Studio Spotlight: Platinum Platypus

From freelance artist to studio owner, Pete Sussi relies on LightWave 3D to deliver the goods

Mon 29 Apr 2013

After years of rising through the ranks as a Senior Creative Director in the advertising industry, Pete Sussi’s moonlighting as a freelance 3D animator became his full-time gig. In 2010, he founded Platinum Platypus, a 3D visual effects and animation boutique based on the LightWave 3D animation system. Moving from LightWave 9 to 11.5, Platinum Platypus continues to impress clients and is on a steady trajectory to ever new and exciting CG projects.

Into the CG Minds of "Iron Sky"

LightWave CG masters Samuli Torssonen and Kelly Myers discuss the production of the popular indie hit

Thu 25 Apr 2013

What does it take to make a movie about steampunkish Nazis who fled to the moon in 1945, only to return 60 years later from their lunar lair in space-worthy Zepplins? The answers are revealed in the indie feature film Iron Sky, which premiered in theaters worldwide in April 2012 and released to DVD in early 2013. Get behind the scenes insidght in this interview with longtime LightWave artists Samuli Torssonen and Kelly Myers on the creation of this visually rich experience.

Hair, Glorious Hair

LightWave Artist Dan Barker turns to FiberFX to simulate fur in LightWave

Tue 23 Apr 2013

In this step-by-step tutorial, LightWave Artist Dan Barker covers using FiberFX in LightWave to simulate the fur on a woolly mammoth character. To give a broader example of how to use FiberFX, Barker uses multiple layers of fur, going from the shorter fur underneath to several layers of thicker, shaggier hair on the main body and head.

The Day Dragons Attacked the World

Rogue State turns to LightWave 11.5 to conquer CG dragons and 220 visual effects shots for Dracano

Tue 23 Apr 2013

In the  indie film Dracano, a volcanic eruption in the Pacific Northwest spews lava, steam and fire—along with eggs that hatch ancient, menacing, winged dragons that prey on man. Dracano viewers, however, would never suspect that three visual effects animators at Burbank-based Rogue State completed the movie’s 220 visual effects shots in just six weeks using LightWave 11.5 3D software.  See how this story is inspiration for indie film visual effects artists around the world.

The Creation of "Shabyat"

Artist Khalid al-Muharraqi turns to LightWave to create the popular UAE TV show "Shabyat"

Mon 22 Apr 2013

Bahrain Artist Khalid Abdulla al-Muharraqi, founder of Muharraqi Studios, relies on LightWave throughout his production pipeline for countless projects, including the creation of a Ramadan-themed cartoon environment for the television show Shabyat, which aired in the UAE and GCC. in fact, Muharraqi and his nimble team of six artists managed to create the 3D scenes for the entire Shabyat project in as little as 20 days.

NAB 2013: New Mocap Technology and MoGraph Features

Sneak peek of new Microsoft Kinect mocap technology for LightWave and After Effects features

Fri 19 Apr 2013

NAB 2013 was a huge success for LightWave! Not only did we showcase the newest LightWave 11.5 After Effects interchange for broadcast and motion graphics, we gave a sneak peek at forthcoming technology for LightWave--real-time mocap and puppeteering with a Microsoft Kinect device. LightWave President Rob Powers also gave interviews and presentations about virtual studio tools and the state of the film industry for in the Intel StudioXperience, which was streaming live worldwide.

Laughing at "Normal"

French Artist Sylvain Delmé creates online parodies with LightWave

Thu 18 Apr 2013

In an interview with French Artist Sylvain Delmé, we learn how he creates 3D web parodies that are often based on politics and top of mind situations—like the end of the world according to the Mayan calendar. To create these amusing webisodes, which have garnered fans around the world, Delmé relies on LightWave to create and render his comic creations. We caught up with him to get more insight into his creative mind and how he uses LightWave to create entertaining 3D. Recently Delmé moved to LightWave 11.5 to create his parodies and shares his favorite new features with us.

NAB 2013 LightWave 3D MoGraph Reel

Showcases motion graphics works from studios and artists utilizing LightWave 3D

Tue 16 Apr 2013

Take a peek at the NAB 2013 LightWave 3D show real, featuring the outstanding art and motion graphics created by artists all over the globe using LightWave 3D software.