Basically, we can stop the thread right here - Frank’s back.
For those of you who don’t know him personally, he is f-in awesome. I collaborated with him on the first ever article I wrote over 12 years ago and got off the phone feeling like I’d been talking to a rockstar.
Unfortunately he left Autodesk (Discreet) post max3 or 4 (or thereabouts - about the time I joined the beta), but other guys managed to fill his shoes well - Fred Ruff & David Marks did a great job, but after these guys left it slipped into arch/viz territory.
Frank has been in the trenches for the past decade and was one of the pioneers and champions of getting Max into film which was dominated by Alias and Lightwave (launch sequence - Lost in Space - one of the first features that utilised it), I’m looking forward to an awesome roadmap.
This is like Keegan coming back to Newcastle or Dalglish coming back to Liverpool (but doing a better job…)