Ford Entertainment Group International and Luxology Announce LightWave 7.5 Character Animation Train

Wed 2nd Oct 2002 | News

Ford Entertainment Group International, producers of intelligent solutions for the visual effects community, today announced the LightWave® 7.5 Character Animation Training Tour. The highly anticipated tour will showcase LightWave 3D's powerful character animation tools and include hands-on training taught by experienced industry professionals. Co-sponsored by Luxology, Hewlett-Packard, nVidia, Next Limit, Desktop Images, Digital Juice and Artbeats, the tour's West Coast leg begins October 31 and runs through November 17, 2002. Online registration for this series of two-day courses is available at

"This tour's design and purpose is to unlock many of the character animation secrets and workflow enhancements in LightWave 7.5," said Paul Ford, president of Ford Entertainment Group International. "The skill and experience that our trainers bring to the tour are second to none. Teaming up with Luxology means students are assured of a fabulous and professional learning experience. You can't get this kind of LightWave training anywhere else."

Tour Details, Dates and Locations
The LightWave 7.5 Character Animation Tour will consist of in-depth training on intermediate and advanced methods and techniques including modeling as related to character setup, character rigging, animation concepts and features, and advanced animation techniques.

The tour will have two sessions per city, each with identical training content. In order to accommodate working professionals, one class in each city will take place during a weekend.

Dates and locations are as follows:

Seattle, Hampton Inn Downtown
Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 - Thursday/Friday
Nov. 2 and Nov. 3 - Saturday/Sunday

San Francisco, DV Garage
Nov. 7 and 8 - Thursday/Friday
Nov. 9 and 10 - Saturday/Sunday

Los Angeles, Ramada Inn Burbank
Nov. 14 and Nov. 15 - Thursday/Friday
Nov. 16 and Nov. 17 - Saturday/Sunday

The tour will continue in early 2003 with additional Canadian, U.S. East Coast and worldwide dates.

Professional Trainers
Todd Grimes, the lead trainer for the tour, is the creative principal of Evil Plan Studios, an artist-owned and operated studio that focuses on education and creative growth in the animation industry ( Todd is an experienced Hollywood animator and has worked for numerous studios including Threshold Entertainment, Nickelodeon, and Warner Brothers. Additionally, some classes will feature special guests such as Aristomenis (, Rich Hurrey of esc (currently working on The Matrix 2 and 3), Paul Davies of savage frog! (, Rob Baldwin of Nickelodeon Digital, and Brad Peebler, president of Luxology and former vice president of 3D for NewTek.

"Luxology has always been committed to bringing more educational resources to the LightWave community," said Brad Peebler, president of Luxology. "With the LightWave 7.5 Character Animation Tour, students have the unique opportunity to learn from industry experts and are able to get hands-on experience with top-of-the-line hardware and software."

Pricing and Availability
Ford Entertainment International's LightWave 7.5 Character Animation Tour begins October 31, 2002 and will continue through spring 2003 with additional tour dates scheduled for Toronto, Montreal, Boston, New York, Raleigh, Atlanta, Orlando, Miami, the United Kingdom, Europe, and Asia. For additional information on tour dates and to register for classes, visit the Ford Entertainment International Web site at

About Ford Entertainment Group International
Ford Entertainment Group International is a full service sales, marketing, and technology consulting firm committed to the development, propagation and expansion of innovative software and hardware tools for advanced computer generated visual effects production. For more information, visit the Web site at

About Luxology
Luxology, LLC is an independent technology group consisting of many of the most notable brains in the field of 3D animation and special FX. Founded by Allen Hastings, Stuart Ferguson and Brad Peebler, Luxology employs a team that includes some of the top engineering talent on the planet. Luxology also provides educational and support materials for users of LightWave 3D®. For more information on Luxology, please visit

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