MAXON USA’s online training and education resource Cineversity has unveiled a new series of 3D animation tutorial series. Created by computer animator and 3D authority Dr.-Ing.V.Sassmannshausen (Dr. Sassi), JET Production Notes is billed as one of the most comprehensive collections of instructional videos and tutorials ever created documenting the entire 3D animation filmmaking process from conception to execution. The series is aimed at motion graphics artists, independent filmmakers and those collaborating in large film studio production teams and use MAXON CINEMA 4D as the cornerstone software application to illustrate fundamental skills and techniques digital artists can use to add dimension and elevate the quality of their 3D animated projects.
“Animators and visual effects artists today sometimes have limited or no fundamental education before joining studios and often find they need to run before they learn to walk,” Sassi explains. “With this new series I hope to fill in some gaps. My goal is to take a vast amount of filmmaking and 3D animation info and break it down into simple, yet valuable methods, ideas and knowledge — not flashy and cool tricks.”
Sassi, who holds a Ph.D. in computer animation, draws reference material for the Cineversity tutorials from his decades of production and technical experience, artistic knowledge and the real world production challenges he faced as an independent filmmaker of Junior Extra Terrestrial (JET), a four-minute animated and live-action short film he created entirely on his own in shortly over a year, using CINEMA 4D.
“Dr. Sassi’s CINEMA 4D expertise as a production professional, artist, educator and trainer, make him uniquely qualified to author this groundbreaking step-by-step tutorials series documenting every facet of the complex animated filmmaking process,“ says Paul Babb, president and CEO of MAXON USA. “MAXON remains committed to providing Cineversity members the highest quality online education and training materials and we’re confident the new JET-based tutorial series will provide animators and visual artists at every level with practical CINEMA 4D knowledge to elevate their 3D skill sets.”
JET Production Notes is comprised of four sections with a focus on topics ranging from cinematography, integration, speed modeling and more. In addition, there are three additional series focused on animation techniques, lighting and industrial modeling. The entire collection will be released over the next few weeks, one new section each week, starting February 4th. For more info, visit www.maxon.net.