Ben's Comp Newsletter: Issue 058


Thanks to everyone who attended the webinar hosted by Foundry last Thursday -- your attendance and thoughtful questions helped to make it a huge success! If you live in a timezone where you were asleep, or simply just missed it, you may watch a replay on demand using this link for a limited time!

Foundry generously sponsored five webinar attendees to take my Python for Nuke 101 course for free -- huge congrats to the winners: Andreane Dodier, Prayag Bhardwaj, Stefanie Knopp, Steve Buss & Tiscar Coig-O'Donnell. Can't wait to see the tools you come up with!

This week's newsletter wraps up our 3-part series on the opportunities COVID-19 presents to workers in the VFX industry. It also includes tips from a founder of a remote-based VFX company, a tool to help you better manage your time, and an expansive online library to learn some new things!

I hope you're staying safe & sane wherever you are in the world. Enjoy this week's newsletter!

COVID-19 — An Opportunity for the VFX Industry: Part 3.

Over the last two parts of this series, we've talked about how the Coronavirus pandemic has impacted the VFX industry globally, how VFX vendors are adapting, and the opportunities presented to us to manage our own time, increase productivity, and gain greater flexibility in our lives. In this third and final part, we'll discuss some of the potential pitfalls that working from home brings, how you can make the most of the situation, and even find an opportunity for growth!
Click here to read Part 3.

Interview: Bernie Kimbacher // VFX Supervisor & Founder of Hive VFX.

I've had the pleasure of working with Bernie across multiple studios & in different capacities throughout a decent chunk of my career. He's been a great source of wisdom and guidance over the years, and I'm excited to share some of that with you in this interview. Here is Bernie's bio:

"After graduating from Vancouver Film School I started my VFX career in 2007 at Image Engine in Vancouver where I worked for 8 years, with my last project being VFX Supervisor on Straight Outta Compton. I then went to OATS Studios and Umedia before returning to Image Engine again as VFX Supervisor on Pokemon: Detective Pikachu. After wrapping that one up I started my own business under Hive VFX using AWS.

Outside of geeking out at a computer I enjoy anything in the outdoors, hiking, running, biking and skiing among others."

Click here to read my interview with Bernie Kimbacher.

Cragl SmartLog.

Working from home can make it easy to slip into a habit of being always online, and subsequently working more than you should be. Cragl's latest tool, SmartLog, makes it easy to automatically track the time you're spending in Nuke, and in which Nuke scripts. It also includes "idle time" detection which is a great feature for those who are taking advantage of the increased flexibility in working hours.

Check out the demo video to see an overview of the features, including a timer, day rate calculator, and easy time log export options. There is also some thorough documentation available, that shows all features in far more detail.
Click here to check out SmartLog on Cragl's website.

Open access to ACM Digital Library.

The ACM Digital Library holds a large collection of published research papers, including plenty covering VFX-related topics. This resource usually comes at a cost to access, but will be free to access until June 30th, 2020!

Searching "Compositing" and filtering the date to show results from 2019 & 2020 already produces 88 results, which provide a theoretical look into what tools we might expect to see in the coming years.

Thanks to Falk Hofmann for the tip!
Click here to explore the ACM Digital Library.
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This newsletter exists to encourage open communication and knowledge-sharing between the global Compositing community. 

My goal is to share the best gizmos, python scripts, workflow tips, and in-depth knowledge on compositing techniques, to help keep your toolset & skillset at the forefront of the VFX industry. I hope this newsletter keeps you prepared technically, creatively & mentally for any shot that passes through your hands.
- Ben McEwan