Monthly Archives: September 2012

DNA, pine, bicycles (rusted): September meeting report

A fun night last night at Film Oxford with the Premiere and Post group, thanks to all for coming.

Tuesday October 2nd: Create the Web one day conference, London
Vue Cinemas in West End – 3 Cranbourn Street Leicester Square – WC2H 7AL London
Sign up now for the waiting list.

Special offer still on Creative Cloud upgrade for Creative Suite users:
£27.34 per month inc VAT (down from £46.88)

Pine audio: Alun Ward presented some photos and audio, using the Open Source audio mixing software, Mixxx, of his investigations into sound art installation using pine cones.

Megasporangiate Strobili

Megasporangiate Strobili

Dariusz Dziala gave a fascinating account of his night time researches into creating a revolving DNA chain (which I thought was some custom feature I’d never heard of) using After Effects with absolutely no plugins at all. It’s a sign of where things are heading in the future with AE and its increasing capabilities in the 3d sphere (ho ho). We’ll pop up his sample when we get it.


Also recommended the amazingly cool 3d open source package Blender for a lot more 3d control. If you haven’t ever tried it – get it now and play. And watch one of the latest movies created purely using Blender, Sintel:

Then we went to the Rusty Bicycle and I’m sure I remember talk of dreams, Facebook cats, camera models, and the Olympics.

Advance notice: Richard Curtis from Adobe will visit us again on November 15th, probably at the Brookes venue again.

Next month: Thursday October 18th.

Autumn season: first meeting this Thursday!

After a sport-fuelled lengthy summer break, the Adobe groups are back.

Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Film Oxford (previously OFVM)
54 Catherine Street, Oxford, OX4 3AH

Alun Ward: welcome, summary of things, invitations to speak and Adobe news. (10-15 mins)
Pine cone audio – a short presentation on how to make cut up pine cones, stick speakers inside them, and make them sing. An insight into part of the process of creating work for an audio installation. (15 mins)

Video-designer Dariusz Dziala – talk on making an animated DNA chain using After Effects CS6 Ray-traced 3D engine. The animation is a part of the design he made for “The Softening of MAO-A” performance, which was shown during the Edinburgh Fringe this year. The Ray traced 3d engine is a  new feature in After effects, and for people who use AE on a daily basis, they will be pleased with this for sure! (around 30mins)

…and as one of our occasional escapes from computers!

Introduction to make-up effects with Ani Dee. Ani is a professional make-up artist and SFX designer working in TV and Film, anything from ageing effects, a gashed cheek or rabid zombie. She will be talking about her work and giving a demo. (around 30mins)

General chat time – some of us also move on to the Rusty Bicycle pub.

See you on Thursday night.