January 2014 LightWave Newsletter
A Roundup of LightWave Community and Industry News
Posted: Fri 17 Jan 2014
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When Italian Artist Paolo Zambrini presents clients with architectural CG renderings, their expectations are often exceeded. Instead of getting straightforward building designs, Zambrini delivers provocative visualizations that are created to elicit strong emotions. Drawing inspiration from such notable filmmakers as Andrei Tarkovsky, Frederico Fellini, and David Lynch, Zambrini uses LightWave 3D to create architectural design that can really move you.
Known throughout Japan as “Tsukomo,” the animated short film “Possessions” has captured the attention of audiences worldwide, including the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences, which has nominated “Possessions,” by Shuhei Morita of Japan-based Sunrise, Inc. for a 2014 Academy Award® in the Animated Short Film category. The LightWave Group congratulates Mr. Morita and his team of artists for their incredible work on the film, which utilizes LightWave 3D software.
Many careers have been made because a photographer or videographer just happened to stumble upon a major event as it unfolded, and capture it for all to see. The chances of this happening, however, are few and far between. Many professionals have gone a lifetime without such luck. But not so for filmmaker Aristomenis (“Meni”) Tsirbas, who creates lifelike OMG moments for the entire world to see. His tool of choice? LightWave 3D.
The LightWave 2013 Holiday Challenge was a resounding success with more than 20 entries, including two animations. Artists had little more than three weeks to create a holiday scene that incorporated the “Join the Rebellion” logo into the overall theme. We had so many incredible entries that we added winners for animation and Facebook fan favorites. Congratulations to winners David Alexander Ary Agüero (still image),Oscar Palma (animation), and Farkas Ekho Zsolt (Facebook fan favorite).
In the James Bond thriller “Skyfall,” a Merlin helicopter crashes into a building and is engulfed in flames and smoke. At first, you might think it was a clever CG effect that composited a 3D helicopter with a live-action plate. Or perhaps it was a real helicopter that was sacrificed for the sake of the movie? Or was it a realistic miniature model? The answers to these questions can be found within the walls of the Digital Department at UK-based PropShop, where LightWave 3D and 3D printing play a starring role in prop creation for high-profile films.
In this how-to tutorial created exclusively for 3DTotal, Artist Eugenio Garcia Villarreal shows you how to successfully create and light product shots in LightWave for maximum impact. This tutorial covers everything from gathering references to color correction and postproduction techniques that Villarreal uses every day to keep his clients happy.
Want to learn more about the new Raycasting feature in LightWave 11.6? At a recent LightWave User Group in LA, Jennifer Hachigian shows how to put this powerful new tool to work in your LightWave pipeline.