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Lee Stranahan Announces New Seminars In LightWave 3D, Visual Effects Supervision

Special rate for DMN readers By Stephen Schleicher
Bringing more than a decade of teaching experience to his popular live training events, visual effects artist and teacher Lee Stranahan is planning a series of events across the country. The following events are currently planned....

LightWave Character Animation Weekend
The popular two day seminar on character modeling, set-up and animation designed for intermediate to advanced level LightWave artists comes to Seattle and Dallas. Also includes valuable training on expressions, the motion graph editor, surfacing, and other topics of use to any LightWave animator using LightWave 6.5 or 7.

LightWave Effects Weekend
A two day seminar on LightWave's cool 'effects' features like particle systems, soft body dynamics with Motion Designer, hypervoxels, and radiosity. Designed for LightWave users at all levels working with using LightWave 6.5 or 7, this exciting new class also covers HDRI imaging and includes a short look at rigid body dymamics with Dynamic Reality's Impact!2. Coming to Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago.

Visual Effects Supervision: A One Week Intensive in Los Angeles
An amazing week for anyone interested in effects to gain knowledge and practical experience in visual effects supervision. This isn't a 3D specific class - it's chance to learn techniques that work with any 3D or compositing tools. Attendees will learn the planning, budgeting and scheduling aspects of planning VFX production and then implement that knowledge in a real 35mm film and video shoot. Work with real crew, supervise transfer and learn the costly mistakes to avoid - this class features very limited enrollment so get the details and sign up now!

These seminars are filling up quickly and there are substantial savings for early registration so go to for a complete schedules, more information and for simple online registration.

Seminar Schedule
LightWave Effects Weekend Los Angeles October 27 - 28
LightWave Character Animation Weekend Seattle November 3 - 4
LightWave Character Animation Weekend Dallas November 10 - 11
LightWave Effects Weekend New York November 17 - 18
LightWave Effects Weekend Chicago December 01 - 02
VFX Production Intensive Los Angeles December 10-14

Special discount for DMN readers
Lee has informed us that readers of DMN can get a $50.00 discount on the weekend seminar by typing DMN in the promotional code.

The regular seminar price is US$449 - with early registration and the discount, the seminar is only $299 for the entire weekend.

Lee is also aware of tight times for animators and stated the following, "If you want to attend but you're in a bad place financially, contact me and we'll work something out. I am very sincere about this - if you want to attend, I'll make sure you can attend. I believe with all my heart in the power and importance of education; I've devoted a good part of my life to it and I believe in the times like these, it's especially important to keep moving forward."

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Stephen Schleicher has crossed the country several times over the last couple of years going from Kansas to Atlanta , Georgia, and Southern California. In his time traveling, he has worked as an editor, graphic designer, videographer, director, and producer on a variety of video productions ranging from small internal pieces, to large multimedia
corporate events.

Currently, Stephen shares his knowledge with students at Fort Hays State University who are studying media and web development in the Information Networking and Telecommunications department. When he is not shaping the minds of university students, Stephen continues to work on video and independent projects for State and local agencies and organizations as well as his own ongoing works.

He is also a regular contributor to Digital Producer, Creative Mac, Digital Webcast, Digital Animators, and the DV Format websites, part of the Digital Media Online network of communities (, where he writes about the latest technologies, and gives tips and tricks on everything from Adobe After Effects, to Appleā??s Final Cut Pro, LightWave 3D, to shooting and lighting video.

He has a Masters Degree in Communication from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. As a forward thinker, he wrote his Thesis on how Information Islands and e-commerce would play a major role in keeping smaller communities alive. This of course was when 28.8 dialup was king and people hadnā??t even invented the word e-commerce.

And, he spends what little free time he has biking, reading, traveling around the country, and contemplating the future of digital video and its impact on our culture. You can reach him at

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