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Alias MasterClasses Return to SIGGRAPH

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Alias MasterClasses Return to SIGGRAPH

Alias has again tapped pros from the film and game industries to present special classes on Maya and MotionBuilder for attendees of SIGGRAPH, taking place August 1-5 in Los Angeles. Classes will be presented by top artists from Digital Domain, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Turner Studios and Weta Digital, among others. May 31 is the early bird deadline to receive 20% off the cost of classes.

Now in its seventh year, the program offers 15 Maya MasterClasses and five MotionBuilder MasterClasses. Jeff Unay and Rudy Grossman of Weta Digital, for example, will present a course on hyper-real, advanced facial blend shape techniques and tools for production, while Chad Moore from Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. handles character animation with MotionBuilder. Also, Derald Hunt and Chris Higgins from Turner Studios will offer tips, tricks, cheats and a variety of techniques for getting stunning results quickly and efficiently.

"Teaching a MasterClass like this is a great way to download production-proven techniques and ideas to an open-minded and captive audience," says Sony Pictures Imageworks senior/lead character technical director Erick Miller, who will be presenting a hyper-real session on facial rigging. "This year, I’m totally amped for our all-new hyper-real sessions, which feature seriously gifted, high-end professionals from around the globe for a jam-packed day of total mind-blowing Maya CG creature magic."

Classes are available to purchase in bundles of five, 10, 15 or 20. "Bundling classes is the way to go to get the most out of your investment and out of the unique experiences MasterClasses provide," says Danielle Lamothe, product manager for learning tools and training at Alias.

Class bundles of five and 10 come with a Class Kit and cost $420 and $800 respectively, while 15 and 20 bundles come with a MasterClass Kit and cost $1,160 and $1,500U. After May 31, prices will increase by 20%. International pricing may vary.

Bundle class purchases also come with a conference DVD that includes notes from all of the sessions presented over the course of the week and offers further opportunities for learning.

For more information on courses and professors, and purchase information is available at Since Maya MasterClass sizes are limited, it is recommended that interested parties book session now.

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