PRODUCTION AND POST Meanwhile, Ziva VFX tools are often used in conjunction with other rigging strategies. For example, some studios have developed their own proprietary muscle rigging systems, so they will leverage Ziva’s volume preservation capabilities for the skin and fat passes only. For this reason, we encourage students to have a wide breadth of character creation skills. How does this differ from other VFX packages? Is it easy to learn? Ziva VFX is currently the only commercially available simulation solution that specialises in the character creation process. The all-in-one software plugin includes the industry’s leading FEM physics solver, which empowers creators to achieve the most accurate, fast and reliable secondary animation results, like organic skin stretching, fat jiggling and muscle firing, for characters of all complexities. This approach removes all of the artisan guesswork and time-consuming workarounds from the character creation process, allowing artists to quickly learn the tools and achieve the highest-quality out-of-thebox results. Will it be available for students in Europe? Absolutely. All Ziva licences are available internationally. What is tissue simulation and why is it so important? Essentially, simulation allows you to replicate the materiality of any soft-tissue, like muscles, fat and skin, and build entire characters with those inputs. Thanks to the advanced physics solver in Ziva technology, the simulated tissue will move, jiggle, flex and stretch exactly as it would in real life. One of the things we’ve found is that audiences can tell when something looks off, even if they don’t know what it is. When character tissue behaves as it should, you add an entirely new level of realism to a design. And when artists can get there faster, you free them to up to spend more time on the other details that make more extraordinary 3D characters. Will students be able to use the software to play with previous Ziva content such as Venom? With a Ziva VFX Academic Licence, students get the same tool our studios use (i.e. the same tool used on Venom) and will be able to use Ziva VFX software however they like, for non-commercial projects. Movie assets aren’t made available as they are the property of the studios, but we have created a community section designed for shareable content, which is growing every day, and numerous free assets to help our users get started. How do you attract new people into VFX?
PICTURED LEFT: Hollywood films that have used Ziva’s tools
The VFX industry is naturally enticing for any art, film, game or media enthusiast. We’ve found that many students become more interested in specialising in characters after seeing and testing Ziva technology. Could the programme be taken any further? Could internships be offered off the back of it? Absolutely. Ziva software is extremely flexible and can be used in so many ways – on anatomical characters, feature animation characters and even inanimate objects. We expect to see internship programmes starting at many of the big studios. We’ve already heard of a number of contributors to our community who have since moved on to exciting jobs at leading VFX houses and creative studios. Many of the post-secondary academic institutions are adopting Ziva VFX into their curriculums, so there are always new, exciting ways for aspiring artists to deep dive into the tech. How do you see the programme being employed in the future in terms of small-screen/non-film content? Ziva VFX is already being used on small-screen productions. Just this year, Mackevision used Ziva VFX to simulate a pig character for the non-profit organisation, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). The character was then nominated for the Outstanding Animal in a Commercial 2019 Visual Effect Society Award. There are numerous commercial and indie project characters being powered by Ziva every single day. n
“We believe it is important for students to master the same tools as the industry professionals so that they can enter the job market with a competitive edge.” JAMES JACOBS
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