Computer Animation Festival Showcase at NWAF
This year we are excited to kick off the NW Animation Festival at the Hollywood Theater, with a showcase of the SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival. The NW Animation Festival is one of North America’s largest Animation Festivals, right here in Portland.
Tickets and week-long passes will be available soon. Sign-up for for breaking festival news at the nwanimationfest.com website. In the meantime, take a look at this year’s lineup of shows and begin planning your personal animation bonanza.
ARCS, ASIFA Portland, and Cascade SIGGRAPH present
HOMEBREW: A PDX Animation Showcase
A FERTILE GROUND MEDIA ARTS EVENT
The inaugural HOMEBREW: A PDX Animation Showcase is an event long in the making. Celebrating recent works from the gamut of local animators, you’ll find the screening collection fun, refreshing and very Portland. Organized and moderated by Sophya Vidal, a long-standing member of the animation and theatre community, creative and thoughtful storytelling are at the core of the program. The screening will be followed by a panel with several of the creators; bring your best questions and get to know your Portland Animation Ambassadors. This event is brought to you by The Animation resource Community Service (ARCS), Portland ASIFA, and Cascade SIGGRAPH. (3 hours).
Line-up includes works by Temris Ridge, Curtis Randolph, Mike A. Smith, Kurtis Hough, Paul DeSilva, Laura Heit, Lori Damiano, John Summerson, Joanna Priestley, Tina T. Hsu, Ben Luce, Marylin Zornado, Kyle Stephens, Lars C Larsen, and Beryl Allee. Animation styles consist of Hand drawn 2D, 3D, Cut-out animation, Stop-motion puppet animation, and Motion graphic work. Program is rated PG.
Cooped by Mike Smith
- Festival Date: Sunday, Jan 24 @ 3pm
- Venue: 5th Avenue Cinema, 510 SW Hall St. Portland, OR 97201
- Tickets: General is $10; ASIFA/SIGGRAPH Members get in for $5.
- Purchase tickets: https://www.boxofficetickets.com/bot/wa/event?id=308003 or at the Door.
ARCS stands for Animation Community Resource Service and is a growing online resource community for animations and story-makers in Portland, OR. The goal is to bring more awareness (and creation) of creative events, resources, and networking activities with locals in mind. See:
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/266429166874400/
About ASIFA Portland
ASIFA Portland is the local chapter of the International Animated Film Society: Association International du Film d’Animation. Our group exists to boost the art of animation and the community that practices it, promoting free exchange of ideas. See:
- Website http://www.asifaportland.org
- Facebook https://www.facebook.com/asifa.portland/
- Twitter asifaportland.
About Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH
We exist to serve the needs of the computer graphics community. Through meetings, screenings, workshops, conferences, networking and other activities, the chapter works to promote an increased knowledge of and greater interest in the artistic, educational and scientific aspects and applications of technology to graphics, enhancing communication between colleagues that have and interest in any aspect of computer graphics. See:
- Website http://wp.siggraph.org/cascade
- Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Cascade-ACM-SIGGRAPH-380836065391787/
- Twitter cascadesiggraph
- Email email@example.com.
Studio Ghibli Retrospective
Come to a screening and enter the rich, colorful worlds of Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata at the OMSI Empirical Theater for a week-long Studio Ghibli Retrospective, presented by ASIFA and Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH. From January 12-18 experience 11 fan and critic favorites in dubbed and subtitled versions, as well as the documentary The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, screened . Mention your membership in either ASIFA or Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH and receive a $1 discount on admission! (Available for box office or phone orders only)
Madison Russell, Vice Chair, SIGGRAPH gives a keynote presentation on Thursday night, Jan 14, 2016, 6:30 pm, at the Empirical Theater at OMSI, on the Studio Ghibli and other Directors. At 7:00 pm enjoy the Kingdom of Dreams and Madness documentary, along with insight and photographs of her visit to the museum in Mitaka, Japan.
The entire screening line-up includes:
• Grave of the Fireflies
• The Tale of Princess Kaguya
• Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
• Spirited Away
• The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness
• Castle in the Sky
• Kiki’s Delivery Service
• Porco Rosso
• Princess Mononoke
• My Neighbor Totoro
• The Secret World of Arrietty
• Howl’s Moving Castle.
Location and Transportation
The Empirical Theater, OMSI, 1945 SE Water Ave., Portland Oregon 97214: parking is available in the OMSI parking lot. Bussing and carpooling is encouraged. Use the Portland Streetcar B Loop and Bus Routes 9 and 15 nearby.
Established in 1985 by Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takhata, and Toshio Suzuki, Studio Ghibli is frequently referred to as the “Disney of Japan.” Producing memorable, quirky films of the highest imaginative caliber, four films have been nominated for Academy Awards. Spirited Away is the only anime, non-English speaking, and traditionally animated Academy Award winner for Best Animated Feature.
Summer Social BBQ
SIGGRAPH, ASIFA, and more, networking fun! Everyone is welcome! Join us for a relaxing get-together:
- Saturday, July 19, 2014, noon to 8
- BBQ, Bonfire, Bon Temps
- Potluck: BYO drinks, grilling items
- Lots of space for people of all ages
- Entropy Acres 22727 SW Stafford Rd, Tualatin OR, 97062
Simplifying the Creation of Live Television
Intuitive TV Production with GV DirectorGV Director, the world’s first non-linear live production center June 30, 2014, 6 – 9 pm, PCC Cascade Moriarty Arts Building Auditorium, room MAHB 104 705 N. Killingsworth Street (and Albina) Portland OR, 97217 See parking map Register: http://cascadesiggraph2014june30.eventbrite.com
Join us to see a new, intuitive approach to the creation of live television that utilizes the power of modern graphics processors and touch screen user interfaces. Operators can now learn to create live programming, including multi-layered graphics, complex transitions, and pre-planned event sequences in a few hours instead of many weeks. David Griggs of Grass Valley, A Belden Brand, will discuss the technology behind the new GV Director live production switcher. See how the new GV Director from Grass Valley combines the functionality of a live production switcher, video server, and graphics generator into a simple, powerful, and creative workspace.
Computer Animation Festival Showcase
Join us at the Northwest Animation Fest, the biggest animation show in the US
- Showcase at the NW Animation Fest
- May, 12, 2014, 7 – 9 pm,
- Hollywood Theater
- 4122 NE Sandy Blvd Portland OR, 97212
- Tickets: available online and at the door
- Bonus: Select Conference Pass to SIGGRAPH 2014 drawing*
Featured SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival
The annual SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival is one of the world’s most important showcases for innovative and visually stunning digital animation. Films that win honors here are qualified to compete for an Academy Award, and several in recent memory have either been nominated for or received an Oscar for “Best Animated Short.” Films chosen for this special “best of” show include narrative shorts, time-based art, visual effects, scientific visualization, and real-time graphics.
*Drawing: Select SIGGRAPH 2014 Passes
Added bonus: for those that attend and are members of the Chapter, we are excited to offer a raffle drawing during our April and May events for a Select SIGGRAPH 2014 Pass (the full conference, minus the reception). This is a great deal and worth $430! To be eligible, make sure your membership is current, you attend the event, and you pick up your raffle ticket during registration if you are interested in going to the conference in Vancouver BC, August 10‑14, 2014. Must be present and a member of the chapter (renew or join now) to win. Tickets: this event is free to Cascade SIGGRAPH members (goto http://wp.siggraph.org/cascade/en/join). Tickets to the NW Animation Fest are available online at . Since SIGGRAPH events are free to members of the chapter, show your receipt to the chair at the event to get reimbursed. Or tickets are available at the door of the Hollywood Theater (directions and map). Transportation: parking is available on the street around the Theater at 41st and NE Sandy. Public transit or carpooling is recommended.
About The NW Animation Fest
NW Animation Fest celebrates the best new work from independent animators around the globe. With over 200 films, it’s now the biggest animation festival in the USA. This year’s fest includes six Guest Shows, the Oregon Animation Industry Showcase, and five International Short Film Blocks. See it all for only $60 with an All-Festival Pass | BUY HERE.
*About The Select SIGGRAPH 2014 Conference Pass
Includes admission to the Art Gallery, Art Papers, Awards Presentation, Birds of a Feather, Computer Animation Festival-Daytime Selects, Computer Animation Festival-Electronic Theater, Dailies, Emerging Technologies, Exhibitor Tech Talks, Exhibits Fast Forward, International Resources, Job Fair, Keynote Session, Posters, Production Sessions, Real-Time Live!, Studio, Technical Papers Fast Forward, and all days of the Exhibition. Does not include reception ticket.
Bridging the Digital and Physical Divide
Join us to see examples of impeccable interactive art and hear Portland’s own Second Story Studio present their approach to creating narrative spaces!
Storytelling Through Media and Place
Matt Arnold and David Waingarten of Second Story provide a unique insight into the methods that help artists, curators and even shopkeepers captivate their audience in a meaningful and participatory way. For years, they have been creating experiences that play out in the realm where the physical and digital worlds meet: virtual museum installations and interactive online media. It is here that the narrative of a space or collection can be brought to bear; visitors find themselves engaged in the content that surrounds them in new ways. When the digital and physical elements are balanced and incorporated into an experience effectively, the environment feels more responsive to the visitor’s journey, resulting in a more significant and longer lasting impression of their visit.
We believe in the primacy of place and the power of direct experience. The approaches used should always augment and enhance, never distract. As the digital and physical worlds converge, we are creating responsive environments — places where digital content and architecture are seamlessly interwoven and media acts as an interactive catalyst for increased knowledge and understanding of the subject. Places that are not responsive increasingly feel cut off, disconnected, not alive, and often less relevant. When places are ‘turned on’ they directly connect people to their world and digital lives. Activating a space requires us to integrate digital interventions that reveal meaning, make connections, and are participatory in nature in order to create new forms of collaboration across civic engagement, social innovation, cultural entrepreneurship, and education. We incorporate a lab-based approach where experimentation meets collaboration and many talents and backgrounds are brought together to ideate and “get real fast” with prototypes and physical models. Because we approach each project through the lens of a storytelling experience, we are able to create more personalized and participatory experiences that sow the seeds for advocacy and action that can have an impact the future of those who witness these environments. Tickets — this event is free to Cascade SIGGRAPH members. Tickets will be available at www.eventbrite.com, about one week before the event, with discounts for affiliated organizations and students. The price at the door for the general public will be $5.00 to defray operating costs. Transportation — parking is available on the street. The auditorium is at the north side of the Moriarty Arts building at the intersection of N. Killingsworth and Albina. Public transit or carpooling is recommended.
About Second Story
Second Story, a part of SapientNitro, is an innovation center pioneering new interactive experiences. We push the boundaries of storytelling for brands and institutions across digital channels—web, mobile, and installations—empowering audiences to connect and share. For more information, visit http://secondstory.com. Matt Arnold, Lead Engineer — Matt provides the studio with engineering leadership specific to interactive hardware, sensors, and media electronics. With a strong engineering background in robotics design and sensor integration, he offers mechanical design and software solutions to projects, enabling the studio to create unique displays and innovative interactive environments. His programming skills and expertise in 3D modeling also allow him to play a leading role in development of real time graphics displays and large data visualizations. Matt received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. David Waingarten, Creative Director — David’s extensive storytelling background draws on his experiences as a feature filmmaker, musician, editor, and writer. As Creative Director, David works with clients to develop high-level narrative and storytelling strategies that capture the heart and DNA of studio projects, laying the foundations for engaging, intuitive, and inspirational visitor experiences. David ensures that the core creative and narrative goals of a project are met, from early concepts through installation. He leads team members across disciplines, guiding the creative force within the studio and inspiring excellence and laughter.
The Global Game Jam 2013
We are once again this year part of the Global Game Jam with collocated and synchronous events at over 3100 sites. The Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH chapter, Portland Indie Game Squad (PIGSquad http://pigsquad.com) and Portland Games for Change (http://www.meetup.com/Portland-Games-for-Change/) are collaborating to organize this year’s GGJ.
There will be special surprise guests, the keynote and prompt at 5:00 pm on Friday. January 27, 2013. Participants will work round the clock for 48 hours and include artists, musicians, game developers, programmers, designers, writers, etc.
Transportation and Location There is parking on the street, and under the AI building. The address is: Portland Art Institute, rooms 263, (202, and 201) 1122 NW Davis Street Portland Oregon, 97211.