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Editorial Employees at Nickelodeon Animation Studio Unionize


The editorial employees of Nickelodeon Animation Studio have overwhelmingly elected to unionize with the Motion Picture Editors Guild, Local 700 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. Nickelodeon has agreed to recognize the editors’ union after an arbitrator verified that a majority of employees had signed union authorization cards.

Nickelodeon Animation Studios produces animated episodic programming such as SpongeBob SquarePants, The Loud House, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Shimmer and Shine.

The newly unionized positions encompass a range of pre-production and post-production roles. Recording engineers and dialogue editors record and arrange voice actors’ dialogue prior to animation. Animatic editors work in pre-production to assemble storyboards and soundtracks in a pre-visualization of the finished show. Picture editors cut the completed color animation. And machine room employees manage the elements and equipment used in the creation of shows.


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Toptal’s approach makes it a definite outlier compared to conventional platforms, as it’s geared towards custom-matching vetted, senior software engineers to clients with serious, compelling tech projects. Toptal is highly selective about its freelancers (roughly 3% acceptance rate), and offers a no-risk trial period on every engagement. Toptal’s impressive client list speaks for itself (Airbnb, J.P. Morgan, Zendesk, and more).


With an escrow system that allows you to authorize payment releases once milestones are hit, Upwork.com offers an enormous pool of freelancers for everything from legal work to finance and management (including a few hundred thousand software developers).


With a membership program and a complimentary “Work Room” where you can oversee progress, define milestones, etc., Guru is a great option if you find yourself constantly in need of help on miscellaneous small jobs.


Freelancer is awesome for small businesses, and with over 15 million users, you’re sure to have hundreds of proposals from eager freelancers to compare in no time. It also allows you to post projects as contests and review large volumes of submissions while only paying for the one you like most.


In addition to its large talent pool, Staff.com is an open platform, so you can also find employees on other sites and use its services to handle billing, time tracking, etc. Unlike the other platforms here, it’s geared more towards full-time engagements.


If you need an on-site freelancer, Craigslist is a great way to find freelance talent in your community. Although you might have to read through a large volume of resumes, posting a job is inexpensive, and you can include specific application instructions to help weed out people who just apply to jobs at random.

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Gamma correction







Basically, gamma is the relationship between the brightness of a pixel as it appears on the screen, and the numerical value of that pixel.

Gamma encoding of images is used to optimize the usage of bits when encoding an image, or bandwidth used to transport an image, by taking advantage of the non-linear manner in which humans perceive light and color.

You probably already know that a pixel can have any ‘value’ of Red, Green, and Blue between 0 and 255, and you would therefore think that a pixel value of 127 would appear as half of the maximum possible brightness, and that a value of 64 would represent one-quarter brightness, and so on. Well, that’s just not the case, I’m afraid.

The human perception of brightness, under common illumination conditions (not pitch black nor blindingly bright), follows an approximate power function (note: no relation to the gamma function), with greater sensitivity to relative differences between darker tones than between lighter ones, consistent with the Stevens’ power law for brightness perception. If images are not gamma-encoded, they allocate too many bits or too much bandwidth to highlights that humans cannot differentiate, and too few bits or too little bandwidth to shadow values that humans are sensitive to and would require more bits/bandwidth to maintain the same visual quality.

Cathode-ray tubes have a peculiar relationship between the voltage applied to them, and the amount of light emitted. It isn’t linear, and in fact it follows what’s called by mathematicians and other geeks, a ‘power law’ (a number raised to a power). The numerical value of that power is what we call the gamma of the monitor or system.

Thus. Gamma describes the nonlinear relationship between the pixel levels in your computer and the luminance of your monitor (the light energy it emits) or the reflectance of your prints. The equation is,

Luminance = C * value^gamma + black level

- C is set by the monitor Contrast control.

- Value is the pixel level normalized to a maximum of 1. For an 8 bit monitor with pixel levels 0 – 255, value = (pixel level)/255.

- Black level is set by the (misnamed) monitor Brightness control. The relationship is linear if gamma = 1. The chart illustrates the relationship for gamma = 1, 1.5, 1.8 and 2.2 with C = 1 and black level = 0.

Gamma affects middle tones; it has no effect on black or white. If gamma is set too high, middle tones appear too dark. Conversely, if it’s set too low, middle tones appear too light.

The native gamma of monitors– the relationship between grid voltage and luminance– is typically around 2.5, though it can vary considerably. This is well above any of the display standards, so you must be aware of gamma and correct it.

A display gamma of 2.2 is the de facto standard for the Windows operating system and the Internet-standard sRGB color space.

The old standard for Mcintosh and prepress file interchange is 1.8. It is now 2.2 as well.

Video cameras have gammas of approximately 0.45– the inverse of 2.2. The viewing or system gamma is the product of the gammas of all the devices in the system– the image acquisition device (film+scanner or digital camera), color lookup table (LUT), and monitor. System gamma is typically between 1.1 and 1.5. Viewing flare and other factor make images look flat at system gamma = 1.0.

Most laptop LCD screens are poorly suited for critical image editing because gamma is extremely sensitive to viewing angle.

About black level (brightness). Your monitor’s brightness control (which should actually be called black level) can be adjusted using the mostly black pattern on the right side of the chart. This pattern contains two dark gray vertical bars, A and B, which increase in luminance with increasing gamma. (If you can’t see them, your black level is way low.) The left bar (A) should be just above the threshold of visibility opposite your chosen gamma (2.2 or 1.8)– it should be invisible where gamma is lower by about 0.3. The right bar (B) should be distinctly visible: brighter than (A), but still very dark. This chart is only for monitors; it doesn’t work on printed media.

The 1.8 and 2.2 gray patterns at the bottom of the image represent a test of monitor quality and calibration. If your monitor is functioning properly and calibrated to gamma = 2.2 or 1.8, the corresponding pattern will appear smooth neutral gray when viewed from a distance. Any waviness, irregularity, or color banding indicates incorrect monitor calibration or poor performance.

Another test to see whether one’s computer monitor is properly hardware adjusted and can display shadow detail in sRGB images properly, they should see the left half of the circle in the large black square very faintly but the right half should be clearly visible. If not, one can adjust their monitor’s contrast and/or brightness setting. This alters the monitor’s perceived gamma. The image is best viewed against a black background.

This procedure is not suitable for calibrating or print-proofing a monitor. It can be useful for making a monitor display sRGB images approximately correctly, on systems in which profiles are not used (for example, the Firefox browser prior to version 3.0 and many others) or in systems that assume untagged source images are in the sRGB colorspace.

On some operating systems running the X Window System, one can set the gamma correction factor (applied to the existing gamma value) by issuing the command xgamma -gamma 0.9 for setting gamma correction factor to 0.9, and xgamma for querying current value of that factor (the default is 1.0). In OS X systems, the gamma and other related screen calibrations are made through the System Preferen

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The goals of lighting in 3D computer graphics are more or less the same as those of real world lighting.

Lighting serves a basic function of bringing out, or pushing back the shapes of objects visible from the camera’s view.
It gives a two-dimensional image on the monitor an illusion of the third dimension-depth.

But it does not just stop there. It gives an image its personality, its character. A scene lit in different ways can give a feeling of happiness, of sorrow, of fear etc., and it can do so in dramatic or subtle ways. Along with personality and character, lighting fills a scene with emotion that is directly transmitted to the viewer.

Trying to simulate a real environment in an artificial one can be a daunting task. But even if you make your 3D rendering look absolutely photo-realistic, it doesn’t guarantee that the image carries enough emotion to elicit a “wow” from the people viewing it.

Making 3D renderings photo-realistic can be hard. Putting deep emotions in them can be even harder. However, if you plan out your lighting strategy for the mood and emotion that you want your rendering to express, you make the process easier for yourself.

Each light source can be broken down in to 4 distinct components and analyzed accordingly.

· Intensity
· Direction
· Color
· Size

The overall thrust of this writing is to produce photo-realistic images by applying good lighting techniques.

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China is a work in progress. China is changing, and Chinese capability and pride are rising. And with that rise, China’s cultural, media/tech, and sociopolitical landscapes are rapidly morphing. It’s incumbent upon anyone in China – native or foreign – to roll with those changes.

To wit on the media front, China announced that its State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film & Television (the unfortunate acronym “SAPPRFT” for short), will be abolished in favor of even tighter control under a new body at the cabinet level.

To interact successfully and satisfyingly here, you have to gain some real local perspective and develop an alternate set of instincts that are relevant for this reality as it is, not what you imagine it to be.

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