CGCircuit Creates a New Benefit Program for Former PDI/DreamWorks Employees

PDI/DreamWorks Former Employee Benefits ProgramAs many of you have undoubtedly heard by now, DreamWorks Animation made the decision to shutter PDI in Redwood City and make additional cuts at their Glendale studio. Beyond their many contributions to many of DreamWorks’ animated features, PDI was an early innovator in the world of commercially viable computer graphics. Their proprietary tools helped to launch what would become DreamWorks Animation’s fully realized CGI pipeline that drove most of their movies starting with the release of Antz in 1998. Despite PDI’s involvement with DreamWorks Animation’s past, it and many of its approximately 450 employees are not going to be part of DreamWorks’ future.

Our heartfelt sympathies go out to all of PDI’s and DreamWorks Animation’s former employees and their families affected by the cutbacks, but we at CGCircuit believe platitudes and sympathies are not enough. We understand that as part of the job search, sometimes rusty skills need to be honed, new career paths pursued and the generation of additional income is a necessity. To help with all of these aims, starting today, CGCircuit is providing all of the PDI/DreamWorks employees affected by its recent closure and downsizing the following discounts and benefits:

  • All video series are 50% off
  • Content creators for CGCircuit will receive an additional 15% for each video sold
  • Our staff will offer our decades of industry experience to provide demo reel and resume feedback

CGCircuit is made up of industry professionals and no matter how large the industry gets, it’s still small community and the seismic events at DreamWorks and PDI shake us all.

For more information on how you can get your PDI/DreamWorks benefits, please contact us at and we will help you continue your path to success.

ZBrush 4R7 Is Out! We Have Your Training!

We’re excited to see that today Pixologic released ZBrush 4R7, their last iteration of the 4 series before moving on to ZBrush 5, with even more amazing features, putting a first class set of modeling, sculpting and texturing tools at your fingertips. It’s a deep program, though, and while you’re downloading 4R7 (their servers seem to be overloaded just now and we can’t download it yet!), check out our many ZBrush tutorials by industry veterans Hai Phan, Fabrizio Bortolussi, Kurt Papstein and others. Below we’ve highlighted some of our ZBrush courses and if you’re ready to learn, click away! If you want to teach some ZBrush courses (or any other industry related subject), head on over to CGCircuit to see how you can start passing on your knowledge while earning money to boot!

Monster Concepting by Kurt Papstein

Monster Concepting  by Kurt Papstein

Designing a Scary Creature 1 by Fabrizio Bortolussi

Designing a Scary Creature 1 by Fabrizio Bortolussi

3D Character Art for Games by Hai Phan

3D Character Art for Games by Hai Phan


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At CGCircuit we love when industry professionals choose to publish on CGCircuit’s platform but our goal is not to sit back and let the authors sail solo.  As a company we are author oriented!  Providing support and inspiration is part of what makes CGCircuit unique.

Let us introduce you to the info-preneur! 


“SAY WHAT?!”  We know- what is an info-preneur?  Well for one, it is a made up term by our very own Carlo Sansonetti.  Lets start with an entrepreneur.  Most are familiar with the term entrepreneur, they are someone who has a creative idea about a product or design and they are striving to get it produced.  The difference between them and an info-preneur is that an info-preneur already has their product.  The info-preneur’s product is their knowledge!  

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