miércoles, 19 de diciembre de 2012

Misc: How rejection breeds creativity


http://99u.com/tips/7251/How-Rejection-Breeds-Creativity?utm_source=Triggermail&utm_medium=email&utm_term=ALL&utm_campaign=MIH%20-%20December%2012&utm_content=FinalIn 2006, Stefani Germanotta had hit a turning point in her career. She had quit a rigorous musical theatre program at an elite college to focus on her musical passion and, after a year of hard work and little income, had signed a deal with Def Jam records.  But this promise wouldn't last. Just three months after signing, Def Jam changed its mind about Stefani's unusual style and released her from her contract.
Rejected, Stefani went back the drawing board, working in clubs and experimenting with new performers and new influences. These experiments produced a new sound that was drawing positive attention from critics and fans. Within a year, there was another offer; this one from Interscope Records. Nearly two years after her initial rejection, Stefani was finally able to introduce her sound and her self to the world – as Lady Gaga.

Rejection happens and, when it does, how we respond to it matters. Lady Gaga responded by experimenting with new influences and making her sound more unique. Just as Gaga experienced, recent research suggests that when most of us experience rejection, it can actually enhance our creativity, depending on how we respond to it.

In a series of experiments, researchers led by Sharon Kim of Johns Hopkins University sought to examine the impact of rejection on individuals' creative output. In the first experiment, participants were given a series of personality questions and told they would be considered for participation in several group exercises in the future. 

Rejection happens and, when it does, how we respond to it matters.


When the participants returned to the laboratory a week later, some of them were asked to complete a few tasks before joining their group (inclusion), others were told that the none of the groups had chosen them and they would need to complete their tasks independently (rejection).

The tasks in the experiment were a series of rapid associative tests (RAT), a common measurement of divergent thinking. A RAT question works by presenting three seemingly unrelated words (e.g. fish, mine, and rush) and asking participants to think of a single word that can be added to all three to create a meaningful term (e.g. gold; goldfish, gold mine, gold rush). The RAT question is a useful measurement because it requires both elements of creative thinking: novelty and usefulness.

When they calculated the results, the researchers found that "rejected" participants significantly outperformed those that were included in a group. But that wasn't all the researchers found. Embedded in the personality questions was a measurement of how individualistic or collective participants viewed themselves (called independent or dependent self-concept). Those who had test results that labeled them as independent showed even greater gains in creativity after feeling rejection. Consider the difference between those who respond to rejection by sulking versus those who respond by rolling up their sleeves and thinking "I'll show them."

Those who had test results that labeled them as independent showed even greater gains in creativity after feeling rejection.


The researchers wanted to know if this independent self-concept could be manipulated. Could people be put into a mindset that dealt with rejection in a way that enhanced their creative output? To answer this, they reran their experiment with a slight tweak. Instead of embedding the self-concept measurement in their personality questions and examining correlations afterward, participants' self concept was altered or "primed" through a simple activity designed to focus participants either on themselves or on how they fit into a larger group. Remarkably, even a task as small as circling the singular "I" or plural "we" pronouns in a story was enough to alter their self-concept and affect their response to rejection.

As they expected, participants primed with an independent self-concept solved significantly more RAT problems following rejection than those primed to think collectively. The results were conclusive: rejection breeds creativity, especially for those who consider themselves highly independent. In final a follow-up study, the researchers found the same trend using a different measurement of creativity.

Taken together, these experiments hold interesting implications for responding to rejection. While it is never a comfortable experience, the feelings of rejection can actually help us access our more creative selves. Free from the expectations of group norms, we can push the limits of novelty. Moreover, we can enhance that ability by changing the way we respond to rejection. Instead of dwelling too much on the pain of being turned down or turned aside, consider the freedom you now have to explore new possibilities and less mainstream options.


Feelings of rejection can actually help us access our more creative selves.


Being rejected is often a statement that you (or your ideas) are too far from the current mainstream to be considered safe or comfortable. This could actually be a good thing. You're ahead of your time. While the group or client may not believe they need you right away, the world probably does. If you're too far from the mainstream, you could be the one pushing progress forward.

Consider how Lady Gaga's work was too unique for Def Jam, but was an international hit just two years later with Interscope. Decades before Gaga, George Bernard Shaw, the Nobel Prize winning writer, weighed in on the same phenomenon, saying "The reasonable man adapts himself to the conditions that surround him. The unreasonable man adapts surrounding conditions to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man."

lunes, 17 de diciembre de 2012

Film: Brave, Pixar and math

Interesting video by Inigo Quilez about how maths were used in Brave to create the forest.

miércoles, 12 de diciembre de 2012

Misc: 5 Easy ways to stay motivated


No matter what you do for a living, the key to success is superlative performance, day after day after day. And that’s only possible if you make optimism, expectancy, and enthusiasm part of your daily experience.
That’s easy if you’re pursuing your life’s dearest dreams.  But what if, like almost everybody else in this world, you’ve got a job that’s not exactly perfect. Here’s how to remain a go-getter, even when the getting gets tough:
STEP #1: Realize That YOU Are in Control
Your attitude isn’t controlled by the outside world.  That’s an illusion, a fantasy that, if you believe it, you’re simply using to escape responsibility for managing this all-important part of your career.
For example, if you run into snowstorm that’s making you late to a customer meeting, you can get frustrated and start cursing…, or you can look forward to the appreciation that the customer might feel because you were committed enough to fight the weather to make the meeting.
Similarly, when the economy goes south, you can start obsessing about how it’s going to affect your job, or you can be one of those individuals who use tighter budgets as a way to streamline operations, develop new markets and create innovations.
It’s all in how you see it!
STEP #2: Neutralize Your Negative Triggers
Stop letting exterior events trigger negative thoughts.
For example, suppose you’re traveling to a customer meeting but keep running into red lights and traffic delays. That IS a problem, but if you get flustered, you’ve got TWO problems: the fact that you’re late, and the fact that you’re flustered.
And if you walk into the meeting flustered, the customer might wonder if you’re moody and unreliable. So now you’ve got THREE problems.
To get a better result (and achieve a better attitude), modify your interpretation of exterior events that tend to trigger a negative outlook. Once the events in your life take on a different, more useful meaning, they won’t trigger a bad attitude.
For example, while the delays may be making you late, use the extra time to collect your thoughts, consider your options, and decide on a damage control strategy. Or use the time to come up with a better schedule, so that you always leave plenty of time, just in case there’s traffic.
As a mentor of mine once said: “Life is like those signs that say ‘You Are Here’  What you make of where you are is up to you.”
STEP #3: Detoxify Your Media Consumption
Much of today’s news programming consists of “if it bleeds it leads” stories followed by commercials offering some form of (often addictive) security or comfort. The constant flow of negative imagery automatically creates a negative attitude about life, the world, and everything in it.
If you want to maintain a positive attitude, you MUST reduce or even eliminate your exposure to broadcast news programming. Rather than waste time with that garbage, add material and content into your life that will help you become more successful (like this column!)
Start and end each day reading something positive! When you’re on the road, rather than listening to negative, emotionally-charged talk radio, listen to motivational tapes, music that raises your spirits, or maybe great literature.
STEP #4: Avoid Negative People
You probably have one or more friends, relatives, or acquaintances who make you feel tired and drained. They always seem to have something sour to say; criticisms come to their lips far more quickly than compliments.
Such folk are toxic to your attitude (and hence to your success) because, if they’re not actively tearing down your enthusiasm, they’re trying to get you to think the same way about the world as they do.  What a drag!  Literally.
If you want to maintain a positive attitude, consider sharply limiting your daily exposure to such people. Don’t show up at the daily “water cooler complain-fest.” Don’t go to lunch with the “grouse and grumble” crowd. If you’ve got family members who are constantly negative, tune them out.
STEP #5: Adopt a Positive Vocabulary
The words that you use—both what you speak aloud and your internal dialogue—have a vast influence in how you perceive what’s happening in the world. All words carry a certain amount of emotional baggage, inherent in their exact definition and the way that they’ve been used in the past.
For instance, the words “despise,” “hate,” and “dislike” mean essentially the same thing, but carry very different emotional baggage. If you “dislike” something, but tell yourself that you “hate it” over and over and over, it will intensify the original emotion.
To keep a positive attitude, use weak words for negative feelings and strong words for positive ones. This thwarts the downward spiral of negative feelings and words, and accelerates the upward spiral of positive feelings and words.

martes, 11 de diciembre de 2012

Misc:8 Beliefs That Make You More Resilient

http://www.inc.com/geoffrey-james/8-beliefs-that-make-you-more-resilient.html?cid=em01013week50


Most people live lives of quiet desperation because they focus on things that they cannot control: outside events, stuff that happened in the past and what other people are thinking. As a result, they fail to focus on what they CAN control: their own beliefs, their own attitude, their own emotions, and their own behavior.
Of these four things, by far the most important are your beliefs, because what you believe about work and life largely determines how you feel (your attitude and emotions) and what actions you take (your resulting behavior.)
In my view, there are eight personal beliefs that not only will propel you completely out of desperation but give you the emotional oomph to handle just about anything the business world throws at you. 

Here they are:
1. Today's success can breed tomorrow's failure if I let success make me complacent about staying motivated and moving forward.
2. I learn more from failure than from success. Failure renews my humility, sharpens my objectivity and makes me more resilient.
3. Goals that contain the phrase "I'll try..." are self-defeating. If I want goals that truly motivate me, I use phrases like "I will" and "I must."
4. What holds most people back is fear of failure, but if I don't take action, I'll fail by default, so what have I got to lose?
5. What I say reinforces what I think, so if something is about to come out of my mouth that doesn't serve my purpose, I should simply keep my mouth shut.
6. I am responsible for my own happiness, so when other people are unkind to me, it reminds me to be kind to myself.
7. There are five magic words that make even the most difficult business situation easier to handle. Those magic words are: "Do not take it personally."
8. While there are situations (such as a death in the family) where strong emotions are appropriate, most business situations are not worth even an ounce of misery.
I wish I could say that I figured out these beliefs all by myself, but frankly I'm not that smart. They're based upon conversations with Art Mortell and Omar Periu, who know more about motivation and personal growth than I'll ever know.

lunes, 10 de diciembre de 2012

Misc: The wonderful world of clients


Misc: The power of negative thinking



Lie back and picture life after your ambitions are fulfilled, the motivational gurus used to say, and you'll bring that end result closer to reality. Make an effort to visualize every detail – the finished screenplay sitting pretty on your desk, the gushing reviews in the paper, the sports car parked outside.

The gurus claimed these images would galvanize your determination. They said you could use the power of positive thinking to will success to happen. But then some important research came along that muddied the rosy picture.
Gabriele Oettingen's psychology lab at New York University has shown that visualizing our aims as already achieved can backfire. The positive imagery can be inspiring at first but it also tricks the mind into relaxing, as if the hard work is done. This means the more compelling the mental scene of success, the more likely it is that your energy will seep away.

In the study, volunteers felt de-energized after visualizing success in an essay competition. In another, participants who fantasised about their goals for the coming week felt less energetic and achieved fewer of their goals.

Why Picturing Future Obstacles Actually Helps

A related problem with picturing what life will be like after we've achieved our goals is that it encourages us to gloss over the obstacles to success that are standing in our way. While the fantasy about our successful new fashion line or our future gym-fit physique might give us a frisson of excitement, it also distracts us from the practical steps we need to put in place to turn dream into reality. Of course you need to have an end goal in mind – purpose and direction are vital – but just as important is to think hard about the hurdles lying in wait.

Oettingen's team call this strategy "mental contrasting" – thinking about how wonderful it would be to achieve your goals, while paying due attention to where you're at now and all the distance and difficulties that lie in between. 

Visualizing our aims as already achieved can backfire.


Two weeks after a group of mid-level managers at four hospitals in Germany were trained in this mental contrasting technique, research by Oettingen's group showed they'd achieved more of their short-term goals than their colleagues who'd missed out on the training, and they found it easier to make planning decisions. That's another benefit of mental contrasting: by thinking realistically about the obstacles to success, it helps us pick challenges that we're likely to win and avoid wasting time on projects that are going nowhere.

Have a go – think of one of your ambitions, write down three benefits of succeeding, but then pause and consider the three main obstacles in your way, and write those down, too. Going through this routine will help ensure you direct your motivation and energy where it's needed most, and help you identify if this particular goal is a non-starter.

It's worth noting, however, that mental contrasting works best as a counter-point to high morale and expectations of success. When you're feeling confident, it ensures your positive energy is channelled strategically into the tasks and activities that are essential for progress. (If you're feeling low and struggling to get going on any project at all, then this is not the technique for you.)

Positive Feedback as a Multiplier for Progress

One scenario when we're likely to be flush with confidence and optimism is after receiving positive feedback. In a more recent study, Gabriele Oettingen and her colleagues tested the value of mental contrasting in a simulation of just such a situation.

By thinking realistically about the obstacles to success, it helps us pick challenges that we're likely to win and avoid wasting time.


Dozens of volunteers took part in what they thought was an investigation into creativity. Half the study participants were given false feedback on a test of their creative potential, with their results inflated to suggest that they'd excelled. In advance of the main challenge – a series of creative insight problems – some of the participants were then taught mental contrasting: writing about how good it would feel to smash the problems, and then writing about the likely obstacles to achieving that feat, such as daydreaming.

The best performers on the insight problems were those participants who'd received the positive feedback about their potential and who'd performed mental contrasting. They out-classed their peers who'd received inflated feedback but only indulged in positive thoughts, and they outperformed those participants who'd received negative feedback (regardless of whether they, too, performed mental contrasting).

So, the next time you receive some positive feedback, don't lose your focus. Indulge yourself a little – you're on track after all – but also take time to think about the obstacles that remain, and the practical steps you'll need to enact to overcome them. The mental contrasting technique guards against complacency, ensuring the boost of your early win is multiplied into long-term success.

miércoles, 14 de noviembre de 2012

Misc: Animatronics reel

Wow! I'm speechless...

miércoles, 7 de noviembre de 2012

Misc: Cg-Studio map

Interesting site similar to google maps  with most of the CG companies worldwide.

http://www.cgstudiomap.com/

Misc:The Surfer's Guide to Taking Risks

Life is like the ocean: sometimes it's stormy, choppy, and a complete mess. Other times it's calm and perfect. In the ocean, risk and opportunity go hand-in-hand. The more waves you go for, the more you'll catch. Every day in the water and every wave presents a new opportunity.

FULL ARTICLE


Short film: Last day dream

Interesting and nicely shot video.

Last Day Dream from Chris Milk on Vimeo.


martes, 6 de noviembre de 2012

Short film: La Luna

Pixar's short film La Luna now available online.


lunes, 5 de noviembre de 2012

Misc: Jurassic Park Raptors

Interesting article about the Raptor in Jurassic Park, I had no idea!

http://www.buzzfeed.com/jwherrman/the-jurassic-park-raptors-have-a-little-secret




miércoles, 31 de octubre de 2012

Film: The Impossible

Yet another movie review today . I have been so dissapointed with the latest films that I have seen that liking two movies in a row is quite extraordinary and I wanted to share them :P

Yesterday I had the chance of seeing The Impossible, from J.A. Bayona (The Orphanage) and I really liked it as well. The movie is incredible intense, very emotional and even quite harsh at some points, making you leave the theater thinking about which are the really important things in life. I guess most of the time we are whining about trivial things and we lose perception about the things that really matter. It also reminded me of a Ted talk from Rick Elias about his experience when travelling on the flight that ended up landing at the Hudson river.

I can easily foresee The Impossible as a very strong candidate to the Oscars as best foreign film next year.






Film: Wreck it Ralph

I had the chance to see this movie last week and I have to say that I loved it! I think the movie has all the ingredients that a family oriented movie demands. It is also very welll dressed up with geek references to the videogames world and it works very well as a whole with a nice balance of humour, heart and action. 
The movie is also visually gorgeous, with very appealing characters and beautiful lighting.

It is kind of ironic that you can feel a Pixar-like flavour in the two last movies from Disney (Tangled and Wreck it Ralph) while the latest Pixar's movies are kind of lacking it. Thankfully the upcoming Pixar movies look very promising so I am looking forward to seeing those movies where they deserve.


viernes, 26 de octubre de 2012

Film: The Goon kickstarter

The guys at Blur are trying to get some crowd funding to produce a story reel of the movie so they have more chances to get it produced. I am so looking forward to seeing this movie done that I am backing up the project. Althought animation for the whole family type of movies are totally fine I am kind of missing movies that also use the computer graphics as a medium but with a more mature content. There is a bunch of people out there that grew up reading comincs and playing videogames whom a movie like this one could be very appealing.

I hope they make it.



martes, 23 de octubre de 2012

Personal: New site, Lighting Pixels

The original purpose of this blog was to talk a little bit about lighting and cinematography, as there is very little information about the topic online, but after a couple of years I have realized that I am posting more about personal thoughts and random topics than about lighting. For that reason a few weeks ago I decided to create an new blog dedicated to just lighting where I´ll try to post information and images that I might find useful or interesting on the web. I have also tweaked the blog so it also serves as kind of my personal portfolio.

I will keep updating this blog as well although I will limit the posts to non lighting related topics that also interest me.

You can access the new site through the domain www.theposmaker.com or straight to the blog page at http://lightingpixels.blogspot.com/

I hope you find the new blog useful.

lunes, 15 de octubre de 2012

Misc: Interesting thoughts

I found this online and I thought It was worth to share.

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 Beers.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full.. The students responded with a unanimous 'yes.'

The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand.The students laughed..

'Now,' said the professor as the laughter subsided, 'I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things---your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions---and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.. The sand is everything else---the small stuff.

'If you put the sand into the jar first,' he continued, 'there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life.

If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.

Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and mow the lawn.

Take care of the golf balls first---the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the Beer represented. The professor smiled and said, 'I'm glad you asked.' The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of Beers with a friend.

miércoles, 10 de octubre de 2012

Short films: Partysaurus Rex

One of the funniest short films that Pixar has made up to date. Congrats to the Pixar Canada team, they did an amazing job!

LINK

miércoles, 26 de septiembre de 2012

Commercials: A-Klasse Mercedes Benz

Neat commercial and beautiful cinematography.

lunes, 24 de septiembre de 2012

Film: Unreal engine 3, Samaritan Real-Time demo

A little bit old but very impressive nevertheless, specially considering that everything is rendered in realtime :S




domingo, 9 de septiembre de 2012

Misc: Top 5 regrets of the dying


Interesting reading.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2012/feb/01/top-five-regrets-of-the-dying


A nurse has recorded the most common regrets of the dying, and among the top ones is 'I wish I hadn't worked so hard'. What would your biggest regret be if this was your last day of life?

There was no mention of more sex or bungee jumps. A palliative nurse who has counselled the dying in their last days has revealed the most common regrets we have at the end of our lives. And among the top, from men in particular, is 'I wish I hadn't worked so hard'.

Bronnie Ware is an Australian nurse who spent several years working in palliative care, caring for patients in the last 12 weeks of their lives. She recorded their dying epiphanies in a blog called Inspiration and Chai, which gathered so much attention that she put her observations into a book called The Top Five Regrets of the Dying.

Ware writes of the phenomenal clarity of vision that people gain at the end of their lives, and how we might learn from their wisdom. "When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently," she says, "common themes surfaced again and again."

Here are the top five regrets of the dying, as witnessed by Ware:

1. I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

"This was the most common regret of all. When people realise that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honoured even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made. Health brings a freedom very few realise, until they no longer have it."

2. I wish I hadn't worked so hard.

"This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children's youth and their partner's companionship. Women also spoke of this regret, but as most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners. All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence."

3. I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings.

"Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result."

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

"Often they would not truly realise the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks and it was not always possible to track them down. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years. There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved. Everyone misses their friends when they are dying."

5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

"This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realise until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called 'comfort' of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content, when deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again."

martes, 21 de agosto de 2012

Commercials: City of possibilities by The Mill



And behind the scenes.

Behind The Scenes: 'City of Possibilities' from The Mill Visual Effects Studio on Vimeo.




jueves, 16 de agosto de 2012

Film: World of Warcraft - Mists of Pandaria

Another impressive cinematic by the guys at Blizzard.

martes, 14 de agosto de 2012

Misc: How to suck at your religion

I couldn´t agree more with this guy! I suggest going through the whole comic strip to get his point which I completely share. Free will!!!!



sábado, 11 de agosto de 2012

Artist: Sven Juhlin

Yet another impressive character modeler!
The level of realism that some people is achieving with the CG characters is really outstanding!

SVEN JUHLIN






miércoles, 8 de agosto de 2012

Artist: Brett Sinclair

I recently came across the blog of this guy and it blew my mind away. One of the best characters modelers that I've seen.

Brett Sinclair




Misc: Are you ready to be lucky?

Very interesting reading about how to cope with the fast evolution of technology and jobs.
Are you ready to be lucky?


martes, 7 de agosto de 2012

Photography: Behance portfolio Themes II

Another portfolio with some pics. Still a long way to go until I can get all my photographs organized and uploaded though.

THEMES II


Short film: Voile noir

I'm speechless!!!!





lunes, 6 de agosto de 2012

Photography: Behance portfolio, Panoramas II

I have uploaded a new project to my Behance portfolio with some more panoramas.

PANORAMAS II



viernes, 20 de julio de 2012

Film: The master

And yet some more outstanding cinematography!

 

Film: 135 Shots That Will Restore Your Faith in Cinema

Awesome cinematography...

135 Shots That Will Restore Your Faith in Cinema from Flavorwire on Vimeo.


Short film: Bird box, Wildebeest

Those guys are genius XD




miércoles, 18 de julio de 2012

Film: Diablo III cinematics

Top notch CGI!

 

Misc: Katana

Pretty neat article about Katana. I think the CG industry is slowly moving towards Katana, Nuke, Alembic and raytracing (Arnold/Renderman) and those are here to stay, at least for a while. Time will tell.

http://www.fxguide.com/featured/katana-in-production-changing-the-structure-of-the-workflow/


domingo, 15 de julio de 2012

Misc: Virtual color mixer

http://www.goldenpaints.com/products/mixer/


Film: Brave production focus

Neat article at CGTalk about Brave´s making of.
 http://www.cgsociety.org/index.php/CGSFeatures/CGSFeatureSpecial/pixars_brave

I also had the chance to do the lighting for this shot as well as some others in that sequence where Merida protects the bear.


sábado, 14 de julio de 2012

Misc: Enrique Fernandez crowd funding comic

My good friend and uber talented artist Enrique Fernandez has decided to use crowd funding to produce his next comic book. If you like his work and you would like to contribute to make this project happen do not hesitate to order your copy now. There are many options fitting all the budgets.

http://www.verkami.com/projects/2598-brigada-comic


viernes, 6 de julio de 2012

Misc: Color hue arrangement challenge

Hue test


jueves, 5 de julio de 2012

Misc: Virtual Lighting Studio - Interactive portrait lighting

Very cool tool to try out some character lighting.

Virtual Lighting Studio - Interactive portrait lighting


domingo, 1 de julio de 2012

Photography: Behance portfolio, Panoramas

I have created a new portfolio at Behance with some of the panoramas that I have taken during the last few years in different parts of the world. I am still organizing them and I have a lot yet to stitch from the last trip to Utah so more of them coming soon.

Behance Portfolio link:





jueves, 28 de junio de 2012

Film: Source filmmaker

A few weeks ago the people from Valve gave a presentation of this tool at work and it let a lot of people(including myself) speechless. At least WYSIWYG! No more time wasted waiting for renders. Welcome to the future of the independent animation filmmaking!

http://sourcefilmmaker.com/

 

Photography: In no great hurry

http://www.innogreathurry.com/InNoGreatHurry/Home.html



miércoles, 27 de junio de 2012

Misc: How movie theaters should be laid out

This guy is hilarious XDXD
http://theoatmeal.com/comics/movie_theater_layout

    

jueves, 21 de junio de 2012

Misc: Pixar's new site


viernes, 15 de junio de 2012

Photography: Canyonlands, Utah

Picture taken in a recent trip to Utah, in the Canyonlands National Park.


Photography: Photographs of ink mixing with water

Very cool!
http://burdu976.com/?portfolio=a-due-colori



martes, 5 de junio de 2012

Commercials: Disney theme parks

After I finished working on Brave I had the chance to work in a couple of commercials for Disney theme parks. It had been a long time since the last time I worked in a commercial and I was funny to see how everything remains the same in that world with the clients, the agency, the marketing guys having different opinions and driving the production people a little bit nuts. The process was still pretty smooth, specially compared to some other commercials that I worked in the past and I have to say that I really enjoyed working on them. Also having the chance to lit some Buzz Lightyear shots, even if it was in a commercial it was a gift :)
The commercials were rendered at full HD but unfortunately I haven´t been able to find the HD version online :(

I enclose some screen grabs of the shots that I lit.





jueves, 17 de mayo de 2012

Photography: Behance portfolio

I have created a few portfolios at Behance with some photographs that I have been taking during the last couple of years. I would love to keep those portfolios updated so I'll try my best.I hope you like them.
BEHANCE PORTFOLIO:


miércoles, 16 de mayo de 2012

Misc: Telsa

Follow the link to read the whole comic (just first page included in this post): http://theoatmeal.com/comics/tesla


martes, 15 de mayo de 2012

Film: Brave clip, Tartan thieves

Pixar has recently released a new clip from Brave where I did most of the shot lighting. The shots where the tripplets go through the interior of the tent and the last one were done by other artists but I took care of all the rest. I wouldn't say that I am extremely proud of the work I did on those shots but I think they fit into the sequence and they look quite correct.

martes, 1 de mayo de 2012

Art: Animated graphic novel, Bottom of the ninth

Very interesting proposal mixing a graphic novel, animation an an ipad app.

domingo, 29 de abril de 2012

Film: Digital Domain. Real Steel and VRay

martes, 24 de abril de 2012

Short film: Bird Box Studios

Very funny short films by Bird Box Studios.









Commercials: Absolut Vodka

I have recently been seeing this TV ad from Absolut on tv and looking it up online I found a longer version.
I think the commercial looks stunning in terms of lighting, composition and production design and the visual effects are top notch as well.


jueves, 5 de abril de 2012

Photography: New Zealand

Some pictures that I took a couple of years ago in a trip to New Zealand.



Photography: Silver and light

jueves, 29 de marzo de 2012

Photography: Doors

Some more theme pictures, this time doors.


Photography: Aereal views

Some pictures taken from the plane while flying over Asia a while ago.

miércoles, 28 de marzo de 2012

Personal: Lighting demo reel 2012

I recently updated my demo reel with some of the shots that I worked on in Cars 2 and Legend of the Guardians.


Photography: Kauai Sunsets

Pictures taken in a recent trip to Kauai.


Misc: Interview with sharon Calahan

CgTalk interviews Sharon Calahan, probably on of the best Directors of Photography in animation out there. Her credits include Toy story (I and II), Bug's life, Finding Nemo, Ratatouille and more recently Cars2.
http://www.cgsociety.org/index.php/CGSFeatures/CGSFeatureSpecial/sharon_calahan


Photography: San Francisco botanical gardens

More pictures taken at the San Francisco botanical gardens.


Phgotography: UC Berkeley

Some pictures I took a couple of weeks ago at UC Berkeley.

lunes, 19 de marzo de 2012

Film: My family and the wolf

Yet another cool project from the Headless guys. I hope those guys can find finance to get one of their projects being produced.

miércoles, 8 de febrero de 2012

Commercials: Chevy by Psyop

Joy from DTan on Vimeo.

martes, 31 de enero de 2012

Photography: Northern lights







martes, 24 de enero de 2012

Misc: No more resumes

Interesting article about how things are quickly changing when it comes to companies hiring people.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203750404577173031991814896.html

And along the same lines...

http://www.forbes.com/sites/danschawbel/2012/01/23/89-of-new-hires-fail-because-of-their-attitude/

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