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11 November 2009, 01:52 AM
Maya Studio Projects: Dynamics

Looks like it might be worth getting. Pity you cant view a few pages.

11 November 2009, 03:35 AM
i ordered it 6 months ago! It said it has shipped. Can't wait.

11 November 2009, 03:36 AM
When you get it, can you let me know what you think and if its worth getting?!

11 November 2009, 03:43 AM
yup will do man.

11 November 2009, 05:47 AM
I've order it too.
It will arrive until the end of the month :bounce:

12 December 2009, 03:06 PM
Hello all,

I hope you received your book by now of if you are contemplating ordering it you can see more from it at my site.
Check it out and let me know what you think. Thanks.

12 December 2009, 06:17 PM
I allready have.
Thanks to that i've created these fire tests:
Thanks a lot Todd.
It's an amazing book

12 December 2009, 11:49 PM
Smart move Todd, only book on fluids! Which means it's also the BEST! (and worst lol ;)

I noticed you can save $10 by ordering it on your site. Cool.

12 December 2009, 12:14 AM
Hey just out of curiousity Todd, what would you say are any major differences between your book and what Dave covers in the Gnomon dvd's? Those were pretty extensive (and saved me once or twice, thanks Dave!), so I'd be curious what might be new...or maybe a better look at examples.

I'd be curious about any production examples, since the Gnomon videos seemed like they were drawing from some specific film shots (haven't seen them forever, I could be wrong).

12 December 2009, 01:13 AM
I'm not sure of specific difference. I unfortunately have not seen David's DVD (sorry David). I can tell you that in Maya Studio Projects: Dynamics, each chapter is project based. So I don't go over specific menus, I cover the tools and attributes as they are needed in relation to each project. The projects are a solar system, comet, sink hole, volcano, lava, tornado, fire, house burning, gas station exploding, and a city flood.

It also includes nCloth and nParticles which are used to destroy objects.

12 December 2009, 01:14 AM
I was thinking that the key to a book is a lot of people like to have the easy to reference-ness of a book, vs the DVD's are not as simple. Also one can read and re-read specific sections of a book when a DVD is linear and not easily scrubable like the skim over that books have. So can't say if it's better but it's good to have this sort of thing out there. I think it would be pointless for a Sr. Level fx artist to get a book on fluids b/c you should already know ;)

I also stopped selling those DVD's, b/c I'm a jerk. hah. No, really its a long story. Anyway, People asked me to write a book but the DVD's were such a pain to make I couldn't get myself to do it. I'm glad someone made one. Hopefully it's good!

12 December 2009, 01:19 AM
I here ya' destruct007. Writing a book is just as bad (maybe worse) as making a DVD. It is amazing how much work has to go into it. It seems never ending.

12 December 2009, 01:23 AM
Definitely good points. I have to agree about the easy reference. Haha, well true, but I do talk to lots of students, and they ask me for recommendations all the time. :D

Oh, those DVD's are no longer for sale? Isn't that on Gnomon's end?
I have a friend who made some, and he sort of wasn't in love with the experience himself, and ended up writing a book lol. Either way, thanks..they were awesome. And hopefully this is a nice update for any future fx artists.

12 December 2009, 01:38 AM
Oh, those DVD's are no longer for sale? Isn't that on Gnomon's end?

No they own the rights to distribute it, Artist owns the rights to the material.

12 December 2009, 02:22 AM
Interesting, I don't know that he mentioned that.
Definitely useful info on there, thanks.

12 December 2009, 06:26 AM
I have both and they complement each other in some way.
If you really want to became an Effects Artist you should really look into this book and the DVD's from David. In my opinion you should go first to the fundamentals from David, and then read the book and then again go to the pyrotechnics from David. I think both are indispensable in the understanding of Maya Fluids.
Thanks to you both.
You guy's are the best lol.
Really. :buttrock:
Cheers and thaks a lottttttttttttttttttttttttt :beer:

12 December 2009, 02:35 PM
I here ya' destruct007. Writing a book is just as bad (maybe worse) as making a DVD. It is amazing how much work has to go into it. It seems never ending.

Do I smell a collaboration? I like the sounds of the book, should arrive on Friday for me.

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