Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 03:00
The Golaem Team will be attending the BFX Festival in Bournemouth this coming friday/saturday. Do not hesitate to drop by our booth, and do not miss our tech talk showcasing recent productions on Sat. 27th 2:40pm.

Golaem Crowd Tech Talk: Artist Friendly Crowd Simulation

Creating visually compelling and believable crowds can be a daunting challenge, especially when budgets are shrinking and timescales are getting shorter. It is not only important to represent the crowd behavior as a whole, but aspects and motions of each individual must be believable.

Developed and tested under real production conditions, Golaem Crowd makes it easy and affordable  to populate worlds with directable digital characters, from a few to thousands, directly in Autodesk Maya.

From crushed legionnaires to hordes of zombies through huge stadium audiences, Golaem will presents a selection of the best productions it has been used for together with an overview of the complete Golaem Crowd production workflow.

Golaem is very excited to be part of BFX this year! Contact us if you want to setup an appointment there.

BFX was designed to showcase the visual effects and animation industry but more importantly showcase the wave of fresh talent around the UK as well as educate and inspire the next generation. BFX launched in November 2012 to overwhelming support from industry and subsequently has some incredible partners on board, including; Double Negative, Framestore, Moving Picture Company, The Mill, Cinesite, Creative Skillset and BAFTA.


Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 15:54
Exode, a graduation film including several crowd shots using Golaem Crowd, has been included in the official selection of many upcoming festivals, including Animago, the Cut Out Fest, Le festival du court de Lille... Congratulations to the 5 Supinfocom Arles students who directed it!

Crowd projects are soaring and in the past few weeks we have found jobs for several artists, including students who have used Golaem Crowd in their school projects. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have a project including crowds and want to use Golaem Crowd.

Enjoy the teaser below, and stay tuned until the full version, including crowd shots, is avalaible online!

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Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 14:46

Our friends from Framestore Montreal are recruiting Crowd TDs. Golaem Crowd experience is a plus! Either build on your previous experience or start getting some now with our free & unlimited Personal Learning Edition (PLE)! Apply here

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 11:07

Golaem Crowd 3.3 introduces blend shapes on crowd characters. This new functionality opens the way to a myriad of possibilities, including facial animation, muscles systems, corrective blend shapes...

Golaem Crowd skeletal animation features have been extensively used by major vfx studios to animate all sorts of characters in their feature films, including spectators, soldiers and horses made by Milk VFX and Cinesite for Brett Ratner’s Hercules.

With crowds getting closer and closer to the camera, the ability to go beyond skeletal animation is a huge enabler to meet realism needs. Golaem Crowd builds on Maya blend shapes animation tools to let artists create their characters with the tools they know best.

Blend shapes are then read by Golaem Crowd at the same time as skeletal animation, which enables easy synchronization as well as benefiting from most of the functionalities already offered by the Golaem Crowd animation engine: motion blending, start frame and speed randomization…

Golaem in-house artist, Axel Domenger, has taken advantage of the blend shapes support to animate mouths of angry hairy blobs in this demo video

He created a rigged character and added both corrective and expression blend shapes. The character was then animated to create a 100 frames long loop, later randomized by Golaem Crowd to get animation diversity.

Domenger then exploited Golaem Crowd’s ability to interact with Maya particles to drive the crowd simulation using a nParticle system constrained by a sphere envelope and a few colliders.

Finally, the crowd was exported to a geometry cache to be used for Yeti fur replication before being rendered in Arnold thanks to Yeti and Golaem Crowd procedurals.

This demo as well as the latest Golaem Crowd features and demo reels will be shown this week at Siggraph Vancouver, booth #921.
See Golaem's Siggraph schedule

Friday, August 1, 2014 - 18:15
We will be happy to hear about your next crowd challenges and show you all novelties in Golaem Crowd. Meet us on the Golaem booth on French Pavillion #921 or attend our course on crowd simulation algorithms.

Golaem Crowd 3 has been extensively used by major studios for upcoming feature films (hint) and these cooperations resulted in many cool features and user experience improvements. We also come with a bunch of unannounced features showcased in an impressive demo made using a MayaGolaem Crowd / Yeti / Arnold  pipeline.

If you want to learn crowd simulation in-depth, we will also be given a lecture on the topic together with academic pundits Ming Lin and Julien Pettré, as well as Unity Software Developer Mikko Mononnen.

Under The Hood

New Generation of Microscopic Crowd-Simulation Algorithms

Learn from academic & industry experts about the theoretical, technical, and practical aspects of crowd-simulation algorithms.

Sunday, 10th  10:45am - 12:15pm
Exhibit Hall A

More on Siggraph Website

Workflow Overview

Artist-Friendly Crowd-Simulation with Golaem Crowd

Nicolas Chaverou, Golaem Crowd Product Manager, will give a brief overview of the Golaem Crowd simulation and rendering workflow. 

Tuesday, 12th 12:00 - 12:20pm 
Wednesday, 13th 2:20 - 2:40pm
booth #921

Hands-On Demos

Meet with our Team

Meet the Golaem Crowd Product Manager and our CTO to get a live demo of the latest features in Golaem Crowd.

booth #921

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