3D Generalist Lee

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Our guest on this show is a 3D generalist. That’s a fancy term meaning Christian can do it all: modeling, texturing, rendering, lighting, animation, FX, effects and whatever else they throw at him. On the show we chat about the harsh realities of working in 3D, a rebel 1968 Dodge Charger from Hazzard County and get lost in the math of rendering.

  • Evernote would like to update during the show. Oh noes!
  • What is this 3 on the tree Chris speaks of? Dig the pic.
  • Reminiscing about Christian’s first computer, maybe this and the Avid hardware that looked something like this.
  • Christian says if you’re passionate enough you should be able to learn 3D on your own, though he studied at the Savannah College of Art & Design, SCAD.
  • 3D tools & platforms mentioned by Christian, Maya, Unity & Oculus Rift.
  • The conversation turns to Life of Pi and the effects company that made it, Rhythm & Hues. There’s a free, short documentary called Life After Pi, telling the story about how that successful movie bankrupted and shut down the company.
  • Another large 3D company, Digital Domain has had similar problems to Rhythm & Hues.
  • Chris has used the free & open source 3D application, Blender.
  • Paul remembers using POV-ray many years ago to code his own 3D Enterprise.
  • TinkerCAD is a 3D application you can use in your browser.
  • Amazon’s failed Fire phone with 3D?
  • Christian has been listening to podcasts from Sam Altman on How to Start a Startup.
  • Silicon Valley reference! Montreal Sauce hasn’t had one of those in a while.

Thanks to Christian for sharing his story and teaching us about the world of 3D animation.