MAXON CINEMA 4D Used as Central Application in Creation of New Animated Short Feature Film, Junior Extraterrestrial (JET)

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Dr. Sassi to Show ‘Sneak Peek’ of JET at the MAXON Booth During SIGGRAPH 2009, August 4 – 6 in New Orleans

Last Updated: August 4, 2009 4:23 pm GMT
(Newbury Park, California--August 4, 2009) MAXON Computer, a leading developer of professional 3D modeling, painting, animation and rendering solutions, today announced Dr.-Ing.V.Sassmannshausen (aka Dr. Sassi), a world renowned 3D authority, computer animator and artist, is creating a short animated feature film entitled, Junior Extraterrestrial (JET) relying on its award-winning CINEMA 4D toolkit .

Dr. Sassi, who has been working with MAXON’s CINEMA 4D since 1996, is a leading contributor to the company’s Cineversity resource and education website. He will be making the film as a solo venture.

A three-minute 3D animated short feature film, JET is the story of a curious little space alien whose adventurous spirit takes him on an extended voyage when he visits Earth for the day. Throughout the production of the film, Dr. Sassi has been diligently documenting the entire creative and technical process of animating a short feature. The result will be a contribution of over 200 new tutorials that provide step-by-step instruction as well as various aspects of filmmaking theory. The tutorial series will post to MAXON’s revamped Cineversity website scheduled to go live towards the end of this year.


Dr. Sassi will make guest appearances at the MAXON booth, #3219, during the SIGGRAPH 2009 Expo, August 4 – 6, in New Orleans where he will show sneak-peeks of the “making of” JET and completed tutorials.

“One of the criteria I was searching for when I started JET was to be able to create the entire project myself and I knew CINEMA 4D would be up to the task as a central application” explains Dr. Sassi. “I call it my Studio-in-a-Box because it gives an artist all the tools they need to be able to push their artistic ability in new directions. I have tried many of the animation packages on the market and I find CINEMA 4D best fits my needs as an artist and storyteller and is well known for its ease-of-use, intuitive interface, and significant boost to workflow productivity.”

“Most animators aspire to create their own animated piece. But until now, there has been no reference material for how to accomplish such a massive endeavor,” says Paul Babb, President/CEO, MAXON US. “Dr. Sassi’s step-by-step documentation of the animated filmmaking process for Cineversity will provide that reference for both animation professionals and visual artists of tomorrow.”

According to Dr. Sassi, the new Cineversity tutorial series will show how to navigate the challenges involved in the creation of a 3D animated short and integration of live footage with 3D content. Elements in the production workflow – from camera tracking to creating environments, animating and compositing – will be included. The tutorials provide a complete documented process for making a short feature film, as well as interviews with other industry professionals on their insight into storyboarding, screen writing, lighting, texturing, sound, modeling, rigging, animation, and more. In addition, JET is the inspiration for a sub-series of tutorials specifically designed to highlight the cinematography features within CINEMA 4D.

“My goal with these tutorials is to help other filmmakers and animators realize their own creative vision on their projects. Cineversity is a huge library that I count on as a reference point for my own work,” notes Dr. Sassi. “Film is one of the most complex art forms I can think of and having a central resource where all the filmmaking components are accessible is of great value to me, as I hope it will be to other animators.”


Cineversity Highlights:
Cineversity offers a wide array of tutorials making it an ideal resource for the creative professional looking for tips, tricks and instruction to help maximize their investment in CINEMA 4D as well as the novice artist eager to learn more about the 3D art form. The wealth of materials is also used to complement the curriculum at top university and design schools that have made CINEMA 4D and BodyPaint 3D their 3D software of choice.

Highlights include:
  • Hundreds of reference tutorials and quick tips for fast answers to specific feature questions.
  • Project-based tutorials that take a user from beginning to end and step-by-step through basic and complex projects.
  • Integration tutorials showing how easily CINEMA 4D plugs in to any pipeline and seamlessly integrates with all popular compositing and other 3D packages.
  • Scripting resources for advanced users who want to dig a little deeper, custom tools to improve workflow like the Grip tools for managing cameras and lights, CONscripts for constraint creation and the Natural Selection utility scripts.
  • Basic courseware and curriculum for CINEMA 4D instructors.


Dr. Sassi Presentation Schedule at SIGGRAPH

Dr. Sassi will present highlights of Junior Extraterrestrial throughout the SIGGRAPH expo at the MAXON booth, #3219, during exhibit floor hours, as follows:

Tuesday, August 4th and Wednesday, August 5th – 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 6th – 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
[Note: During SIGGRAPH, please stop by the MAXON booth to check the specifics times of Dr. Sassi’s presentations. For additional information on MAXON’s exhibitor participation at SIGGRAPH, please click here ]


About MAXON CINEMA 4D and BodyPaint 3D
MAXON CINEMA 4D and BodyPaint 3D software applications are celebrated for their intuitive interface, efficiency and significant boosts to workflow productivity. In 2009, both CINEMA 4D and BodyPaint 3D have continued to inspire artists from around the world who have relied on the software’s extensive yet-easy-to-use tools to help create everything from cutting-edge game cinematics for AAA games, stunning visual effects in top feature films, TV shows and commercials, as well for medical illustration, architectural and industrial design applications.


About MAXON Computer
MAXON Computer is a developer of professional 3D modeling, painting, animation and rendering solutions. Its award-winning CINEMA 4D and BodyPaint 3D software products have been used extensively in the film, television, science, architecture, engineering and other industries. MAXON has offices in Germany, USA, United Kingdom, France and Japan. MAXON products are available directly from the Website and its worldwide distribution channel. Specially priced learning editions of the company’s software solutions are also made available to educational institutions. For additional information on MAXON visit http://www.maxon.net.

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