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19 April 2009

I’ll be at NAB; please find me and say hello if you’ll be there too. You can find me at the fxphd party Monday evening if you’re a member there, I’ll be doing a book signing in the NAB Bookstore (North Hall) Tuesday at noon (you don’t have to buy a book to come say […]

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Updates, Upcoming, Unbelievable

7 February 2009

First of all, hello to everyone who arrived here after hearing about this site on the VFX Show podcast (already released at this writing), That Post Show (upcoming), or via the newest edition of my book. Briefly, this update comes to you from my home base of San Francisco, where I’ll be making a live […]

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Prep, Shoot, Post-its

25 January 2008

Readers of this blog may also be aware of Eric Escobar’s blog Prep, Shoot, Post. Last week he described prep, shoot and post on a rather ambitious green-screen commercial project and it just so happens I’m the vfx supervisor. I’m a little late to the party and suddenly realized I should blog about little things […]

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After Effects CS3 Studio Techniques: In The Can

15 October 2007

I should by all rights be drinking champagne this evening, given that the final contents of the new book were all submitted first thing this morning. However, like so many creative projects, closure in this case feels quite anti-climactic and the only real closure comes from holding the printed copy in your hands. This “hands” […]

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After Effects CS3: Official Top Ten

27 March 2007

Among the marketing materials for After Effects CS3 is this official list of the top new features. I’ll be following up with my own spin on the top ten shortly. Meanwhile, no official word on the public beta – for now, the rumors remain just that. Adobe seems to be on top of their marketing […]

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Quality in the Age of YouTube

9 February 2007

The unanimous choice among CG/FX types for the best Super Bowl ad this year is the Psyop Coke spot (which many of us had seen in some form last year ). And now, a radical thought: the job of advertisements is to sell product. Did Coca Cola sales jump as the result of that ad? […]

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11 January 2007

Still trying to get my blog legs, evidently, but why not the topic de la semaine. Apparently Apple is no longer a computer company, and Macworld no longer features actual Macs. Fine. I can’t wait to see MotionShake ’08 get all Minority Report on a 30″ display with pinch and scroll. “Hold on, let me […]

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A bit more Newton than Einstein

31 December 2006

It’s certainly gratifying as an author to hear about a disputed fact instead than a plain old error. Some books have whole web pages for errata, but thanks in part to the professionalism of Peachpit (a.k.a. Adobe Press), the publisher, as well as my technical editor Alexandre Czetwertynski (Parisian filmmaker now in L.A. who got […]

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Doctor of Philosophy, Illusionist

21 December 2006

As mentioned in the Filmmaking Central interview, I’m teaching a class based on After Effects 7.0 Studio Techniques at in this, its third term. The class was just uploaded yesterday, and so if you’re actually interested in the class and this announcement has taken you by surprise, no worries – it’s possible to sign […]

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