I am a fine artist at heart that was thrust into the digital medias a decade ago. Exploring the worlds of 3D modeling, animation and graphic design lead me to the tools developed by a company known as Reallusion. I have worked with Reallusion Inc. since 1999 and was there for the inception of iClone and CrazyTalk, and I am now a Certified Reallusion iClone and CrazyTalk Specialist. I have written many of the training materials and produced video tutorials for both software packages and also exhibited the software live on major trade show floors such as Siggraph, GDC and Comdex. I have also worked closely in these venues with other companies such as NVIDIA, Intel, Renderosity and Daz 3D. I attended the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale from 98-2000 and I am currently involved educating anyone who is interested in learning more about Reallusion products.

Certified iClone and CrazyTalk Specialist

Certified iClone and CrazyTalk Specialist


14 Responses to “Background information”

  1. 1 Mike Joyce
    August 24, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    I want to thank you for these iClone tips. They are not only fun to read and watch, but for the computer challenged you really have made working with iClone very clear.

    I look forward to your blog everyday.

    Thank you

  2. August 24, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    Hello Mike,
    Thanks go to you for visiting iClone Certified Training! I love iClone because it filled a void for me between Drawing and Perspective class and Maya rocket science. I believe strongly in empowering users to simply tell their stories in a real-time animation environment, and I hope this blog helps to do just that. Your comment is very inspiring and thanks again for that. I’ll keep them coming for ya!

    • 3 aj
      November 19, 2009 at 2:58 am

      I bought iClone 3, then upgraded to 4. I love the program. I have about 20 videos now.
      I am a musician, artist, and video producer, web design, and some 3D, animation. This tool allows me to be creative!
      My question is, I also have Crazytalk 6, and other apps from them!
      I dont want to learn Crazytalk 6 or mess with it if I can do it all in iclone.
      Is there a benefit to using Crazytalk 6 1st for a character, then move it to iclone somehow? Or is it more pro to just do it all in iclone?
      I have messed around in Crazytalk 6 and did some scripting, but iclone 4 is what I really love, and I like to produce the lights, cameras, everything! I dont want the learning curve of doing Crazytalk just to get the best talking characters.
      So, should I just stay in iclone 4 and do all my work? Is Crazytalk more for other solutions? thank you and great site you have here with the tutorials and info!
      rock on

  3. August 25, 2008 at 7:17 am

    I have known James since the birth of the iClone product, and was fortunate to meet him while he was exhibiting iClone at Siggraph ’07. Watching him work in iClone was a real treat as he is patient, personable, and truly an iClone professional. His passion for iClone is equal to his product knowledge, both of which are genuine, and superior. His feats accomplished using iClone 2.5 are unsurpassed, and he assuredly will take iClone 3 to the highest level of its capabilities with the potential it has unleashed. I can say with confidence that if you are new or an old user of the iClone product, that a half an hour spent training exclusively with him would not only easily save you from hours of headache but also aid your iClone comprehension skills dramatically in rapid fashion.

  4. August 25, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    Hey Mark,
    Wow, what a awesome testimonial. Thanks a million for that. Mark and I have worked closely together with iClone on a few occasions and I have been a long time member of CoolClones. This is the most active iClone fan based community where you can find like-minded production artist to share your thoughts, feelings and techniques about the #1 real-time animation software out there. I highly recommend that after visiting ICT that you hop over to CoolClones and get acquainted. Thanks again Rainman, you are a true Clone-Captain!

  5. 6 RichardGaspa
    August 30, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    Wow! This is just what I been looking for. I am new to the whole 3d animated thing and just purchased Iclone3 Pro. I look for forward to becoming a daily blog reader of yours. – May I thank you in advance for your time.

  6. August 30, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    Hello Richard,

    That’s awesome you are new to the world of 3D animation and have chosen to begin producing with the #1 real-time production tool on the market. iClone will allow you to create movies and clips with the ease of a video game and the power of a full production suite. If you have any outstanding questions or issues you would like to address in a training environment then, please consider my training courses offered here at iCT, I would love to help you get started. Thanks again for the comment and enjoy the new venture.


  7. 8 Michele Yorkman-Ramey
    September 22, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    Ok, i bought Crazy talk pro and iclone 3 and have no idea where to start.

    network engineer and looking to animation for marketing books and for tutorials for children

    I need some help, how can i get training

  8. September 23, 2008 at 4:34 am

    Hello Michele,

    Thanks for taking an interest in the worlds best real-time animation tools, iClone and CrazyTalk. If you are looking for training in these tools then you have come to the #1 source for exactly that. I can provide to you one-on-one training classes through the free tool Skype, which is an instant messaging and file sharing program. The type of certified training that I offer is specific to your needs, but if you are new to the products and not sure exactly what you would like to focus on, let me suggest that you purchase a 1/2 hour over-view lesson that gives you a basic introduction to the tools and the features that allow you to begin creating facial and character animation in your very first 30 minutes. I am available almost anytime and also allow my clients to request scheduling as well for their session. Payments can be made via Paypal before your live certified training session begin and after that it is up to you exactly what and how much you would like to learn. If you would be interested in these services please contact me with your point of focus and requested date and time for your training sessions and let the journey into the real-time world of 3D film-making begin. Thanks for your question, I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    James C. Martin

  9. 10 Martin Standard
    December 7, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    Many thanks for taking the time to research and put these tutorials online. They’re immensive valuable, and I’d certainly PayPal you for a book with expanded illustrated version in.

    I wonder if you might one day make a tutorial that shows how to set up lights and a character in iClone 3 for silhouette/shadow puppetry? As well as “full 3D”, I think iClone 3 must have huge potential for shadow-puppet and silhouette/cut-out animation (a la ‘Jasper Morello’), although I’ve not yet seen it used for such work.

    • December 24, 2008 at 9:38 am

      Hey MS, Great name by the way…

      Sorry for the late replay and YES, YES, YES, I think that is a great idea to a tip. There is a way to do it with an object of course, a plane and Directional Lights. I will throw something like that together for you in the near future. Thanks for the great suggestion and for keeping the Martin Standard high. I love it, Martin Standard, I may change the name of the Blog to that. You rock and thanks again.

  10. 12 Richard (Dick) Barrett-Marugg
    July 7, 2010 at 12:31 am

    Hi James,
    I purchase (1 day ago) iClone 4 and I’m in the position of the engineer who wrote that he had it … and now what? The problem with the tutorials (?) on the site (Reallusio0n) is that they assume you know the basic program. It took me over an hour to track down any info on importing audio. Something as simple as closing the program is NOT intuitive. Another hour or two chasing down where to go to view the timeline.
    I need a tutorial that assumnes I know nothing and takes me through the functions. I’ve used FLASH, Dreamweaver, Audiion (and Cool Edit before that) and have even used earlier versions of CrazyTalk.
    Where can I go or who can I talk to to get the BASIC FUNCTIONS of iclone explained. Or more properly, where can I go to learn where the controls are for the various iclone functions.

  11. 13 Danny
    October 14, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    We are a small eLearning company in the Boston area. We are in the middle of a project for an important client. We are using iClone as part of this project. We just found out that our animator could not deliver the quality that we needed.

    I wanted to ask if you are available, or if you know someone who is.

  12. 14 Collins Bekoe
    June 3, 2011 at 11:20 am

    I am collins i loved your tutorial but i just want to learn Iclone and use it to develop my own 3-D movies please i want you to take me through a series of lessons so that i can learn the software. i will need the new Iclone4 Pro. Show me how i can get it. Thank you

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