Since 2011, Andrew Burke has been having a blast creating photo mashups of iconic Nova Scotia scenery with a scifi twist. Burke is the creator of the locally popular ‘Star Ships Start Here’. An independent web developer by trade, Burke caught up with us to talk about his process, Nova Scotian roots and the importance of proof reading your merch.
Michael Lei has an extensive career as a 3D modeler and currently works at DHX media. In this career he has discovered the importance of knowing the tools of your community, and always searching for something new to learn. In fact with his huge range of experience we have two distinct topics for two distinct articles from just one interview. Here, we’ll talk about the tools and community that surround 3D animation.
Let me tell you a story.
When I was in high school, I remember when typewriters became computers and document processing a la touch typing became the darling-do.
Yes, I dated myself there. Cope and deal. I did a long time ago, you whipper-snappers. It could be worse: I could have regaled you with the brief fascination with daisy-wheels. We had 52 letters, 10 digits and a smattering of symbols. Tab-stops and the black-red ribbon were a goram innovation! I also remember cursively writing my middle-school creative writing assignments.
Why are you staring at me? I did it again. Damn.
I love watching movies, especially films in the Science-Fiction/Fantasy genre. I’m mesmerized by the sight of aliens, spaceships, giant robots, mutant creatures, and dragons. Visually, these elements are realized by a team of creative, talented and skilled Designers, Animators and Visual Effects Artists using the latest digital tools to bring them to life. These same tools, Computer Graphics or CG Animation programs, usually cost thousands of dollars and are targeted to the Animation/Visual Effects studios involved in feature film and TV projects. (more…)