Maya 2009

Well…

and I quote:

Create breathtaking 3D with Autodesk® Maya® 2009 software. Ten years since its industry-redefining launch, Autodesk Maya software continues to push the envelope, with a feature-packed release. Addressing the increasingly difficult challenges faced today by everyone from one-man shops to chief technology officers managing a complex production pipeline, Maya 2009 delivers a host of new features and enhancements intended to maximize productivity, optimize workflows, and offer new creative possibilities for users in film, television, games, and design.

Okay then, so what have they done?  Well, it all looks a bit boring to say the least, except for the inclusion of nParticles – aka realMayaFlow IMHO – and the possibility of improved render passes.

I have to say, that the steam is really going out of the advancements in CGI.  What do we have that is new to look forward too?  Pearl Harbour brought us the innovation of an occlusion pass, remember that?  Colour bleeding and caustics – real wordl simualtion – HDRI and the like, we’ve already got.  What’s left?

I am feeling more and more that Blender is offering as much as Maya.  Why should I pay through the nose for something which creates the saem results as something that costs nothing?

Open Source is the new power.

Gimp Rocks!

(ahem, excuse me…)

Siggraph Approaches

Almost here now, and what are we going to be not surprised about this year?

Hmmm, let’s see…

Autodesk Maya 2009 will be launched with some amazing new changes to the interface and not a lot else unless you are a computer programmer in which case you’ll cream your pants at the way python has made major leaps with the API.

All other software will be porting to 64 bit versions – the one’s that haven’t already, that is – , and XSI will be ICE-ing all over the place.  Oh, chills…

And, of course, a raft of white papers to float on over the sea of hair, water, cloth and skin issues that face the CGI world every day.  Cloth capture?  Why?  I want to spend the better half of a week fighting with nCloth, do you mind?

Add to that the recreation of real world dynaics such as erosion and the like and what is there for me to do but sit back and wait for these wonderful effects to cahce.  Should be done in a month or two…

You can find out the program at: http://www.siggraph.org/s2008/

MINUTEMEN 1940

You know, the more and more that I see of the Watchmen stuff, the more interested I am in seeing the finished result.

Watchmen is one of the most worried over genre pieces of our time, and if it gets all messed up and so far away from the original text – we know Hollywood can’t do perfect copies in any way or form –  a lot of people will we screaming for blood.  The trailer makes me less nervous as every single frame has been lifted almost completely from the comic.  This bodes well, as does this picture :

It couldn’t be more accuate if it tried.

I also came across this too:

It’s like looking into the graphic novel.

Let’s hope ites as good as we all want it to be.

more leaks than a badly made boat…

I initially had this as this post:

Let us pray to the power of mobile phones and the internet.

A cg film based on the apocalyptic ruskie-terrorised american movie icons of the 1950 such as the Blob, The Attack of the 50 foot woman et al.  The Fly, anyone?

http://www.movietrailertalk.com/2008/08/monsters-vs-aliens-leaked-trailer/

Whatever.  I’ll still wait until it comes out on DVD.

But Paramount, as Disney with the tron 2 trailer, have removed it.

If you guys in power are out there listening, even though no one is yet by the lack of comments, then release things to the world all at the same time, then people won’t do this.

TR2N – aka TRON 2

Take a look at this.

http://gizmodo.com/5029479/tron-2-trailer-video-makes-pants-wet-worldwide

This is purported to be a trailer for Tron 2 recorded illegally on a cell phone at comicon last week.

It is becoming harder and harder to find at all on the web, Disney getting every version removed, which is fair enough, it is there’s after all, but if this is anything to go by, it’ll be worth the two year wait.

Light cycles looking more like the bat bike but with the aesthetic of the first one it could be great.  One of my colleagues thinks the first film in a pile, so he has no faith in it at all.

For my penny, give it a go.  I love the first one.  Not to mention it also has a very young Bruce Boxleitner in it, which being a huge B5 fan makes me smile.