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

 

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
Mar 24

Paul Debevec to give keynote at Digital Storytelling

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Paul Debevec keynote speaker at Digital Storytelling .

Academy Award winner Dr. Paul Debevec of USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies in Oslo on April 13, with a keynote presentation on photoreal digital actors.

Debevec’s pioneer work in image-based lighting, and later development of a series of Light Stage devices for digitizing the shape and appearance of human faces, has been instrumental for the VFX of films such as “The Matrix”, “Spider Man 2”, “King Kong”, “Superman Returns”, “Spiderman 3”, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and “Avatar” to name a few. In 2010 he received a Scientific and Engineering Academy Award with Tim Hawkins, John Monos, and Mark Sagar.

 

Mar 18

Digital storytelling 2011,13-15 of april

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Time to go west again to our brothers in Norway. Digital Storytelling seems to have a strong line-up for this years seminar and workshops in Oslo.

Digital Storytelling: World Building in a Digital Universe” is the sixth annual seminar on the creative use of technology in film, television and games, focusing on how visual effects and digital set design are used to advance storytelling and world building in feature film, television and games. Speakers from the Norwegian, Nordic and International film and games community gather in Oslo to present their work.

This year we have also included presentations from European game industry professionals, from motion capture actor Pascal Langlois (Ethan Mars in “Heavy Rain”), to film director working with motion capture John Dower (Xbox 360 “Milo & Kate”),  Matt Woodward from CCP Games (Eve Online) and Owen O’Brien from DICE (Mirror’s Edge). Norwegian character animator Arne Kaupang will present work on the sci-fi movie “Paul” on behalf of Double Negative, and the usual suspects from the top Norwegian and Swedish VFX studios are making a big VFX Omelette: Camera Magica, Gimpville, Storm Studios, Storyline Studios, Hocus Focus, Fido (Sweden), Qvisten Animation and Rune Spaans.

Digital Storytelling is arranged in cooperation with the Norwegian Film Institute and will take place in the Tancred Cinema at Filmens Hus, Oslo Norway on April 13th. The seminar is followed by the opening of “Visions for a Story World 2011″ an exhibition of concept art and design in film and games in collaboration with Grafill Animasjon. On April 14 and 15 two VFX workshops on NukeX for Norwegian visual effects and film professionals will be led by Matt Leonard of Sphere VFX. At the close of the seminar the Norwegian Society of Visual Effects (NFX) will present the 2011 Best Visual Effects Awards.

Mar 25

Digital storytelling | Last day today to sign up

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Last day to sign up!

Last day to sign up the 25th of March! sign up!

Avatar Neytiri - Foto/Copyright: 20th Century Fox

Keynote Speaker, Oscar winner and Co-Production Designer on Avatar, Robert Stromberg sets the stage for a journey into this new and exciting universe.  We remain on Pandora with presentations by Theodor Groeneboom (Framestore, London) and Canadian Colin Doncaster (Weta, New Zealand and Storm Studios, Norway) both having contributed their VFX talents to “Avatar”.  Swedish director Ted Kjellsson challenges conventional filmmaking with his new film project “Tompta” (produced by ZentropeRamBuk, Denmark). 3-D Cinematographer & Filmmaker Kasimir Lehto (Los Angeles) will talk on how 3-D should be treated and used in a narrative context to support the storytelling and cinematic expression.

viaDigital Storytelling 2010.

Mar 16

Digital Storytelling 2010 | 14th of April in Oslo

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Updated seminar program at Digital Storytelling:

Production Designer and Oscar winner Robert Stromberg at this year’s Digital Storytelling Seminar.

Last day to sign up the 25th of March! sign up!

Avatar Neytiri - Foto/Copyright: 20th Century Fox

Keynote Speaker, Oscar winner and Co-Production Designer on Avatar, Robert Stromberg sets the stage for a journey into this new and exciting universe.  We remain on Pandora with presentations by Theodor Groeneboom (Framestore, London) and Canadian Colin Doncaster (Weta, New Zealand and Storm Studios, Norway) both having contributed their VFX talents to “Avatar”.  Swedish director Ted Kjellsson challenges conventional filmmaking with his new film project “Tompta” (produced by ZentropeRamBuk, Denmark). 3-D Cinematographer & Filmmaker Kasimir Lehto (Los Angeles) will talk on how 3-D should be treated and used in a narrative context to support the storytelling and cinematic expression.

viaDigital Storytelling 2010.