Alias|Wavefront, the folks behind the Maya 3D animation software, will honor the world’s best 3D professionals in the second annual
Maya Masters awards that recognizes industry leaders who work with Maya and provide a means to mentor other artists, particularly students.
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Maya Masters are nominated by their peers and evaluated on the basis of their contribution to the industry, samples of their work, and “breakthrough use” of Maya technology. New Maya Masters are honored each year during the annual SIGGRAPH computer graphics show and become lifetime members of the Maya Masters community.
The 2002 Maya Masters are: Alceu Baptistao, Vetor Zero, Brazil; Emmanuel Campin, France; Dr. Court Cutting, New York University Medical Center; Bryan Ewert, Radical Entertainment, Vancouver; Jason Schleifer, Weta Digital Ltd., New Zealand; and Kenneth Huff, Florida, US. You can learn more about ’em at the official Maya Masters Web site. You can nominate a Master for the 2003 program at the same site.
As for Maya users, Alias|Wavefront plans to release Maya 4.5 by the end of September. The US$1,999 software will use new modeling tools, integrated 3D paint, multiprocessor support for rendering, and various user interface and workflow enhancements.