iClone Project Runway: Students design fashions in virtual worlds

Fashion design in the real-world requires much ado to go from paper to Prête-a-porte. In the virtual world, designers shed the sewing and strut their stuff with Adobe Photoshop and Reallusion iClone. Students enrolled in the Textile Design course at the Heaton Manor School in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK are first exposed to fashion design by creating their CloneCloth fashions conceptualized by painting and image editing inside Photoshop. The students then fit their looks using iClone’s CloneCloth character texture patterns before sending their virtual fashion line down the 3D real-time runway. Creating the fashion design based on iClone’s CloneCloth characters give students a number of model and clothing style forms to choose from that best fits the vision for each look in their virtual fashion line. Students express their eye for fashion while learning image editing and texture creation with Photoshop and are able to quickly see their fashions come to life with 3D animation using the accessible features of iClone.

TMOA Radio: iClone vs. The Movies

The Movies On-Air Radio interviews Machinima filmmaker CapeMedia on his transition from ‘The Movies’ to iClone. TMOA, spends a very informative and entertaining segment in the studio with CapeMedia discussing iClone filmmaking from the view of a filmmaker in search of a new engine for production. Cape, a long time ‘The Movies,’ filmmaker talks about the challenges of filmmaking in The Movies and his reasons for choosing iClone while discussing with hosts, Ken and Roger, about the strengths and challenges met with working inside iClone. The full interview is a great listen for anyone currently working in other engines and considering a shift to iClone and for current iClone users there are many excellent points made about how to improve your productions and best utilize iClone in the complete production pipeline. Thanks to TMOA’s Ken and Roger and CapeMedia for sharing their excellent broadcast.
Listen: Download the MP3s for the show
MP3 #2 – Cape’s segment begins at 34:00
MP3 #3 – Cape’s segment continues including questions from listeners
CapeMedia’s “The Sword Dance”
Cape’s website: http://www.capemediauk.com/Films.htm

iClone, Radiohead and Aniboom.com

Calling all iClone filmmakers looking to become the next music video mogul! The Machinima community has deep roots in music video ‘mods’, but this time it’s all about originality. The Radiohead, Aniboom.com create-the-video contest has a few requirements, in the first stage entrants will need to create a storyboard for members of the band to review whereby they will select certain candidates to move to the next round. There are no limits to what kind of storyboard you submit and videos are allowed for ‘previz,’ giving iClone filmmakers a certain edge over the competition. Another edge, you only have until April 27th to complete your first entry so speed is key and iClone will be certain to aid in this. Finally with the ability for iClone filmmakers to own and distribute their own work with full commerical ownership you can confidently enter the contest without doubt that, if you win, the boys from Radiohead can showcase your work on MTV, MySpace and elsewhere while padding your wallet with a sweet $10,000 production deal and you’ll have zero worry about using it to pay legal fees to some game company. Good luck!
Radiohead
The full details and article from Animation Magazine
Online animation network Aniboom has teamed with TBD Records to launch a contest inviting Radiohead fans around the world to produce an animated music video for any song from the band’s latest album, In Rainbows. Radiohead band members will choose the winner, who will receive $10,000 to produce a full-length animated music video. The competition will be supported by Adult Swim, Cartoon Network’s late-night programming block, as well as MySpace, where fans will be able to vote for their favorite videos.
(from Animation Magazine announcement) – read full article below
http://www.animationmagazine.net/article/8067

London Film Academy teaches iClone

The London Film Academy’s Digital Film VFX Certificate Program introduces students to previsualization techniques with iClone. Alan Marques, instructor and Visual Effects pro talks about how iClone is used at the London Film Academy in this video.


Alan Marques has 23 years experience in the digital special effects industry, VFX Supervisor, and Lead Tutor on LFA’s new Digital Film VFX Course, has over 30 feature film and television credits to his name including “GoldenEye”, “Seven Years in Tibet” and Werner Herzog’s “Invincible”. He has worked for a number of high-end visual effects companies including The Magic Camera Company, Artem Digital and Terry Gilliam’s Peerless Camera Company. He is a member of The Visual Effects Society and the BKSTS and has lectured to industry professionals for a number of years.

Machinima film, BEAST, showcases Reallusion CrazyTalk

Machinima, the emerging media movement where minimal studios produce maximum entertainment registered another milestone this week with the release of, ‘BEAST,’ by the Binary Picture Show.
BEAST opens as a kidnapped man wakes up bound in a mysterious room, knowing nothing of his captor, or indeed why he is there, setting the stage for a killer cinematic thrill.
Most Machinima films rely on in-game effects, fighting and heavy action missing the connection of true character emotion to the audience. BEAST not only connects to the audience, it grips, twists and shakes. Congratulations to the Binary Picture Show on a truly landmark film. Reallusion is honored to have such an accomplished example of CrazyTalk within BEAST.
“Crazytalk gave me the ability to do some great facial animation that would have been very difficult and time consuming in many other tools.” – Leo Lucien-Bay, BEAST creator.
The release of BEAST took place on Sunday Sept 16th: View High-Res version here

Do you want to be the next John Lasseter? CNET reviews iClone

Nothing faked in iClone’s animation
iClone 2 Studio Machinima SoftwareSeth Rosenblatt, CNET on May 16 2007
CNET Editors Rating – 5 out of 5 Stars
“Do you want to be the next John Lasseter? Is Hayao Miyazaki your hero? iClone Studio Edition 2.0 updates the feature-heavy, template-based 3D animation studio aimed at the amateur animator. It’s a must-see app if you’re trying to break into the camera side of movies and animation, or if you just want to play around with 3D animation without having to draw everything from scratch.”
Read the full review & Download iClone 2 Studio

Renderosity Reviews iClone 2

iClone, You Clone: iClone Reborn
“Whether you plan to use it as a production tool for your films, interactive media, websites, or previsualization, iClone will surely make your life easy in a lot of ways.” – Sergio Rosa, Renderosity
Last month Reallusion released iClone 2.0, the latest version of their acclaimed real-time animation software. If you’ve been following the program, you surely have realized how much it has grown since it was released a year ago (this is the third version in the one-year timeframe). For those that don’t know it yet, iClone is a real-time 3D animation tool that lets you quickly make your own short movies, music videos, and even teaching videos.

Renderosity - Staff ColumnistIt includes a library of characters, scenes, props, and pretty much everything else you may need, letting you focus on the creative part rather than the technical part (rigging characters, scripting, setting up renders, etc). Just like Poser, iClone runs a marketplace where you can buy animation cycles, characters, scenes, and props that will fit all your needs.

[Continued]… Read more @ Renderosity.com –http://www.renderosity.com/news.php?viewStory=13564

iClone 2 at Virtual Worlds 2007

Virtual Worlds 2007Top Halo Filmmaker Chris Burke, Creator of This Spartan Life, Hails Reallusion’s iClone 2.0. Endorsement Comes on the Heels of Eagerly Anticipated Launch of Groundbreaking 3D Moviemaking Sequel at Virtual Worlds 2007, in NYC, March 28-28, 2007
Watch IPTVe interview with Reallusion’s John Martin II
from Virtual Worlds 2007
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NEW YORK, NY, April 05, 2007—On the heels of its enthusiastically received launch at Virtual Worlds 2007 (www.virtualworlds2007.com), in New York, which attracted over 700 attendees from Fortune 500 companies like IBM, Proctor & Gamble, Time-Warner, Verizon and Disney, comes the latest ringing endorsement for Reallusion’s iClone 2.0.
In a statement received at the close of the conference, which also brought such high-profile coverage of the 3D moviemaking and Machinima suite by both the Associated Press and Forbes, Chris Burke, president of Brooklyn, NY-based Machinima and sound design firm Bong + Dern, and creator of Halo 2 talkshow in gamespace This Spartan Life, recently tapped to create exclusive episodes for the “Legendary” edition of Halo 3, hailed iClone 2.0 as “the most powerful and affordable toolset I’ve ever seen. Whether you’re an aspiring filmmaker or a seasoned professional, you truly can’t beat the combination of cost and functionality.”
John C. Martin, Director of Marketing, Reallusion, added, “We are here to empower filmmakers of every stripe. We are excited to receive such a positive endorsement from someone like Chris because we know that with his influence, people who never considered creating Machinima will pick up our product and soon begin sharing their films with the world.”
Burke’s comments are the latest in an outpouring of praise the product has so far received. In addition to his kind words, and those from AP and Forbes, iClone has also been hailed by Variety and Eric Rosner, Director of Animation, TV Land/Nick at Nite, who said that “This is the software I’ve been waiting for.”