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The Plot Vanishes

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

Prosaic plot twists, stilted dialogue, unbelievable characters, outmoded attitudes and sinister bad guys who are rotten foreigners to boot! No not the latest sequel from Sylvester Stallone but the 1938 Hitchcock classic The Lady Vanishes which I’ve just been to see at the Liverpool Philharmonic an action, comedy thriller from another time. I enjoyed it, […]

Vue Lighting Rig #16: Three Point Lighting

Monday, March 17th, 2008

I’ve covered a selection of theatrical lighting rigs already that use three lights. I was sent an e-mail asking if I’d show a definitive version of the classic three point lighting rig used for film, television, photography and computer graphics. I’m not going to claim to have any experience of using this rig, I have […]

Vue Lighting Rig #13: A Four Light Rig

Monday, January 14th, 2008

With improved power supplies, lighting desks that can control more lights in larger theatres it has become possible to use more lights to light an actor. This allows a lighting designer to go from the standard 3 light rig to four light rigs. This weeks rig has four lights set at 90 degrees to each […]

Thursday Thirteen #32 – Getting Started in 3D Graphics

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

My Wordless Wednesday post yesterday led to an e-mail asking what to buy to give 3d computer graphics a go. I realised I was suggesting around 13 points in my reply so I thought I’d use it as my Thursday Thirteen tonight A reasonably up to date computer with at least the recommended specification for […]

In Search of a Lazy Susan

Saturday, May 26th, 2007

Usual saturday chores and on the shopping list was a Lazy Susan or a similar rotating stable surface for a computer graphics project. Why did I need a rotatable stand all may become clear (or if it doesn’t work it wont). I ended up hiking round Liverpool’s shops trying to find somewhere selling one and […]

Send for Jorj X. McKie

Saturday, December 16th, 2006

In case you don’t recognise the name Jorj X. McKie is the lead character in several stories by Frank Herbert. He works for an agency charged to slow down a vast galaxy spanning government by conducting dirty tricks “in lieu of red tape”. I don’t need the help of a saboteur extraordinary to slow the […]

Unnamed Vue Picture

Thursday, August 10th, 2006

I’d left Vue rendering this one today while I was at work. While it originally estimated 15 hours for the print size size image it turned out to need less than 5 in the end. I don’t normally use global radiosity but I did with this picture for a change. It made the roadside bushes […]

Vue 6 Python?

Thursday, August 3rd, 2006

I’ve watched the trailer; I’ve read the web pages; and I’m definitely excited about Vue 6. No word on python support in Vue 6 yet but I’m sure E-on will let us know more as the release approaches.

A Free Vue Gas Flame for Post 200

Monday, July 31st, 2006

This is my 200th post to this blog in just over seven months. To celebrate I’m giving away the flame I used in my picture In Search of Phlogiston from the Cornucopia 3d Fire lighting Challenge. It was a deceptively simple solution once I’d made it but it took several evenings of fiddling and applying […]

Two New Pictures up on impworks Site

Sunday, July 30th, 2006

I’ve uploaded two new pictures to the gallery at my impworks website: In Search of Phlogiston Hummingbird

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