The digital revolution has made comic book publishing a thing of the past. See and learn how virtual computer technology will revolutionize this field and allow every artist to have their fifteen minutes of fame.

Friday, February 29, 2008

TUTORIAL: Dry-for-Wet with Trapcode Particular

Mark Christiansen will show you how to create a rainstorm in this 45-minute tutorial that includes techniques for color correction, sky replacement and various uses of particles to create rain.

Mark is the author of After Effects Studio Techniques on intermediate and advanced techniques for creating realistic visual effects with Adobe After Effects. He shows how to use the Trapcode Particular plug–in to take a sunny exterior shot and create a downpour from out of the window of a moving car.

The preview is FREE and the full tutorial is $25.00. This tutorial comes in a Quicktime format that can be downloaded for a one-time charge. The tutorial is delivered in a compressed file format called an archive (.zip). These archive files are industry standards for keeping file size and download time to a minimum. Once the file has downloaded, your browser will "unstuff" the file revealing a folder with the tutorial movie and all related project elements inside.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

$8 Graphic Design website EARNS MILLIONS

Teen Millionaire

Not long ago, teenager Ashley Qualls lived in a one-bedroom apartment with her mom and sister. With her computer and savvy business sense she made a better life for all of them by buying her family a 4-bedroom house. She also built herself an office in the basement.

Ashley Qualls isn't your typical high school student because this 17-year-old is the CEO of a million-dollar business.

Ashley is the head of, a website she started when she was just 14 — with eight dollars borrowed from her mother. Now, only three years later, the website grosses more than $1 million a year and it provides Ashley and her working class family a sense of security they had never really had.

It all started with capitalism 101, the law of supply and demand. Ashley was also interested in graphic design just as the online social networking craze began to catch fire a few years ago.

When she saw her friends personalizing their MySpace pages, she began creating and giving away MySpace background designs through Whateverlife. The designs are always cheery, colorful and whimsical, with lots and lots of hearts, Ashley's favorites.

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Friday, February 22, 2008

Source for free (yes, FREE) ideas, pictures & footage

The Internet Archive is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form.

Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public.

The Archive's Moving Images library consists of free movies, films, and videos. This library contains thousands of digital movies which range from classic full-length films, commercials, to daily alternative news broadcasts, to videos of every genre uploaded by Archive users. Many of these movies are available for download.


Saturday, February 16, 2008

George Lucas brings new "Star Wars" to theaters

George Lucas proclaimed "Revenge of the Sith" would be his final "Star Wars" film, but the creator is taking another shot at silver screens with the animated "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" in movie theaters in August.

On Tuesday, Lucasfilm Ltd. and the Warner Bros. film studio said they would release the movie August 15th, just ahead of the fall debut of an animated TV series of the same name on cable television's Cartoon Network and TNT.

"I felt there were a lot more 'Star Wars' stories left to tell," Lucas said. "I was eager to start telling some of them through animation and, at the same time, push the art of animation forward."

The "Star Wars" series of six theatrical films is one of Hollywood's most lucrative franchises. It started with the initial "Star Wars" in 1977 and ended with 2005's "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith."

At the time of "Sith," Lucas said he would not make another "Star Wars" movie, but has said he was in development on the animated TV show. Lucas told Reuters he thought he might go back to making artistic films, although he never said exactly what he had on his mind.

The "Star Wars" movies tell about battles for intergalactic superiority in space, and "Clone Wars" promises more of the same stories -- only in animation. Key characters such as Anakin Skywalker and Padme Amidala will be joined by new heroes like Anakin's padawan learner, Ahsoka.

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Monday, February 11, 2008

The Bible as Graphic Novel, and a Samurai Stranger Called Christ

Mr. Ajinbayo Akinsiku says his Son of God is “a samurai stranger who’s come to town, in silhouette. Christ is a hard guy, seeking revolution and revolt, a tough guy,” here to shake things up in his new, much-abridged version of the Bible rooted in manga.

Mr. Akinsiku uses the pen name Siku and grew up in England and Nigeria in an Anglican family of Nigerian descent. Recently graduated from theology school in London, for years he has worked as an artist, and a rendering of the Bible was the best way of glorifying God, he said. He chose manga, the Japanese form of graphic novels.

“We present things in a very brazen way,” said Mr. Akinsiku, who hopes to become an Anglican priest and who is the author of “The Manga Bible: From Genesis to Revelation.”

Publishers with an eye for evangelism and for markets have long profited by directing Bibles at niche markets: just-married couples, teenage boys, teenage girls, recovering addicts. Often the lure is cosmetic, like a jazzy new cover.

Sales of graphic novels, too, have grown by double digits in recent years. So it makes sense that a convergence is under way, as graphic novels take up stories from the Bible, often in startling ways. In the last year, several major religious and secular publishing houses have announced or released manga religious stories.

The medium shapes the message. Manga often focuses on action and epic but much of the Bible, as a result, ends up on the cutting room floor, and what remains is a lot darker.

“It is the end of the World as we know it, and the end of a certain cultural idea of the Scriptures as a book, as the Book,” Timothy Beal, professor of religion at Case Western Reserve University, said of the reworking of the Bible in new forms, including manga. “It opens up new ways of understanding Scripture and ends up breaking the idols a bit.”

While known for characters with big eyes and catwalk poses, manga is also defined by a laconic, cinematic style, with characters often actng more than talking.

“It will convey the shock and freshness of the Bible in a unique way,”
the Most Rev. Rowan Williams, the archbishop of Canterbury is quoted as saying, in a blurb for the Manga Bible, which is published by Doubleday.

No doubt. In the Manga Bible, whose heroes look and sound like skateboarders in Bedouin gear, Noah gets tripped up counting the animals in the Ark: “That’s 11,344 animals? Arggh! I’ve lost count again. I’m going to have to start from scratch!”

Abraham rides a horse out of an explosion to save Lot. Og, king of Bashan, looms heavy like an early Darth Vader. The Sermon on the Mount did not make the book, though, because there was not enough action to it.

His book has been criticized by some manga bloggers as being too wordy. Mr. Akinsiku said the exposition gave readers a quick understanding of the Bible. His next project is a manga life of Christ. He has 300 pages to lay it out, which means there will be a lot more action, a lot less talking, something like Clint Eastwood in the Galilee.

The Manga Bible sold 30,000 copies in Great Britain, according to Doubleday. The print run in this country is 15,000, and it sells for $12.95.


Sunday, February 10, 2008

Apple and the Future of Movie Downloads

In the mid-1990s, Time Warner spent $10,000 a customer in Florida to demonstrate that downloading movies over cable lines was technologically possible and feasible. In 2008, movie downloads are still stuck in the "proof-of-concept" stage.

Apple's announced plans last month for an online movie rental service could be the spark that sets movie downloads alight in consumers' minds but not because Apple is offering a fundamentally new twist on VOD; because because it's Apple.

The movie download market today is remarkably similar to where online music was several years ago when Apple launched its first iPod. Back then, MP3 players dominated the marketplace. But they were largely niche products and most music that was played on them was pirated. Apple created the first cool digital music player that people wanted to own.

Steve Jobs was also the first technology executive with the heft in Hollywood who could actually cut deals with studio executives to allow enough legal content online to create a marketplace and demonstrate that making money from digital music was not only possible, but practical.

In 2008, most consumers still aren't all that interested in cable companies' movie VOD offerings -- largely because the studios are so worried about piracy and cannibalizing their existing TV syndication and DVD businesses that they haven't supplied enough really good product to interest subscribers.

Movie downloads from services like Netflix and CinemaNow are still largely a curiosity for hobbyists and people who don't know how to download the pirated stuff.

Until today, Apple hasn't fared that much better. It's sold only about seven million movies, compared to about four billion songs and 125 million TV shows.

Jobs has once again persuaded the studios to make vastly greater stores of content available to consumers. In exchange, he gives the tacit promise that he can create enough of a market to offset the inevitable increase in piracy that will occur when millions of new consumers realize how easy it is to download and share movies on their computers, iPods and TV sets. (Just look at the movie piracy rate in Korea, which has the world's most ubiquitous broadband).

Apple's movie rental service could be exactly the spark Hollywood needs to jumpstart its online cinema business. Or the spark could become a conflagration that devours industry profits. Or it could flop once again, just as so many for-profit video-on-demand ventures have since Time Warner first dipped its toes in Orlando.

The only certainty is the movie downloads -- legal or not -- are here to stay.

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Saturday, February 09, 2008


This is a fully licensed poster that has been converted to 3D from the original painting used in 1977 to promote the Star Wars movie using Synthetic Dimensions' proprietary Syndimation process.

To try and show the depth and detail Syndimation makes possible, we have prepared the animation running above. Don't be fooled by the competition. Other posters claiming to be 3D just look like pop-up books with a few flat layers giving an idea of depth. As you can see in the little movie above, our process results in a truly deep, 3D scene and allows us to incorporate special effects such as the glow from the light sabres and the shine on Vader's armour!

Is this what movie posters of the future will look like?


Thursday, February 07, 2008


All New Video Tutorials on Cinema 4D, Imagineer Motor, SideFX Houdini, Softimage Face Robot, NUKE, Avid Liquid, After Effects, FCP and more!