Monday, August 2, 2010

how was SIGGraph? Upcoming conferences

Who went?
   I had a great experience there! I saw Dreamworks present on how they created their visual style for "How to Train your Dragon". It was great! They showed the evolution of the characters and the environments. They also discussed their approach to stereo 3D.
   I also went to see Jim Miller, who is head of Pixar and used to be the head of ILM. He shared some great stories of movies he had worked on for the past 20 years.
   I saw Digital Domain do a presentation on their work for Tron: Legacy. They showed an 8-minute trailer and discussed some of their costume design and environment designs. They also talked about how they shot the film for stereo 3D.
   I didn't spend much time at the Expo itself. I went to an 'Education Summit' put on by Autodesk. They reminded us that they offer free downloads of their products and they also showed some downloadable project files and tutorials. Come see me if you want to take a look at them.
  Next year's convention is in Vancouver! To stay local, take a look at the CTN-X show coming up November 19-21 in Burbank.
  For you motion graphics and multimedia artists (as well as 3D, VFX types) consider road-tripping to Albuquerque, New Mexico for the Motion Conference.  It's October 16-19.
   Both conferences offer registration discounts to students.



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  2. I was a Student Volunteer and had a blast! I made a lot of new friends and I will definitely be in Vancouver for SIGGRAPH 2011. Anyone who is thinking about volunteering, I highly recommend that you do. Whether you are a graduating student or a new student, the benefits and experiences you will have make it immensely worth-while.

  3. Thanks for the shout out! Come join us at motion! We've put together some special pricing for you . . . ask Jason for details.

    We will have a contingent of students here from Ex'Pressions, The Art Center, and a couple other schools - so we'd love to hav a group from the Art Institutes! After all - that's where I graduated from ;)

    Hope to see you at motion!
    motion founder