Mar 17

Gravity masterclass | DS

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So the Gravity masterclass is on… read more below (from DS homepage)

Gravity masterclass

Theodor Groeneboom. Photo: Helle Skjervold / AftenpostenTheodor Groeneboom. Photo: Helle Skjervold / AftenpostenThe Making of Gravity Masterclass with Theodor Groeneboom

Registration and tickets available at the Digital Storytelling Shopify store

Alfonso Cuaron’s masterpiece Gravity was one of last year’s great movie experiences. The film has won a number of awards for visual effects, sound, cinematography and art direction, and took home seven of the ten Academy Awards it was nominated for including best director, best visual effects and best cinematography. Gravity has set new standards for visual effects and  how close collaboration between director, producer, cinematographer and VFX  will effect future film productions.

Digital Storytelling is back and we are arranging a two hour Masterclass on the making of Gravity with Theodor Groeneboom, Lead Compositor at Framestore CFC. Theodor won the Visual Effect Society (VES) Award for Outstanding Compositing in a Feature Motion Picture for his work on Gravity, and many remember his presentation of his work on Avatar at Digital Storytelling 2010.

The Gravity Masterclass is designed primarily for film and VFX professionals, but the more than average film enthusiast will enjoy looking behind the scenes to see how these cutting edge visual effects were created.

The presentation will give detailed insight into the entire film production process from script and pre-production through shooting and post production. As as Sequence Lead Compositor and On-set Technical Director, Theodor worked closely with both Director Alfonso Cuaron and Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki on the VFX sequences.

Key takeaways:

  • Insights into the close collaboration between the director, DOP and the VFX team on a visual effects heavy feature film
  • How and why the lines between pre-production and post-production are becoming increasingly blurred in film production
  • How art and science was combined to create the images seen on-screen in Gravity

Masterclass tickets are sold on a first-come-first-served basis by purchasing tickets online. Payment using Paypal/VISA/Mastercard. No refunds.

Date: Saturday April 5th 2014, 15:00 – 17:00
Place: Film Auditorium, Westerdals School of Communication, Maridalsveien 17D, Oslo (Vulkan)
Price: 300 NOK
Registration and tickets: Digital Storytelling Shopify store

Thon Hotel Oslo Panorama has a nice price for out-of-town delegates. Standard 895 NOK, Superior kr 1195 and Business kr 1395 including breakfast.  Just tell them Digital Storytelling sent you when you book the room to get the discounted price.

About Theodor Groeneboom
Theodor has spent the past 13 years creating visual effects for commercials, broadcast television and feature films. For the last 5 years he has been with Framestore in London working on films such as Avatar, IronMan 3 and Spielberg’s Warhorse.
In 2010 he started work on Alfonso Cuaron´s Gravity where he was heavily involved in the pre-production and shooting stages. His post production work on Gravity earned him a Visual Effects Society award for “Outstanding Compositing In A Motion Picture Feature”  at the 12th Annual VES awards in Los Angeles. He is currently back in London working on James Gunn’s upcoming Marvel film “Guardians of the Galaxy.

Theodor was guest speaker at Digital Storytelling 2010, presenting his work on Avatar in the presentation: “To Hell’s Gate and Back Again.”

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Gravity masterclass

The Making of Gravity Masterclass with Theodor Groeneboom Registration and tickets available at the Digital Storytelling Shopify store Alfonso Cuaron’s masterpiece Gravity was one of last year’s great movie experiences. The film has won a number of awards for visual …

Mar 04

Digital storytelling – Gravity

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There is a possibility that Digital storytelling will be able to put together a Gravity masterclass in Oslo with Theodor Groeneboom http://www.linkedin.com/in/gboom the 5th of April. However they need to get together enough participants to pull it off. So read through the following information from Angela Amoroso and email her if you are interested.

 

Digital Storytelling is back!
Gravity Masterclass
with Theodor Groeneboom, Framestore CFC
Saturday, April 5th 2014
in Oslo
Alfonso Cuaron’s masterpiece Gravity was one of last year´s great movie experiences. The film has won a number of awards for visual effects, sound, cinematography and art direction, and took home seven of the ten Academy Awards it was nominated for including best director, visual effects and cinematography. Gravity has set new standards for visual effects and  how close collaboration between director, producer, cinematographer and VFX  will effect future film productions. 
Digital Storytelling is arranging a two hour Masterclass on the making of Gravity with Theodore Groeneboom, Lead Compositor at Framestore CFC. Theodor won the Visual Effect Society (VES) Award for Outstanding Compositing in a Feature Motion Picture for his work on Gravity, and many remember his presentation of his work on Avatar at Digital Storytelling 2010.
The Gravity Masterclass is designed primarily for film and VFX professionals, but the more than average film enthusiast might enjoy looking behind the scenes to see how these cutting edge visual effects were created.
The presentation will give detailed insight into the entire film production process from script and pre-production through shooting and post production. As as Sequence Lead Compositor and On-set Technical Director, Theo worked closely with both Director Cuaron and Cinematographer Lubezki on the VFX sequences.
The Masterclass will be held in Oslo on the afternoon of Saturday, April 5th. That evening the online forum, Store Dyret is arranging an informal get-together where everyone is welcome to continue discussion and mingling.
Tickets: 300NOK    
As we are still in the planning stage  – and as time is of the essence – we are wondering  just how many of our film and Digital Storytelling colleagues would be interested in attending this unique Masterclass?  If you think you would like to  spend a few hours of inspiration in zero-g , please let us know ASAP.  angela@digistorytelling.com
And please spread the word to friends and colleagues whom you think would be interested in this masterclass.
More about Theodor Groeneboom
Looking forward to hearing from you !
All Best,
Angela, Kim and Eric
Angela Amoroso
Kim Baumann Larsen
Eric Hanson
Founders and Directors
Digital Storytelling

 

Nov 13

Seminaries@ Megafront

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New seminaries @ Megafront in Stockholm.

Don’t miss next Wednesday 21st of November when Niklas Jacobson, Vfx supervisor at ILP talks about the fantastic work they did for Kon-tiki.

Introducing guest speaker Simeon Balabanov from Chaos Group’s Creative Specialist Team. Simeon has been working as a 3D artist and digital compositor for over 7 years in several visual studios. He is a new addition to the Chaos Group team, bringing production experience and technical knowledge. He will walk you through key features in V-Ray and Phoenix FD, share the latest product news, as well as answer your questions.

 

And if you think this is all we are to occupy your time with, brace yourself for a surprise – we are inviting the VFX magicians of the ILP team. They will get you deep into the vast Pacific and the details of their effects shots from the epic “Kon-Tiki” – the coming Norwegian feature film on the legendary ocean journey of Thor Heyerdal in 1947.

 

http://eepurl.com/rFYVn

Aug 31

3-day practical fx seminar: blowing crap up, greenscreen & high-speed with vfx experts at @32TenStudios in San Rafael

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Have you ever wanted to learn the secrets of blowing stuff up, shooting high speed and creating practical effects? fxphd and 32TEN Studios are offering a unique opportunity to learn all this from multiple Oscar-nominees in a 3-day hands-on workshop.

The workshop – to be held from September 29th to October 1st – will be taught at 32TEN Studios in San Rafael, where ILM was born. It will feature tuition from visual effects supervisor Scott Squires, effects DOP Marty Rosenberg, practical FX supe Geoff Heron, VFX supe Vince De Quattro, prop master Sean House and other special guests.

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May 10

Seminar program | Digital storytelling

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Check out this years Seminar program for Digita Storytelling in Oslo on Monday. http://www.digistorytelling.com/?p=674

I think there is still tickets…

I’ll be there checking the Nordic VFX scene out!

Apr 04

Digital Storytelling

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Sign up for Digital storytelling 14-16 may in Oslo!
Digital Storytelling 2012: The Art and Science of Visual Effects
“Digital Storytelling 2012: The Art and Science of Visual Effects” is the seventh international seminar on the creative use of technology in film, television and games. This popular annual event focuses on how visual effects and digital set design are used to advance storytelling and world building. Speakers from the Norwegian, Scandinavian and International film and visual effects community gather in Oslo to present their work.
We are very proud to announce that the first keynote will be by CTO Sebastian Sylwan of Weta Digital presenting “The Evolution of Storytelling Through the Convergence of Art and Science:  A discussion of visual effects as a modern example of how art and science combine in the service of story.”The line-up for this year´s VFX Omelette is almost complete, and renowned Swedish VFX studio Fido will return to Digital Storytelling, along with the new Framestore Iceland studio. Many of the usual Norwegian suspects make a return, including Storm Studios and Gimpville both of whom have Best Visual Effects awards in their belts. Qvisten Animation, Stripe, Electric Putty, Netron and Placebo Effects will also present in this year’s VFX Omelette.

The seminar program for this year’s main event has been streamlined to include two, longer keynote presentations by international heavyweights in the industry to allow for more in-depth presentations, and we have added longer breaks and a longer lunch to give more time for networking and mingling between delegates and presenters.

The second keynote will be announced soon.

The Digital Storytelling Seminar and Workshop series is arranged in cooperation with the Norwegian Film Institute and will take place in the Tancred Cinema at Filmens Hus, Oslo Norway. The event opens with the seminar on Monday May 14th followed by a Nuke X 6.3 New Features workshop for VFX artists on on May 15th and a Maya to Houdini workshop on May 16th. New of this year is that the workshops are open to visual effects and film professionals also residing outside of Norway. The VFX workshops will be led by professional instructor, Matt Leonard of Sphere VFX who will be returning by popular demand to Digital Storytelling for the third time.

Digital Storytelling and the Norwegian Film Institute are happy to welcome previous guests and delegates as well as new attendees and international friends to this year´s seminar and workshops.

Registration is open – see www.digistorytelling.com

Welcome !
Angela Amoroso, Kim Baumann Larsen & Eric Hanson, Digital Storytelling and
The Norwegian Film Institute.
Workshops

NUKE 6.3 New Features and Maya to Houdini with Matt Leonard of Sphere VFX.
This year’s Nuke workshop focuses on many of the new features found in NukeX 6.3 and how they can be used to speed up production tasks.  These include Deep Compositing, the new and powerful Particle System and the intergration of ILM/Sony Picture Imagework’s OpenColourIO system.  We’ll be providing various assets to run along with the course including Deep Image and Alembic files, video footage and Maya files.  This workshop is targeting artist who already know Nuke but what to get up-to-speed with the new 6.3 features.The Maya to Houdini workshop is an introduction for Maya artists looking to understand more about Houdini. During the course of the day we’re looking to complete an entire shot from start to finish in Houdini, including Modeling, Texturing, Animation and Rendering.  This is a fantastic opportunity for Maya artist to gain a good overview as to how this unique node-based 3D application works.  It’s targeting mainly for Maya artists who have no real experience of Houdini but are looking to make the transition and understand more of how it works.

For both workshops there will be maximum of 12 participants per day and all participants are required to bring their own laptop or PC suitable for running either Nuke or Houdini respectively.

The Foundry will provide temporary  Nuke licenses for the workshop and we are looking into obtaining temporary licenses from Side Effects. If not the demo version will work fine.

The workshops are open to professionals in the VFX industry. The workshop will be held in English  and new of this year is that we welcome workshop attendees from outside of Norway. Workshops are sold on a first-come-first-served basis.

Dates: 15 May and 16 May 2012
Time: 09:00 – 17:00 (incl lunch)
Place: Filmens Hus, 8th floor
Seats: 12 per  workshop
Price: 2800 NOK per workshop
Registration: see www.digistorytelling.com

Matt Leonard
Instructor Matt Leonard returns to Digital Storytelling for the third time. He has been in the 3D animation and visual effects industry since 1991 and has produced work for feature films, commercials and large corporate projects. He is currently Head of Training at Sphere VFX, his own company that specialises in teaching 3D, Compositing, Visual Effects and Stereoscopic Post-Production to professional artists. In this role he has trained artists from some of the top VFX companies in the UK, USA and Europe, including BBC, Framestore, Dreamworks Animation, Double Negative, MPC, Digital Domain, Ghost VFX, and Windmill Lane VFX.  He is also regularly involved in teaching/lecturing at various Skillset Media Academies and universities across the country teaching both lecturers and students.

In addition Matt is listed on the IMDB (Internet Movie Database) and is a member of the Visual Effects Society.  His work has been shown at various festivals including the Sundance Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival.  He has also spoken at various trade events and conferences and is a published author.

Matt has developed and oversees The Foundry’s ‘Nuke Training Accreditation Program’ and is currently the only officially certified Nuke trainer in the world, he also continues to act as a Maya and Nuke Professor at FXPHD (the leading world supplier of online visual effects training).
www.spherevfx.com

May 15 – Nuke X 6.3 New Features workshop

• Maya and RenderMan (Deep Compositing)
• Deep CompositingParticle System
• New SplineWarp and GridWarp
• Displacement Shader
• PlanarTracker
• ToolSets
• Denoise
• OpenColourIO
• Alembic Files

May 16 – Maya to Houdini Workshop

• Understanding Houdini’s node based workflow
• An introduction to Animation
• An introduction to Shaders
• An introduction to Texturing
• An introduction to Lighting
• An introduction to Rendering with Mantra
• An introduction to Particles
• An introduction to Dynamics
Feb 02

Animation masterclass 10-13th of April | Cinematic

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We are very happy to be able to announce this unique opportunity in Stockholm.

A 4 days intense masterclass with the former Disney animator Samantha Youssef. For those in the animation, VFX and gaming business who which to excel them self.

When: 10-13 april 2012

Where: Xenter, Tumba, Stockholm

Day 1 and 2 Life drawing and character design. Lectures combined with workshops about capture the essence of character. Both in the sense of posing, storytelling and design.

Day 3 and 4 Character animation. lectures. Focus will be on the acting part of animation. And completely independent of what technique or software you use.

Teacher: Samantha Yussef have been working as character animator on Walt Disney studios for several feature films aswell as Yowsa animation (Curious george), Filmax and UBIsoft. She is currently running the education company Studio technique in Montreal, Canada.

Price:

Ordinary price: 3.900 SEK (inc VAT 4.875 sek)
Price for SAAVA members: 3.400 SEK (inc VAT 4.250 sek)

It’s possible to sign up for SAAVA membership at the same time as you sign up for the masterclass. Membership fee for 2012 is 100 SEK (students 50 SEK)

The fee includes lectures, coffee/thé, refreshments and lunch. Course language is english. The level on this masterclass is not suitable for beginners.

SIGN UP: Sign up before the 5th of april. The space is limited to 20 persons, so sign up before it’s get full. For more info, questions and sign up send an email to Johan Sonestedt at Cinematic: johan@cinematic.se

Oct 12

Nordic TD forum 2011

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Sign up for the Nordic TD forum 2011 in Hillerod – Copenhagen. This great conference takes place 12-13th of November.

Read more below..

Conference

The vision is to create an opportunity for Technical Directors and high end CG artists to meet face to face, exchange know-how, discuss problems, evaluate possible solutions and optimize ways of working. In short… to learn from each others’ experiences.

AIM OF NORDIC TD FORUM

We finance across borders. We produce across borders. We work across borders. We even distribute across borders. Now it is time to plan and prepare pipelines across borders!
The Nordic TD Forum will open up unique network opportunities for TDs and CG artists and studios throughout the Nordic region. It will be the optimal place to introduce new talent, pitch projects and discuss problems. It will gather the top talents within the Nordic CG industry and reveal valuable insight knowledge of workflows.

ANNUAL EVENTS – NOVEMBER 21ST AND 22ND

The 5 Nordic countries will take turns hosting the annual event of the forum.
2008 took place at ITU in Copenhagen, Denmark.
2009 took place in Helsinki, Finland.
Perfectly timed to take place between two major conferences: Siggraph and FMX

WHO WILL ATTEND THE CONFERENCE?

The conference is mainly targeted at senior level/more experienced TDs and CG artists. Approx. 80% of participants will be TDs/high end CG artists. Remaining approx. 20% of participants will be financiers, directors, producers as well as promising students.
This split has been made in order to ensure high technical as well as creative level during all discussions.
The attending companies work within fields like feature animation, feature film VFX, commercials, animated TV-series, visualizations and games.

HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE?

Participant candidates should send application to signup@tdforum.eu
Applications must include:

  • Participant’s name + contact info (mail, mobile, skype…)
  • Company’s name (if any)
  • Current position at…
  • CV or similar document or reference person (who will vouch for your participation)

Day 1 – Saturday 12th November, 2011

Time Topics and Activities
09.00-09.55 ARRIVAL, BREAKFAST… WELCOME!

Speaker: Irene Sparre, Founder of NORDIC  TD Forum
Theme: Visions
10.00-10.55 LINEARITY: WHAT IS IT AND WHY IS MATTERS TO YOU?

  • What Is Colourspace? (A commonly misunderstood concept that has nothing whatsoever to do with linearity.)
  • What Does Linear Mean? (There is an infinite number of ways to be non-linear but only one way to be linear.)
  • Why Is Linear Better? (Make better looking images with less effort.)
Speaker: John Carey, Senior TD, INDEPENDENT
Theme: Technical
11.05-12.45 NORDIC FAST FORWARD STUDIO PRESENTATION
(3min/visuals+5min/pres.)

Speaker: tba
Theme: Visions
12.45-13.00 Q&A
13.00-13.55 LUNCH
14.00-15.30 THE FUTURE OF SIMULATIONS + Q&AAbstract… coming soon!!

Speaker: Ken Museth, Prof. Of Quantum Physics, DREAMWORKS
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3093155/
http://vml.kaist.ac.kr/cgi_workshop/KeynoteSpeaker.php
Theme: Technical
15.35-16.30 “THOR” + Q&Ahttp://www.legendsofvalhalla.com/
Abstract… coming soon!!

Speaker: Arnar Gunnarsson, CG Supervisor, CAOZ FILM
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2727616/
Theme: tba
16.30-16.55 COFFEE/TEA/CAKE
17.00-17.55 ASSET MANAGEMENT + Q&AAbstract… coming soon!!

Speaker: Hubert Maston, Senior TD, INDEPENDENT
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3876992/
Theme: Technical
18.00-18.55 WHAT IS OPENCOLORIO AND WHAT IT CAN DO FOR YOU + Q & A

In this first session, we will get an idea of what problem
OpenColorIO is designed to solve and we will see some of the solutions
in action, like showing OpenColorIO handling color in different
applications, e.g., Nuke for instance.
Speaker: Jeremy Selan, Senior TD, SONY IMAGEWORKS
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1677436/
Theme: Technical
19.00-21.00 DINNER
21.00 Drinks… mingle, networking :-) sharing a good time with fellow professionals…

Day 2 – Sunday 13th November, 2011

Time Topics and Activities
09.00-09.55 BREAKFAST
10.00-10.55 DEEP COMPOSITING + Q&Ahttp://www.fxguide.com/fxguidetv/fxguidetv-118-rise-of-the-apes-nuke-plugins/

Deep Image Compositing is a new workflow being introduced as a way of resolving current limitations with depth compositing. This presentation will breath insight into the evolution of deep images for compositing, introduce attendees to the main concepts and provide an overview to apply the workflow to ones own pipeline.

Speaker: Colin Doncaster, Senior TD, Peregrine VFX
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1401977/
http://peregrinevfx.com/
http://peregrinelabs.com/
Theme: Technical
11.00-11.10 “TROLLHUNTER” + Q&Ahttp://www.trollhunterfilm.com/

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Introduction to Trollhunter

Speaker: Marcus Brodersen, VFX producer, FILMKAMERATENE
http://www.linkedin.com/pub/marcus-brodersen/3/a4b/ab4
Theme: A brief introduction to the Trollhunter project
http://nb-no.facebook.com/trolljegeren?sk=app_2309869772
11.15-11.35 HOUDINI  + ZBRUSH

A VFX pipeline is no stronger than its weakest asset. In this session I will
show how Gimpville used HD Sculpting in ZBrush, procedural tools in Houdini
and Mantra to create the extremely detailed troll terrorising  the Norwegian
highlands. We will also touch upon some of the VFX animation and rendering
challenges we overcame during production.
Speaker: Ole Geir Eidsheim, Houdini TD, GIMPVILLE
Theme: Technical
11.40-12.00 ONE-MAN-ARMY PIPELINE

Speaker: Rune Spaans,Animation Director, SUPERRUNE
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2191144/
Theme: Technical
12.05-12.25 TBA
12.25-13.25 LUNCH
13.30-14.25 IMPLEMENTING OPENCOLORIO AT YOUR OWN PIPELINE + Q &A

This session will give you the initial understanding of
and enough practical knowledge to actually start implementing OpenColorIO
yourselves within your own pipelines.
As well as showing you how to integrate the materials that the
OpenColorIO project has online and available now to make your own color
pipeline robust and reliable.
Speaker: Jeremy Selan, Senior TD, SONY IMAGEWORKS
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1677436/
Theme: Technical
14.30-15.30 ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION…  TBA!
15.30-16.00 COFFEE/TEA/CAKE
16.00-17.00 CONCLUSIONS
17.00-17.1517.30

18.30

FAREWELLPICK-UP BY BUS FOR AIR PORT

ARRIVAL AT AIR PORT 18.30 (fitting flight departures around 20.00)

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