imageworks. His credits include numerous feature films including Inspector Gadget, Sphere, Armageddon, Batman Returns.

Marcel has been published in Popular Mechanics, ID magazine, MayaSavvy 4.5, CGW magazine, and Innovation. He was the 1999 winner of the IDSA Design Excellence Award. Marcel has a BS from the University of Texas and Art Center College of Design.

More info at: AniMotion NM - The Maya - Mudbox Production Cycle

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Emily Lewis @ Next UNM IA Group Meeting!

Not an ARTS Lab event, but I'd heartily recommend catching local web developer, micro-format specialist and Webuquerque co-founder Emily Lewis at the next UNM Information Architects' meeting. Details from Greg Gómez below:
A message from Greg Gómez to all members of ABQ Web Geeks on Duke City Fix!

UNM Information Architects are proud to welcome Albuquerque's own Emily Lewis to our monthly meeting on Wednesday April 29th at 10:00 AM. We'll be meeting in the Student Union Building Trailblazer and Spirit rooms.

Emily is a microformat specialist and the author of an upcoming book about them.

Microformats are simple, open design patterns based on existing standards -- HTML and CSS -- that are used to describe common web content, including people, places, events and links

Emily will provide an overview of microformats, with a focus on some basic examples of common microformats. She will also demonstrate some of the available tools that leverage microformats for machine data.

This meeting is free and open to the public, so please join us!

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding this event or the UNM IA.

Visit ABQ Web Geeks at:

Monday, April 13, 2009

AniMotion NM This Tuesday @ ARTS Lab

Physical Expression for Animators

Date and Time:
April 14, 2009 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm

131 Pine St NE
Albuquerque, NM 8713

Cost: Free

Join actor Barbara Geary as we explore the process of creating a character using the body as the fundamental vehicle for expression. Explore principals of movement, gestural language and a range of physical, emotional and comedic experience. Techniques learned can be applied to elements such as visual and auditory, composition, building the rhythm and arc of a scene, character design, character establishment and interaction, art direction, and cinematography.

The session culminates in the development of a personal "cartoon" character that can be both animated and performed live. If you have a character you've been working on, or want to work on, please bring sketches or other images to work from and share with the group.

bonus: It's also a lot of fun!

About the Speaker:
Barbara has had a varied performance career, careening through Mud Shows, mask performance, indie films and Shakespeare. A graduate of Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre, she has performed with The Victims of Circus Dance, The Dell'Arte Company and Imago-Theatre Mask Ensemble.

Her directing credits include the acclaimed contemporary commedias Love Potion # Mine and 3 Dottories 3. She has extensive experience as a mask maker and visual artist, exhibiting her ceramic sculpture around the country. In 2000, she developed the graduate course Physical Expression For Animators at the Rochester Institute of Technology and has brought that work to animators around the country.

Barbara currently lives in Santa Fe, NM where she is directing The Language of Birds for Santa Fe Music.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

This Thursday: Game Developers @ O'Niells

How do 11 local game developers create an XBox game over a weekend?

Join Luke Nihlen and the team behind ChromaGeist for a wrap-up of their experience during the 48 hour Global Game Jam -- and updates on their efforts to upgrade the game for release on XBox Live Arcade.

Also... Reports back from this year's Game Developers Conference Attendees.

And info on upcoming events, like this year's GameSlam.

It's all this Thursday at O'Niells Pub Meeting Room, 4310 Central Avenue SE (by Washington).

Who: Game Developers & enthusiasts (ages 17 and up)
What: Global Game Jam Wrap-up & Update
When: 5:30 - 7:00 PM, Thursday, April 9th
Where: O'Niells Pub, 4310 Central Avenue SE
Cost: Free, but a $5 donation is appreciated