September 2013 LightWave Newsletter
A Roundup of LightWave Community and Industry News
Posted: Thu 05 Sep 2013
Upgrade and Save
What better time than now to bundle up with LightWave 11.6? You can improve your productivity and save money in the process! For a limited time, you can save $200 of more when you purchase a LightWave 11.6 upgrade bundle that includes the new ChronoSculpt time-based cache animation software for all professional 3D software programs and the new NevronMotion motion capture plugin for Kinect. Don’t wait. This is a limited time offer. Upgrade today!
Studio Spotlight: Animaj StudioS
Deep in the heart of Turkey, there's a studio that is breaking all the rules (in Turkey at least) and they're using LightWave to make it happen. Meet Animaj Studios, owned by Sahin Michael Derun, a phenomenal LightWave artist and the director of the upcoming movie UK-2911, the first full-length stereo 3D CG feature film to be produced in Turkey. See how this studio is using LightWave to deliver breakthrough work for audiences everywhere.
MoCap Retargeting in LightWave 11.6
Want to see how LightWave 11.6 paired with the new NevronMotion plugin can save you countless hours in production? Watch this helpful video created by LightWave's rigging expert Lino Grandi and learn how to use the Genoma Preset Rig in LightWave 11.6 with NevronMotion to greatly streamline character animation.
Utilizing Subdivision Surfaces
Artist Craig A. Clark recently created a project for 3Dtotal.com that covers using Subdivision Surfaces in LightWave that is worth sharing with you. Learn how to model and control the creation of wristwatch parts with surfacing and UV mapping. See how using this powerful LightWave feature can be put to good use in your own 3D creations.
Videos That Shock and Awe
Artist Aristomenis Tsirbas of MeniThings Productions is well known for his multi award-winning animated short "The Freak," but lately he's gaining recognition for viral videos that are not only meant to shock and awe viewers, they're designed to make viewers question everything. His most recent video involving a helicopter and a tornado and an unfortunate meeting of the two, was created with LightWave on a Macbook Pro. We think it's so convincing you'll want to watch it again and again, and then go out there and create your very own.
Join the Space Station Challenge
We've said it before and we'll say it again… we absolutely love a contest! We are especially fond of the current challenge running through the end of September 2013 on the LightWave 3D Contest Facebook page. Our own Rob Powers is one of the judges and there are some pretty amazing prizes lined up for the winners, including LightWave 11.6, ChronoSculpt, NevronMotion, VoluMedic 3.5, LWCAD 4.5 and ShaderMeister. Join in the competition and show the world what a real space station should look like!
"Tim's Vermeer" Explores Art and Technology
NewTek Founder Tim Jenison is not an artist, but through the marriage of art and technology, he becomes one in "Tim's Vermeer" a movie produced by Penn Jillette set for release in 2014 by Sony Pictures Classics. The film was screened at the Telluride Film Festival in early September and a recent article in the LA Times offers insight into the forthcoming documentary. Read all about it.
Kudos to Kamikaze Douga
We would like to congratulate the many talented artists of Tokyo-based Kamikaze Douga on their first place win of the CEDEC 2013 Award for the video opener of "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure" - created with LightWave and After Effects. Anime fans know the work of this studio well. Founded in 1998, Kamikaze Douga is always striving for new ways to create cell animation using 3DCG.
Get in the Gallery!
You put a lot of blood, sweat and energy into your LightWave 3D art, so why not show it to the world? Submit your artwork to the Gallery on LightWave3d.com and show the world amazing ways to create everything from arch viz to explosive VFX using LightWave 3D. View the gallery and then go ahead and send us your best work for a chance to be featured in the gallery.