Friday, August 24, 2012

Coping with Career Setbacks

Bob Oedy of shares tips on coping with temporary career setbacks. Here is a short list of things you can do to bounce back; avoid burning bridges, take time for yourself, update that resume, network, create a written plan, cut expenses, enroll in related courses, focus on the positive and not the past. Good luck!

Friday, August 17, 2012

VFX Industry Commentary

Watch this brief (2:40 min) video for my latest commentary on the state of the VFX industry.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Book Review: The Art and Technique of Digital Color Correction by Steve Hullfish

The Art and Technique of Digital Color Correction by Steve Hullfish
Second Edition
Published by Focal Press in 2012
502 pages
12 Chapters
Includes hundreds of full color and black and white images
Soft Cover
Includes tutorial DVD so you can follow along
The author Steve Hullfish is a producer with over 20 years of experience 
in the industry. He also wrote Color Correction for Video which he describes 
as being,” more technical”. 
The author covers such topics as:
  • Color manipulation tools, applications, plug-ins, tips and tricks
  • Correcting and saving shots
  • How to balance color and images
  • Emphasizing story elements and matching scenes
  • Collaborating with the director of photography to help tell the story and 
  • communicating with clients
This book contains dozens of insights from the leading colorists in the industry. 
It’s easy to follow along with the DVD and a pleasure to read. 
Available on Amazon

Friday, August 10, 2012

Book Review of After Effects Apprentice

After Effects Apprentice; Real-World Skills for the Aspiring Motion Graphics Artist by Trish and Chris Meyer

2nd Edition Version CS4

Includes DVD Tutorial

Published by Focal Press

321 Pages

12 Chapters

Everything you need to know to get up to speed with After Effects by two authors who have made their careers mastering these skills. Trish and Chris Meyer have authored other books on the subject as well including Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects and After Effects in Production.
After Effects Apprentice is an introductory textbook that covers everything you need to know to communicate visually including basic animation, manipulating keyframes, grouping  layers, mattes and masks, motion graphics, 3D, titles, rendering,  and working with special effects. The book uses practical exercises designed to teach you by doing.

Add this one to your VFX success library. Available on Amazon.