ND alum discusses work for Avatar

first_imgNotre Dame alum Allan Hemberger told students who packed the DeBartolo Hall auditorium Tuesday evening that the most enjoyable and difficult area of his career is working in visual effects.Hemberger discussed his experiences working in the field of feature films and the technical background that accompanied it.“Every time I come here, I try to summarize what I do and the answer changes each time,” he said.Hemberger, a 2001 graduate of Notre Dame, has worked for WETA Digital, a five-time Academy Award winning visual effects facility in New Zealand, for several years. He will start work at Pixar in May.“I spent the past year working on Avatar,” he said. “I carved out a niche at WETA as a person who loved working on really hard problems. It was a lot of headaches and long hours, but I liked having an area to work on.”Hemberger worked as computer graphics supervisor for the Academy Award-winning movie “Avatar” and as a 3D digital water technical director for “King Kong”.He began the presentation by showing students a demo reel he created while working as a computer graphics supervisor on the movie “The Day the Earth Stood Still.”“A lot of tricks that I learned on ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’ transferred over into my work with ‘Avatar,’” he said.While working on “Avatar,” Hemberger said he was in charge of creating the graphics for the character Jake playing around in the water.“The first task they gave me [when I was working] on ‘Avatar’ was to create a river,” he said. “That one scene took about eight months from start to finish.”As a computer graphic supervisor on “Avatar,” Hemberger was in charge of a number of light artists.“Everything that went into the computer graphics for the scene had to be delivered through me,” he said. Hemberger showed a video about the ways water graphics can be generated using a computer program.Hemburger said film footage shot on a regular camera could previously be used to generate graphics, but that is no longer the case.“On ‘Avatar,’ the problem was we couldn’t use 2D elements anymore, we had to use all 3D,” he said.Hemberger said one of the most difficult scenes to create was one that showed the character both above and underwater.“This scene was infinitely more challenging because the camera breaches the water’s surface,” he said. “What makes it complicated was that there were two entirely different elements at play here.”Hemberger said he had been working on an animated film for the past few months but dropped the project when he took the job at Pixar.“This is the long and short of the adventures of my past year or so,” he said. “I’m going to Pixar to be an effects technical director. There, I’ll probably be doing more effects like the ones I did at WETA.”After the presentation ended, Hemberger fielded questions from members of the audience about attaining a career in the field.Among other projects Hemberger worked on were “Eragon,” “The Matrix Reloaded” and “X-Men: The Last Stand.” The Department of Computer Science and Engineering sponsored Hemberger’s talk, which was called “Experiments in Feature Film Visual Effects.”last_img read more

RE/MAX reports surge in NE real estate, Vermont home sales up 32 percent

first_imgThe RE/MAX of New England Housing Report indicates that for March every state in New England experienced an upswing in transactions as home sales increased 37.7 percent across the region. Vermont was the only state to see a year over year increase at 5.4 percent. According to RE/MAX, this bodes well for a strong spring market. RE/MAX of New England Executive Vice President, Jay Hummer, has to say about the market in his monthly podcast: http://www.remax-newengland.com/audio/2011-3-HousingPodcast.mp3(link is external)last_img

Onyango favourite for 2016 USPA top sports award

first_imgNOMINEE PROFILESOnyangoSouth Africa based Denis Onyango was named Uganda’s footballer of the year after guiding Uganda Cranes and his club Sundowns to historic performances.He was in goal as Uganda Cranes qualified for the Nations Cup finals for the first time since 1978, then led his club to the African Club Championship title – the first Ugandan to win the honour. His club also competed at the World Club Championships.EmongDavid Emony was named Uganda’s athlete of the year after his historic medal exploits in the para-Olympics event at the Rio Olympics. Emong gave Uganda her first ever Paralympics medal, winning silver in 1500m – T46 final in Rio.Emong, 26, was Uganda’s only athlete at the competition. The T46 disability sport classification is a group for track and field athletes missing their arm from near the top of their arm.WokorachHe is a Uganda 7s international who has had an outstanding year. He was the star as Uganda lifted their maiden Africa Rugby Cup Sevens title in Nairobi.Uganda’s victory in the African Rugby 7s in Nairobi booked them a place in three major tournaments, Emirates Airline Dubai Sevens and the HSBC Cape Town Sevens in December plus the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series Qualifier in Hong Kong in March.****USPA SPORTS PERSONALITIES OF 2016 Nominees for Sports Personality of the yearDenis Onyango (Football)David Emong (Paralympics)Phillip Wokorach (Rugby)Nominees for Team of the yearUganda CranesRugby CranesCity OilersNominations for Sports Event of the yearNational Open Pool ChampionshipUganda Golf OpenBEST RUN FEDERATION OF 2016**The winners of the above awards will be announced at the gala (see live feed page 2).The USPA LEGEND AWARD – SHEILA AGONZIBWEWinners in respective sports disciplines AthleticsMale: David EmongFemale: Juliet ChekwelBoxingShadir MusaFootballDenis OnyangoWomen FootballHasfa NassunaMotorsport(Rallying) The crew of Jas Mangat and Joseph KamyaGolfMale: Ronald Otile Kampala, Uganda| THE INDEPENDENT REPORTER | Africa’s best home-based football player of 2016 Denis Onyango is favourite to be named Uganda’s Sportsman Of The Year 2016 on Friday night.Onyango, named best African Player of the Year Based in Africa early this year, is one of three nominate for the Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA) Personality Of The Year award.Others nominated are Olympian Emong and rugby player Phillip Wokorach. USPA has already named them top in their individual sports in 2016.The Uganda Sports Personality of the Year will be announced at the sh100m Nile Breweries sponsered USPA gala at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala Friday. NSSF are USPA’s other partners for the glamarous awards ceremony. (click for live feed)Senior Presidential advisor Maj.Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba will be the chief guest at the Ugandan sports oscars.At the last awards, golfer Ronald Otile was named the country’s Sports Personality of 2015.The awards are one of Uganda’s oldest, with USPA having annually awarded the best since the early 70s. Sabiti Muwanga is the President USPA. Female: Flavia NamakulaCricketMale: Henry SsenyondoFemale: Stephanie NampinaPoolMale: Sula MatovuFemale: Vicky NamuyanjaBobybuildingAndrew SsenogaBadmintonMale: Brian KasiryeFemale: Shamim BangiTable TennisMale: Gilton ChelibeFemale: Halima NambozoWoodballMale: Onesmus AtambaFemale: Lillian ZaweddeWeightliftingKhalid BatuusaRugby’s WokorachRugbyMale: Phillip WokorachFemale: Grace AumaBasketballMale: Jimmy EnabuFemale: Judith NansobyaMotocrossAviv OrlandChessMale: Harold WanyamaFemale: Joyce KabenganoNetballJoan NampunguDartsMale: Jacob OkidiFemale: Dinah AmodingKickboxingPatricia ApolotLudoSarah NamubiruHandballMale: Felix MukunziFemale:Muhaimuna NamuwayaSwimmingMale: Nicholas MalaniFemale: Kirabo NamutebiHockeyMale: Innocent MbabaliFemale: Doreen AsiimweSquashIan Rukunya**** (see flashback to 2015 awards and 2016 awards LIVE FEED page 2)Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

Baker-Finch backs Girls Golf Rocks with Open legacy

first_img27 Nov 2018 Baker-Finch backs Girls Golf Rocks with Open legacy Tags: Get into golf, Girls Golf Rocks, girls’ golf, The Open, The R&A Ian Baker-Finch, who enjoyed a memorable triumph at The Open in 1991, is making a donation to Girls Golf Rocks after returning his Gold Medal to The R&A.The former Champion Golfer’s medal will go on display in the clubhouse at the scene of his famous victory at Royal Birkdale, with the proceeds from The R&A being donated to charitable programmes and golf initiatives which the popular Australian supports.Girls Golf Rocks, which is run by England Golf and the Golf Foundation to get girls into golf, is being supported alongside charities in Australia which support young people with cancer.Girls Golf Rocks offers girls, aged 5-18, taster sessions, weekly coaching and playing opportunities. Last year over 1600 girls enjoyed a taste of golf and more than 1200 went on to take coaching courses.Brendon Pyle, Chief Executive of the Golf Foundation, said, “This is a very generous gesture by Ian and The R&A. We would like to thank them for their support in providing funds for our Girls Golf Rocks programme which will help to inspire many young girls into playing golf.”Baker-Finch’s Gold Medal will now be showcased alongside other prestigious memorabilia from the ten Championships which have been played at the renowned North West links since 1954.“Many of my charitable activities have focused upon improving the lives of young people and particularly those who are undergoing care and treatment for cancer-related illnesses in Australia,” said the 58-year-old“These charities are very close to my heart and I know these funds will make a real difference to the lives of young people and their families. I would like to thank The R&A for its generosity in helping to support these initiatives.”Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said, “One of Ian’s most enduring qualities is his unstinting acts of kindness and we were delighted to support these charitable activities which clearly mean a lot to him.“His memorable victory at Royal Birkdale remains one of the great stories in the cherished history of The Open and it is entirely fitting that his Gold Medal should be displayed at the club where he lifted the famous Claret Jug.”Challenge is a Melbourne-based charity which provides support services to young people diagnosed with cancer and their families and has been in operation since 1983. It opened the Challenge Family Centre in 2011 to complement the existing support offered by the organisation.Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle, who passed away earlier this year after cancer-related illness, was an ambassador for Challenge and supported its work for many years.Redkite was founded as The Malcolm Sargent Cancer Fund for Children in Australia in 1983 and provides essential support to children, teenagers and young adults with cancer to ensure the best possible quality of life for them and their family.Caption: Ian Baker-Finch returns the Gold Medal from his victory in The Open at Royal Birkdale in 1991 to Clive Brown, Chairman of the Professional Events Committee at The R&A. (Credit: The R&A/Getty Images)last_img read more

“Summer Dreams” to become part of March Madness

first_imgAtlanta Hawks’ DeMarre Carroll, right, moves the ball up court as Philadelphia 76ers’ Michael Carter-Williams (1) defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Jan. 31, 2014, in Philadelphia. The Hawks won 125-99. (AP Photo/H. Rumph Jr.)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Michael Carter-Williams spent most of his basketball life trying to say all the right things in public.Last summer, he finally got a chance to be himself on camera.The quiet former Syracuse star agreed to let a television crew profile his journey through the NBA’s summer league and now the whole world can get a glimpse at what is like for a star player when “Summer Dreams” premieres on CBS during the heart of March Madness. An official announcement from CBS and Mandalay Sports Media about the March 15 launch was scheduled for Wednesday.The reality program features four NBA rookie prospects — Carter-Williams, Dallas Mavericks guard Shane Larkin, Romero Osby and Dwayne Davis — NBA referee hopeful Lauren Holtkamp and NBA D-League coach Joel Abelson as they try to take the next big steps in their careers.Most of the participants saw it as an opportunity to gain exposure. Carter-Williams wanted others to see a side of life he rarely shows.“I think the biggest difference was it wasn’t me having to necessarily say the right thing,” the Philadelphia 76ers guard told The Associated Press. “I could say what I felt about the game. I didn’t have to pretend to be anyone else.”The show is scheduled to air in a two-hour slot Saturday night after CBS broadcasts its fourth and final game of the day and less than 24 hours before the NCAA tournament pairings are announced on Selection Sunday.Network executives are betting that will be a ratings winner. But that’s not why executive producer Mike Tollin took on this project.He wanted to give basketball fans a look into a world that looks like a combination of baseball’s winter meetings and the NFL’s annual scouting combine while providing a platform that goes well beyond the high-profile stars such as Carter-Williams and Larkin, both first-round picks last June.Osby, Orlando’s second-round pick, and Davis, an undrafted free agent, got a chance to show they could compete against NBA-caliber talent. Osby was averaging 16.2 points with Maine in the D-League until being waived after sustaining a season-ending right shoulder injury Jan. 11. Davis is scoring 9.7 points for UCAM Murica, a Spanish team.Holtkamp used the Las Vegas games to audition in front of Joe Borgia, vice president of NBA referee operations, and has worked a handful of NBA contests this season.Abelson turned the week into his own personal job fair, searching for a new job after being fired as head coach of Sioux Falls (S.D.) Skyforce. He landed the head coaching job with Reno, a D-League affiliate of the Sacramento Kings, and the Bighorns were tied for the West Division lead at 16-11.“I’ve done a lot of sports documentaries and I’m always attracted to the underdog. It gives us the hope and the belief that dreams come true there (in Vegas) and great stories emerge,” Tollin said. “I’d like to have people discover the Las Vegas summer league and appreciate how hard it is to get there, how long the odds are people have to overcome to become one of the chosen.”The project began with camera crews following about 15 people.Over the course of two months, editors settled on the six who provided the most compelling story lines and the greatest access. Along the way, Tollin and his team of Jon Weinbach, Danny Meiseles and Mason Gordon documented a series of intriguing tales.Larkin, the son of baseball Hall of Famer Barry Larkin, shows his disgust after breaking his right ankle just before the summer games begin and is shown wiping his eyes as his mother tries to comfort him. After undergoing surgery, the show follows Larkin as his father helps him cope with the grueling challenge of rehab.Mandy Carter-Zegarowski, a former women’s college basketball player who plays the dual role of mother and personal manager of her son, Carter-Williams, searches for the right balance to help her son.During lunch with four other mothers who had NBA sons, she finds out each had similar concerns when their children were rookies.Gerald Henderson’s mother, Marie, recounts a story about the time she wanted to know why her son wasn’t on the court and Rod Higgins, then Charlotte’s president of basketball operations, offered to take her to the locker room. She accepted the offer, much to her son’s chagrin.And Hakim Warrick’s mother, Queen, recalls the time she called the NBA office to find out why her son wasn’t playing more minutes.“No, I have not called the league office and I have not gone into any locker rooms, either,” Carter-Zegarowski said, laughing. “That scene at the restaurant that was really hilarious. It was real, and I’ve stayed in touch with those mothers.”If all goes well, Tollin hopes to make a sequel this summer with a whole new cast of characters.For Carter-Williams, the reality of sharing a television stage with his mother opened the door to a whole new world.“A lot of people are going to know about my mom a lot more,” he said, explaining his expects to get his new teammates to tease him. “But people are going to see me as someone different, too.”last_img read more