The 2013 Animation Festival Jury is done!

What an amazing weekend with an incredible group of people.  The official write-up is now on the SIGGRAPH Blog.

My prior connection with some of the Jurors was tenuous.  I’d met Norman Badler briefly while speaking at UPenn and caught a John Frame exhibition at Portland Museum of Art last January.  Infact, the only significant connections I held with any of the Jurors was three years studying under Peter Parr (at Bournemouth Arts University) and two years working with Wayne Stables (at Electronic Arts).  Most of the others I’d never met previously, but to me this group represented a strong mix; four continents, a diverse array of backgrounds, animation styles, technical skills, industries and education.

In these situations you’re never quite sure how things will pan out.  Fortunately, with Fran and Cris managing the hard work of logistics and technical direction I could focus on direction for the Jury process.  Now it’s just a case of wrapping their results into a show the Jurors would be proud of, and one the SIGGRAPH attendees will enjoy…

SIGGRAPH 2013 Computer Animation Festival Jury

… very special thanks to Dayna & Lutzner at Disney for hosting us (again!).

Walt Disney Archives

20 hours of movies can be tough. Carlo Vogele taking some well earned time-out.

Carlo Vogele

If you’ve ever considered being involved with SIGGRAPH – it’s hard work, and one of the most rewarding experiences you’ll have.  The graphics and animation communities are simply an amazing group of people with an unbelievable mix of humility and talent.

SIGGRAPH Real-Time Live! 2013

Check out the 2013 RTL! trailer featuring some of the mind-blowing presentations from last years show, including Square Enix, AMD, BeautyPi and NaughtyDog.

Be a part of the show!

Every year since it’s inception, RTL! has featured technology from independent artists and engineers alongside products from billion dollar companies; it’s the diversity and quality of content that makes the show unique.  Don’t delay if you’re considering submitting; only one week left.

http://s2013.siggraph.org/submitters/real-time-live

What do you think cutting edge real-time graphics look like?  Let us know if you’ve seen something that should be on stage…  we’d love your ideas.

The Computer Animation Festival 2013

Celebrating its 40th year, the world’s most innovative exploration of computer-generated animation and visual effects will be on display at SIGGRAPH 2013 in Anaheim, California this summer. The four-day, international event (21-25 July) spotlights the most prestigious innovators of technical and artistic short films. The festival showcases everything from student films to blockbuster visual effects and mainstream commercials.   Full Press Release | Computer Animation Festival

SIGGRAPH 2013 Computer Animation Festival

Siggraph 2012 Real-Time Live!

Okay, so I’m a little sad to be handing this amazing program off.  Real-Time Live! has been an incredible part of SIGGRAPH to be involved with, from technical and show direction, through marketing, jurying, content outreach, logistics, donations, hardware, branding and social media.  Not to mention the awesome people I got to work with.

The program was set in motion by Evan Hirsch at SIGGRAPH 2009 as an original, twenty-minute pre-show for the Computer Animation Festival.  This year Continue reading

Siggraph 2012 Evening Programs

A little careful planning this year and you can catch a different show every evening, each offering a unique window into the state-of-the-art of Computer Graphics.

Sunday – Papers FastForward  (6.00-8.00)
“This exciting two-hour session is an entertaining, illuminating summary of all presented papers!” – They’re not wrong, it’s pretty entertaining.

Papers Fast Forward 2

Papers Fast Forward 1

Monday CAF Evening Theatre  (6.00-8.00)
“The year’s finest achievements in digital media”– Last years CAF Winner The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore went on to win an Academy Award.

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Tuesday – Dailies!
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Siggraph 2012 Real-Time Live! Press Release

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SIGGRAPH Real-Time Live! is the première showcase for the latest trends and techniques for pushing the boundaries of interactive visuals. A series of 10 international jury-selected submissions will be presented in a fast-paced, 90-minute show of cutting-edge, aesthetically stimulating real-time work at SIGGRAPH 2012, 5-9 August at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

The diverse show includes breakdowns of an audio-driven procedural graphics engine, an augmented reality gesture-based control solution from NYU/MIT, proprietary and commercial rendering engines, and a number of cutting-edge unreleased games titles.

See here for the press release  |  full list of content  |  show Q&A

Siggraph 2012 CAF Winners

SIGGRAPH 2012, 5-9 August at the Los Angeles Convention Center, announces the Computer Animation Festival’s Best in Show, Jury Award, Best Student Project, and Well Told Fable Prize recipients. A total of 94 films will be shown during the Computer Animation Festival. Nominees were chosen by an expert panel of jury members from 601 submissions representing 43 countries.

BEST IN SHOW AWARD
Réflexion
Directed by Yoshimichi Tamura, PlanKtoon; France
In a boutique in Paris, Louise looks at her reflection in the surrounding mirrors. Tonight, she has a rendezvous with Jules, her fiancé. Suddenly she notices that she’s late, and goes off in great haste to her flat to get ready. Réflexion is a description of women’s concerns about the way they look.  (TrailerArticle).

JURY AWARD
How To Eat Your Apple
Directed by Erick Oh, Independent; USA
Here is a delicious apple. How would you eat it?  (Trailer).

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Best of E3 2012 – Tuesday

Okay, so there’s no gameplay here – but who cares.  According to Hashimoto-san this is running on a single GTX680.  However much horsepower is behind it, it’s damn impressive.

If you want to find out more, this piece running in the Luminous Engine is one of a number of exclusive, behind-the-scenes breakdowns which will be presented live on-stage at SIGGRAPH Real-Time Live! in August.  Come see it for yourself.

Congrats Square-Enix, it looks incredible.

SIGGRAPH Returns to Anaheim & Vancouver.

SIGGRAPH Vancouver

“SIGGRAPH 2013 plans to return to Anaheim, California, 21-25 July, to celebrate the 40th International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques  alongside thousands of research scientists, gaming experts and developers, filmmakers, students, the production community and academics worldwide. Mk Haley of Disney Research, Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University has been named SIGGRAPH 2013 Conference Chair.”

“After SIGGRAPH 2011 broke Vancouver’s previous all-time conference attendance records, it has become one of the most memorable SIGGRAPH conference cities. Due to this overwhelming attendance and community support, SIGGRAPH 2014 will return to Vancouver for the 41st International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, 10-14 August 2014.”