As there have been so many new readers this year, this week’s newsletter is a round-up of 2019’s best & most popular tools! It includes:

MOST DOWNLOADED TOOLS

MOST POPULAR TUTORIALS

MOST POPULAR INTERVIEWS

MOST POPULAR ARTICLES

BEN’S FAVOURITE TOOLS IN 2019

Click here to read Issue 050!

That’s it from me for 2019 — Ben’s Comp Newsletter will return bigger and better next year. Issue 051 will be hitting your inbox on January 13th, 2020 (PST) — if you haven’t already, you can subscribe here. Until then, take some time to switch off, not think about work, and enjoy time with friends & family.

Happy holidays!

Hi, I’m Ben Kent and I’m a Lead Research Engineer at Foundry, as well as a screenwriter, producer and director.

I first joined Foundry in 2001 to work on the original Furnace suite of plug-ins, and I was one of the recipients of the 2007 Academy Award for Science and Engineering.

In 2011 I took a slight detour into the world of production and whilst making a number of shorts and adverts and doing a load of VFX work, I wrote, produced and directed my feature debut. Comedy horror Killer Weekend came out just this year, and so far has been licensed for distribution in over 15 countries.

At the beginning of 2018, with little left for me to do on the film, I returned to Foundry where I quickly remembered how much I loved both the company and the work. Now I lead the development of the NukeX research plugins and, more recently, the A.I.R (Artificial Intelligence Research) project.

Continue Reading "INTERVIEW: Ben Kent // Lead Research Engineer at Foundry"

This week’s newsletter includes a ton of useful things, including:

  • An upgrade to the Merge node shortcut.
  • A blog post on what the Grade node actually does to your images.
  • Three more Nuke particle setups:
    • Cloudtastic, for creating quick large cloud ‘volumes’, by yours truly.
    • Confetti + a tutorial from Josh Parks.
    • The OG Flock of Birds setup from Frank Rueter.
  • A great video essay titled, “What’s Wrong With Modern CGI”.

Click here to read!