Had the privilege to speak at the first ever Unity Kuala Lumpur on 28th November 2018. Unity has just launched the new High Definition Render Pipeline (HDRP), and at the recent UNITE LA, Visual Effects Graph. UNITY is not just a tool for games anymore, it's being used for Film, Visual Effects and Animation. My talk was based on just that. Realtime Rendering is taking the Film industry by storm. Waiting for a render will be a thing of the past. Read more about Unity's roadmap at https://unity.com/solutions/film?_ga=2.6978994.1817846227.1541431892-1873675641.1539690563
ADOBE ANNOUNCES MAJOR UPDATES AT MAX 2018
Today at Adobe MAX, Adobe announced major updates to Creative Cloud applications including Photoshop CC, Lightroom CC, Illustrator CC, InDesign CC, Premiere Pro CC and Adobe XD.
Check out following link for a complete overview of all new features and products:
Adobe also introduced Adobe Premiere Rush CC, the first all-in-one, easy-to-use video editing app for social media creators, simplifying video creation and sharing on platforms including YouTube and Instagram.
Adobe previewed new iPad versions of Adobe Photoshop CC and Project Gemini, a drawing app, reinforcing the company’s commitment to delivering high-performance apps that work seamlessly across surfaces.
EFXCO, TEGAS and Petrosar are organising a 1-day "VR MADE EASY" workshop in Kuching, Sarawak. You'll how to make VR content in a few hours using Unity and Blender. I will show you how simple the process is...sign up at http://bit.ly/vrkch
MaGIC Affiliate Program (MAfP) is an online platform that connects aspiring entrepreneurs with quality training providers. MAfP programs will run both as workshops and courses for entrepreneurs. In line with the launch of MAfP, MaGIC will be conducting several pilot sessions (for FREE) which start on the 17th of February until end mid April.
Join Hussin Khan (Adobe Certified Instructor) for a 2-hour session on "Making Visual for Content Marketing using Adobe Photoshop". You'll learn:
• Using basic selection tools and edge refinement to isolate and edit parts of an image.
• Manipulate layers through ordering, positioning, scaling, rotation, and adjustments.
• Create composite images that demonstrate advanced selection and layering techniques.
• Prepare images for Web and print output with appropriate sizing and resolution.
• Apply selection-based masks, gradient masks, blend modes to create sophisticated image effects.
• Create adjustment layers for editable, non-destructive changes to image coloration and exposure.
• Set and modify typography using the full range of type tools, the Character panel, and the Paragraph panel.
• Apply special effects to typography using masks, paths, and layer styles.
• Use preset brushes and custom brushes to colorise images, enhance images, and build illustrations.
• Stylise images by combining filters with blending and masks.
• Evaluate and correct image imperfections using adjustment layers, and retouching tools.
Details & registration at: https://events.bizzabo.com/204023
HKVFX, a Malaysian visual effects training centre, is tying up with Europe’s Escape Studios to help grow the country’s animation and visual effects talent pool.
The partnership will see Escape Studios experts visiting HKVFX regularly to train educators and students, while qualified students from HKVFX may be sent overseas to Escape Studios for further training and to get exposure to the international scene.
The two companies are in the process of finalising the syllabus for the local market.
“Currently, the syllabus is being looked at by industry players, so we are interested to find out if we can work together to come up with a syllabus for the Malaysian training,” said HKVFX founder Hussin Khan.
“Our plan is to have trainers coming down from Escape Studios quite often, perhaps every quarter at least.
“We want to have a catalyst kind of concept, where they train the trainers first, then the trainers can train the students,” he said after the two companies had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in Cyberjaya on Aug 23.
HKVFX and Escape Studios have yet to decide how much they will charge students.
“We are still in the midst of discussing this with Escape Studios,” said Hussin. “Escape Studios’ fees are quite high, so we need to discuss with them on making it more affordable for Malaysian students.”
According to Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) director of creative content and technologies Hasnul Hadi Samsudin, the move by HKVFX will help Malaysia grow its talent base and thus capture a larger piece of the global animation pie which is estimated to be worth over US$1 trillion.
“Malaysia continues to show massive potential in the creative content industry, year after year. Based on MDEC’s internal analysis, by 2020, the creative content industry will provide 11,000 jobs requiring this skillset.
“Currently, we are seeing a healthy pipeline in terms of international studios setting up their presence in the country,” he added.
But more can be done, by other parties too.
For example, Hussin said that the National Firm Development Corporation Malaysia (or Finas) should consider bringing back the Creative Lifelong Learning Programme (CILL) to help spur the growth of creative talent in the country.
The programme offered grants to creative multimedia industry practitioners and students.
“I was told that Finas is putting the programme on hold for now … but this thing needs to go on,” said Hussin.
“The programme allowed you to go to overseas for fully-funded training. People have gone to the New York Film Academy, to Europe and other places. The only thing they need to do when they get the funding is to work for the industry in Malaysia for three years.
“I hope this will go on for another four to five because five years is too short to grow the industry,” he added.
Are you interested in a career in Visual Effects? Then look no more! Introducing our new VFX courses. We're collaborating with ESCAPE Studios (UK), HAZ Film (UK) and The Foundry to make you 'studio-ready'.
A chance to work on a Sci-Fi feature currently in production and getting credited in the film and on IMDB. That's not all, you'll also get Personal Growth and Financial Guidance from a well-known business growth expert, Jeevan Sahadevan.
ESCAPE Studio's Head of Compositing, Davi Stein, will be in Malaysia to conduct the NUKE Compositing sessions and Producer/Writer/Director Hasraf 'Haz' Dulull will be mentoring the Production Management and Live-Action shooting sessions.
Courses start August 8th, details at here.
About the workshop
With today's VFX Production getting demanding and ambitious - yet the schedule and budgets are getting tighter, it's apparent that the next generation of Producers need to be VFX savvy more than ever to manage and deliver the shows on time and on budget.
This is a workshop for anyone interested in the field of Visual Effects Production Management, or who is currently looking to make the step up into VFX producing whether you are a Studio Owner, Director, VFX Supervisor, VFX Co-coordinator or even a VFX Artist helping your client to meet their budget. By the end of the course you will have the knowledge and hands-on experience to do just that.
About the trainer
With over 15+ years in the visual effects industry with several award nominations under his belt for his VFX Supervision work, HaZ moved into writing and directing with his short films. Project Kronos went viral and landed him a Hollywood manager and film deal and the rest followed like a rollercoaster ride with HaZ shortly tapped to direct the animated promo prequel for Universal’s - 47 Ronin.
HaZ continues to direct projects in various media forms and is currently in production a few feature film projects, whilst also developing VR Projects with his keen interest in technology and story telling.
Check out his recent short film SYNC which is currently now in development for the feature film version.
HKVFX and The Foundry are proud to bring you a 2-day hands-on workshop by Hugo Guerra (UK).
Hugo is an award winning VFX Supervisor and Director working in the industry since 1999, His clients, include; Fire Without Smoke, The Mill, Nexus Productions, JellyFish Pictures, Atomic Arts, The Foundry, FXPHD, FTrack, Escape Studios, NFTS (among others)
In 2010 he joined The Mill as a VFX Supervisor and Head of the Nuke Department working in some of the best commercials in the world including the Call of Duty ‘Ghosts’ in-game cinematics and the BBC Music “God only Knows”.
Since 2014, Hugo has been Working very closely with Fire Without Smoke, a agency specialised in Video Games marketing, He just finishing working as a Cinematic Director in the latest Trailers for Square Enix’s Just Cause 3, Space Ape’s Rival Kingdoms and for Sony’s PS4 exclusive Until Dawn.
Full details of the workshop can be found here
In our aim to take your VFX knowledge to international standards, we are proud to announce that we are working with ESCAPE STUDIOS (part of PEARSON COLLEGE, LONDON) for our upcoming 6-week, NUKE CERTIFIED ARTIST programme.
Davi Stein, Head of 2D at ESCAPE STUDIOS, will be mentoring you on topics such as, What makes a good vfx artist in a competitive high-end market? Creating an effective showreel, How is nuke being used in other media industries and it's future? What are the different roles of Compositors in the international market? complete topics here.
Davi has an impressive range of compositing experience and works with us as a compositing tutor. It’s hard to know where to start with her credits, because she’s worked on so many iconic films. Davi was Senior Compositor on ‘The Dark Knight’, ‘Where The Wild Things Are’, ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader’ and ‘Australia’. She also composited the Davy Jones character for ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest’ and the Hall of Prophecies sequence for ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’. Last but not least, Davi was also part of the incredible teams that worked on ‘The Matrix Reloaded’ and ‘The Matrix Revolutions’. She’s worked in almost all of the major post-production houses in Soho, from Framestore to Cinesite and Double Negative, as well as US-based Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), Blue Sky Studios and Tippett Studio.
The programme is designed to prepare you to become a well versed Visual Effects artist.
Programme details can be found here. If you are a Malaysian, currently involved in the Creative Industry, you may apply for FINAS' Creative Industry Lifelong Learning programme funding.
NUKE CERTIFIED ARTIST training is scheduled to start on 14th September, 2015. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for inquiries.