Archive for January, 2007

New Maya books, nCloth, and Python

I finally finished tech-editing “Maya Visual Effects: The Innovator’s Guide” by Eric Keller, and “Mastering Maya 8” by various authors.

I think Eric’s guide is really good and will be a staple VFX book. The Mastering Maya guide has a few great chapters especially one on nCloth, the new cloth in Maya. I got to play with nCloth a lot. My 64-bit machine handled it no problem. nCloth is really just a soft body with springs. However the new spring solver for nCloth doesn’t stretch as far as normal springs and you can manage the bend falloff and damping so the cloth can go from thick to thin-acting in just a few seconds. It’s really nice.  Some really cool cloth constraints too called nConstraints. Anyway wait till the book comes out.

in Maya 8.5, Python support has been added. I haven’t had much time to tinker with this yet, but it’s a good idea to have Python directly in Maya. I’m going to start playing with it tonight.

January 28th, 2007

Rise of the Silver Surfer

Well the new Fantastic Four 2 Trailer is out. I was the re-rigger of Johnny Storm at Giant Killer Robots for this trailer. Originally Tim Coleman had rigged this character, but they made so many costume changes for the new movie they needed to re-rig everything except the face. so they called me in! Yeah!! It was really cool to work at GKR. I’d work there again in a second. Such a great atmosphere even though I sat right across from the Emmy on John Vegher’s desk… A little intimidation never hurt my ego. Weta is doing the lion’s share of the effects on FF2. I can’t wait to see what it looks like.

Still tech-editing a new Maya book (Mastering Maya 8.5) due out in spring 2007, so I’d better get back to work!

January 3rd, 2007


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