Daz 3D are looking for beasts.
Their new 3D game needs assets created by you. The game looks to be anime style with players breeding and riding beasts of various forms. With the range of models, Hexagon, Carrara, DazStudio and Bryce they should have everything needed to achieve such a project and with a large number of people regularly visiting the site I'm sure the standards will be high. The project is also backed with a website, forums, mentors, design guides and some industry experts.
Read more in an interview with David Perry who is directing the project.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Daz 3D are looking for beasts.
Friday, July 27, 2007
I was just reading about Microsoft's Compute Cluster and how it used the Message Passing Interface (MPI) protocol to share the work across the nodes. This caused me to wonder what kind of protocols the various distributed rendering solutions used. As far as I can tell the network rendering in Carrara uses a proprietory solution that uses broadcasts TCP packets over a Lan. Piovra one of the Blender network projects uses TCP sockets and custom commands. For software such as Maya there also seems to be no standardisation.
The advantage of introducing some form of standardisation is that there will be more tools for debugging, analysing and possiblities of performance increases by swapping in newer libraries. The developers can concentrate on writing code for dealing with the graphics and UIs rather than on writing low level code for networking and distributing processes.
Given that Blender, DazStudio, Vue and Poser all use Python as an internal scripting language, they could use the Python version of MPI although I am slightly puzzled by some of the comments in their manual that implies that the messages passed from here would not be compatible with the C versions. There would also need to be a standardise language for describing the rendering processes.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
I've kind of been stockpiling Aardman news so here's a whole bunch of announcements together.
Aardman's been making a few changes internally, new writers Matthew Graham, Peter Baynham and Ashley Pharoah have joined and Sarah Smith in the Aardman Features. Sarah has been promoted to Creative Director.
The Creature Comforts US series has been cancelled before CBS has had chance to show all of the episodes. You can join the petition to get it back on air. CBS claim that it was looking for higher ratings. However some lucky people got to see an unaired episode at Platform International Animation Festival in Portland.
Shaun the Sheep however goes from strength to strength by winning the Cristal for Best Television at this Annecy International Animation Festival. 'The Pearce Sisters' by Luis Cook won the Special Jury Award. You can watch a couple of clips of the harsh life by the sea that these sisters endure on the Aardman website.
The new projects in the pipeline are:
'The Cat Burglars', a comedy heist that follows a gang of milk-pilfering stray cats as they pull off their biggest ever job - the 'Great Milk Float Robbery'. Steve Box directs this claymation film
'Operation Rudolph' an action-adventure comedy set on Christmas night. It shows the North Pole operation as an exhilarating ultra high-tech military procedure on a massive scale, revealing how Santa and his huge army of combat elves can actually get round the whole world in one night.
'Pirates! Adventure with Scientists' will be directed by Peter Lord.
The story from Gideon Defoe sees the Pirate Captain and Charles Darwin travel from the pirate dens of Port Royal to the streets of Victorian London stumbling on his arch-rival Black Bellamy and the Elephant Man in a plot to save the last dodo from the dining table of Queen Victoria. Gideon Defoe is working on the script with Peter Lord and Gnomeo and Juliet writers Andy Riley and Kevin Cecil
A new (non Wallace and Gromit) project from Nick Park and 2 other projects.
For those of you who followed the "Purple and Brown" series on Youtube, you should love the new series Pib and Pob that is now available on Atom Films.
The latest Pib and Pog films are directed by Peter Peake who directed the origional film back in 1993/4. He's also been involved with a big selection of other Aardman projects including Creature Comforts and Rex the Runt.
Finally, Aardman films should also soon be available on Joost.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
William Heath Robinson is famous for making over elaborate machines held together with string and made from old brooms and pieces of furniture. He illustrated the Professor Branestawm books by Norman Hunter and has been used in advertising things such as Guinness. One of the automatic analysis machines built for Bletchley Park during the Second World War to assist in the decryption of German message traffic was named "Heath Robinson" in his honour.
Geoffrey Beare has edited together a collection of the wackiest machines in this newly published Heath Robinson Contraptions book.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Studio Ghibli's latest film comes to the UK on August 3rd.
Goro Miyazaki's latest creation contains all of the elements expected, fantastically detailed painted backdrops, colourful characters and fantasy animals. The story is based on the book series from Ursula Le Guin. The film will be shown in both subtitled and dubbed versions. The English voice artists include Timothy Dalton, Matt Levin and Blaire Restaneo.
The UK website was not working when I tried it last but here's the Australian link that will give you access
The London International Animation Festival is back this year at the Curzon Soho and the dates have been set for 21st August to 26th August. Over the six days 200 films will be shown from 28 countries. The programme has not yet been finalised but I'm sure it will soon be appearing one their website.