Mythical Dragon does sparks, dust

More new tutorials from The Mythical Dragon. Earlier this week he showed how to do “Exploding Coal Debris” in iClone 5. Now he also has tutorial videos showing how to do the “Exploding Sparks”…

…and “Dust Blow Out” part of the sequence…

The pre-made effects are also for sale on his Marketplace store.


Friday Funny: “It’s a wheel!”

DJ/artist re-invents iClone…

“This is a basic demonstration of an upcoming product I’m working on. I like to call it “Live Animation” in that you animate in real time with no delays on previewing the work. You can scroll to any point in the animation, start recording, and make changes. Those changes will be shown and recorded in real-time.”


Free physics bot from Reallusion

A video preview of a little bot that’s a freebie for the new iClone Physics Toolbox…

It’s a ‘Monthly Newsletter Freebie’ for all, and comes as a project file. You’ll need the new 5.13 patch installed for iClone, and the robot runs without needing the Physics Toolbox installed.


Germany calling

Cool, a selection of my iClone freebies are going to be on the cover-disc of a forthcoming issue of German’s biggest PC magazine.


G5 Clothes for Chuck

The new G5 Clothes for Chuck pack is now live in the Reallusion store…


Chuck G5 clothing pack – soon

Coming soon, a new Chuck G5 official clothing pack for iClone 5…


Are you sitting comfortably?

The next version of Kinect for Windows will add tracking of seated figures. Due out in May 2012, it will offer…

“what we [at Microsoft] call “seated” or “10-joint” skeletal tracking, which provides the capability to track the head, neck and arms of either a seated or standing user.”


One potato, two potato…

Perspective Magazine for Feb-Mar 2012 (free online) has a six page article on using 3D printing to make movie minatures…

The question I’d want to ask is: if you have them in digital 3D form, why not just use them for CG rather than printing them out?


$5,000 Magnify Competition

$5,000 Magnify Competition, to discover snazzy new and superb approaches to publishing on colour tablet devices — such as the Kindle Fire and the iPad. One of the categories is…

“COMIC BOOKS: graphic novels, comic books, illustrated storytelling”

Which could possibly include some motion comic-y goodness, a la CrazyTalk Animator.

Also “MUSIC & MOVIE: bands, filmmakers…” and “SELF-PROMOTION” which might be able to accept some iClone entries.

Deadline: 1st June 2012.


Justice for Hire and CrazyTalk

I must have missed this one. From summer 2011, a mini-interview with Zach Shelton, creator of the motion comic Justice for Hire, on how using CrazyTalk enabled them to meet their deadlines…

A much lengthier podcast on the “making of…” this motion-comic has just been posted as Talksplode #51 – Justice For Hire and includes some additional chat with John Martin at Reallusion.


In Search of the Lost Ark

Newly posted, the impressive “In Search of the Lost Ark”, made in iClone by Norte 43. Despite the title, it’s more Frodo Baggins than Indiana Jones. He’s used the LoTR music for the first part, so see it quick before the soundtrack gets blanked by YouTube…


New Walt Whitman Animated clip

A new clip of Walt Whitman Animated


“Exploding coals” FX video tutorial – iClone

A new “exploding coals” video tutorial for iClone, from The Mythical Dragon…


“The Row”

A new vintage American detective story. “The Row” was filmed in iClone 5…


Physics Toolbox pack – now available

A new official video of the just-released iClone 5.13 Plug-in Physics Toolbox pack…

Also detailed videos that explain the features of this new pack…

Above: Getting Started with the Physics Toolbox.

Physics Toolbox – the User Interface

Physics Toolbox – Using the Sliders

Physics Toolbox – Get the Motors Running

Physics Toolbox – Working with Springs

Physics Toolbox – Transforms


The brain in the jar

The “brain in the jar” science-fiction stock motif — my short survey of 3d content in this line.


Witcher 2 cinematics walkthrough

The CGSociety has an exclusive production walkthrough of the ‘making of’ The Witcher 2‘s cinematics…

“CGSociety is proud to make available an exclusive breakdown video of the creation of The Witcher 2 cinematic, produced by Platige Image in Poland.”