Explain workflow processes and scripting tools for rendering and the creation of various effects
Create high-end Hollywood AAA movie FX
Fracture and create realistic destruction of surfaces, buildings, and other VFX shots
Create realistic fire, smoke, and explosions VFX for film production
In visual effects (VFX), there are many challenges that commonly come up. There is also a necessary set of skills required to accomplish 99% of the projects we take on. In this class, we will take a look at many of the key effects techniques that are used in Autodesk® 3ds Max® software. We will cover initial shot setup, look at tips, tricks, and processes, and discuss scripting and other areas of effects. We will also talk about many commonly used effects such as fracturing, simulating rigid bodies, and creating explosions, fire, smoke, and magic effects. All of these are techniques from recent feature films and approached in a way to provide strong basic knowledge that you can apply to a majority of the challenges that come up day to day in visual effects. The class will cover earthquakes, building destruction, fire, smoke, explosions. We will also provide some advanced rendering and compositing techniques as well as theory and workflow information.
Visual effects artists working with 3ds Max in feature films, commercials, or games; technical directors who do lots of particle and dynamics effects
Allan McKay is an award winning Visual Effects Supervisor and Director, originating from the Gold Coast of Australia, now living in Los Angeles in the United States, working for over 16 years - for Hollywood studios including Warner Bro’s, Prime Focus Company – Frantic Films, Emmy award winning Digital Dimension and Oscar nominated Blur Studio, as well as George Lucas’ Emmy award winning company Industrial Light and Magic.
Working primarily on Hollywood films, some of his more recent effects sequences have been for Transformers 3, Looper, Flight, Priest, The Last Airbender, Superman Returns, Dracula 3D, Daybreakers, Blade Trinity, Exorcist: The Beginning, Paycheck, Scooby Doo 2, and dozens of other feature films. In addition to being tied to various Oscar and Emmy award winning projects, Allan has been awarded as an Autodesk Max Master.
Autodesk products, in particular the entertainment creation suites, offer an opportunity to reinvent learning in language arts, social studies, and other core academic classes. By using a game or movie development approach to core subject learning, you can motivate your students to learn with the use of tools such as Autodesk® 3ds Max®, Autodesk Maya®, and other software products. The variety of Autodesk products, combined with the general principles that have already seen amazing classroom success, could reignite a passion for learning in so many students and schools. You can be part of the solution, as a mentor or teacher or business.
During this class, you will learn the best practices and typical approaches involved when developing custom tools for Autodesk® 3ds Max®, Autodesk® Maya®, Autodesk® Softimage®, and Autodesk® MotionBuilder® software. We will cover scripting and programming languages and discuss the numerous APIs and SDKs available from Autodesk. This class will help you grasp what you can do beyond what is available out of the box in Autodesk entertainment creation suites.
This class covers using Autodesk media and entertainment suites to quickly create commercials and independent feature film visual effects. The class will use real-world examples from our recent projects, including the Moshi Monsters™ worldwide Easter weekend TV spot, 2 (RED EPIC®) indie feature films on which we used Autodesk® 3ds Max and Autodesk® Maya® Fluids software, Kinect® Sports Season 2 VFX, Microsoft® Fable®: The Journey motion graphics, and our work for the acclaimed 3D visualization of the London Blackfriars station. In this class, I will demonstrate the entire production suite, showing techniques we have used to streamline our pipeline between applications and to use the best features of each application. I will also present some tips you can use.