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2011 Conference Newsletter | SIGGRAPHITTI - July 2011 - Issue 1

SIGGRAPH 2011 Computer Animation Festival Winners

SIGGRAPH announces the Computer Animation Festival's Best in Show, Jury Award, and Best Student Project recipients for SIGGRAPH 2011 in Vancouver, 7-11 August 2011. A total of 77 films will be shown during the Computer Animation Festival. Nominees were chosen by an expert panel of jury members from 891 submissions representing 44 countries. 

"The level of quality and technical expertise exemplified by this year’s submissions continues to raise the bar for the extreme innovation and leading technology the Computer Animation Festival delivers year after year,” said Joshua Grow, Computer Animation Festival Director and 3D Stereo Coordinator for The Creative-Cartel. "The submissions selected to be featured at SIGGRAPH 2011 are a true testament to the leaps and bounds the Computer Animation Industry has achieved since the Computer Animation Festival first debut at SIGGRAPH and promises a very exciting road ahead.”

SIGGRAPH 2011 Computer Animation Festival award winners:

Best in Show Award –“The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore”
Directed by William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg

“The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” is a poignant, humorous allegory about the curative powers of story. Using a variety of techniques including miniatures, computer animation, and 2D animation, William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg present a hybrid style of animation that harkens back to silent films and Technicolor musicals.

Jury Award – “Paths of Hate”
Directed by Damian Nenow

Two pilots, driven by blind hate, chase each other in their airplanes and thereby write cryptic messages of madness into the firmament. On their way into the abyss they transform into inhuman and distorted creatures that finally become part of the history of hate.

Best Student Project Prize – “Flamingo Pride”
Directed by Tomer Eshed

Frustrated being the only straight flamingo in a gay flock, our hero falls in love with a lady stork who flies by. Unable to convince her of his serious intentions, he isolates himself and goes through an identity crisis. An intense encounter inspires him to make a bold move.

SIGGRAPH 2011 wishes to thank Walt Disney Animation Studios for their sponsorship of the Electronic Theater.

SIGGRAPH 2011 Computer Animation Festival Preview 

The SIGGRAPH 2011 Computer Animation Festival presents the year's finest achievements in digital film and video.

View the Computer Animation Festival preview video.  

SIGGRAPH 2011 Highlights the Growing Synergy Between Games and Films

The computer game and film industries share a long history and growing synergy together. SIGGRAPH 2011 will capture the interest of both communities, placing focus on the overlap in methods and technology used.

The following highlights from the SIGGRAPH 2011 Courses program will feature presenters from the game and film industries and cover topics of interest to both.

Beyond Programmable Shading Part I and Part II
(Part I) Michael Houston, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.; Aaron Lefohn, Intel Corporation
(Part 2) Michael Houston, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.; Aaron Lefohn, Intel Corporation; Marco Salvi, Intel Corporation; Steven G. Parker, NVIDIA Corporation; Chris Wyman, University of Iowa

There are strong indications that the future of interactive graphics programming is a more flexible model than today’s OpenGL/Direct3D pipelines. Graphics developers need to have a basic understanding of how to combine emerging parallel programming techniques and more flexible graphics processors with the traditional interactive-rendering pipeline.

As a two-part series, these courses introduce trends and directions in this emerging field: parallel graphics architectures, parallel programming models for graphics, and how game developers are investigating the use of these new capabilities in future rendering engines.

Character Rigging, Deformations, and Simulations in Film and Game Production
Tim McLaughlin, Texas A&M University; Larry Cutler, DreamWorks Animation; David Coleman, Electronic Arts Inc.

This course focuses on rigging, deformations, dynamics, and production practices in animation, visual effects and game development. Topics include analysis of performance requirements, motion system set-up, procedural rigging for secondary animation, and efficient extension of techniques over a wide range of primary and secondary characters.

Create Something New in The Studio

The Studio is the place for making and creating at SIGGRAPH 2011, featuring an amazing space where experts, attendees, and the latest technologies are brought together to create new works, experiment, and collaborate.

Attend Studio Workshops, a series of in-depth workshops taught by the best in the industry and use Wacom tablets to integrate your creativity with digital technology during SIGGRAPH 2011 Digital Artistry Sessions.

Customize Your SIGGRAPH Experience with the Online Scheduler

The SIGGRAPH 2011 online scheduler allows attendees to customize their own SIGGRAPH experience.This guide features the ability to search by date, registration level, program, and focus, making it easy and convenient to tailor each day to your interests.  

The SIGGRAPH 2011 online scheduler will be available in July. Continue to visit the SIGGRAPH 2011 web site for additional information.

NEW! SIGGRAPH 2011 Business Symposium: The Business Think Tank

The SIGGRAPH Symposium: Business Think Tank introduces an opportunity for industry leaders and visionaries to discuss issues related to finance, strategy, culture, and creativity in a conversational environment. This full-day event features discussion groups and two enlightening featured speakers intended to spark frank and honest interaction about the industry in the 21st century.

"The intimate, interactive nature of this inaugural Business Think Tank is the ideal forum in which to inspire idea-sharing and problem-solving among some of the visionaries within the global computer graphics community," says Jill Smolin, SIGGRAPH 2011 Director from 3ality Digital. "This highly interactive day will feature conversations and presentations of industry-specific issues and challenges within our local and global community."

Planned participants include:

Featured Speakers:

Gail Currey, Head of Studio, PDI/DreamWorks

Andy Hendrickson, Chief Technology Officer, Walt Disney Animation Studios

Business Session:

Victoria Alonso, EVP, VFX and Post Production, Marvel Entertainment, LLC

Rory Armes, CEO, Gener8 Digital Media Corp.

Dan Glass, EVP, Senior VFX Supervisor, Method Studios

Namit Malhotra, CEO, Prime Focus

Don McGowan, General Counsel, The Pokémon Company International

Marc Weigert, Executive Producer, VFX Supervisor, CEO, Uncharted Territory, LLC

Culture Session:

Steve Bocska, CEO, Pug Pharm Productions Inc.

Kim Davidson, Co-Founder, CEO, President, Side Effects Software Inc.

Warren Franklin, CEO, Rainmaker Entertainment Inc.

Jenny Fulle, Founder, Visual Effects Producer, The Creative Cartel

Shannon Gans, CEO, Co-Founder, New Deal Studios, Inc.

Registration for the SIGGRAPH Symposium: The Business Think Tank is now available. Attendance for this event is very limited.

Upcoming July Deadlines for SIGGRAPH 2011 Registration and Housing

Register and book your hotel room early to Make it Home to SIGGRAPH 2011 at the most affordable rate!

Select the registration category that works for your schedule and budget and register on or before 18 July to save! After 18 July, the cost of Full Conference Access, Full Conference One Day, and Basic Access passes will increase dramatically.

You still have time to book your hotel room through SIGGRAPH 2011. Visit the SIGGRAPH Travel & Housing page for a list of participating hotels and to book your hotel reservation through onPeak. Please make your hotel reservation on or before 11 July. Reservations made after 11 July will be based on availability only and rates may increase. (Please note: If you are contacted by any other companies, they are not endorsed by SIGGRAPH 2011 and may not be reputable.)

All SIGGRAPH 2011 attendees who book their hotel through the official SIGGRAPH system will receive a free shuttle bus wristband. Wristbands will be provided upon check-in to the hotel. 

International Attendees, be sure to review the most up-to-date passport and visa information. If you need a visa to travel to Canada, see How to Apply for a Visa.

Vancouver Fun Facts

Which games studios are listed on the list of “Best Places to Work”?

Electronic Arts Canada

Why they're on the list: Their Burnaby-based studio is filled with games, a DJ setup (complete with disco ball), a basketball court, a yoga studio, a stellar gym and a subsidized cafeteria. Fringe benefits like discounted lift tickets to Whistler, free and discounted games are complimented by RRSP match and employee stock purchase programs that let any employees buy discounted stock, with EA matching up to 10% of base salary.

Radical Entertainment

Why they're on the list: On top of hardcore HR initiatives like well-designed career paths and leadership training for top performers, Radical also offers free passes to local ski hills, a state-of-the-art gym and on-site shiatsu massage.

SIGGRAPH in the News

SIGGRAPH 2011 announces Computer Animation Festival winners, CG Society

Fantastic Flying Books Wins SIGGRAPH 2011, Animation World Network

SIGGRAPH Launches Business Symposium to Address Industry Needs and Direction, Computer Graphics World

SIGGRAPH Launches Business Symposium to Address Industry Needs and Direction, ShareCG

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