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Pro Flying Logo Techniques, Set Lighting Technician's Handbook, How to Produce Your Own Special Interest Videos for Fun and Profit

Pro Flying Logo Techniques, Desktop Images (1994, RAVE Video Production Facilities, PO Box 10908, Dept. 400, Burbank, CA 91505, 100 min. $50)

Feeling overwhelmed by the 3D world? Professional LightWave artist Tony Stutterheim, known for his work on the popular television series "seaQuest DSV," hosts this guide to creating high-end 3D logo animations with LightWave (version 3.0 and up). He shares informative tips and tricks in an easy-to-follow presentation. Starting with simple text, Stutterheim teaches beveling, surface tips, curved text, and the "moving-sheen" effect. He also covers layout tips for more control over your animations, modeling tips to create sharper logos, and techniques for adding the "light-speed" blur effect to flying graphics.

You should note that while beginning LightWave users will find this a helpful tool, the real benefit is to the intermediate user. Though Stutterheim s presentation is clear and detailed, a general knowledge of LightWave 3D is prerequisite to create animations at this level.

Set Lighting Technician s Handbook, Harry C. Box (1993, Focal Press. 80 Montvale Avenue, Stoneham, MA 02180; 341 pp., $40)

Whether you shoot on a Hollywood sound stage or at home in your garage, the basic lighting techiques you ll use are the same. The Set Lighting Technician s Handbook introduces you to all the basics and then some. Hollywood-based set-lighting technician Harry C. Box shares a wide range of tips and tricks from his wealth of personal experience.

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Tags:  August 1997
Fri, 08/01/1997 - 12:00am