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PL Studios to host session on special effects

by Matthew Price Published: May 30, 2008

By Matthew Price

THE NEXT LEVEL

Learn about Hollywood digital effects as PL Studios, Inc., hosts Steven Roselle and Ken LaRue of Autodesk. They will talk about special effects in the film and video game industries.

Roselle and LaRue have worked with game developers, technical directors and animation supervisors using Maya, a 3D modeling, animation, effects, and rendering software. This has been used to create content for companies including Nintendo, EA Games, Lucas Arts, Midway, SCEA, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

The pair will show the use of MotionBuilder, for 3D character animation, and Toxik, which creates photorealistic composites.

Steven Roselle will be showcasing MotionBuilder, which makes animation and motion capture integration easier for the animator. Work using MotionBuilder can be seen in Sony’s “Beowulf,” Ubisoft’s “Assassin’s Creed,” and EA’s “FIFA Soccer 07” and “NBA STREET.” Ken Larue will be showing guests Toxik. Toxik’s visual effects have been seen in “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End,” “Apocalypto,” “The Fountain” and several others.

“Toxik makes the marriage of real and fake seamless and photorealistic,” said Sandip Patel, Chief Operating Officer of PL Studios.

The gap between film-quality and video game-quality is shrinking, Patel said.

“There’s a huge convergence in film and games now. The technology and processing power is making the gap between live action and CG almost seamless. Game studios are using film-quality assets and techniques at a record-breaking pace.”

For those interested in computer-generated graphics as a career, events like these can be a great opportunity, Patel said.

“Events such as these are a perfect venue to learn more, meet other artists, and gain a deeper understanding of how everything works,” Patel said.

“Unfortunately, there are very limited resources in Oklahoma to actually learn the software, but we’re hoping to change that. Digital-Tutors — developed by PL Studios — is a leading developer for interactive training and we’ll soon be developing educational solutions for both MotionBuilder and Toxik, making it one step easier for artists to break into film and games.”

Patel said the demographics of Oklahoma are perfect for this kind of work.

“As a state, we would attract creative, educated professionals that would be contributing factors to our state’s economy and its future growth,” he said. “Shooting footage for a film or television series, while noteworthy and progress, lacks the on-going success and stimulus a revenue-generating studio or company would create by bringing out-of-state dollars into Oklahoma. Key challenges would be keeping talent in Oklahoma and attracting new talent to come to Oklahoma, both highly doable.”

SPECIAL PRESENTATION

An Evening of Hollywood Visual Effects in Oklahoma

When: 6 p.m. Thursday. June 5

Where: PL Studios, 501 N Walker

Cost: Free, but RSVP is recommended

Information: www.plstudios.com/events; 601-4806

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by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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