Category Archive: Mark’s CG Blog

Mar 28

Publishing Your Short Film #2

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In Part 1, you saw how best to prepare your short film for release, how to ensure you had everything you needed for promotion and how to make the best out of uploading to YouTube and Vimeo. In this second and final part, we will show you a variety of sites where you …

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Mar 27

Publishing Your Short Film #1

The time has come. It’s been months in the making, but your short film is now finished and ready for the world to see. You’re satisfied with the final edit, happy with the quality and confident that all responses will be positive. All that remains is to invite the world to your house, fire …

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Feb 05

Tears of Steel – Blender Open Movie

About the Movie

In September 2012, the Blender Foundation released their fourth open movie entitled Tears of Steel. Otherwise known as Project Mango, this open movie had the technical purpose of developing visual effects and realistic rendering in Blender. Made at the Blender Institute in Amsterdam, Tears of Steel was a very different project …

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Jul 11

Animation Spotlight: The Ballad of the M4 Carbine by Andrew Price

This is one which I should have shared with you ages ago, but I’ve only just got round to it! This superb short animation was made in Blender by Andrew Price, now one of the leading Blender Educators.


I must admit, this is a personal favourite of mine, definitely inspiring me to create …

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Jun 28

Ice Age: Continental Drift – Movie Preview

Ice Age: Continental Drift (sometimes referred to as Ice Age 4) is set to hit cinema screens on 13th July 2012, for both the USA and the UK.  This latest comedy animation from Blue Sky Studios follows on from the original Ice Age series, which began back in 2002. Ice Age: The Meltdown was …

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May 02

Animation Spotlight: Evolution of the Wheel by Matt Lunde Studios

A short animation visualising the evolution of the wheel. Made with 3ds Max and Vray.


A simple concept well executed, with nice composition.



Apr 27

Free Creativity #2: GIMP

For our second article in the Free Creativity series, we are going to analyse the aims, features and possibilities of GIMP, the open source GNU image editing software that is readily labelled “the free Photoshop”. Is it a worthy tool for the creative mind? Let’s find out.

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Apr 13

Free Creativity #1: Blender

Welcome to the first article in the Free Creativity series here at Lightmaster Studios. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be thoroughly reviewing and recommending the best free software available for all your creative needs. This includes digital art, animation, movie sequencing, image processing and audio editing. We kick off in fine style with popular …

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Mar 31

Animation Spotlight: Lexus Commercial by Simon Brown

A CG-spec commercial on the Lexus LFA-h. Animation in Autodesk Maya and rendering with Mental Ray.


Nice car model and animation, good video sequencing.


Feb 16

Blender Open Movie Projects

The Blender Foundation is embarking on a fourth open movie project, known as Project Mango. Thus far, the first three projects have produced excellent short animations, helping to advance the technology, design and workflow in Blender 3D software. The movies are not created for profit, but for the facility to test and …

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