Solid Angle has announced that Arnold is now free for educational institutions who can apply for licenses by visiting the Autodesk Education Portal. Students have access to Arnold in their free educational licenses of Max and Maya, but can also apply for licenses via their institution for Arnold versions that support Cinema 4D, Houdini and Katana. Also announced are Arnold packs which bundle 5 annual subscriptions for half the price. Read the announcement on Solid Angle's website.
Most animation and VFX heavy films these days release an artbook, a nicely produced tome designed to showcase the contributions of the many artists that work on a project. Generally these are pricey hardback affairs, but Sony have gone in a different direction for Emoji Movie by compiling their content on a free online microsite. Just like a regular art book, it features a foreword and introduction by the director and production designer and includes concept art, character and environment development work, colour scripts and more. Because it is online, several videos are also included. Read it online on The Art of Emoji Movie.
The Mill has released a making-of video for their work on The Easter Surprise, an advertising spot for supermarket brand Netto featuring several cute stalwarts of the egg-eating season. Watch it on Vimeo.
CLO Virtual Fashion has released a video demonstrating some of the new features of Marvelous Designer 7, due out in September. Topics include flattening, segment darts, offset as internal line along slope, modular mode, zippers, stitching, pin on/off animation, wind animation and scripts. Watch it on YouTube.