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Creating the 3D in Gravity

Creating the 3D in Gravity

Gravity, the highly-acclaimed, intensely emotional space thriller, has been hailed as some of the - if not the VERY - best 3D footage ever seen on the big screen. This has led to some surprise when learning that Gravity was NOT shot in 3D. However, it wasn't entirely converted in post either. It featured an innovative and unique workflow that incorporated 3D conversion during production as well as a complex integration with 3D VFX. In a conversation with Prime Focus World, we find out how they did it.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
Behind the Lens: Paul Cameron ASC on Total Recall

Behind the Lens: Paul Cameron ASC on Total Recall

Paul Cameron, ASC, just finished work on the remake of Total Recall, directed by Len Wiseman and starring Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel with Bill Nighy, Bryan Cranston, and John Cho. Cameron was last featured in Creative COW for his work on Henry's Crime. His previous credits include director Michael Mann's Collateral and Tony Scott's Man on Fire.

Feature
Paul Cameron, ASC
Blender
Modeling a Logo with Blender

Modeling a Logo with Blender
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In this Blender video tutorial Justin Junda shows how to convert a Droid 2D Logo into 3D using bezier curves, wireframes and other tools in Blender 2.5.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Justin Junda
Blender
The Blender 3D Survival Guide - Part 13

The Blender 3D Survival Guide - Part 13
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Episode 13 of the Blender Survival Guide is the conclusion of the three-part tutorial on how to use Blender in conjunction with the Lux Renderer. This video tutorial shows, in very easy steps, techniques that can take several days to master if attempted without guidance. To make following the steps even easier the .blend file used in the tutorial is included.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Paolo Ciccone
Blender
The Blender 3D Survival Guide - Part 12

The Blender 3D Survival Guide - Part 12
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In this episode of the Blender Survival Guide Paolo continues the design of a simple scene that will be used to create volumetric lights using LuxRender. In this Video Tutorial you'll see how to add LuxRender to your Blender installation and how to prepare your scene for export by setting the right materials in Blender and Lux.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Paolo Ciccone
Blender
The Blender 3D Survival Guide - Part 11

The Blender 3D Survival Guide - Part 11
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This tutorial takes the opportunity to study how to create Volumetric Lights in Blender and in the process it shows some very useful modeling techniques. You will learn how to carve holes into planes, how to create new edges and faces and how to use the Array modifier to create multiple copies of the same geometry with speed and ease. This is a two-part tutorial.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Paolo Ciccone
Blender
The Blender 3D Survival Guide - Part 10

The Blender 3D Survival Guide - Part 10
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In this episode of the Blender Survival Guide we explore in detail how to edit existing keyframes for a simple animation. The video shows how to re-time portions of the animation, how to add hold keyframes, how to create loopable animations, and other tips that, as usual, come in handy in everyday work.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Paolo Ciccone
Blender
The Blender 3D Survival Guide - Part 9

The Blender 3D Survival Guide - Part 9
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In this episode of the BSG Paolo shows you how to create a simple animation of flying photos in a 3D space. In the process we see how to setup the Blender environment to show the textures of a scene in real-time, how to align new objects to the current view and how to get real-time feedback about the effects of lights in the scene. The project files for this tutorial are included.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Paolo Ciccone
Blender
The Blender 3D Survival Guide - Part 8

The Blender 3D Survival Guide - Part 8
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Blender 3D Tutorials: Episode 8 of the BSG continues the Book Promo project that Paolo Ciccone began in part 7. In this tutorial we see: How to do a multi-camera animation. How to adapt the translate tool to work in the right way. How to create realist mirror reflections. How to export the animation to After Effect for final compositing.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Paolo Ciccone
Blender
The Blender 3D Survival Guide - Part 7

The Blender 3D Survival Guide - Part 7
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Blender 3D Tutorials: Episode 7 of the Blender Survival Guide is packed with information. In this video tutorial Paolo Ciccone shows users how to create a promo for a product and in the process he models a book complete with textures for the cover, the back, the spine and the pages. This episode covers a lot of techniques that are useful in every day work, including: Texture orientation without UV mapping; Render previews; Precise sizing of objects; Mapping of multiple materials to a single object. It's 42 minutes of condensed, real-world tips that you can use over and over again in your projects. One more example of how Blender can help in your professional work.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Paolo Ciccone
Blender
The Blender 3D Survival Guide - Part 6

The Blender 3D Survival Guide - Part 6
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Blender 3D Tutorials: In Episode 6 of the Blender Survival Guide, host Paolo Ciccone goes back to work on the Blender desktop and finds a few more useful techniques to make Blender's workflow better organized. Some of the topics covered: Add the tree view (Outliner) to your Blender workspace; Convenient ways of naming your objects; More about the User Preferences; Layers!; Mixed tips and tricks.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Paolo Ciccone
Blender
The Blender 3D Survival Guide - Part 5

The Blender 3D Survival Guide - Part 5
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Blender 3D Tutorials: In part 5 of the Survival Guide, Paolo Ciccone shows the foundation of creating an animation with Blender. With the animation configured and ready he then shows how to render it to a clip that includes an alpha channel and how to import the animation in After Effects.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Paolo Ciccone
Blender
The Blender 3D Survival Guide - Part 4

The Blender 3D Survival Guide - Part 4
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Blender 3D Tutorials: In Episode 4 of the Blender Survival Guide, host Paolo Ciccone expands on the subject started last week, and works on making the 3D text look better by learning how to use additional fonts, how to create new materials and how to take advantage of optimized Ambient Occlusion. These are all fairly dense topics but, as usual, Paolo gives you the condensed version of them so that you can start appreciating the features without being clobbered by the details.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Paolo Ciccone
Blender
The Blender 3D Survival Guide - Part 3

The Blender 3D Survival Guide - Part 3
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Blender 3D Tutorials: In this episode of the Survival Guide, host Paolo Ciccone shares how to create 3D text in Blender. We also discover how to use the 3D cursor, how to move, scale and rotate objects in the 3D space, how to position the camera to frame the shot, how to place lights and finally how to do a quick test render. This is a rich tutorial, filled with essential information and great real-life skills that you can put to work right away.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Paolo Ciccone
Blender
The Blender 3D Survival Guide - Part 2

The Blender 3D Survival Guide - Part 2
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Blender 3D Tutorials: In part 2 of the Blender Survival Guide, host Paolo Ciccone shows users how to complete the customization of the Blender desktop and how to save our preferences so that they become the application's default.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Paolo Ciccone
Blender
The Blender 3D Survival Guide - Part 1

The Blender 3D Survival Guide - Part 1
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Blender 3D Tutorials: The Blender Survival guide, hosted by Paolo Ciccone, is a multi-part tutorial that aims to teach you the necessary skills to get up to speed with Blender in the shortest time possible. All the essential stuff without the 'geeky' parts. Think of it as 'Bear Grylls' for Blender.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Paolo Ciccone
Blender
After Effects Exporter for Blender

After Effects Exporter for Blender
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This tutorial introduces and demonstrates the new After Effects Exporter (AEE) for Blender, a program that exports Blender animations to After Effects for easy post work. The AEE integrates perfectly inside Blender 2.49 and is capable of exporting camera information, mesh reference points, 3D text reference points, planes, lights and rendered footage. All with one click of the mouse.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Paolo Ciccone
Authors

Paolo Ciccone (14)
Justin Junda (1)
Paul Cameron, ASC (2)


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