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This page is permanently updated and contains a collection of links to mainly free CG / Game related tutorials and resources. To search for specific entries please expand the table of content below or search within your browser using Ctrl+F (Windows) or Cmd+F (Mac).

Research

How To Google Like A Pro – Top 10 Google Search Tips & Tricks – Epic Tutorials, 6 min
How to Search in Google: 31 Advanced Google Search Tips – Blog
Google Search operators – Google Help


Downloads

Software/Tools

Maya Bonus Tools – For Maya 2015-2018, download
Maya Offline Help – For Maya 2015-2018, download
Agisoft Photoscan – Photogrammetry software, free demo download
Reality Capture – Photogrammetry software, free demo download
Cinema 4D – Free student license, application link
Allegorithmic – Substance Designer, Substance Painter, Bitmap2Material, free education license, application link
Terragen 4 – Free student license, application link
Instant Meshes – Automatic Retopologizer, open source by Wenzel Jakob, download link
Crazybump – Generates bump and normal maps from photos, download free Mac beta
Normal Map Online – Generates bump and normal maps from photos, browser based
Dabarti Capture – Generating Surface Normal, Albedo and Depth (displacement) maps from multiple photographs, free lite version
Texture Generator Online – Generates tiled textures, terrains, clouds, noises, textiles, browser based
NVIDIA Photo to Material – Generate Normal Maps from 2 photos, registration as developer required
Xnormal – Free texture baking application, download link
Handplane – Texture baking application, bake complex model groups, pay as you want
Artomatix – Seamless tiles generator (Wang tiles), 10 download credits = 10 US$
Vectormagic – Convert bitmap images to vector images (EPS, SVG and PDF), web service
Thegrove3d – Blender tree growing plugin, 109 EUR
OD_CopyPasteExternal – Script for copying and pasting of geometry between different 3D Applications
Handbrake – Video converter, Free Software Foundation project
Low Poly Art Generators – Six Free tools, noupe.com, blog
3D Face Reconstruction from a Single Image – Aaron S. Jackson, Face Reconstruction from a Single Image via Direct Volumetric CNN Regression, online demo
WhatTheFont – Font identification iOS App, Android App

Textures

Texturelib.com – Comprehensive library by Dmitriy Chugai (Crytek), unedited, 3-5k, free
Texture Ninja – Huge library with nature, leaves, ground, fabric, stones, dirt, etc. by Joost Vanhoutte, unedited, 3-5k, free
Pixar One Thirty – Classic Textures from 1993 updated for 2017, free
Poliigon.com/ – PBR, seamless, 8 images 3k per day free, subscr. 17$/month, 25 img/ day up to 24k
Quixel Megascans/ – Textures and objects scanned with photogrammetry, free samples
Texturify.com – broad variety, by Agata Galewska, unedited, 3-5k, free
Textures.com – huge library, tileable and unedited, 1k – 15 free downloads per day
SideFX Free Texture Pack – 19 tileable textures, in. tif and also in .rat format for use in Houdini
nordicfx.net – Stian Ervik Wahlvåg – 13 texture packages with normal, spec maps etc., free download
David Gurrea – unedited photos ~2k, edited game textures, free download
Mtextur.ch – Buildingmaterials CAD- & BIM-Textures
Lugher Texture – broad variety, unedited ~3k, free download
Mayang Textures – broad variety, unedited ~2k, free download
Lostandtaken – some tileable, 2k, free download
Image After – Image database with textures and references, free download
Ben Cloward – Wood Textures, unedited, free download
Anniemation – Lots of nature textures, cutout leaves etc
Openfootage – 2k tileable, mostly free download
Plaintextures – 2k tileable, only low res free download
Animax – about 1000 textures, more arch viz related, free download
Joost Vanhoutte – 800 textures, free download / donation
Sketchbookpro Backgrounds – Grids, storyboard templates, paper textures, free download
Matte Paint – Download free previews in 1200 px
Bark Pack 01 – Free Photogrammetry Tile Textures, David Chumilla Liccioli
Bark Pack 02 – Free Photogrammetry Tile Textures, David Chumilla Liccioli
Organic Materials Pack – Free organic materials with 4K tile-able maps, Martin Hamilton
Leaves – Free sets of high quality, photo-scanned nature textures, Wojciech Piwowarczyk

Geodata

terrain.party – download height maps
TandemX – High resolution height maps, free samples download
Environment Agency Geomatics LIDAR – Open LIDAR data Great Britain – more info
AHN – Open LIDAR source Netherlands
Centro de Descargas – Open LIDAR data Spain – more info
Geonorge – Open terrain data, Norway
OpenTopography – High-Resolution Topography Data and Tools, San Diego Supercomputer Center
Open Lidar in Germany – Links to download sources, rapidlasso GmbH, blog
NYC Building 3D Model – Building Massing Model of New York City includes every NYC building present in the 2014 aerial survey, the capture from which the model was developed
Streetviewdownload.eu – Paste a Streetview URL and download the images or 360° panorama
SAS.planet – Sattelite imagery downloader
Earth Explorer – Download sattelite image tiles
Global Data Explorer – Download height maps
Google Maps Area Calculator Tool – define an area and find out the measurement, website
3D Cityscapes – Extracted from OSM data, download greybox models of London, NYC, Berlin, etc. as Blender or FBX files

3D Extraction
Extract Google Earth models – 7 min tutorial, run 3D Ripper DX as administrator
brian-horning.com – Google Earth to 3 D using 3D Ripper DX, Blog with Q&A
3D Ripper capture and export to C4D tutorial – Export from a game engine, John Burdock, 44 min

HDR Panoramas

HDRI Haven – 16k, free download
hdrlabs.com sibl archive – about 100 sIBL sets, free download
NoEmotionhdrs.net – 150 HDR panoramas, 15.000×7.500day, night, small watermark on the bottom, free download
12 HDR Industrial Environment Maps – Philip Modin, free download
hdr-sets.com – 3 free sets
Nordicfx.net – Stian Ervik Wahlvåg, 5 HDR panoramas with backplate images, free download
Bernhard Vogl – 15 HDR panoramas – free download
USC Institute for Creative Technologies – 6 HDR panoramas – free download
openfootage.net – 80 HDR pano, lowres 1000×500, 2000×1000 free download, highres 5 EUR each
Lugher Texture – 37 Interior, 135 Urban, 57 Nature
HDRI-Skies – 4096×2048 free download, 15000×7500 5 EUR each

IES Lighting Files

Josef Bsharah IES Files collection – about 150 IES files, free download
American Electric Lighting Photometry Lighting Files – about 1200 IES files, free download
Deltalight – about 840 IES files, free download

Visual Reference

Sea Breeze – Time-lapse clouds, Jack Miller, 6 min
Sea Breeze II (4K) – Time-lapse clouds, Jack Miller, 3 min
Temponaut – Time-lapse flowers, plants, rotten fruit, cityscapes, YouTube channel
Let’s Melt This – Melting things one day at a time, YouTube channel
The Slowmo Guys – HD footage recorded with high-speed cinema cameras, YouTube channel
Warped Perception – High-speed references, YouTube channel
Macro Room – Dissolving pills, burning sticks in macro, YouTube channel
Will it Blend – Blendtec, YouTube channel
FilaMaker – Shredding metal toy cars, YouTube channel
Will it Crush – Hydraulic press experiments, YouTube channel
OK Go – The One Moment – Music video with real smashing stuff and fluids filmed in high speed

3D Models

3DMdb – 3d Model search engine, more than two million models indexed
Viz-people.com – 3D models, furniture, gadgets, cars, flowers, trees, 2D cut-out people, HDR’s, textures, free samples
Cgaxis.com – High quality models, some free samples
TF3dm.com – Misc models, free download
3dexport.com – Misc models, free download
Archive 3D – Architecture related, furniture, etc, free download
cgtrader.com/free-3d-models – Misc models, free download
SketchUp 3D Warehouse – Architecture related, SketchUp models, free download
Turbosquid – Misc models, selection of free items
Oyonale.com – Some models, free download, C4D and OBJ
Renderstuff – Misc models, selection of free items
Blankrepository – Scanned Food, free download
The Mantissa – Scanned Food, Trees, Midge Sinnaeve, free download
Threedscans.com – 3D scans of Sculptures and artifacts, free download
Grabcad – Engineering, Machine parts, CAD models, free download
3dcontentcentral – Machine parts, engineering related, free download
NASA 3D – Space related models and textures, free download (GitHub)
Smithsonian X 3D – iconic collection objects from the Smithsonian museum collections
Hondafan – Honda vehicle models, free download
Nefertitihack.alloversky.com – Nefertitis head, 3D scan, STL-file (100 MB), free download
Thepixellab.net/freebies – To gain access to these free models you need to join the e-mail newsletter
DMI-3D – Vehicle models, free download
3Dlapidary.com/ – Gems and Jewelry models, free download
GSG C4D Models – VW Van, Rolleiflex Camera, Lego Man, Space Gun, Tron Car, Cup, Light Bulb, free
GSG Daft Punk Helmets – C4D, free download
Astorza.net/category/freebies/ – Fully detailed 1953 Cadillac Eldorado model, XSI, OBJ, C4D
The Stanford 3D Scanning Repository – Iconic bunny, dragon, scanned in 1994, still useful as test geometries
Dmitry DeMoon’s Sketchfab Collections – Food, sculptures, buildings, clothes, shoes, some models can be downloaded
10 VDB Cloud Volumes – Travis Davids, free download

Plants
Tree It by EVOLVED – Software – Free real time 3d tree generator, .obj export
Treeit Guide for UE4 – Resurrection 21, 35 min
Treeit Library – More than 100 diferent models, free download, Lluis Garcia
Xfrog – Plant models, free download of about 40 samples
Speedtree – 4 tree samples for UE4, free download

3D Humans
Renderpeople – Rigged and posed human characters, selection of free items
Makehuman – Open source 3D character creator
Adobe Fuse CC – 3D character creator

Mocap Files

mocapdata.com – comprehensive mocap library, Japan, partial free
MovLab – Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias, Lisboa – some free mocap files
BeyondMotion – free mocap files
MocapClub.com – some free mocap files
ACCAD – Ohio Univ. Adv. Computing Center for the Arts and Design – Mocap Lab – downloads
Animstreet – free mocap files
CMU’s motion capture database – 3dsMax-friendly BVH release, cgspeed

Images

images.nasa.gov – NASA image and video library, free download
unsplash.com – Huge image library, free download
Locationtextures – Aerial Clouds, Trees, Free Packs, up to 20k

Icons

iconsdb.com – Well designed monochrome icons, free download 512×512 px
thenounproject.com – B/W icons, search function, SVG, free account
Iconfinder.com – B/W and shaded icons, SVG, free and paid
Iconarchive.com – Icon sets with B/W and shaded icons, different sizes, free download
glyphicons.com/ – B/W Icons, free basic set

Fonts

Google Fonts
Dafont
Fontsquirrel – Some free fonts
Whatfontis.com – Identifies font types by submitting a picture or URL

Audio Samples

freesound.org – Huge collaborative database of audio samples and recordings
freemusicarchive.org – Field recordings
freesoundeffects.com – Free samples can be found at the bottom of the left menu


CG and 3D General

Learning 3d Modeling and Animation – The Guerrilla CG Project, YouTube channel
wiki.bk.tudelft.nl – Maya technical wiki, TU Delft

Displacement Workflow

High Res Face Texturing / Mari and Mudbox – Texturing xyz blog
Zbrush to Vray Maya 32 bit Displacement – Flippednormals blog

Normal Maps, Normal Baking

Height maps, Parallax maps, Normal maps, explained – Harry Ridgeway, 10 min
Normal mapping for games and realtime content – Andy Davies, 54 min
The Fundamentals of Perfect Baking – Michael Hosticka, 22 min
High Poly to Low Poly Workflow with Zbrush and Maya – Filmstorm, 31 min
A Practical Guide On Normal Mapping for Games – Word document by Alexey Oshchepkovw
Normal Maps Tutorial – Extensive explanation with example pictures, Christopher Albeluhn, blog
Baking Normal Maps in Blender – Blender Character, Darrin Lile, 16 min
Normal Maps Tutorial Basics – Ben Cloward, blog
Normal Maps Tutorial Beyond the Basics – Ben Cloward, blog
Better Normal Blending – By Colin Barré-Brisebois and Stephen Hill, blog
Understanding Normal Maps– Nick Pettit, blog
Normal Map Definition– Polycount Wiki
Texture Baking– Polycount Wiki
A Practical Guide On Normal Mapping For Games– Polycount Wiki
Normalmaps for the Technical Game Modeler– Ariel Chai, blog
Normalmapcamera.com – App for smartphone based normal map creation (WIP)
Normalmap Online – Web based normal map creation from photos, Christian Petry

GPU Tessellation

DirectX 11 Tessellation – What it is and why it matters, Nvidia blog

Remeshing

Instant Meshes – Automatic Retopologizer, open source app by Wenzel Jakob, download link

Sculpting

Sculptfab – Quick 3D sketches and previz with Adaptive topology, up-/download .obj, Sketchfab Labs browser app

Normal Maps from Photos

Normal Map Photography – Tutorial about creating normal maps from photos with 4 different light directions

HDR Panorama Creation

Merging HDR panoramic photos – Lynda, 15 min
Merging the 360-degree panoramic photo – Lynda, 11 min


Maya

Video Channel

Maya Mondays with Daryl Obert – YouTube Channel
Maya Learning Channel – YouTube Channel
Maya Toolbelt – YouTube channel

Polygon Modeling

Cutting a hole using boolean and topology – ctbram0627, 24 min
Maya 2016 Modeling Improvements – Steven Roselle, 37 min
Maya 2016 Ext 2: Technical Modeling Improvements – Steven Roselle, 15 min
Maya 2016 Ext 2: Modeling and UV Editing Improvements – Steven Roselle, 36 min, silent
Meet the Experts: Modeling in Maya 2015 – Craig Barr, forward to 11 min, overall 53 min
Crease Tool and Crease Sets in Maya 2016 – Tim Ash, 5 min

Retopologizing

Quad Draw / Make Live Workflow in Maya 2017 Update 3 – Steven Roselle, 13 min
Modeling and retopologizing 1: Shrink wrapping a sleeve and torso – MLC, Maya 2016, 7 min
Modeling and retopologizing 2: Quad drawing the shoulder/collar – MLC, Maya 2016, 8 min
Modeling and retopologizing 3: Fine-tuning shape and topology – MLC, Maya 2016, 7 min
Modeling and retopologizing 4: UV creation and finishing touches – MLC, Maya 2016, 14 min
Creating usable topology from Marvelous Designer – Zeno Pelgrims, 12 min
Retopology With Transfer Attribute – AboutOneMinuteTutorial, 2 min

UV Layout, UV Mapping

Maya 2018 Comprehensive Review of UV Editing Improvements – Steven Roselle, 14 min
Maya 2018 UV Toolkit Review – Steven Roselle, 14 min
Maya 2017 Update 3 – UV Editing Improvements – Steven Roselle, 4 min
Maya 2017 Update 3 – UV Editing Tutorial – Autodesk, 18 min
UV Map and texture clothing – Mike Hermes, 27 min
UV unwrapping tutorial for Maya 2016 – James Taylor, 16 min, Auto Unwrap from 10:25
Maya Bonus Tools for UV workflows – Lesterbanks / Steven Roselle
Auto Unwrap UVs with Maya Bonus Tools – Steven Roselle, 3 min
UVs in Maya 2015 using the bonus tools – KERMACO, 21 min
Maya 2016 Modeling and UV Editing Improvements – Steven Roselle, 10 min
Maya 2016 UV Editing Improvements – Steven Roselle, 35 min
Maya 2015 UV Editing Overview – Steven Roselle, 20 min
UV Mapping in Autodesk Maya 2015 – Michael Swartz, 107 min
Creating the UV Snapshot Maya 2015 – Brain Puff, 11 min
6 Tips to Improve Your UV Mapping Workflow – Paul H. Paulino, blog

Sculpting, Baking

Make Irregular terrain with Sculpt and Soft Body Dynamics – Park Jin Woo, 14 min
Sculpting Clothes Part 1 – Wrinkles and creases, Normal map baking – MLC, Maya 2016, 12 min
Sculpting Clothes Part 2 – Patterns and symmetry – MLC, Maya 2016, 12 min
Baking normal maps in Maya – Glen Gramling, 44 min
Maya texturing, sculpting, baking – Blog, Aldo Vicente

Texture Transfer
Transfer textures to a new UV layout in Maya – Creative Bloq
Create texture maps with the Transfer Maps editor – Maya 2016 Help

Shading, Materials

Ocean Shader – Maya Mondays, 8 min
HOT for Maya plugin – Houdini Ocean Toolkit plugin for Maya 2016 Arnold + MR, free download
HOT for Maya ocean spray – basic tutorial – Houdini Ocean Toolkit, Igor Zanic, 10 min
deformer -type hotOceanDeformer;

Camera

Animation Principles in Staging – Digital Tutors Maya tutorial
Animating Camera Cuts – AnimationMethods, 13 min
4 Camera Tips – reaction, tracking, crane / boom shots, hand held, Bloop Animation, 5 min
Camera Path Animation and Following Objects – Mike Hermes, 8 min
Camera Sequencer in Maya 2014 – majentauk, 8 min
Camera Tips and Tricks – Maya mondays, 14 min

Animation, Rigging

Constraints 1 – What Can the 11 Different Types of Constraints Do – Nerdycreator Blog
Constraints 3 – How to Constrain Prop to Hand – Nerdycreator Blog
Easier Character Creation wit Quick Rig – Autodesk, Maya 2016 Ext. 2, 11 min
Rigging a bird with IK handles and curves – Maya 2016, Mike Hermes, 12 min
Maya 2017 Time Editor – Steven Roselle, 24 min
Quick Rigging and Skinning a character – Maya Learning Channel, 9 min
Quick Rig in Maya 2017 – Steven Roselle, 7 min
FK IK switch Rigging Tutorial – Damon Lavenski, Part 1 of 6

nCloth

Animate a waving flagpole – Mike Hermes, 8 min
Dynamic Curtain – Sangiemenla, 14 min (silent)

Instancing

How to use Duplicate and Duplicate special – Maya 2014 tutorial, 10 min
Instance geometry with nParticles – Autodesk knowledgebase
Instance Along Curve Maya Plugin – Free python plugin
Maya Bonus Tools 2012 – Paint Geometry Tool

Maya XGen
Creating Topological Art with XGen – Maya Learning Channel, 12 min
Maya 2015 XGen Instancing Overview – Steven Roselle Maya 2015 tutorial, 27 min
Controlling complexity with Xgen in Autodesk Maya 2015 – Autodesk, 51 min
XGen – Spline output as curve – Maya Monday, 2 min
10 tips for using Maya’s XGen in production – cgchannel.com blog

Motion Graphics / MASH

Mainframe Mash – Vimeo channel, different examples of use
Motion Graphics / Mash introduction – Autodesk, 14 min
Ian Waters – YouTube channel with MSH tutorials
Creativemarket.com – MASH motion graphics examples
MASH end to end workflow – Maya Learning Channel, playlist
MASH Audio Node – Drive your MASH animations using an audio file, Mainframe Mash, 9 min
MASH Dynamics Basics – Maya Learning Channel, 12 min
MASH Dynamics – Roland Reyer, 13 min

nParticles

Start Understanding nParticles with collissions – Digital Tutors free, 15 min
nParticles along motion path – Phil Radford, 13 min
Goal Oriented nParticles in Maya for Morphing – Simply Maya, 12 min
nParticle Basics – Mike Hermes, 11 min
Create Snow with nParticles – Mike Hermes, 5 min
Change > Particle Shape > Shading to Multi Point or Multi Streak and render with Arnold – works
Create a Snow Cover with nParticles – Park Jin Woo, 14 min

Bifrost

Intro to Bifrost Fluid Sim in Maya – CG Swot, 39 min
Guided Simulations in Bifrost – Maya 2016, Autodesk, 7 min
Adaptive Foam in Bifrost – Maya 2016, Autodesk, 8 min
Bifrost Color Trick – Maya 2016, Maya Monday, 14 min
Create a Water Splash – Maya 2015, Mike Hermes, 14 min

Smoke Effects

Maya 3D – Dynamic – Fluid Effect (Advanced Smoke) – Sangiemenla, 11 min, silent
Maya 3D – Dynamic – Fluid Effect – Smoke Effect – Sangiemenla, 25 min, silent

Paint Effects

Discover Paint Effects – Autodesk Maya 2013, 62 min
Maya 2014 – Paint Effects Enhancments – Autodesk Maya 2014, 14 min

Lighting

Add image based lighting with a preset or custom environment in the Material Viewer – Maya help
Image based lighting interior with HDR and portal light – James Taylor, Maya 2015, 6 min
3-Point Lighting – 3DRender.com, Blog

Maya Viewport 2.0

Viewport 2.0 outdoor lighting tips in Maya 2016 – Autodesk Maya Mondays, 16 min
Shader FX (DirectX) in Viewport 2.0– Displacement and Reflection – PolyAsset3D, 9 min
Viewport 2.0 in Production | Lights, Transparency, ShaderFX – Lights, transparency, VFXpro Studio, 21 min
Maya 2013 Ext. DX11 in Viewport 2.0 – My Oh Maya, 16 min

Arnold

Arnold for Maya User Guide – Solidangle.com
Arnold for Maya Tutorial – Shaders – Solidangle, 16 min
Arnold for Maya Tutorial – Lights – Solidangle, 16 min
Arnold for Maya Tutorial – Image Based Lighting – Solidangle, 12 min
Interior Lighting with Arnold, Maya 2017 – yone santana, 65 min
Arnold for Maya Tutorial – Render Settings – Solidangle, 15 min
Arnold for Maya Tutorial – Cameras – Solidangle, 14 min
Arnold for Maya Tutorial – AOVs – Arbitrary Output Variables, Solidangle, 20 min
aiStandard Material Basics | using Arnold with Maya 2017 – Arvid Schneider, 35 min
Mastering Glass | using Arnold with Maya 2017 – Arvid Schneider, 49 min
Displacement Workflow – from: ZBrush / Mudbox to: V-Ray / Arnold (Maya), Akin Bilgic, Blog
Render Layers and AOV’s in Arnold – yone santana, Maya 2017, 62 min
Render Setup using Arnold – Arvid Schneider, Maya 2017, 41 min

Redshift

Redshift Displacement – Vertex Library Quick Tip#1, 9 min
Redshift Sprite Node – Vertex Library Quick Tip#2, 4 min
RGB Mattes in Redshift – Vertex Library Quick Tip#3, 4 min
Material Blending in Redshift – Vertex Library Quick Tip#4, 8 min

Bonus Tools, Extensions

Maya BonusTools 2017 Overview – Steven Roselle, 12 min
Maya 2016 Extension 1: 3D Type – Autodesk, 11 min
Maya 2016 Extension 1: Improved Vector Graphics Workflow – Autodesk, 8 min
Maya 2016 Extension 1: New Look Development Shading Nodes – Autodesk, 9 min

Plugins, Scripts

OBJ Sequences Import Export – Script useful for exchange animations with Houdini, tested with Maya 2017

Scripting

Python 101 for Maya Users – Filmmakerperez, YouTube playlist


ZBrush

ZBrush ZRemesher – Pixologic ZClassroom, 25 min
zBrush Tutorial: Create 3D Assets From Photos – Jared Michael, 19 min
zBrush 4r6 zRemesher and reprojection – CGVILLA, 13 min
3DScans ZBrush Tutorial – 3Dsksupport, 4 min
Clean a 3D scan in zBrush – Jonty Hurwitz, 7 min
High Poly to Low Poly Workflow with Zbrush and Maya – Filmstorm, 31 min
Low poly stones and rocks for games – stym, 24 min
Retopology Tutorial in Maya and ZBrush – Kerr Robinson, 35 min
3D Scan Post Processing Tutorial – Daniel Cahill, 25 min
Polypainting from the canvas in Zbrush – Polyjunky, 7 min


Photogrammetry

Introduction

PhotoScan Guide Part 1 – Getting started with the basics, ClassyDogFilms, 5 min
The poor man’s guide to photogrammetry – Quick introduction, Bertrand Benoit, blog
Creating Game Ready Assets using Photogrammetry – Gamasutra, blog

Tutorials

PhotoScan Guide Part 2: Turntable Tutorial – ClassyDogFilms, 7 min
PhotoScan Guide Part 3: Natural Environment Scanning – ClassyDogFilms, 12 min
PhotoScan Guide Part 4: Man-Made Environments – ClassyDogFilms, 21 min
Complete Photogrammetry Workflow with Agisoft Photoscan Reality Capture and ZBrush – Michael Pavlovich, YouTube playlist
PhotoScan Wiki – Tips and tricks
Photogrammetry – Introduction to Software and Hardware – Tested.com, blog
Photogrammetry – How to take-your-photos – Tested.com, blog
Photogrammetry – Agisoft Photoscan Workflow – Tested.com, blog
How Accurate is Photogrammetry? Part 1Part 2 – Blog
Head Scanning Webinar – Jeffrey Wilson, 105 min
Photogrammetric Assets in UE4 Part 1 – Setup / EquipmentPart 2 – Reconstruction / Delighting – UE, blog
Bringing Scans Into UE4 – with Topogun, xNormal and 3DSMax, blog
Photoscan Python Scripts – Agisoft
http://ir-ltd.net/blog/ – Infinite Realities, blog

Camera Tech

Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO – Cheat Sheet, blog

Examples

LiDAR example with HDR texturing – Pointcloud9, 30 sec
Photoscan showcase – Agisoft, showreels
In The Eyes of the Animals Teaser – Point Cloud / Art Example
Radiohead – House of Cards – Point Cloud / Art Example


Game Design and Technology

Game Art & Design Examples

Katamari Damacy – 2004, Gameplay, 9 min
flOw – 2006, PS3 Full Walkthrough, 85 min
Portal – 2007, Gameplay, 7 min
Loneliness – necessary games, 2011, play in browser (flash)
Journey – 2012, Gameplay, 10 min
Antichamber – 2013, Full Walkthrough, 15 min
Antichamber – 2013, Gameplay with Comments, 20 min
What Remains of Edith Finch – 2015, Gameplay with Comments, 8 min
Mosh Pit Simulator – 2016, Sos Sosowski, trailer, 1 min
The Witness – 2016, Developer Gameplay Trailer, 11 min
Firewatch – 2016, Gameplay, 184 min
Orwell – 2016, Gameplay, 38 min
Inside – 2016, Gameplay, 11 min
My Summer Car – 2016, Gameplay, 22 min
ABZÛ – Giant Squid, 2016, Gameplay, 90 min
PC Building Simulator – 2017, Gameplay, 3 min
Everything – David OReilly, 2017, gameplay, 11 min
Scanner Sombre – Introversion Software, 2017, Christopher Odd gameplay, 34 min
Video Games as an Art Form – Wikipedia list
Paola Antonelli – Why I Brought Pacman to MOMA? – TED talk, 19 min
Super Mario Clouds – Cory Arcangel, Game Mod, 2002, Blog

Game Convergence

PAPERS, PLEASE – The Short Film (2018) – Nikita Ordynskiy, Polygon article with video link

Gamification, Educational Games

Lightneer – Blog About Games in Education
Curiscope Virtuali-Tee – Educational AR Experience About the Human Body
Institute of Play – Non-profit design studio, offering Game and Curriculum Design, Educator Programs
Edutopia – Game-Based Learning Resources
Variant – Learning game series about calculus concepts
interactivenarratives.org – Collection of online visual storytelling as practiced by online and print journalists
How to crowdsource MPs’ expenses – The Guardian’s Guardian unique experiment in crowdsourcing
The World Peace Game Foundation – Dedicated to teaching children the work of peace
Foldit – Solve Puzzles for Science

Game Graphics

Game Oldies – Play Online
Evolution of Video Game Graphics 1952 – 2015 – Random selection, 13 min
Archviz Interior – UE4 walkthrough, Roy Fredy R, 4 min
P.A.M.E.L.A. developer preview – Unity Blog
Adam – Unity realtime graphics demo
Enlighten GI in Unity and UE – Developer Website
How to Plan Level Designs and Game Environments – worldofleveldesign.com, blog

UI Design

User Interface – Polycount Wiki
nngroup.com – 10 Usability Heuristics for User Interface Design, blog
bokardo.com – 19 Principles of User Interface Design, blog
gamasutra.com – Game UI Discoveries: What Players Want, blog
Game Dev Essentials: Interface Design – Kevin Saunders, Jeannie Novake, Cengage, 2013, ISBN: 1-133-13475-0
This War of Mine – UI example, Gameplay

WebGL, Web VR

Learningwebgl.com – WebGl tutorial, blog
bl.ocks.org – simple html viewer for sharing code examples hosted on GitHub Gist
p5*js Java Script Libraries – Procesing, NYU ITP
Aframe – open source framework for creating WebVR experiences with HTML
Shadertoy Seascape Example – Procedural computing with WebGL

Programming

John Romero’s development commandments – develop-online.net, Blog

Game Effects

Game Effects Using Houdini and UE4 – Stephen Tucker, Free Udemy Lecture, 45 min
UE4 Plugin Developer Interview – Presentation of the H16 Game shelf tools with Luiz Kruel from SideFX, 45 min

Augmented Reality

Augment Desktop Tutorials – YouTube Channel, short introductory clips
Unity3D and Vuforia for MultiTarget Tracking – YuGiOh! Card Game, Edgaras Art, 29 min

Unreal Engine

Beginner Tutorials

Introduction to Third Person Blueprint Game – Unreal Engine Playlist
UE 4 Beginner Tutorial Series – Virtus Learning Hub, YouTube channel

File Exchange

Exporting from Maya to UE4 with collisions – Small Robot Studio, 5 min
UE4 Skeletal Mesh Animation Baking – Shaun Foster, 8 min
MakeHuman to UE4 – Peter Stefcek, 19 min
Blueprint UE – Platform for visualising and sharing UE blueprints and material networks

Lighting

Unreal 4 Lighting Academy I – 51Daedalus, YouTube playlist, related UE forum post
Unreal 4 Lighting Academy II – 51Daedalus, YouTube playlist
Lighting Techniques and Guides 2: Dynamic Lighting – Unreal Engine Twitch stream, 90 min
Creating God Rays Using a Directional Light – Steve’s Tutorials, 2 min
Adjust Sky Sphere to create Sunset and Night – Brigid Costello, 5 min
Make a Day/Night Cycle – TheFaceGrabber, 10 min
UE4 Dynamic Global Illumination – PolyPixel, 6 min

Volumetric Lighting Effects

Setting up Volumetric Lighting in 4.16 – Jona Marklund, 10 min
Volumetric Fog Feature Highlight – Unreal Engine Twitch stream, 96 min

Rendering

Real Time Rendering – Overview for Artists – Jess’s UE4 Tutorials, blog

Blueprints

Blueprint Essentials Tutorial Playlist – Unreal Engine Wiki
Pause Menu Part 1 Part 2 – Leucosia Interactive, 9 min
Blueprint Blending Between Multiple Skylight Cubemaps – Unreal Engine tutorial, 30 min
Changing Things over Time with a Timeline – Unreal Engine tutorial, 10 min
WTF Is? Timelines – Mathew Wadstein, 11 min
WTF Is? Lerp Nodes – Mathew Wadstein, 6 min
WTF Is? Lerp Nodes – Mathew Wadstein, 6 min
Slow + “Freeze” Time – Dean Ashford, 23 min
Auto Focusing Depth of Field – Tesla Dev, 5 min

Blueprints Communication

Blueprint Communication Light Switch with Random Color – Totally Unreal, 10 min
Communication Between Level and Class Blueprint – Unreal Engine, 11 min
Communication Between Class Blueprints – Unreal Engine, 9 min
Communicate Between Button and Door Blueprints – MBC, 7 min
Auto Focusing Depth of Field – Tesla Dev, 5 min

Gravity Blueprints

Free Gravity Blueprint with Download Link – LEGO Builder Minecraftplayer, 7 min
Gravity Tutorial – LEGO Builder Minecraftplayer, 9 min
Directional Gravity and Gravitation Simulation Tutorial – Matt Taylor, 47 min

Instancing, Foliage

Instancing with Blueprints – Tech Art Aid, 29 min
Interact with Foliage at Run-time – Cut down trees, remove foliage, etc… AngryGamerTV, 37 min
per-material-instance random for plain StaticMesh – UE4 Answer HUB, blog
Random Colours for Multiple Mesh Instances – Jess’s UE4 tutorials, blog

Particles / Sprites

Leaf-fall Particle System – Resurrection 21, 10 min
Spawn Particles on Actor-Surface – UnrealSimon, 3 min

Ragdoll Physics

Introduction to the Physics Assets Tool – Unreal Engine YouTube playlist
Ragdoll 101 – Part 1 Initial setup and keeping the Collision Capsule attached, Jonas Mølgaard, 14 min
Physics-Based Animation – UE4 documentation
Ragdoll / Simulate Physics – Tesla Dev, 3 min

UMG Unreal Motion Graphics

UMG Water Menu – Rodrigo Villani, 14 min, Part 2
UMG UI Inventory Tutorial Series – Unreal Engine, YouTube playlist
Custom Mouse Cursors – Tesla Dev, 3 min
UMG Video UI – Tesla Dev, 2 min, Video Textures
Widget Interaction Component 4.13 – Tesla Dev, 5 min
Web Browser Inside UE4 – Tesla Dev, 4 min
Custom Combobox Content – Customize dropdown menu (font, background), KITATUS, 9 min

Sequencer

Play Sequence with Blueprint – Jayanam, 4 min

Shading

Normal Map Creation Guide – UE manual
Material Nodes explained – MetalGameStudios, 8 min
Blending Realism and Stylization in 3d Scenes – Will Koehler, 80lv blog
Making Realistic Materials in UE 4 – 80 Level, Blog
Material Basics – Introduction, Rodrigo Villani, 24 min
Texturing Tutorial – Textures, color channels and UV manipulation, Rodrigo Villani, 52 min
Material Functions – Rodrigo Villani, 30 min
Control Materials in Blueprints – Textures, color channels and UV manipulation, Rodrigo Villani, 52 min

Texture Mapping
UE4 Texture Projection 1/2 – Rodrigo Villani, 18 min, part 2/2, 55 min
UE4 Tri Planar Texture Projection – Reddit thread with link to material setup
WTF Is? Material – World Position – Mathew Wadstein, 6 min

Animated Textures
Sprite Sheet Basic – How to import outside images sequences, Bruno Brito, 6 min

Rug
Parallax Occlusion Mapping for Rug – barry lowndes, 38 min

Ice and Snow
Creating A Multi-Purpose Glass Material – Greg Amato, blog
Realistic Snow Ground Creation in UE4 – Interview with Jacob Norris (PurePolygons), Blog
Creating Ice and Snow – UE4 + Megascans Studio, 11 min
Artistic Ice in UE4 – 80 Level, Blog
Tesselated Icicles – Dean Ashford, 23 min

Glass
Perfect Dynamic Mirrors – Rodrigo Villani, 21 min
Dirty Glass Material – Free UE4 asset download, Michal Orzelek blog

Displacement, World Position Offset
Using Material Effects – Unreal Engine livestream, 57 min

Realtime Drawing and Deformation with Render Target
Deforming Snow with Render Target – Andre Allan, 41 min, Fix for UE4’s Landscape Tool, 22 min
Real-Time Render Target Painting Tutorial – DefaultSound, 19 min
Making a Usable Whiteboard with Render Target and Line Trace – Reuben Ward, 13 min

Material Blending
Terrain Blending Setup – Olmo, UE forum, Polygoncount Forum
Material Blending – Victor A., Artstation blog, free Gumroad download
Blending Meshes With Landscapes or Other Meshes – MrTriPie, 8 min

Environment
Create a Forest in 1 Hour – quixel, 54 min

Cel Shading, Low Poly
The Secrets of Low Poly Visuals – 80 Level, Blog
Toony Outlines – Dean Ashford, 28 min
Cel Shading – Dean Ashford, 15 min

Glow Effects
Tron Glow Tutorial – Liaret, 32 min
Advanced Tron Material 1 – Liaret, 11 min
Glow Material Over the Distance – Liaret, 18 min
Hologram Material – Dean Ashford, 22 min

Outline Highlight Effect
Outline Effect as Post Process – Tutorial and scenefile, Paweł Miniszewski blog
Outlines and Occlusion – Comprehensive tutorial (2017) showing different options, Rodrigo Villani, 41 min
Rendering Soft Outlines – Tom Looman, blog tutorial

Disintegration, Dissolve Effects
Dissolve Material – Dean Ashford, 16 min
Disintegration Effect – Sirhaian’Arts, 9 min, Final Result
Stealth Invisibility Effect With Distortion – Tech Art Aid, 17 min
Reveal Animation Effect – Portugese tutorial (use automatically translated subtitles), Rodrigo Villani, 62 min

Steve’s Advanced Materials
01 Using CrazyBump – Steve’s Tutorials, 14 min
02 Tiling Textures Seamlessly – Steve’s Tutorials, 3 min
03 Advanced Normals with Bump Offset/Parallax (using NDO) – Steve’s Tutorials, 7 min
04 Emmisive Maps – Steve’s Tutorials, 2 min
05 Using Colourmaps/IDmaps to Paint an Asset – Steve’s Tutorials, 22 min
06 Using Ndo to Create Materials – Steve’s Tutorials, 13 min
07 Creating Material Instances – Steve’s Tutorials, 7 min
08 Using Alpha/Opacity Masks – Steve’s Tutorials, 4 min
09 Two Sided Textures – Steve’s Tutorials, 2 min
10 Setting up Wind on Leaves/Grass – Steve’s Tutorials, 3 min
11 Using Material Elements – Steve’s Tutorials, 7 min
12 Decals – Steve’s Tutorials, 8 min
13 Animated Material Panner Node – Steve’s Tutorials, 5 min
14 Simple Vertex Painting – Steve’s Tutorials, 7 min
15 Making Simple Glass with Refraction – Steve’s Tutorials, 4 min
16 Desaturation Node – Steve’s Tutorials, 2 min
17 Cheap Contrast Node – Steve’s Tutorials, 3 min
18 Making Metals – Steve’s Tutorials, 11 min
19 Color Correcting and Manipulating Textures – Steve’s Tutorials, 7 min
20 Apply Simple Dust, Dirt, Frost to Any Model – Steve’s Tutorials, 17 min
21 Painting Puddles – Steve’s Tutorials, 10 min
22 Advanced Glass – Steve’s Tutorials, 7 min
23 Creating a Landscape Material – Steve’s Tutorials, 4 min
24 Advanced Snow/Rain on Material (Pt.1) – Steve’s Tutorials, 7 min
25 Advanced Snow/Rain on Material (Pt.2) – Steve’s Tutorials, 8 min
26 Basic Custom Godrays/Light Shafts – Steve’s Tutorials, 9 min
27 Tessellation Setup – Steve’s Tutorials, 4 min
28 Subsurface Scattering – Steve’s Tutorials, 3 min
29 Detailed Overlays – Steve’s Tutorials, 8 min
30 Adding Grime/Dirt Using Decals – Steve’s Tutorials, 7 min
31 Making Moving Spider Webs – Steve’s Tutorials, 5 min
32 Vertex Painting Snow – Steve’s Tutorials, 10 min
33 Frosted Glass – Steve’s Tutorials, 10 min
35 Material Functions – Steve’s Tutorials, 5 min
36 Depth Dependent Material Blend with Pixel Depth – Steve’s Tutorials, 5 min
39 Making Simple Dynamic Clouds – Steve’s Tutorials, 6 min
40 Glowing Flickering Material – Steve’s Tutorials, 8 min
41 Depth Fade material – Steve’s Tutorials, 5 min
42 Simple Lava Material – Steve’s Tutorials, 11 min
43 Changing Material on Height – Steve’s Tutorials, 6 min
44 Pixelated Retro Game – Steve’s Tutorials, 4 min
45 Making Emmisive Materials Emit Light – Steve’s Tutorials, 4 min

Post Processing Effects
GameBoy Post Process Effect in UE4 – Unreal Wiki
Stylized Rendering Post Processing – UE4 tutorial
8 Bit Pixellize in Unreal Engine 4 – Unreal Engine, 5 min
Controlling PostProcess Material – Underwater warping effect dependent on location in the scene, RATSGAME, 20 min

UE4 Assets

Auto Terrain Cover V3 Quick create – Kevin Mitchell, download link, 23 min
Auto Terrain Cover V3 4.14 Release – Kevin Mitchell, 19 min
Auto Terrain Cover V3 Material Break down and Explanation – Kevin Mitchell, 19 min
Open Street Map Plugin for UE4 – Demo video, Mike Fricker, github
Spacescape – Free tool for creating space skyboxes with stars and nebulas, Alex Peterson


Houdini

Basics

Houdini Documentation – SideFX.com
Download Houdini – Including free Apprentice version, SideFX.com
Houdini Foundations – Book (PDF), SideFX.com
Sidefx.com/forum/ – Houdini Official Forum
Odforce.net – Houdini forum, helpful tips and solutions, great community
Cgwiki – Matt Estela, Lots of ideas, Blog
Working with Attributes in Houdini – Johnny Farmfield, blog
Expressions in filenames – houdinitricks.com blog
Procedural Modeling and Animation in Houdini – Rohan Dalvi, 36 min
Houdini Quickstart Tutorial – Procedural modeling and destruction of a temple, 46 min
Houdini Quickstart Lessons – Basic lessons, perfect for for beginners, 2-5 min each
Gametutor.com – Many tutorials about procedural modeling, game assets, free
Houdini Training – Gianvito Serra, YouTube channel
Short & Sweet 3D – Quick Houdini Tuts from Mikael Pettersén, Senior Crowd TD at ILM, YouTube channel
Houdini for Beginners – Apple Soldier, Extrude text, break, RBD, shading, 8 min
Houdini 9 and 10 Tutorials – Apple Soldier, Short clips for beginners, 6-11 min each
Motion FX – audio driven deformation – SideFX Quickstart

Advanced Setups, RnD

Entagma.com – Blog with video tutorials
Richardlord.tumblr.com – Example videos and Hip’s, growing splines etc., blog
Johnny Farmfield – Solutions with scenefiles, Vimeo channel, Twitter
Houdini Tricks – Quicktips, tutorials, interviews, blog by motion designer & developer Erwin Santacruz
Atoms Links – Links to Houdini solutions, Odforce forum thread
Daily hip – Solutions with scenefiles, Eetu, blog

Procedural Modeling

Octopus Tentacle Modeling – Mehdi Salehi, 41 min

Knit

Knit – Mehdi Salehi, file, 1 min
Knit – Alican Görgeç, 9 sec
Chain Mail – Bullet test, Uniky, 1 min
RBD Chains – Richard Lord, 1 min

Terrain

Terrain Heightfield Overview – Quickstart Tutorial, SideFX, 4 min
Houdini 16 Terrain Tools – Alex Dracott @ GDC 2017, 43 min
Green Mountains – Aaron Kamolz, SideFX tutorial

Geometry Transformation

Brickify Tool – SideFX, user guide nodes, networks and assets, 88 min
Brickify – Lego Waterfall, 7 sec
Peel – Peter Quint, tutorial, 30 min
Boil – Simon Fiedler, 41 min
Melt – Melting Jiggly Mesh with Houdini FLIP, Sam Howell, 1 min

Growth

Crystallize – Barbara Dobosova, reel
Crystallize – Johnny Farmfield, 10 sec, file
Diffusion Limited Aggregation – aty84122, 1 min
Vein Branching – Johnny Farmfield
Differential Curve Growth – Richard Lord, blog, file
Differential Growth – Jan Fischer, 1 min, file
Growth Metal Structures – Panoply, R&D breakdown
Building an ivy growth solver – Simon Fiedler, 86 min

Fracture

Intro to VFX – RBD Simulation, Debris (Particles), Dust, Scott Keating, 27 min
Fracture – Houdini Quickstart, 3 min
Fracture Detailed – Simon Fiedler, tutorial, 29 min
Dynamic Fracture – Krishna Bala, 20 min
Edge Displacement Shader – Lo_Fnatic, 21 min
Edge displacement on fractured pieces – Odforce forum thread
Slice – Artem Smirnov
Slicer – Simon Fiedler, tutorial, 46 min

Rigid Body Dynamics (RBD)

Kinetics – Houdini Motors and Constriants – Richard Lord, 1 min

Finite Element Method (FEM)

Soft – H15 Finite Elements, Go Procedural, 2 min
Explode – Exploding FEM RnD, Graham Matthew Collier, 1 min
Bend and Break – H13 Finite Elements Masterclass, Go Procedural, 73 min
Moving FEM Thing – Alvaro Moreira, 10 min, file
Soft Bouncing Jellies using Houdini FEM Solver – Junichiro Horikawa, 8 min, file

Folding Paper

Wrinkle – H16 – Guided Wrinkling RnD, Graham Matthew Collier, 1 min, file
Fold – Origami in Houdini, nika ragua, 13 min, file
Making Origami in Houdini part 1 – nika ragua, 7 min
Crumple – Filip Tarczewski, 3 min
Folding and Crumpling Adaptive Sheets – R. Narain, T. Pfaff, J. F. O’Brien. ACM SIGGRAPH 2013
Sidefx Forum Entry – Blog
Houdini Origami – locator single – Vlad Yudin, 7 min

Points, Particles

Introduction to Particles – Steven Knipping, 111 min
Point Transformation – Rohan Dalvi tutorial, 22 min
Dissolve FX Using Particles – Saber Jlassi, YouTube playlist
LIDAR – Danil Krivoruchko, 24 min, file

Pyro

Pyro FX – Purdue Polytechnic VFX, 106 min
Burn – Pyro Shape Settings, Vladimir Abramov, 2 min
Simulating and Shading Fire – Henry Medhurst, 23 min
Pyro FX – Billowy Smoke – Houdini Quick Start Tutorial, 5 min
Pyro Explosions Shader – 80lv, 19 min
Pyro FX Volcano – Go Procedural, 36 min
Vaporize – Introduction to volume simulation and rendering, Steven Knipping, 66 min
Custom Pyroclastic Solver – Alejandro Echeverry, 1 min
Pyro to Fluid Simulation – Tim van Helsdingen, 28 min

Fluids

FLIP Fluids in Houdini 16 – Go Procedural Masterclass, 60 min
Suction Fluid – Go Procedural, 6 min
Flat Tank, Houdini off the Shelf – Go Procedural, 19 min
Fluid – Water tree, Artur Durmishyan, 8 sec
Flip Fluid in Houdini 12 – Peter Quint, 20 min
Fluid Transform – Peter Quint, 36 min
Turning Objects into Water – Mix training, 18 min
Fluid Fill – Font filled with fluid, Atom, 16 min
Dissolving Liquid – cmiVFX Ink FX, teaser
Ocean Waves – Houdini off the shelf, 21 min

Viscous Fluids
Viscous – Pressure-driven viscosity and RBD interactions, Dave Stewart, 7 sec
Lava – BW Design, Tutorial I, 46 min, Tutorial II, 40 min
Lava Dancing – Graham Matthew Collier, 1 min

Smoke

Melt FX Using Smoke Solver – Saber Jlassi, YouTube playlist
Cigarette Smoke – Alessandro Pepe, Blog

Clouds

Cloud Tools – Houdini off the shelf, 20 min
Quick VDB Clouds – Entagma, 14 min
Cloudscape – Pluralsight teaser, 1 min
Cloud Collsion Tutorial – FX Hive, 14 min, silent

Morph

Morph – Font Morph with VDB, Atom, 10 min
Fracture Morph – cmiVFX Particle Effects teaser, 5 min

Erode, Subtract

Erode – Dave Stewart, 1 min, file
Cheesification – VDB Swiss Cheese, StrobFX, 8 min

Sand, Snow

Dry Sand – Houdini Quickstart, 3 min
Introduction to POP grains (sand solver) – Rohan Dalvi, 47 min
Custom Sand Solver – Artem Smirnov, 3 min
Snow – H14 Position Based Dynamics, Graham Matthew Collier, file, 1 min

Houdini for Games

SIGGRAPH 2012 | Houdini Games Art Presentation – Freek Hoekstra on procedural game development, 20 min
GDC2016 | Realtime FX with Houdini – Steve Burrichter about his FX pipeline from Houdini to UE4, 19 min
Luiz Big List of Games Tutorials – Luiz Kruel, SideFX
GameDevelopment Toolset – H16 Game Development Shelf Tools Update on Github

Rigging

Creating an Automatic Animation Rig – Marc Albrecht, Part 1, 33 min, Part 2, Part 3

Expressions

Ryoji CG Memo – Expressions, blog
Math in Houdini – Manipuating the range, hossamfx, 46 min


Math, Physics, Code, Expressions

Betterexplained – Math lessons that actually explain concepts
Numberphile – with Zvezdelina Stankova, YouTube playlist
First Steps – Expressions explained with graphs, Next Limit RealFlow 2013 Manual
Expressions Examples – Useful examples with parameters, Next Limit RealFlow 2015 Manual
Inigo Quilez – CG experiments, useful maths, coding tricks, shadertoys, website
Scratch – Ressources for professional development
Processing – Flexible software sketchbook and a language for learning how to code within the context of the visual arts
Nature of Code – Vectors, Forces, Physics Libraries, Neural Networks, etc. with Processing, ebook by Daniel Shiffman
Coding Rainbow – YouTube channel dedicated to fun and friendly creative coding tutorials by Daniel Shiffman
Introduction to Programming for the Visual Arts with p5-js – Free kadenze course
Worrydream – Thinking, visualizing, designing, Bret Victor, website
Making things with maths – Steven Wittens, Web Directions Code lecture, 54 min
Acko.net – Hackery, math and design, Steve Wittens, website
Doodling in Math – Spirals, Fibonacci, and Being a Plant, Vi Hart, YouTube channel
Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics – by Simmy Sigma, YouTube channel
Introductory Physics With Python – by Rhett Allain, Website with interactive Python Shell
Wolfram Surfaces – Surfaces, formulas with pictures
Mathcurve.com – Encyclopédie des Formes Mathématiques Remarquables, surfaces, formulas with pictures
math.hmc.edu – Harvey Mudd College Department of Mathematics, surfaces, formulas with pictures
Paul Burke – Surfaces, curves, fractals, self similarity, formulas with pictures
Image-to-Image Demo – Interactive Image Translation with pix2pix-tensorflow, Christopher Hesse
ACMSIGGRAPH – Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM) on SIGGRAPH, YouTube channel
Siggraph Conference Content – Conference papers, open access
SIGGRAPH 2017 papers – Conference papers, link page maintained by Ke-Sen Huang

WebGL

Shadertoy – GLSL shaders thru WebGL, Inigo Quilez
Shadertoy Seascape – Fully-procedural sea surface computing, Alexander Alekseev (TDM)
WebGL.org – WebGL Specifications, examples
Evan Wallace – WebGL examples

Lern Coding, Educational Games

Codemonkey – Teaches coding using CoffeeScript to build games in HTML5. Aimed at kids, fun for adults, too
CodinGame – Online games to learn more than 25 programming languages, including C++, Python, JavaScript
CodeCombat – Learn Python, JavaScript, CoffeeScript, aimed at teachers and students, but anyone can play
Code Wars – Training in challenges with others, about 20 languages, C++, JavaScript, Python, Ruby, …
Ruby Warrior – If you want to learn Ruby
CheckIO and Empire of Code – Strategy games, JavaScript or Python
VIM Adventures – Learning Vim configurable text editor while playing a game.
Cyber Dojo – Challenges for dozens of coding languages including Ruby, JavaScript, PHP, Python
Elevator Saga – JavaScript challenges related to moving an elevator and transporting people most efficiently

Realtime Graphics Processing

vvvv – Multipurpose hybrid visual/textual development environment. Free for non-commercial use.
Derivative TouchDesigner – Node based visual programming language for real time interactive multimedia content.
An Introduction To TouchDesigner – Covers all the basic fundamentals of TouchDesigner 088.


Cinema 4D

Tips & Tricks
Introduction to Cinema 4D – Greyscalegorilla
How to Make Cinema 4D an Invaluable Part of Your 2D Workflow – EJ Hassenfratz, 49 min
Beginner Tutorial – shortcuts, tips, and tricks – Sean Frangella, 26 min
Chris Schmidt’s Favorite Cinema 4D Tips and Shortcuts – Greyscalegorilla, 22 min
Siggraph 2015 presentations – Advanced techniques, Cineversity
Helloluxx C4D Motion graphics tutorials
Soft body tutorial – Helloluxx, 38 min

Splines

How to Morph Between Splines in C4D – EJ Hassenfratz, 24 min
Align to Spline Tag with Xpresso in C4D – SweepNURB SplineWrap growth, EJ Hassenfratz, 32 min
Creating Cel Animation Style Paint Strokes in C4D – EJ Hassenfratz, 32 min

UV’s

UV Unwrap Any Object In C4D – Glass Hand Studios, 26 min

Deformer

Artists Guide to All Deformers I – Bend, Bulge, Shear, Taper, Twist Deformer, Cineversity playlist
Artists Guide to All Deformers II – FFD, Mesh, Squash & Stretch, Melt Deformer, Cineversity playlist

Mograph

How does MoGraph really work – Thanassis Pozantzis, 52 min
Introduction to the Multi-Shader in C4D – QuickVFX, 6 min
Using Mograph to Create a ‘Transparency Effector’ – EJ Hassenfratz, 6 min
Intro to the Mograph Shader Effector – EJ Hassenfratz, 27 min
Color Shader and Mograph Selections – Nick Hopkins, 10 min
RandomColors with Mograph ColorShader – ThePixelLab, 2 min
How to use the Spline Wrap Deformer object – Lynda.com, 10 min
C4D Essential Motion Graphic Techniques Class 1 – FXPHD C4D213, 45 min
Creating and animating a flower – Lynda.com, 15 min
Infinite Blooming Flower – Daniel Danielsson, 16 min
Animate the growth of a plant with MoGraph Part 1 – You Mograph, 29 min
Animate the growth of a plant with MoGraph Part 2 – You Mograph, 6 min
Grow an object over time in C4D – 3dworld 7 min
Understanding the Inheritance Effector – QuickVFX, 7 min
Particle Morph Using Cinema 4D’s Inheritance Effector – EJ Hassenfratz, 28 min
2D FX with Tracer Object and Metaball – Matteo Forghieri, 1 min
Inflate and Explode – How to blow up and pop letters with cloth simulation, FxChannelHouse, 15 min
Blow and Pop – How to blow up and pop letters with cloth simulation, Ali Heck, blog and video
Stick Textures To Dynamic Objects – Greyscalegorilla, 32 min
Break Objects In Cinema 4D R18 With Voronoi Fracture – Greyscalegorilla, 10 min
2d fx with tracer object and metaball – Matteo Forghieri, 1 min

Abstract Shapes

modélisation polygonal d’objet abstrait #7 – amphetamineprod, 18 min
Abstract Tutorial – Generating an abstract model, VaporGraphics, 13 min
Voronoi Cube and Sphere Modeling – MrRuru59, 6 min

Formulas

Formula examples – French C4D Usergroup
3d-meier.de – Formulas, scripts, parametric objects, free plugins, German only

Sound Effector
C4D Tutorial Xpresso + Sound Effector + Displacer Deformer – The Pixel Lab, 7 min
C4D Tutorial – Motion Drop + Sound Effector – mymotiongraphics, 21 min

Particles

Writing Clouds with Pyrocluster in C4D – Tutorial, 10 min
Particle Type in C4D – Mograph particle on type, schoolofmotion, 61 min

Character Rigging

Rigging with the Character Animation Tool – R13, Rob Redman, 18 min
Rigging a Cartoon Character – EJ Hassenfratz, 38 min
Secondary Motion with Soft IK – Maxon UK, 11 min

Motion Tracker (R16)

Motion Tracker – Greyscalegorilla, 7 min
Motion Tracker – Cineversity, 4 min
VFX for Adam Ruins Everything – Motion Tracker, Rigid Body Dynamics, Voronoi Fracture, Patrick Longstreth @ NAB 2017, 55 min

Camera

Camera Animation Tips, Tricks, and Tags – Sean Frangella, 17 min
Adding Depth of Field and Motion Blur – Sean Frangella, 13 min
Camera Crane and other 3D Camera Rigs – Sean Frangella, 13 min
Motion Camera Basics – Rate My Funeral, 14 min

Staging, Previsualization

Switching Cameras with Stage Object – The Pixel Lab, 2 min
Working with the Take System in C4D R17 – Sean Frangella, 10 min
Improve Your Workflow with C4D’s Take System – Greyscalegorilla, 22 min
Use C4D’s Doodle Tool to Quickly Plan Your 3D Animations – Pluralsight free, 8 min

Compositing

Compositing 3D Models into Footage with C4D and AE – Sean Frangella, 19 min

Lighting

Natural lighting intro – R13, Rob Redman, 28 min
Global Illumination Settings In Cinema 4D R15 – Greyscalegorilla, 51 min
Time lapse animations using Physical Sky and Global Illumination – Konstantin Magnus, 11 min
Introduction to Lighting & Rendering – C4D Fundamentals 06,Christoph Doe, 62 min
Advanced Rendering – Understanding Global Illumination – C4D Fundamentals 07,Christoph Doe, 44 min
Advanced Lighting Techniques in C4D – Chris Morris, ChicagoC4D, 69 min
HDRI lighting in Cinema 4D – Grzegorz Wronkowsk, hdrmaps.com, blog

Shading

Reflectance Channel – short intro – Greyscalegorilla, 8 min
The Reflectance Channel – Cineversity playlist
How to use the R18 Shadow Catcher material – Maxon quick tip, 2 min
Simulate Subsurface Effects and Worn Edges with Inverse Ambient Occlusion – Cineversity, 8 min
Realtime Physically Based Rendering – With FroSoft Pixelberg plugin, Ryan Snider, 12 min
Variation Shader for Random Colors and Seamless Textures – Cineversity, 6 min
Randomize Polygon Color – Brian Moore, 3 min

Microscope Shader
Make An Electron Microscope Scene In C4D – Greyscalegorilla, 15 min
NAB 2014 Rewind – Thomas Brown: Medical MoGraph – Cineversity, 48 min
AE and C4D: Brain Cell Animation – VideoFort, 16 min

Cartoon Shader

Essential Sketch & Toon Settings Explained – Greyscalegorilla, 21 min
Using the Cel Shader to Apply an Illustrative 2D Style to 3D Objects in C4D – EJ Hassenfratz, 31 min
How to Created Stylized Grainy Cel Shading – eyedesyn, 21 min
Stylized Sketch Animations Using the Cinema 4D Art Shader – eyedesyn, 35 min
Sketch & Toon Style 1 Rough Markers – Greyscalegorilla, 87 min
Sketch & Toon Style 2 Painterly City – Greyscalegorilla, 55 min
Sketch & Toon Style 3 Stippled Dino – Greyscalegorilla, 42 min
Sketch & Toon Style 4 Scribbles & Cross Hatching – Greyscalegorilla, 40 min
Sketch & Toon Style 5 Watercolors – Greyscalegorilla, 56 min

Animation

Using Cappucino to Create Realtime Animation & Keyframe Reduction – EJ Hassenfratz, 16 min

Arnold Renderer

Arnold for C4D User Guide – Solidangle.com
Arnold introduction – Pingo van der Brinkloev, 13 min
Arnold tutorial with HDR lighting in C4D – Mograph Plus, 19 min
Studio Lighting with Arnold and C4D – Mograph Plus, 21 min

Redshift Renderer

Smoke in C4D without Plugins Using Free Houdini Apprentice – Poly 4D, 9 min
How to render Volumes in Redshift for C4D – Ash, 18 min

C4D Plugins

CV-C4D to UE4 – C4D and UE4 plugins for transferring game assets, tutorials and free download
How to use Motion Drop – Free C4D plugin, mymotiongraphics, 31 min
Code Vonc Proc3Durale 2 – Mesh distortion with procedural 3D noises, demo, free unrestricted version 0.4.1 beta
Code Vonc Gelatine – How to use the free Gelatine plugin, with download link, Pixel Lab, 4 min
Streetview 4D – Generate HDR panoramas from Google Streetview, free demo
Wave Deformer for C4D – Johannes Kollender, plugin download link, demo video, 1 min
FroSoft Pixelberg – Realtime PBR to C4D viewport and hardware render
aaOcean Suite – Port of Amaan Akram’s aaOcean Suite for C4D as a Shader and Deformer, Niklas Rosenstein, download link

Dynamics Simulation

Solving Intersections and Jitter in Dynamics – MaxonC4D quick tip, 2 min


After Effects

Basics

After Effects Tutorials – Adobe Help, pick the topic to watch a short video
Introduction to After Effects for Motion Designers – Pluralsight course
Principles of Composition for Motion Designers – Pluralsight course

Animation

Introduction to Animation Curves in AE – schoolofmotion, 38 min
Animating Follow-Through in AE – secondary motion layer, schoolofmotion, 21 min
Feel the power… of precomps – schoolofmotion, 42 min
Animating Shapes – MotionMile, 23 min
Make DNA Strand from Shape Layers – ECAbrams, 22 min
Layer Masks – fxchannelhouse, 8 min

Character Animation

Rig a 2D Character Puppet in AE – Lesson 1/4, Daniel Gies, 10 min, Lesson 2/4
Animate a Simple 2D Character Head Rotation in AE – Daniel Gies, 9 min
Character Animation with AE, Illustrator and Duik Plugin – Gigantic, 8 min, Duik plugin (free)

Morphing

Shape Morphing – The precise way, schoolofmotion, 39 min

Text Animation

The Text Animation Tool – Quick intro – ECAbrams, 11 min
Understanding Text Animation Tool – How to animate letters, words and lines separately – schoolofmotion, 42 min

3D in After Effects

Make a 3D Scene from a Still – schoolofmotion, 42 min
Creating Depth in Landscapes – Rainy Robot Studios, 11 min
How to Use 3D Assets in Your AE Projects – schoolofmotion, 49 min

3D Camera Tracking
3D Tracking & Compositing Tutorial 1 – AE and C4D, Sean Frangella, 18 min
3D Tracking & Compositing Tutorial 2 – AE and C4D, Sean Frangella, 20 min

Paint Brush Effect

The Write-on Effect in AE – Creative Cow, 15 min
Paint Brush Transition in AE – Ian Killick, 6 min
Creating Reveals with the Eraser Tool – Lynda Wacom MasterClass, 7 min

Animatic

How to Make and Use an Animatic – Draw with Jazza, 9 min
Animatic and Storyboarding in Photoshop – Erik van Schaaik, 4 min
How to Make an Animatic – Bloop Animation, blog with example animatics and video tutorial, 6 min
Creating a Shot for an Animatic with AE – Wobbe Koning, 12 min

Animated GIF

Create animated GIFs – Photoshop workflow, Adobe Help

Mograph

Growing Vines and Leave – Trapcode Particular plugin, grow along spline, schoolofmotion, 43 min
Making Mograph in AE – Repetitive/cascading animation with expressions, schoolofmotion, 49 min
Quick Particles – Randomized circular particles with a dashed stroke using wiggle paths, Joe Clay, 5 min

Lens Flares

Advanced 3D Light Rays – No extra plugins needed, Video Copilot, 21 min
Custom Lens Flares – No extra plugins needed, Ch-Ch-Check It, 20 min

Sound

After Effects Audio to Keyframes / Scale – RDKtutorials, 5 min
After Effects Audio to Keyframes / Blur – ECAbrams, 10 min
Radial Audio Spectrum Tutorial – SymmetryTutorials, 12 min
After Effects Audio Motionscript – Dan Ebberts Expressioneering Design Guide, Blog
Syncing with the Sound Effector in R19 – Simon Russell, 48 min

AE Expressions

Intro to After Effects Expressions – schoolofmotion, 19 min
After Effects Motionscript – Dan Ebberts Expressioneering Design Guide, Blog
Animate With a Control Layer – ECAbrams, 13 min

Displacement Effect

Displacement Map Tutorial – TheMrMenagerie2, 8 min
Fake 3D using Displacement Maps – Vale Productions, 11 min

Noise Effects

Simple Smoke Circle with Roughen Edges – 3-Minute • Motion Graphics Tuts, 3 min
Fractal Noise and Roughen Edges Effects – Lynda.com, 8 min


Motion Graphics

Basic Tutorials

The Basics of Motion Design – General motion graphics introduction
Principles of Motion Design – Animation curves explained
From Paper to Screen – Typography introduction
Storytelling with Type in After Effects – Pluralsight course

Design Principles

Universal Principles of Design – William Lidwell, Kritina Holden, Jill Butler, Rockport Publishers, 2010, Ebook

Title Design Tutorials

The Art Of Film Title Design Throughout Cinema History – Blog, Dr. Calligari over Saul Bass to present
Pablo Ferro: A Career Retrospective, Part 1 – Blog with video, Art of the Title

Title Design Examples

Ocean’s Eleven – 1960, Title Designer: Saul Bass
Vertigo – 1958, Title Designer: Saul Bass
The Good the Bad and the Ugly – 1966, Title Designer: Saul Bass
Thank you for smoking – 2005, Title Designer: Gareth Smith and Jenny Lee
Seven – Title Designer: Kyle Cooper
Fight Club – 1999, Title Creative Director: Kevin Tod Haug, Digital Domain, 2 min
Fight Club Ikea scene – 1 min
North by Northwest – 1959, Title Designer: Saul Bass, 2 min
Panic Room – 2002, Title Creative Director: William Lebeda, Picture Mill, 2 min
OFFF By Night 2016 – 2011, Mill+ Will Arnold, 4 min
Eva – 2011, Breakdown, blog with video, Art of the Title
Saul Bass: Famous title sequences from Preminger to Scorsese – Saul Bass compilation, 66 min

Bumpers Idents

Channel 4 Idents – Building blocks, compilation, 2 min
Channel 4 Idents – Perspective completion, compilation, 3 min
Sky 1, 2 & 3 Ident “Boxes” – Director Jon Yeo, Post MPC, 2008, 2 min
4seven Idents” – Channel 4, ManvsMachine, 2012 1 min
Nickelodeon Logo Idents” – ManvsMachine, 2010, 1 min

Movie Studios Logos

Universal Pictures Full Logo History – Compilation, 4 min
20th Century Fox Logo History – 1914-2015 Compilation, 7 min
Movie Studio Logos Collection – Compilation, 15 min

Inspiration, Motion Graphics Examples

Analog Motion Graphics Machine – The Scanimate, used to produce TV animations during the 1970s and 80s, Vice Motherboard
Motionographer – Source of inspiration and insight for designers, animators and storytellers, website
XBox Rare Replay Pre-Order Trailer – 2 min
Banque Populaire Entrepreneurs – Making Of – Matt Frodsham, 3 min
Strange Reactions – Shane Griffin, 1 min
MPC Sky Arts, Rebrand Idents – VFX Breakdown, 3 min
denial of service – Vimeo channel, 3D, experimental, glitches
Zeitguised – Vimeo channel, algorithmic, generative, synthetic art and design
MK12 Summer Reel | 2011 – MK12.com, 1 min
YCN Showreel – James Houston, 1 min
Split – Cento Lodigiani, 2 min
Audio Geometry Exploration – Simon Russell, website
Movement Paris – “creative solutions, transformation & storytelling […] we make complexity… simple.”
Ash Thorp – Designer, creative director, SciFi UI designs, website
Psyop – Animation and design agency, website
Buck – Design-driven production company, website
Geometrikaraoke – Lorocrom, 2 min
Moderat – Bad Kingdom – 2.5D storytelling with drawings, director & production: Pfadfinderei, 5 min
unidisplay – Carsten Nicolai, video installation, graphic translations of time measurement, 6 min
Uni Acronym (feat. Anne-James Chaton)” by Alva Noto – Music video, 7 min
Pepsi Arabia – Hand in Hand, We Can – Making Of – Glassworks VFX, 2017, 2 min
Andreas Wannerstedt – 3D animation loops, website

Typography

Typography rules and terms that every designer must know – Brittany Leaning, blog
20 Typography Mistakes Every Beginner Makes – And How You Can Avoid Them – Janie Kliever, blog
Basics of Type (I)Combining Typefaces (II)Pulling It All Together (III) – Typography Crash Course, noupe.com, Blog
Practicaltypography.com – By Matthew Butterick, comprehensive e-book
Typography rules and terms that every designer must know – creativebloq.com, blog
Making Sense Of Type Classification (Part 1) – Joseph Alessio, smashingmagazine.com, blog
Make use of grids for typographical layouts – Jo Gulliver, Computer Arts 09/2010, PDF
Creating Exciting And Unusual Visual Hierarchies – C. Knight, J. Glaser smashingmagazine.com, blog
Beginners Guide to Opentype – magnetstudio.com, blog
Typography Introduction Lecture – BYU-Idaho Art Dept, 24 min
Five guidelines for picking and using fonts – smashingmagazine.com, blog
Choosing and using a typeface – Digital Tutors, 8 min
Typophile Film Festival 5 Opening Titles – Visual typographic feast about the five senses, no CG effects
Make It Title Design – Making of Adobe Make It conference titles using Voronoi Fracture, Tim Clapham, 50 min

Patterns

The complex geometry of Islamic design – Eric Broug, TED-Ed, 5 min

Grid Systems

Thegridsystems.net – InDesign grid templates, use A4 Grid System (6) or (12)
Make use of grids for typographical layouts – Jo Gulliver, Computer Arts tutorial, PDF
Grid Systems Introduction – Bas Leurs, Slideshare
Designing to a grid – InDesign graphic design tutorial, Shawn Barry, 12 min
Lessons From Swiss Style Graphic Design – Design examples using grid systems and white space, Blog
Designing with Grids in InDesign – Lynda.com, 132 min

Kinetic Typography

Curiosity: Kinetic Typography – Student Design Awards Winner, The RSA, 1 min
Kinetic Typography Tutorial – Jesse Rosten, 22 min

Infographics, Explainer, Data Visualization

A Periodic Table of Visualization Methods – visual-literacy.org, webpage
Positifs – Gilles Kergadallan / Superslick, 2 min
Knocked Up! | Lifetimes Series Launch – Cause + Effect, 1 min
Waiting For ‘Superman’ – Infographic, Jr.canest, 2 min
F5 ETHOS – Creative festival trailer, Vincent Diga, 3 min
F5 ETHOS – Client – Ad Dynamics, Oddfellows, 1 min
Paper Planes – Short movie about climate, impact, research, kayskhalil, 4 min
Temperature anomalies arranged by country from 1900 – 2016 – climatecentraldotorg, 1 min
The Forest – Sasha Milic, MA degree project in design, Bergen Academy of Art and Design (KHiB) Norway, 3 min
The best stats you’ve ever seen – Hans Rosling, TED talk, 20 min

Motion Graphics History

The Haunted Castle – George Melies, 1896, 4 min
A Trip to the Moon – George Melies, 1902, 13 min
Fantasmagorie – Emile Cohl, 1908, 2 min
Mechanical Doll – Max and Dave Fleischer, 1922, 8 min
Ballet mecanique – Fernand Leger, 1924, 12 min
Kreise (excerpt) – Oskar Fischinger, 1933-34
Composition in Blue (excerpt) – Oskar Fischinger, 1935
Glens Fall Sequence – Douglass Crockwell, 1937, 8 min
Dots – Norman McLaren, 1940
Neighbours – Norman McLaren, 1952, 8 min
Science Friction – Stan Vanderbeek, 1959, 2 min
Visual Velocity – The Work of Stan Vanderbeek, documentary, 2000, 27 min
Synchromy – Norman McLaren, 1971, 8 min
Monocodes – Alex Rutterford, 2000, 4 min
Autechre – Gantz Graf – Alex Rutterford, 2002, 4 min
Bacardi – Bass Bins – Alex Rutterford, 2007, 1 min
Vanishing Point – Takuya Hosogane, 2010, 2 min
Nokta – Onur Senturk, 2010, 2 min
La Historia de la Animación Abstracta – Marc Calvet Toro, video essay, 2012, 12 min

Drawing
Saul Bass- Advice to Design Students – 1 min

Cinematography

Film Technique and Terminology Intro – Scott Bradley, examples from Fellowship of the Ring, 16 min
Pixar’s Tribute to Cinema – Edited by Jorge Luengo Ruiz, 5 min
The Lego Batman, Spider-Man and Superman Movie – forrestfire101, 15 min
Cinematography of “The Incredibles” – Ron Doucet, blog
Every Frame a Painting – Video essays about film form by Taylor Ramos and Tony Zhou (2014-2016), YouTube channel
Developing a cutscene: From start to finish – Sarepta Studio, blog

Animation

Animation Dictionary
Khan Academy – Pixar in a Box

Creativity

David Lynch on Where Great Ideas Come From – The Atlantic Video, 3 min
Where good ideas come from – Steven Johnson, TED talk, 19 min
Where good ideas come from – Steven Johnson, animated drawing, 4 min
How To Have Better Creative Thinking – Tony Buzan, Interview, 4 min
10 Creative Exercises – Dani Mansfield, blog
11 best ways to brainstorm creative ideas – Creative Bloq

Storytelling

Ken Burns: On Story – Redglass Pictures, 6 min
George Saunders – On Story – Redglass Pictures, 7 min
George Saunders – On Story Extras – Relationship reader and writer, Redglass Pictures, 2 min
George Saunders – On Story Extras – Tricks of the writing process, Redglass Pictures, 2 min
Learn Three Storytelling Tricks From John Lasseter – Cartoon Brew, blog
Logline Examples – Norman Hollyn, PDF
Video Games Are Better Without Stories – Film, tv, and literature tell them better. Why are games obsessed with narrative? The Atlantic, blog

Cinematography and VR

Werner Herzog Talks Virtual Reality – New Yorker 12.1.2016, Interview
Close Range Aerial Filming – Skynamic & Alexa Demo Reel
Alejandro González Iñarritú presents Carne y Arena – LoftCinema, 4 min

Pipeline

“Previs” Directed by Daniel Gregoire & Jason Ragosta – The CGBros, 10 min
VFX of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Production pipeline, Weta Digital, 2 min
Pixar’s Animation Process
Production Stages – The Incredibles – Evolution of a shot from storyboard to final rendering
Halon – Previsualization company, website
The Third Floor – Previsualization company, website

Preproduction

Three Point Estimation – Wikipedia

Storyboard, Animatic
THE THING – storyboard to film comparison (Vashi Nedomansky, 5 min)
Vodafone ‘Surprise’ 2D Animatic (Adam Hodgson, 1 min)
Ant Man Animatic (CG Meetup, 1 min)
Pixar Animation – Toy Story Storyboarding and Pitch
Trouble Shooter’ Storyboard Pitch – Eric Goldberg pitches an unproduced 1947 Donald Duck storyboard
Avengers: Age Of Ultron Hulk vs Hulkbuster – 3D animatic example, Marvel, 8 min
“World War Z – Previs REEL” by Halon Entertainment – 3D animatic example, 6 min
3D Animation Pipeline with Previsualization – Bloop Tutorial, 7 min
Create a 2D Animatic from a Storyboard – Bloop Tutorial, 6 min
Creating a 3D Previsualization – Bloop Tutorial, 8 min
Digitaltutors – Animation Principles in Staging – Maya Tutorial, 27 min
Storyboarding with Blender – Bloop Tutorial, 4 min
Storyboardthat.com – web based storyboard creator, free up to 6 cells / 2 storyboards per week
Cinematographydb.com – C4D plugin and Previsualization tutorials, Matt Workman
Deleted Moana Scene – Gizmodo, blog
Drawing and Composition for Visual Storytelling – Ron Doucet, blog

Composition

Beginning Graphic Design: Layout & Composition – GCFLearnFree, 6 min
Understanding Composition – Blender Guru, 31 min
Shirley: Visions of Reality – Edward Hopper paintings as film sequences, Yatzer, blog
10 Myths About the Rule of Thirds – Tavis Leaf Glover, Petapixel, blog

Audio

Sound Design For Visual Media – Sound on Sound, Blog
Exploring Noise – Kyoka, Ableton One Thing, 2 min

Cinematography and Camera

Cinematic Techniques Part1 (8min) Part2 (9 min) Part3 (10 min) – Different camera techniques
Cinematography Learn from a Master – Hugh Fenton Tutorial, 40 min

DSLR

DSLR Filmmaking – Lynda.com
Philip Bloom’s DSLR video tutorials – Vimeo
Photography Mapped – DSLR Simulator

Montage

Cuts & Transitions 101 – Video Essay, RocketJump Film School, 14 min

Perspective

Linear Perspective: Brunelleschi’s Experiement – Khan Academy, 5 min
How one point linear perspective works – Khan Academy, 12 min
The Magic of Illusion: The Trinity-Masaccio – Art Babble, 8 min (stop at 2 min)
3D Joe & Max – 3D paintings, website

Light

Light & Shadow – Emmy winning film from director Steve Weiss, 20 min
Visions of Light (1992) – Cameramen and women discuss the craft and art of cinematography
Goethe – Light Darkness and Colours (1998) – Documentary Based on Goethe’s Theory of Colours, 52 min

Color

Beginning Graphic Design: Color – GCFLearnFree, 7 min
Color Theory for Cinematographers – Introduction with examples from Ridley Scott’s Somalia, Blog
Color Theory Lecture – BYU-Idaho Art Dept, 30 min
Colour script – Pixar Examples, blog
Tips for working with colors in AE – Adobe Kuler, some color theory, schoolofmotion, 52 min
Warm and Cold – Visual essay with warm and cold lighting in movies, 2 min
twitter.com/CINEMAPALETTES – color palettes used in memorable scenes from famous movies
Adobe Color Themes – also implemented in Photoshop at -> Windows -> Extensions -> Adobe Color Themes

Visual Effects

Pixels – Making of, CGsociety blog
Chemical Brothers, Wide Open – The Mill, Making of, FX Guide blog

Inspiring Movies

2001: A Space Odyssey – Stanley Kubrick, 1968
Apocalypse Now – Francis Ford Coppola, 1979
Blade Runner – Ridley Scott, 1982
Blood Simple. – Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, 1984
Blow-Up – Michelangelo Antonioni, 1966
Bullitt – Peter Yates, 1968
Citizen Kane – Orson Welles, 1941
Dead Alive – Braindead (original title), Peter Jackson, 1992
Dog Days – Hundstage (original title), Ulrich Seidl, 2001
Dreams – Akira Kurosawa, Ishirô Honda, 1990
Drive (I) – Nicolas Winding Refn, 2011
Fahrenheit 451 – François Truffaut, 1966
Fight Club – David Fincher, 1999
Home (I) – Yann Arthus-Bertrand, 2009
In the Mood for Love – Kar-Wai Wong, 2000
Koyaanisqatsi – Godfrey Reggio, 1982
La Haine – Mathieu Kassovitz, 1995
Memento – Christopher Nolan, 2000
Mulholland Drive – David Lynch, 2001
Once Upon a Time in the West – Sergio Leone, 1968
Raging Bull – Martin Scorsese, 1980
Safe – Todd Haynes, 1995
Seven Samurai – Akira Kurosawa, 1954
Soylent Green – Richard Fleischer, 1973
Stalker – Andrei Tarkovsky, 1979
The Godfather – Francis Ford Coppola, 1972
The Ice Storm – Ang Lee, 1997
The Shawshank Redemption – Frank Darabont, 1994
Three Days of the Condor – Sydney Pollack, 1975


Career

It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll) – AC↯DC

Industry Specific
Careers In VFX – Escape Studios Webinar, 60 min
Hollywood’s Greatest Trick – Insight into the VFX industry, video by Sohail Al-Jamea and Ali Rizvi, 24 min
100 things every game student should know – Kaye Elling, PDF
Polycount Wiki Game Industry – About how to get in, and how to manage your career

General Tips
Beating Procrastination – Keano Raubun, Gamasutra article
Should I Work for Free? – Jessica Hische, flowchart
10 Artist Resume Tips – Michael Keith, blog
How to Write a Cover Letter, According to Great Artists – theatlantic.com, Article
Cover Letter Tips – University of the Arts London, Video + Article
Landing That Job – Design Cinema, 63 min
Tips for Landing a Job with a AAA Game Developer – Gnomon School blog with example demo reels
The Animation Student’s Handbook – Introduction – Flippednormals blog with example demo reel
The Freelance Handbook – Computer Arts Book, PDF
Polycount Wiki Freelance – About what it’s like to be a freelance game artist
Internships are for students – Jan Walter Parr, eggsdesign.com, blog
Killer Portfolio or Portfolio Killer? – 2016 GDC game career seminar session, 64 min

Portfolio

Polycount Wiki Portfolio – What to put in your portfolio, and how to present your art
Online Portfolio Tips – Design Cinema, 111 min
Reel Review with Jr.Canest and Mr.Rigley – Learn Squared, 85 min
Alex Rutterford – Demo reel, 2015, 1 min
Akira Endo – Showreel, 2013, 2 min
Killer Portfolio or Portfolio Killer 2018 – Advice from Industry Artists, GDC, 62 min

Weblog
How to Make a Blogsite – Blog
host-ed.net – Free webhosting with SQL database

Tumblr, Selected Portfolio Themes
All Free Tumblr Themes
Indy Theme
Illustfolio Theme
Two Theme
Rewind Theme
Neat Theme
Minimal Theme
Espied Theme

WordPress, Selected Portfolio Themes
All Free WordPress Themes
Sketch Theme
Visual Theme
Canard Theme
Blask Theme
Pictorico Theme
Blogum Theme
Truly Minimal Theme
Afterlight Theme

Job Portal Sites
Motionographer Jobs – Portal with recent job descriptions
CGsociety Jobs
Nerdeo – Portal to connect indie film or game producer with artists
Polycount Company Job Boards – Job sites for game artists

Jobs Local
https://www.upwork.com/ – Freelancer database
Jobs in the Norwegian Games Industry – Google Sheet
Digipilot – Game Company, Mosjøen, Oslo
Gimpville – VFX and animation studio, Oslo
Qvisten – Animation studio, Oslo (Application Form)
Storm Studios – VFX studio, Oslo
Nordic – Office of Architecture, Oslo

Grants Local
NBK/ – Grants and support schemes for Norwegian visual artists

Jobs Global
Animallogic
Base – VFX, Beijing, China
Disney Animation
Double Negative
Framestore
Frimastudio
Gimpville – VFX and animation, Oslo
Impossibleengine
Jonathan Post – Commercials VFX, Sao Paulo Brazil
Lucasfilm – Lucasfilm Animation, ILM, San Francisco, Singapore, Vancouver, London
Magicleap – VR, robotics, visualization, software, computing, user experience, US, Israel, New Zealand
Method Studios
MPCPixar
Pixomondo
Puppetworks – Character Animation and VFX, Budapest, Hungary
Rewind – Creative agency and digital production studio, VR, London
Rise FX – VFX, Berlin
Territory Studio
The Mill – VFX, Interactive, Commercials, London, NY, Los Angeles, Chicago
Trixter – VFX, Berlin, Munich, Los Angeles
Weta Digital – VFX, NZ

Festivals, Opportunities
Sundance New Frontier 2016 Festival – Immersive cinema, VR installations, documentary and narrative mobile VR experiences
Transmediale – Berlin-based festival between art, culture and technology
Ars Electronica – Linz (Austria) based Festival related to art, technology and society

Awards
The Rookies – Annual awards and mentor platform for film, animation, games, VR, motion graphics and 3d visualisation, sponsored by Autodesk

Residencies
Stugan – two months non-profit accelerator program in Sweden, helping new teams and individuals to realise game ideas