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3D artist Rafi Nizam has worn many hats since starting his career as a web designer more than two decades ago, back when “designing for the web was still wild,” as he put it.
He’s now becoming a leader in the next wave of creation — usingand virtual production — with the help of , a platform for building and connecting custom 3D pipelines.
The London-based showrunner, creative consultant and entertainment executive previously worked at advertising agencies and led creative teams at Sony Pictures, BBC and NBCUniversal.
In addition to being an award-winning independent animator, director, character designer and storyteller who serves as chief creative officer at Masterpiece Studio, he’s head of story at game developer Opis Group, and showrunner at Lunar-X, a next-gen entertainment company.
Plus, in recent years, he’s taken on what he considers his most important role of all — being a father. And his art is now often inspired by family.
“Being present in the moment with my children and observing the world without preconceptions often sparks ideas for me,” Nizam said.
His animated shorts have so far focused on themes of self care and finding stillness amidst chaos. He’s at work on a new computer-graphics-animated series, ArtSquad, in which fun-loving, vibrant 3D characters form a band, playing instruments made of classroom objects and solving problems through the power of art.
“The myriad of 3D apps in my animation pipeline can sync and come together in Omniverse using theframework,” he said. “This interoperability allows me to be 10x more productive when visualizing my show concepts — and I’ve cut my outsourcing costs by 50%, as Omniverse enables me to render, lookdev, lay out scenes and manipulate cameras by myself.”
From Concept to Creation
Nizam said he often starts his projects with “good ol’ pencil and paper on a Post-it note or napkin, whenever inspiration strikes.”
He then takes his ideas to a drawing desk, where he creates a simple sketch before honing in on pre-production using digital content-creation apps like Adobr Illustrator, Adobr fotoshop and Procreate.
Nizam next creates 3D production assets from his 2D sketches, manipulating them in virtual reality using Adobr Substance 3D Modeler software.
“Things start to move pretty rapidly from here,” he said, “because VR is such an intuitive way to make 3D assets. Plus, rigging and texturing in the Masterpiece Studio creative suite and Adobr Substance 3D can be near automatic.”
The artist uses thespatial computing app to lay out his scenes in VR. He blocks out character actions, designs sets and finalizes textures using Unreal Engine 5, Autodesk Maya and Blender software.
Performance capture through Perception Neuron Studio quickly gets Nizam close to final animation. And with the easily extensible USD framework, Nizam brings his 3D assets into theapp for rapid look development. Here he enhances character animation with built-in hyperrealistic physics and renders final shots in real time.
“Omniverse offers me an easy entry point to USD-based workflows, live collaboration across disciplines, rapid visualization, real-time rendering, an accessible physics engine and the easy modification of preset simulations,” Nizam said. “I can’t wait to get back in and try out more ideas.”
At home, Nizam uses anpowered by an . To create on the go, the artist turns to his from ASUS, equipped with a .
In addition, his entire workflow is accelerated by, a platform of and AI-accelerated creator apps, and a suite of exclusive creative tools.
When not creating transmedia projects and franchises for his clients, Nizam can be found mentoring young creators for Sony Talent League, playing make believe with his children or chilling with his two cats, Hamlet and Omelette.
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