Sculpt deformers are spherical objects which create rounded deformations. They can be used to simulate effects such as liquid pumping through tubes, or a character chewing and swallowing food. Lattice and Wrap deformers are unique in how they allow you to deform surfaces with low-res shapes. The potential uses are therefore quite varied: a high-res NURBS patch-model can have facial expressions designed using just 40 points, a character can be animated squeezing itself through a keyhole, a dynamic simulation can have its performance quadrupled, and so on. This lecture addresses several examples with a focus on workflow and application.
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Alex is founder and director of The Gnomon Workshop and of Gnomon School of Visual Effects in Hollywood. Alex has been published in industry magazines, websites, and books - plus he has taught courses at several major trade conferences. His character animation projects have appeared on many computer graphics websites, on the cover of the 'Maya Character Animation' book published by New Riders, and his 'Zufuhr' project was commissioned by Alias for their Siggraph stage presentations. Alex is president of the Los Angeles Alias Users Group and sits on the Advisory Board for Highend3D.com. Prior to Gnomon, Alex worked for Alias, as a consultant and trainer for studios in the Los Angeles area. Alex is an alumni of the Art Center College of Design and the University of Pennsylvania. For more of Alex's work, visit: www.alexalvarez.com.Review:
I've watched Alex Alvarez's training DVDs on Dynamics... and they are amazing! I've learned so much from the lectures, they have helped make me a better visual effects artist. I started using Maya for effects animation when I joined Square USA for the film "Final Fantasy" about 4 years ago. I wish I had these DVDs then. Well, better late than never. --Andy Chen - Effects Animator, Dreamworks Feature Animation
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