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Staying the Course with "Stasys"

A new indie project is fueled by artists, audiences and LightWave 3D

Wed 25 Jul 2012

A new trend is emerging for artists—one that bypasses Hollywood, studio execs and creative restrictions to deliver truly independent productions for both the silver screen and the Internet. One such indie project utilizing LightWave throughout the production pipeline, is Stasys—an action adventure sci-fi thriller web series from Kelly “Kat” Myers, creator, writer, director, VFX supervisor and artist for the series.

The production of Stasys is ambitious, but Myers’ extensive background with leading sci-fi productions like Battlestar Galactica and the recent independent film Iron Sky gives him the knowledge and confidence to launch the project. Add to it a dynamic team of artists and volunteers from around the world, all working together via the Internet, and the stage is set.

Su Song Astronomical Clock Tower

Gregory Glezakos recreates an ancient Astronomical Clock Tower with LightWave 3D

Wed 13 Jun 2012

Created by Gregory Glezakos, for his client Yafka, this is an accurate representation of the Astronomical Clock Tower, also known as Cosmic Engine. It was built in the Su Song Dynasty of ancient China on January 16, 1089A.D, and at the time, was a powerful instrument of astronomy. It has been revered as one of the most important scientific and technological achievements of ancient China.

Created using LightWave, Photoshop, Fusion and Realflow. Music by Nan Er Dang Zi Qiang (Drunken Master theme)

Sustainable Living Gets Visual

Except creates ecologically sustainable environments with LightWave 3D

Mon 11 Jun 2012

Imagine a world that is sustainable. Where resources like sunlight, water, greenery, and food are managed and conserved for ecological balance. And where people can reside in an environment that fosters health, well being, and a connection to their surroundings.

Except Integrated Sustainability is one of a rare breed of companies focused on dreaming up ways to live on this planet without harming it. With LightWave as its go-to 3D animation system, Except helps people imagine the innovative, ecologically sustainable environments they’ve designed by portraying them in credible, detailed 3D stills and animations.

A Tool for ’Toons

Nickelodeon Animation Studio artists create prize animation with LightWave

Thu 07 Jun 2012

In 1998, as Viacom opened the Nickelodeon Animation Studio in Burbank, Calif., college student Ernest Chan was adopting NewTek’s LightWave 3D software for the first time. No one could predict at the time that these innovators and innovations would partner and, in doing so, deliver some of history’s most celebrated animations, which are beloved by millions, young and old, the world over.

LightWave 11 Review

Computer Graphics World reviews LightWave 11

Mon 04 Jun 2012

From CGW: With the release of Version 10 last year, NewTek began showing a new level of refinement to many areas of LightWave, making it the most solid version in years. In just a year’s time since that release, a new update, LightWave 11, has hit the market with new tools and enhancements that continue to show the development team’s focus on refinement. I’d like to highlight some of the new tools and enhancements that have increased my productivity and ability to tackle challenges quickly while in production. 

LightWave 11: A Most Impressive Release for NewTek

Renderosity's Ricky Grove reviews LightWave 11

Mon 04 Jun 2012

"This is a most impressive release of LightWave 3D for NewTek that goes a long way to reestablishing their commitment to making the application a strong choice for 3D artists."

Behind the Scenes at Nickelodeon Studios

Nickelodeon's artists use LightWave to stay ahead of the turnaround curve

Wed 16 May 2012

Go behind the scenes with the Nickelodeon Studios team to learn how they use LightWave 3D in their production pipeline for everything from SpongeBob Squarepants to The Fairly Odd Parents.

Evolving Artist(ry): One Man, One Tool

Animator and illustrator Chris O’Riley hones his craft with LightWave

Mon 07 May 2012

Artist Chris O’Riley can never predict what his next project will be, but he is always certain of one thing: the tool he will use to achieve it. For nearly two decades, he has been tackling various animation and illustration assignments from major news outlets and advertisers, growing and expanding as a digital artist, using NewTek’s LightWave 3D.