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ZBrush Character Design Studio — Aaron Sims Creative (2019)

In this episode, I’m speaking with Aaron Sims, the Founder of Aaron Sims Creative. I’m really excited for this one! Aaron and I discuss his career history as well as his company Aaron Sims Creative. His resume goes on forever: from Wonder Woman to Logan to Wrath of the Titans, to Clash of the Titans, […]

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Build Your Personal Brand as an Artist

This is one of the most critical episodes so far in our journey to grow our career and multiply our successes. Something so critical yet overlooked is defining our name and our niche and building our brand. Associating ourselves in a way that will resonate with others and key ways to introduce ourselves that will […]

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Work from Home 2019 (Side Hustle Graphics Jobs in Design + VFX)

This is a Live Stream discussing the benefits around working remotely in visual effects, design and game development. Whether from home or on the road, the flexibility and advantages of being off site are great. We even talk about changing careers, moonlighting on the side and more.

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Realism in Hollywood Visual Effects (3D VFX in 2019)

Do you think CGI looks fake? Let’s talk realism in Hollywood Visual Effects! Free City Destruction VFX Class (8 lessons + project files): https://www.vfxcourse.com Thank you for subscribing to my YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/AllanFTMcKay/?sub_confirmation=1 Over 60 Free VFX Tutorials on our channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/AllanFTMcKay/ This is a topic that gets brought up a lot “that shot looks […]

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Harmon Brothers – From Poop To Gold (Viral Filmmaking)

This is a recent interview I did with the Harmon Brothers, who are the leaders in directing intentional viral commercials. I have been following these guys for some time, also recently attended multiple talks of theirs. It’s been really fascinating to see their creative process. As not only have they nailed what works, they approach […]

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How Would I Start My Creative Career Today (2019)?

I’ve been in the VFX and Games industry for almost 25 years, but the landscape has changed. What would it look like TODAY if I were to start over? What would I do if I were to want to get a job as fast as possible, and land a career in visual effects or game […]

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Game of Thrones Visual Effects Breakdown – The Bells VFX (Mad Queen Scene Making of BTS)

This video is a Visual Effects Case Study on Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 5. Discussing many of the VFX sequences in the episode, and deconstructing the visuals from the perspective of a VFX Supervisor. Get the FREE City Destruction FX Class : https://tinyurl.com/y6zeambw Subscribe to get upcoming VFX lessons: https://tinyurl.com/y58fw26d Traditionally in VFX […]

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Game of Thrones – The Bells (Mad Queen Scene) – Season 8, Episode 5 CGI

In this season 8, episode 5 of Game of Thrones, Daenerys went full Targaryen. With Drogo burning Kings Landing to ashes and all of the destruction of the city: The mad queen is in full force! Subscribe so you don’t miss out on more videos related to this here: https://www.youtube.com/user/AllanFTM… I wanted to put this […]

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Should You Go to College to Study 3D (3DS Max Houdini Maya)?

The big question I get asked a lot is “What’s the best 3D school?” or “Should I go to college to study 3D?” I’ve asked a lot of people both in the industry, as well as teachers at VFX schools that I trust about what their opinions are on this. Because I have my beliefs […]

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tyFLOW — Skin Tearing FX Tutorial (3DS Max 2019)

Tyson Ibele just released tyFLOW plugin for 3DS Max. I wanted to release this tyFLOW tutorial on skin tearing, to demonstrate some of the basic workflow of the tyFLOW plugin. tyFLOW came out recently. However, I’ve been at various speaking events the past few weeks, and just got back to the West Coast this week. […]

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Star Wars: Rogue One VFX Breakdown (2019 Case Study)

I’ve been wanting to publish this Star Wars Rogue One VFX Breakdown for some time, so I am excited it’s finally out! Here I wanted to discuss a lot of the iconic Visual Effects sequences, and give my spin on these. More from the perspective of how I might approach these shots, and deconstruct some […]

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tyFLOW Tutorial — Sand Granular Solver (3DS Max 2019 VFX)

In this new tyFLOW tutorial: We’re going to focus on creating realistic effects with the granular sand solver in this tyFLOW tutorial. I want to dig into how to simulate sand, dirt and take advantage of the granular sand solver in tyFLOW to create realistic chunks of sand that break apart and form shapes and […]

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Thanos Particles VFX — 3DS Max Tutorial (tyFLOW & Phoenix FD)

Thanos 3DS Max Particles Thanos VFX Tutorial (tyFLOW & Phoenix FD) Get the FREE City Destruction FX Class: https://tinyurl.com/y6zeambw Subscribe to get upcoming VFX lessons: https://tinyurl.com/y58fw26d The tyFLOW VFX Tutorial (3DS Max 2018 and up) is taking advantage of Avengers: Endgame Thanos as a 3D animated character to demonstrate this effect. Focusing on some of […]

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Avengers Endgame VFX Tutorial Teaser (tyFLOW & Phoenix FD) in 3DS Max

Avengers Endgame VFX (Relax, no spoilers! I haven’t seen the movie yet) Make sure to subscribe: https://tinyurl.com/y58fw26d (So you don’t miss the upcoming high-end VFX tutorials.) Also check out my free Live Action VFX Class: https://tinyurl.com/y6zeambw (While you are waiting for the upcoming tutorials over the coming days: It’s 8 videos includes all scene assets.) […]

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Tyflow Ash Tutorial (3DS Max Vray) – Avengers Endgame VFX

This video will show you everything you need to know about creating ash and other low mass effects in tyFLOW. Specifically, you’ll learn how to optimize your tyflow particle systems around a real production workflow similar to what we see in Avengers. In fact, this is based around some of the work I did when […]

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tyFLOW Beginner Tutorial – Quick Start (3DS Max 2019)

This tyFLOW beginner tutorial will show you everything you need to know about getting started with tyFLOW and learning tyFLOW fast. This tyFLOW beginner tutorial will specifically focus on installing tyFLOW and creating our first particle system — focused on creating multi-colored fireworks. As simple as this seems, these are in fact core routines that […]

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Car Destruction Class

If you’re interested in more of these lessons, please click the video’s title (to visit the YouTube page) and leave a comment requesting more of these. Even a simple “YES” in the comments to let me know I should put out more of these in the coming weeks. Thanks so much! -Allan (and thank you […]

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VFX Job Interview Questions – Top 5 Tips (For 3D Artists)

In this video I answer the top 5 toughest VFX Job Interview Questions that you’re likely to run into. As we discuss not only what to say to these questions, but also the real meaning behind them — and why these job interview questions are asked in the first place. This is not the corporate […]

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How to Learn CG and VFX

The most frequent question I get asked from VFX artists starting out is: “How to learn VFX?” Or: “How to learn CG & VFX” Where to start learning VFX? In this video I share some tips about 3D and Animation software such as 3Ds Max, Maya, Cinema 4D, and zBrush. I also talk about how […]

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Traveling the World as a Digital Nomad (3D Artist and VFX)

Traveling the world as a Digital Nomad – for 3D Artists, Designers and all other creatives. This is a live stream with Sergio Paez (previously Lucas Film and other studios – check out https://storyboardart.org/) and Mitch Bowler (previous of Activision – check out www.pencilkings.com) and Allan McKay. We dig deep into the lifestyle of artist’s […]

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