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Acknowledgments

Acknowledgments

I'd like to thank all the people who worked so hard on this project, especially the editors Thomas Cirtin, my good friend Gael McGill, and Liz Britten. I'd also like to thank Mariann Barsolo and Pete Gaughan. I thank all the folks at Autodesk who provided excellent support throughout the writing of this book.

I'd like to thank Todd Palamar for his help in writing the rigging and texturing chapters. He is an excellent and extremely knowledgeable author. Please check out his book Maya Studio Projects: Dynamics (Sybex, 2010).

Several of my good friends contributed artwork that is used in the book. Anthony Honn built the vehicle models used in many of the example scenes; my brother, Travis Keller, designed the kitchen and pergola models used in the lighting chapters; and Chris Sanchez provided the fantastic space suit design used in the modeling chapters. I've worked with these artists at several studios; they are examples of the best of the talent working in the design and entertainment industries today.

Special thanks go to Ara Kermankian and Scott Ulliman who provided some of the artwork in the color insert.

I'd like to thank the following artists, teachers, and authors for their inspiration over the years: Scott Spencer, Kevin Llewellyn, John Brown, Alex Alvarez, Darrin Krumweide, Dariush Derakhshani, Saty Raghavachary, Drew Berry, all my teachers and students at the Gnomon School of Visual Effects, and all my friends and colleagues on the LA Freelancers list. Naturally, all the programmers and designers who work so hard to develop this software deserve special recognition for their hard work. They are the true artists who allow the rest of us to create such fantastic things.

Extra special thanks go to Daisy and Joe who all forced me to get away from the computer for some much-needed exercise. And to Blue whose hungry little ghost still haunts the kitchen.

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