Blood & Chrome: A Possible VFX Future?

FX Guide's Mike Seymour goes behind the scenes...LightWave and all

Wed 02 Jan 2013

As a new model for production Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome is a very interesting model, both from a production/virtual production standpoint and distribution. Learn from the leading artists on the project some of the behind-the-scenes production secrets and how this long awaited project has evolved for multiple screens.

Creating a Ghost Train: A Visual Display for Preston Hall

Pollen Studios turns to LightWave to recreate period drama.

Sun 30 Dec 2012

Pollen Studio creates a ghost train audio/visual display for prestigious Preston Hall Museum in Northern England, an eerie effect that smashes out of a bookshelf within a museum room. The LightWave 3D elements blend perfectly with the actors in period costume who portray passengers on the doomed train.

Architectural Trieste

December 2012 LightWave Power Artist Mitja Briščak visualizes architecture in realistic ways

Wed 19 Dec 2012

As a young boy, Mitja Briščak sat transfixed watching JumanjiJurassic ParkToy Story, and other CG blockbuster movies. His passion for feature film animation intensified when he came across a computer magazine that gave a behind-the-scenes look at how CG movies are made, including 3D character rigging, modeling, wire removal, and other magic tricks of animation. Today he creates architectural visualization with LightWave 3D while holding  to his dream of working in a large studio one day.

The "Unsung Heroes" of Character Animation

Cape Town's Character Matters Animation Studios keeps it creative with LightWave

Wed 19 Dec 2012

When you think of the movie capitals of the world, Cape Town, South Africa probably doesn’t come to mind. But that doesn’t stop Character Matters Animation Studios, a Cape Town-based character animation boutique with enormous talent and high aspirations that are achieved with LightWave.

FX Animation Barcelona Inspires Artistry

From visual effects to video games, students turn to LightWave to prepare for real-world production environments

Wed 19 Dec 2012

Xes Vilà, founder and school director of FX Animation, Barcelona, is passionate about his school, its students and the incredible CG they continue to create with LightWave 3D software. Not only is Vilà the school founder, he is also a longtime LightWave artist who first encountered the software on the Amiga. Now he utilizes the many new features in LightWave 11 on a regular basis.

In this Q&A, Vilà offers insight into the FX Animation School’s philosophy and curriculum, its students, and the tools they use to create their impressive work and the school’s highly successful conversion of students to production studios after graduation.

Welcome to Gate54

Artist Neil Maccormack brings fantastic, futuristic worlds to life with LightWave

Wed 19 Dec 2012

Great artists are often heralded for their distinctive, signature styles and Artist Neil Maccormack is no exception. His medium is a 3D canvas on which he creates visually expansive, futuristic, sci-fi worlds and fantastical moments. Maccormack brings his visually rich imagination to life with the help of LightWave 3D, which allows him to work much like a fine artist. But instead of applying paint to a canvas, he builds rich 3D images in layers—starting with a background then adding foreground layers and elementsmuch like an artist paints a watercolor.

Japanese Studio Profile: SUNRISE Inc.

Anime artists at SUNRISE explore creative freedom with LightWave

Wed 19 Dec 2012

Japan-based SUNRISE Inc. certainly knows how to keep an audience entertained with award-winning movies and animated shots that couple the art of traditional anime with 21st century CG technology. In this Q&A, learn how Animation Director Shuhei Morita and Manager Kiyohiko Takayama of SUNRISE have integrated LightWave into the studio’s production pipeline to help meet the studio’s tight deadline and deliver anime that really entertains.

Honoring Splinegod

LightWave Legend Larry Schultz's YouTube Channel continues to share his knowledge with others.

Wed 19 Dec 2012

The Lightwave community recently lost one of its all-time greats—Larry Schultz, aka Splinegod. Not only was Larry an artist, teacher, motivator and friend to many in the community, including the LightWave 3D team, he was a LightWave legend. To honor the incredible work Larry did for everyone in the community, we encourage you to visit his Splinegod YouTube Channel and peruse the many LightWave videos he created for the entire community. We can’t thank you enough Splinegod. Your legacy lives on.