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Matt Howarth, 3D tutor on all things 3D

My career spans 25 years in broadcast TV and games, during which time i have worked on many household names especially in TV, including Stars in Their Eyes, Cracker, Coronation Street and Cold Feet.

I was nominated for a BAFTA for my work on Cold Feet and we won a Royal TV Society Award for our work on a kid’s show for the Discovery Channel called Gross, which educated children about the least pleasant aspects of the human body, like poo, wee and boogies. Brilliant!

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Because live events isn’t my area of expertise, I have been teaching the students generally about 3d animation and how it can help them to get their ideas across. With this in mind each student has devised a concept for a live event and has created a visualisation of it in 3d, generating a fly through to show to prospective clients.
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Going forward, I hope to explore other avenues where the technologies that I specialise in can be used in live events, such as with projection mapping as we have seen to great effect at the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations recently.
The use of 3D in live events is becoming more and more common and will continue to increase in popularity as it becomes more economically viable. Now is a good time to become familiar with the technology and concepts, so when it becomes more affordable for the general market, qualified people will be in great demand and our students will be able to hit the ground running.
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Stars in their Eyes – Dancing Alien
I’m a big believer in a package called Blender, which is a free, open source package which has within it as standard: a modelling package, an animation package, a digital sculpting feature, a digital effects feature, a video editor and a games engine all integrated into one package that costs nothing. I would certainly recommend that events producers use something like Blender to work on their ideas and become familiar with working in a 3D environment.
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Testicle Sequence from Cold Feet
The one piece of advice I would give to anyone wanting to work in this type of industry is create something for prospective clients to see, a picture speaks a thousand words and an animation speaks millions. If you haven’t access to the big expensive equipment, use the equipment you have access to, to create something. Push the boundaries and try to think outside the box. Finally, remember that people employ people, so be nice and also be persistent (but in a nice way).
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University Challenge Title Sequence

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