Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Thinkbox Webinar : Krakatoa for maya - an introduction

"Krakatoa for Maya - An Introduction" Webinar
Come learn about the renderer used to create content for movie hits like Avatar, The Avengers, Transformers 3, Harry Potter 8 and Oblivion, as well as the upcoming Star Trek - Into Darkness, Man of Steel, After Earth, and more!

Krakatoa MY seamlessly connects Autodesk Maya with the Krakatoa renderer and provides a number of features designed to accelerate artists’ workflow when manipulating millions of particles. Krakatoa MY shares the same rendering core with Krakatoa SR (Stand-alone Renderer) and Krakatoa MX (3ds Max) which will produce identical results given the same input data and settings.

Register for a session now by clicking a date below:
Tue, May 7, 2013 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM PDT
Wed, May 8, 2013 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM BST

Once registered you will receive an email confirming your registration
with information you need to join the Webinar.

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Mac®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer

Mobile attendees
Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

NYC Collider Digital Production Conference June 9-11

       I'm sure some of you have been seeing some of the buzz surrounding the upcoming Collider Digital Production Conference. Its looking like its going to be really awesome, With great speakers, master classes, and job fair.  They've been kind enough to offer a 10% off discont to all NY MAYA USERS group members.. 
just enter the promo code: CollmayaNY at check out

hope to see some of you there!


COLLIDER Conference, Master Classes and Job Fair
New York, June 9-11th, 2013

Collider, a new three-day digital production conference for the visual effects, animation and design industries, is headed for New York – and just in time – arriving as VFX and animation studios confront major issues around business practices, staffing and the impact of new technology.

As the first event of its kind on the East Coast, Collider (www.colliderevents.com) combines a conference, job fair and high-powered master classes. Collider takes place at the Hotel Pennsylvania June 9 to 11.

Collider will feature more than 40 speakers and expects to attract over 1000 creative, production and management attendees from the advertising, TV, feature film, gaming and interactive industries for three days of insight, inspiration, networking and job hunting.

Collider Conference and Job Fair tickets are now available: http://colliderevents.com/tickets/

Collider is presented by Stash Media Inc., in association with CreativeHeads.net and the Post New York Alliance.

from the site:
Join us at COLLIDER and discover the right tools and strategies to solve your most pressing production, creative and staffing issues.

COLLIDER gathers 1,000+ attendees for a conference, job fair and master classes: three days of problem-solving talks, hard-hitting panels, top-level networking and serious job hunting.

As the only event of its kind on the East Coast, COLLIDER fills a massive gap in the creative, technical and staffing needs of digital production studios and talent.

Three days, 40 speakers and panelists, Job Fair, Master Classes and more.

Creative, production and management from: Animation, VFX and motion design studios, interactive studios, ad agencies, broadcasters, brands and freelancers.

What to expect:
- Find answers to your toughest production challenges
- Meet and network with top talent and studios
- Discover the problem solving secrets behind award winning projects
- Improve your software skills
- Hire that hard-to-find staffer or freelancer
- Find the perfect gig

Date and time:
June 9th, 2013 – Master classes
June 10-11th, 2013 – Conference and Job Fair

Register now and SAVE with Super Early Bird rates:
Conference Pass (incl. Job Fair) $279 (reg. $349)
Job Fair Ticket $35 (Reg. $45)

Hotel Pennsylvania
401 Seventh Ave at 33rd Street, New York, NY

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Monday, April 8, 2013

April 17th - Maya Users Group Meeting !

Borislav "Bobo" Petrov, and Thomas Phariss of Thinkbox (makers of Deadline, Frost & Krakatoa) will be joining us to demonstrate workflows with the new Krakatoa for Maya particle renderer.

Come learn how you can create awesome particle effects inside Maya, such as smoke, dust and plasma. Krakatoa allows you to generate hundreds of millions of particles using regular Maya particles or nParticles, import and manipulate 3rd party particle simulations from products like RealFlow, or convert geometry into point clouds and render them using various volumetric shading algorithms in a matter of seconds.



      Alex Scollay  of Clever Mammals will be discussing his use of KickStarter and amazons' EC2 to create  Vicki's Wish: a digitally illustrated book for iPad

    While working as a freelance artist in NYC, Alex has embarked on creating his own illustrated and animated book for the ipad.   Their kickstarter campaign was successful in raising over $5000 to aid in software, hardware, and use of Amazon's Cloud technology to help complete the project. He has agreed to come share what its like to take on such an ambitious project on your own.

Food and refreshments sponsored by Brad Porter of Great Eastern Technology

See you all there! please click here to RSVP

Wednesday, April 17th , 2013
7:00 PM - 9:30 pm
38W 21st Street, 9th Floor

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