Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH

Miscellaneous

Viewing of SIGGRAPH’s 2008 Computer Animation Festival

by on Nov.01, 2008, under Miscellaneous

  • Part 1 — Wednesday – November 12th
  • Part 2 — Thursday – November 13th
Portland Community College, Cascade Campus
Registration 6:00 pm
Screening 6:30pm to 8:00pm

The Computer Animation Festival

Immerse yourself in two nights and over three hours of the best computer generated animation and visual effects of 2008 — a newly expanded extravaganza of curated screenings. These screenings were juried by a diverse group of industry professionals, selected from hundreds of submissions, and reflect the best of the submitted work of 2008. Renamed the SIGGRAPH 2008 | Computer Animation Festival, this event has been known for many years as The Electronic Theater.
Portland Community College, Cascade Campus
Moriarty Arts and Humanities Building,
Room 104
705 North Killingsworth Street
Portland, OR 97212
Parking:
Limited Street Parking is available, Carpooling Recommended
Cost:
This event is FREE to Cascade SIGGRAPH Chapter members;
$5.00 public;
Light refreshments will be served
Please RSVP to cascadesiggraph ( at ) gmail (dot) com
by November 10th
so that we can plan for attendance
Annual Cascade SIGGRAPH chapter membership may be purchased at the door:
$25 professionals, $18 for students.
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Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH & ASIFA Present Exploring “The Animator’s Survival Kit” with Richard Williams

by on Oct.20, 2008, under Miscellaneous

Sponsored by LAIKA
Thursday,October 30, 2008
Portland Community College, Cascade Campus
Registration 6:00 pm
Presentation 6:30pm to 8:00pm
About the Speaker
Richard Williams is a three-time Academy Award winner. He has received Oscars for Special Achievement and Visual Effects as the director of animation on “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” (1988), and for his short film “A Christmas Carol” (1971).
Born in Toronto, Richard Williams became one of the finest animation filmmakers of the late twentieth century and has been a mentor to countless others.
Williams began his animation work in the states at United Productions of America in the 1950s, and became friends with Chuck Jones. He emigrated to Spain and then to England in 1955. In 1958 Williams won The British Academy of Film and Television Arts, (BAFTA) award for his work on “The Little Island.” Williams went on to direct the Academy Award-winning “A Christmas Carol” (1971). During the 1970s, his London-based studio created scores of stunningly crafted, award-winning commercials, titles, short films, and television specials. Not content with these successes, Williams then went on to hire veteran animators from the Disney studio’s “Golden Age” and from Warner Bros. Cartoons, most notably Grim Natwick (Snow White), Art Babbitt (Fantasia), and Ken Harris (Bugs Bunny). He also learned from his friends Milt Kahl (Pinocchio, The Jungle Book), and Frank Thomas (Bambi, Cinderella).
A distillation of his acquired knowledge went into the animation he directed for “Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ and, most recently, into an unparalleled and indispensable series of instructional DVD Master Classes based on his bestselling book “The Animator’s Survival Kit,“ published in 2000 by Farber & Farber. There are over 350 specially animated examples intercut with his 4-day Master Class filmed at Blue Sky Studios in New York.
For further information please see:
http://www.theanimatorssurvivalkit.com/
Portland Community College, Cascade Campus
Moriarty Arts and Humanities Building,
Room 104
705 North Killingsworth Street
Portland, OR 97212

Parking:

Limited Street Parking is available, Carpooling Recommended
Cost:
This event is FREE to Cascade SIGGRAPH & ASIFA Chapter members;
$5.00 public;
Light refreshments will be served
Please RSVP to cascadesiggraph ( at ) gmail (dot) com
by November 10th
so that we can plan for attendance.
Annual Cascade SIGGRAPH chapter membership may be purchased at the door:
$25 professionals, $18 for students.
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The Visual Story with Bruce Block

by on Sep.10, 2008, under Miscellaneous

Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Registration 6:00 pm
Presentation 6:30pm to 8:00pm
About the Speaker
Bruce Block‘s wide experience in film and video production has made him an expert in almost every phase of what is often called ‘the cinematic arts.’ An adjunct professor at USC’s school of Cinematic Arts for the past 30 years, Block teaches graduate level classes in visual structure. His book, “The Visual Story,” now in its second edition, is used the world over by students and professionals working in motion pictures, television, advertising and video game design.
Block’s seminars in visual structure have been presented to companies including PIXAR Studios, The Walt Disney Company, DreamWorks Animation, Nickelodeon Studios, Hasbro Interactive, The American Film Institute (AFI), Hewlett Packard, Blue Sky Studios, DirecTV, The Irish Film Board, Relic Entertainment, and The Binger Film Institute.
Additionally, he has directed, designed, photographed and edited films and videos in every available format, including films, television shows, commercials, documentaries, animated films, IMAX movies and video games.
As the producer and creative consultant for feature films of major Hollywood studios, Block’s credits include: The Holiday, Spanglish, Something’s Gotta Give, America’s Sweethearts, Alfie, As Good As It Gets, Christmas with the Kranks, What Women Want, Stuart Little, The Parent Trap, Father of the Bride I and II, Some Kind of Wonderful, I Love Trouble, The Great Outdoors, Baby Boom, and Pretty in Pink.
The University of Oregon — Portland Programs, in the White Stag Building
Ground Floor
70 NW Couch Street
Portland, OR
Parking Available
Smart Park
130 SW Stark St
Cost:
FREE to Cascade SIGGRAPH Chapter members;
$5.00 public;
Light refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP to cascadesiggraph ( at ) gmail (dot) com
by September 9th
so that we can plan for attendance.
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Design Thinking: Action and Ecosystem with Bill Buxton

by on Jun.01, 2008, under Miscellaneous

Co-sponsored with CHIFOO

Wednesday, June 11, 2008
  • Book signing at Powell’s Technical Bookstore 5 – 6pm
  • Lecture at The Portland World Trade Center 7 – 8pm
  • Doors at the World Trade Center open at 6:30pm
  • Lecture starts promptly at 7pm

The number of books, articles, and conferences on innovation, creativity, and design is staggering. Yet, there is still precious little on what designers actually do, how they do it, and how they interact with the other disciplines involved in bringing concepts to fruition. This talk is based in the premise that design is a distinct discipline with specific skills and practices. Furthermore, the physical and cultural ecosystem in which designers work has a huge impact on their ability to exercise these skills. This talk aims to shine some light on design skills and their relationship to various aspects of this ecosystem. The purpose is not to make everyone a designer; rather, it is to help both designers and non-designers better understand how and where they fit into the larger mosaic that makes up the partnership required to go effectively from concept to practice.

Bill Buxton is a designer and a researcher concerned with human aspects of technology. His work reflects a particular interest in the use of technology to support creative activities such as design, film making, and music. Bill’s research specialties include technologies, techniques and theories of input to computers, technology mediated human-human collaboration, and ubiquitous computing. In December 2005, he was appointed Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research. Prior to that, he was Principal of his own Toronto-based boutique design and consulting firm, Buxton Design, where his time was split between working for clients, lecturing, and trying to finish a long-delayed book on sketching and interaction design.He is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto, where he still works with graduate students.

CHIFOO Meeting Description
BOOK SIGNING
(Free and open to the public)
Powell’s Technical Book Store
33 NW Park Ave
Portland, OR 97209
map
LECTURE
(Members free; $5 public)
Networking and social hour will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the lobby,
with the lecture starting at 7:00 p.m.
Light refreshments will be served.
Portland World Trade Center
Bridge Level
121 SW Salmon Street
Portland, OR 97204
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An Evening with Dr. Stuart Sumida From Stones and Bones to Balloons and Toons: Articulating the Anatomical Sciences with Animation and Digital Effects

by on Mar.25, 2008, under Miscellaneous

Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Doors open at 6pm
Lecture starts at 6:30pm
Come and join us for an exciting and intellectually stimulating lecture given by Dr. Stuart Sumida, professor of Biology at California State University San Bernardino.
A frequent consultant for animated films and special effects projects for studios such as Walt Disney Animation, DreamWorks, SONY Pictures ImageWorks, Pixar, and others, he is a comparative anatomist and paleontologist who specializes in the biomechanics and evolution of locomotion.
Using a wide variety of examples from the many films he has worked with, Dr. Sumida will describe the potent tools available to artists if they consider some basic rules of animal and human biology. In a qualitative fashion, he will guide listeners/viewers through how what an animal eats and/or its size can account for the vast majority of the structural diversity important to animators and digital effects artists in the animal world. He will then move from real animals, and show how with relatively little new information, the same rules can be applied to mythical and fantastic beasts.
Please see Dr. Sumida’s web site for further information: http://www.stuartsumida.com/
Networking and social hour will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the lobby,
with the lecture starting at 6:30 p.m.
Light refreshments will be served.
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Drinking and Drawing

by on Jan.16, 2008, under Miscellaneous

Please join us for an exciting evening of Drinking and Drawing.
Do you like to drink? Ever want to make an animated movie?
We need your talents to create a collaborative movie.
A set of six animators will animate 8 frames in 10 minutes , leaving their last frame on their light box. Starting with the previous artist’s last frame, the next set of people will animate another 8 frames. Scan the artwork and repeat. Each animator only sees the frames they are drawing until the end of the night. At the end of the evening, we will screen six different collaborative animated movies.
NOTE: The venue is 21 and over and non-smoking.
Food and alcohol will be available to purchase.
Someday Lounge
125 NW 5th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209
Corner of 5th and Couch
Location info
Please RSVP to cascadesiggraph ( at ) gmail (dot) com
by January 22nd at Noon
so that we can plan for attendance.
Volunteers are needed.
If you can help, please contact the volunteer coordinator Michael Smith [volunteer (at) cascadesiggraph(dot) org] by
Tuesday, January 22nd, or include it in your RSVP.
Parking info to come.
Cost: Free to Cascade SIGGRAPH Chapter members; $5.00 public;
Light appetizers will be available to attendees.
NOTE: This event is restricted to 21 and over only.

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2007 Electronic Theater

by on Oct.20, 2007, under Miscellaneous

Friday, November 2, 2007
Doors open at 6pm
Show starts at 6:30pm
Join us for a great 2007-2008 season start with the Electronic Theater,
a film and video extravaganza featuring incredible technical imagery.
Oregon State University
Kelley Engineering Building, Room 1001
2500 NW Monroe Avenue
Corvallis, OR 97330
Volunteers are needed.
If you can help, please contact the volunteer coordinator Michael Smith [volunteer (at) cascadesiggraph(dot) org] by
Cost: Free to Cascade SIGGRAPH Chapter members; $5.00 public;
Light appetizers will be available to attendees.
The Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter is grateful to OSU for the use of their facilities. Special thanks to Mike Bailey!
Featured Productions
The collection of 37 shorts were selected from over 600 submissions and juried at the recent International SIGGRAPH conference. The show takes us on a remarkable journey that combines trends in art and science with the best computer graphics depicting comedy, drama, romance, action, adventure, fantasy, science fiction and science fact. The following productions are included:
  • 300’s Liquid Battlefield – SCANLINE VFX (Germany)
  • Ark – Marcin Kobylecki, Grzegorz Jonkajtys, Producers (Poland)
  • Burning Safari – Gobelins, l’école de l’image (France)
  • Capturing and Animating Skin Deformation – Carnegie Mellon University (USA)
  • Children of Men – Framestore CFC (United Kingdowm)
  • Dreammaker (Trailer) – Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg (Germany)
  • En Tus Brazos – Supinfocom Valenciennes (France)
  • equilibrio – New York University (USA)
  • Formation of a Spiral Galaxy – National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (Japan)
  • Game Technology 2007 – Playable Universal Capture 2007 Reel, Electronic Arts
  • A Gentlemen’s Duel – Blur Studio (USA)
  • Happiness Factory – PSYOP, Inc. (USA)
  • High Fashion in Equations – MIRALab, University of Geneva (Switzerland)
  • HP Hands “Paulo Coelho” – Motion Theory (USA)
  • Industrial Light & Magic 2007 – Industrial Light & Magic (USA)
  • The Itch – Bournemouth University (United Kingdom)
  • Lifted – Pixar Animation Studios (USA)
  • No Time For Nuts – Blue Sky Studios (USA)
  • NVIDIA Real-Time Graphics Research: The GeForce 8 Demo Suite – NVIDIA Corporation (USA)
  • Opening and Title Animations – florianwitzel.com (USA)
  • Portal – Valve Corporation (USA)
  • Raymond – The Mill (United Kingdom)
  • The Recent Future Robot: HELPER Z – Katsuyuki Suzuki (Japan)
  • Sears Tools “Arboretum” – Method Studios (USA)
  • SIGGRAPH 2007 Papers Preview – Microsoft Research (USA)
  • Spider-Man 3: VFX Highlights – Sony Pictures Imageworks (USA)
  • STORM – Digital Domain, Inc. (USA)
  • Surf’s Up: A Practical Guide to Making Waves – Sony Pictures Imageworks (USA)
  • swirl – Lee Griggs (United Kingdom)
  • Travelers: Snowball – Weta Digital Ltd. (New Zealand)
  • U2 and Green Day “The Saints Are Coming” – Sway Studio (USA)
  • A VFX Journey Through Pan’s Labyrinth With CafeFX – CafeFX, Inc. (USA)
  • Vigorsol: The Legend – The Moving Picture Company (United Kingdom)
  • World Trade Center – Double Negative (United Kingdom).
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2007 SIGGRAPH Conference

by on Jul.15, 2007, under Miscellaneous

Sunday – Thursday,
August 5 – August 9, 2007
in San Diego, CA

International Computer Graphics conference.

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CHIFOO/SIGGRAPH Panel Meeting

by on May.01, 2007, under Miscellaneous

Thursday, May 9th 2007

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How to get a job in the CG Industry

by on Apr.10, 2007, under Miscellaneous

Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Doors open at 6pm
Show starts at 6:30pm
Computer Graphics Idol
6:30pm – 7pm
Resumes and Demo Reels: If Yours Don’t Work, Neither Do You!
7pm – 9pm
by Pamela Kleibrink Thompson
Enjoy a candid look behind the Demo Reel critiquing process ala American Idol style! The first half hour will give the audience a rare inside look of how a Demo Reel is judged.
Next, learn what it takes to get a job in the computer graphics field. Pamela Kleibrink Thompson, a top career coach and recruiter, reveals the secrets of how to create an irresistible resume and showcase your talent in a demo reel to get the job you want. Sample resumes and demo reels are included
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