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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

2D to 3D Animation Conversion Software (Live 2D)




Is it true? Is there software that can take you 2D designs and convert them into 3D animation?

http://www.adobe.com/devnet/flash/articles/design_character_pt2.html

It appears that the company Cybernoids  may have found a way to automate the process described above by Flash guru, Chris Georgenes. Check out these two links below. Live 2D is also available as a free download for non commercial purposes. Look for the Cubism editor download.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrLnF7CQ8Ac

http://www.live2d.com/en/about 
- Have a look at the workflow tab and downloads.

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Some Character Design Tips




Here are some links to some tips on character design.

I should mention that Chris Oatley is a Disney character designer with some serious connections.
Link two has a podcast with interviews as well.

Enjoy!

http://chrisoatley.com/character-design-goes-deep/?awt_l=4mEKk&awt_m=3d476q1JF7UGLtM

http://chrisoatley.com/character-design/

http://paperwingspodcast.com/pw-9-five-tips-to-make-your-character-designs-more-dynamic-believable/

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Google Sketch-Up and Game Design


Here are some links to how game designers are using Google Sketch-Up for game design.
Google Sketch-Up is an easy tool to create 3D environments and backgrounds quickly. It's used also in comic book creation. Best of all, it's free for non-commercial usage if you want to try it out.

http://www.sketchupartists.org/spotlight/artists/robh-ruppel-google-sketchup-in-game-design/
http://www.maximumpc.com/article/howtos/howto_make_left_4_dead_map_google_sketchup
http://www.sketchup.com/case-study/massive-black

Main site for download:
http://www.sketchup.com/products/sketchup-make
There is a pro version as well with educational licensing for students.


More links to follow!


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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Content Creation and Survival in the Entertainment Business.




I should have prefaced my last post with the importance of ideas and being a content creator. Survival in the entertainment business depends on how prolific you are, the quality of your work and your skills and execution when it comes to production. Most students coming out of school may have talent, know software and be technically proficient but if you can't create quality work you are in trouble.

Some things to consider; global economics and entertainment contracts. Being that our economy is global, one thing you may need to be aware of is outsourcing. You might be competing with others as talented as you are but can work for less.




As far as contracts go, all entertainment companies usually have an IP (intellectual property) clause buried in the small print. That clause states that any idea you create while employed by the company can become the property of said company. What does that mean for you when you sign this contract? You may get a job but the company owns the idea.Whoever owns the idea gets the true rewards. Companies have the means to capitalize on all aspects of an idea once acquired.

One of the great advantages of crowdfunding is that you can get the funds to complete a project without having to give up creative and artistic control.  Even Disney learned a hard lesson about ownership when he lost the rights to Oswald the lucky rabbit:
https://thewaltdisneycompany.com/blog/happy-85th-anniversary-oswald-lucky-rabbit.

Check out some projects of all types and categories being created on Kickstarter or Indigogo:
http://www.kickstarter.com/
http://www.indiegogo.com/projects?filter_quick=popular_all&gclid=CN7f7_mM7bsCFcJ0QgodqH0AKg


Get inspired. Get creative.Create and produce!

To get you in the mindset, you may want  revisit some of these older posts on becoming a subject matter expert from March and April 2012.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Is Hollywood becoming obsolete?

Here is an article from Rolling Stone about the future of Hollywood. Check it out:

http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/is-hollywood-model-doomed-steven-spielberg-and-george-lucas-think-so-20130815

If the blockbuster model that Hollywood continues to follow is doomed, what does that mean for creative people wanting to get into the business? Lucas and Spielberg mentioned how hard it was to get Red Tails and Lincoln to the theaters. We are talking the creators of ET, Raider's of the Lost Ark and Star Wars.Wow!

What can be learned by this? The industry is changing. What is the impact of Netflix, Redbox, You Tube and mobile apps having on our entertainment delivery? Spike Lee, Zach Braff, James Franco and other high profile entertainers have turned to crowdfunded sources like Kickstarter and Indiegogo to get projects done.

Could this be an alternate why to get funded and possibly provide a heightened way for marketing. Can social media be a new type of marketing and distribution tool?

Be a content creator, find your demographic and see if crowd-funded sites like the above mentioned might be the answer to get projects done. Do some research on projects that have used these resources. Surround yourself with people skilled to help or use your subject matter expert skills to get the job done. The nice thing is that you still retain the rights for your project.


Proving your can create and produce makes you more of a commodity and a force to be reckoned with. Isn't that what a mogul does?


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Have a Happy New Year everyone!