Friday, February 13, 2015

CRASHING MAYA - tutorials tips and tricks from Alex Cheparev

 Local Artist and Modeler extraoridnair and teacher at SVA Alex Cheparev is giving back with  a series of tips tricks and tutorials on his YouTube Channel.

 Check out his page, and be sure to hit up on techniques you'd like to see him cover. 

I particularly like his method for fixing poles on spheres to make all quad models, but be sure to subscribe and collect all his videos, and the ones to come.

another example from his channel

( polygon wedge tool)

Friday, February 6, 2015

An Evening with Joe Letteri at the Museum of the Moving Image


Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35 Avenue / Astoria, NY

Visual Effects Master: An Evening with Joe Letteri and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Wednesday, February 11, 7:00 p.m.

Followed by a screening of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in 3-D

Presented in partnership with the Visual Effects Society, New York

Five-time Academy Award winner Joe Letteri will give an exclusive behind-the-scenes presentation of his work on the Oscar-nominated Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Letteri is one of the world’s leading visual effects artists. The emotional richness and complexity of the apes in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is just the latest achievement, along with his stunning work on The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, in a truly remarkable career that earned him his Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects on Avatar, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, and King Kong. He also received a special Technical Achievement Award from the Academy for the subsurface scattering technique that brought Gollum to life. In this very special program, Letteri will present work on Dawn and other films, including content created exclusively for this event that will provide an inside look at the work of Weta Digital, the New Zealand company that was founded by Peter Jackson and is widely considered to be the premier visual effects studio.

This one-hour presentation will be followed by a screening of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in 3-D

 (Dir. Matt Reeves. 2014, 130 mins. Dolby Digital 3-D. With Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Andy Serkis.)

Tickets: $20
NYC Maya User Group members receive 20% off tickets with the code VFX

purchase tickets and make reservations at the Museum Of Moving Image website: