Autodesk 2015 Imagine Design Create Tour

Autodesk 2015 Imagine, Design, Create Tour 1 Come and Join  the Fort Lauderdale ACM SIGGRAPH and DIGITAL DRAFTING SYSTEMS (DDSCAD) for the Autodesk 2015 Imagine Design Create Tour  Autodesk Senior Technical Specialist, Gary M. Davis will be presenting several workflows within the 2015 Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suites– 3ds Max, Mudbox and Motionbuilder. Tools for game developers, TV/film and multimedia will be explored including interoperability workflows for character animation, photorealistic rendering and motion graphics. In addition, he will be showing the vast array of free and inexpensive tools now available to artists and designers of all levels and industries.

  • Food, drinks and game cards will be supplied.
  • Bring your business cards for networking with all the vendors and win some great prizes!
  • They will be giving away a Wacom Intuos Pro tablet and more.
  •  Space is limited, so please RSVP early. The first 20 guests to arrive will receive a door prize. Full Event Details are on the link below. Wacom 7


Thursday June 26, 2014


 6:00 pm  to 8:00 pm


None to you thanks to generous support from DIGITAL DRAFTING SYSTEMS (DDSCAD).


Dave & Buster

3000 Oakwood Blvd
Hollywood, FL 33020
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Autodesk 2015 Imagine, Design, Create Tour 3

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MODO 801 Demo with Q&A

  • Attendees can enter to win a FREE COPY of MODO 801

Come and Join  the Fort Lauderdale ACM SIGGRAPH with DTEV and Accord Productions along with The Foundry as Digital Artist Greg Brown shows off some of the latest features of  MODO  801 on  June 19th, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. doyoumodo4


Thursday June 19, 2014


 7:00 pm  to 10:00 pm


None to you thanks to generous support from DTEV, The Foundry & Accord Productions.


Accord Productions
2140 South Dixie Highway
Suite 301 Coconut Grove, FL 33009
  RSVP Link:

About the Presentation:

  • Come learn about the new version of MODO  801. MODO brings you the next generation of 3D modeling, animation, sculpting, effects and rendering in a powerful integrated package. An end-to-end solution delivering raw horsepower, refined technology and robust workflows, MODO is the creative option of choice for artists and designers around the world – from home-based hobbyists to Hollywood studios. Come and and see for yourself!
  • About the Digital Artist:

  • Greg Brown has worked in Advertising as a 3D artist for 6 years and as a freelance Character Modeler for 9.  Greg has produced work for variety of high profile brands during his time at Alter, including Coors, Mcdonalds, Corona, Bacardi, Hersheys, Cox Cable and many others.  He currently lives in Chicago, Il and spends his days serving up fresh, hot Modo goodness…



PORTRAIT.  Greg Brown

re-touch PORTRAIT. Alter. 3d Artist Greg Brown












In Collaboration with:

  • DTEV is a collection of technical professionals specializing in  consulting, training and support for the arts and media industry. With over 100 years of combined experience their team deploys the latest technologies allowing the focus to be on art not the technology.




  •  Accord Productions was established in 1988 by business partners, Max and Rocky Wyler. Accord specializes in all aspects of pre-production, production, and post-production. From independent movies to TV Reality shows, documentaries, training, social media, PSA’s, live event and multi-camera coverage for sports, concerts and fundraising events to webstreamin.

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  •  The Foundry is a global software company headquartered in London, with offices inManchester, Los Angeles and Silicon Valley.


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Projection Mapping and Compositing Workshop

Mark Cone will provide a simple work flow to implement projection mapping using a laptop and a projector

Mark Cone will provide a simple work flow to implement projection mapping using a laptop and a projector

Come and Join  the Fort Lauderdale ACM SIGGRAPH as Mark  Coné  presents a Projection Mapping and Compositing Workshop on  April 29th, 2014  at 7:00 p.m. 

After the Meeting we might as well take advantage of one of the nearby Venues for social networking .Bring your Business Cards and see you there!

DATE:                                  Tuesday April 29, 2014  
TIME:                                   7:00 pm  Presentation Begins
Cost:                                    None. We have generous support from                                                                  the FAU School of Communication. 
LOCATION:     FAU Davie Campus
                                                                3200 College Ave
                                                                Davie, FL 33314
                                                                 Map it


“Digital Media Lab Room Liberal Arts Bldg. Rm 415 B” 

We are located in ‘BC 49′ on this map.

 RSVP  Space is Limited

Due to a smaller Venue Location than usual you must RSVP for this event. Those of you who are not FAU or current BC staff/students will need a temporary parking pass. We can help with the pass if you contact us at

Select”Fort Lauderdale ACM SIGGRAPH” for RECIPENT when  filling out the form at the link below.

  •  Put ‘April 29th Meeting‘ in the Subject and in the Message write your name, if you are Attending, and if you need a parking pass.   
  • Example ” My name is _____ , I am attending and I need a parking pass.”

About the Workshop:

This is a projection mapping and compositing workshop. Projection mapping, or video mapping is a technique that consists of projecting imagery onto buildings, structures, and other 3d surfaces. Compositing is the manipulation and combination of at least two source images. Projection mapping uses combined source images such as drawings, video, and rendered animation and projects them into real 3d space. This technique can be used in various media displays in advertising, film/theater, or other visual presentations. Mark will provide a simple work flow to implement projection mapping using a laptop and a projector. This work flow will cover the preparation, setup, masking, animation, and the final projection outputted to be mapped in real space. The software tools used are Photoshop, After Effects, Modul8, and Madmapper.

About the Speaker:

Mark Coné: Animator, Visual Artist, Professor.

Mark Coné: Animator, Visual Artist, Professor.

Mark completed his BFA and MFA degrees at Florida Atlantic University with a major in Computer Art and Animation. He has over 10 years experience as a professional including teaching at the university level.

He currently is an Assistant professor at Lynn University teaching in the multimedia design program. Previously, he was employed at American Intercontinental University teaching courses in game design and Florida Atlantic University teaching courses in Digital Compositing, 3d modeling, and Animation.

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Working Remotely in Animation with Theory Animation

Ray & Clovis are two of the main stars of one of  Theory Animation recent Productions.

Ray & Clovis are the main stars of “Reading is Magic” by Theory Animation. Their latest 8 minute 4 part episode was completed by 20 Animators and Developers collaborating remotely using Open Source Software.

Come and Join  the Fort Lauderdale ACM SIGGRAPH as David Andrade of Theory Animation presents  “Working Remotely in Animation” on  February 25th, 2014  at 7:00 p.m. Find out how they make Animated 3d Cartoons with 20 artists working world wide.

After the Meeting we might as well take advantage of one of the nearby Venues for social networking .Bring your Business Cards and see you there!

DATE: Tuesday February 25, 2014
 TIME:  7:00 pm  Presentation Begins
 Cost: None. We have generous support from the FAU School of Communication & Multimedia Studies and Theory Animation Studios
 LOCATION: FAU Davie Campus

3200 College Ave
Davie, FL 33314
 “Digital Media Lab Room Liberal Arts Bldg. Rm 415 B” We are located in ‘BC 49′ on this map.
 RSVP  Space is Limited

Due to a smaller Venue Location than usual you must RSVP for this event. Those of you who are not FAU or current BC staff/students will need a temporary parking pass. We can help with the pass if you contact us at


  •  Put ‘February 25th Meeting‘ in the Subject and in the Message write your name, if you are Attending, and if you need a parking pass.   
  • Example ” My name is _____ , I am attending and I need a parking pass.”

About the Presentation:

Have you ever wanted to make your own cartoon? How about work with people who don’t sit next to you?  Come to this Presentation to find out how they figured all this out and made an Animated Web Series! This talk will go over some open-source software solutions, some of their recent productions, and how Remote Collaboration Pipelines work.   Check them out at If you missed their Amazing Conference talk at SIGGRAPH 2013, now’s your chance to see what  the buzz is all about! Check out last years SIGGRAPH 2013 Conference presentations from Theory Animation here:

  1. Managing Online Creative Projects, Artists and Teams
  2. Managing Online Creative Projects, Artists and Teams part 2

About the Speaker:


David Andrade: Animator, Director, Story Teller.

David  has over 10+ years of Industry Experience, from his  beginnings as an Animator for Tri-Dimensional Studios to Lead Animator at Dewmay Productions and Pre-visualization Artist at Halon Entertainment.  At Rhythm and Hues, David  was a Camera Layout Artist working on such films as Percy Jackson 2 (2013) and 300: Rise of an Empire (2013),  He then co-founded Theory Animation with Juerg Grieder, and Mark Olson where he currently serves as Animation Director and Artist for Theory Animation. David also supports the Digital Arts Community in his spare time by making In-depth workflow videos to promote Open Source Software Solutions.  Interested in Learning Blender? Do you know Maya?  Check out his Maya to Blender Workflows for Animators In-depth Tutorial.

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SIGGRAPH University

SIGGRAPH Launches New Program Offering Educational Videos to Computer Graphics Community

  •  SIGGRAPH University provides a sampling of the content from the annual SIGGRAPH conference. The videos are available to the public at no cost through the ACM SIGGRAPH YouTube channel. All who watch the videos are encouraged to continue the educational experience by attending SIGGRAPH 2014, 10-14 August in Vancouver.
  •  SIGGRAPH University features recorded versions of four popular Courses from SIGGRAPH 2013 in Anaheim, California. Each Course is presented by experts in the field who also happen to be dynamic, energetic speakers. This program provides a resource to the ACM SIGGRAPH community that is available year-round, not just at the annual conferences.

 The program will expand in future years to include a series of online educational videos and supplemental materials available in the field of computer graphics and interactive techniques.

 The inaugural SIGGRAPH University program features the following Course videos:

·      “Introduction to 3D Computer Graphics” covers the basics of 3D computer graphics in a friendly and visual way, without math or programming. The course is introductory level and it’s mostly made up of live demonstrations, because computer graphics is a great way to teach new ideas. Topics include the basic principles and language. The course is presented by Andrew Glassner from The Imaginary Institute.

·      “The Digital Production Pipeline” explores the operating procedures for studios to produce content. While these studios look to tighten budgets, minimize risk and broaden films’ reach worldwide across platforms, there is no longer a standard operating procedure. Shorter schedules, and globalization are as disruptive to the digital pipeline today as non-liner editing and digital cameras were to their analogue counterparts. This Course examines digital pipelines, exposes a few of the methods that haven’t changed for far too long, and takes a look at trends in production workflows that will allow studios to quickly adapt to these ever changing environments. Instructors include representatives from Sony Pictures Imageworks, PDI/Dreamworks, Method Studios, MPC and How to Make Good Pictures, LLC.

·      “Mobile Game Creation for Everyone” provides an overview of the basics of mobile game development. The Course covers three free-to-use mobile game engines and provides an overall education of possibilities, pipelines, pitfalls and general tips and techniques. The three games/companies featured include:  Project Anarchy From Havok, Unity Game Engine From Unity Technologies, and Corona Game Engine From Corona Labs.

·      “An Introduction to OpenGL Programming” provides an accelerated introduction to programming OpenGL, emphasizing the most modern methods for using the library. In recent years, OpenGL has undergone numerous updates, which have fundamentally changed how programmers interact with the application programming interface (API) and the skills required for being an effective OpenGL programmer. The most notable of these changes, the introduction of shader-based rendering, has expanded to subsume almost all functionality in OpenGL. This course is presented by Edward Angel of the University of New Mexico and Dave Shreiner of ARM, Inc.


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The Foundry Preview: Miami


The Foundry’s in Florida! Come and Join  the Fort Lauderdale ACM SIGGRAPH as we  team up this time with CineSys-Oceana and  The Foundry to bring you a preview of their latest software features and announcements, hot on the heels of IBC 2013 on  October 3rd ,2013  at 6:30 p.m.  

DATE: October 3rd ,2013
TIME: 6:30 pm Refreshments & Networking
7:00 pm  Presentation Begins
 Map & Details provided below
Blue Condominiums
601 NE 36th Street 6th Floor
Miami, FL 33137

Email to reserve your place.

About the Presentation:

The Foundry’s Application Specialist Extraordinaire, Deke Kinkaid, will be on hand to provide some awesome demos, cool tricks, and preview some exclusive new and upcoming features for NUKE 8, MARI, and HIERO.

Deke Kincaid has 14 years of experience in the world of Visual Effects working on over 40 films, 50 commercials and a variety of television shows and video games. Some notable credits include WatchmenGarfield 2The Waterhorse, The Back Eyed Peas Grammy winning music video Boom Boom Pow and Pirates of the Carribean 2 & 3.  He has had the pleasure of working at award winning companies such asTechnicolorRhythm & HuesMethodRiotAsylum VFX,Motion Theory and Weta Digital.



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Electronic Theater 2013 Screening

Thanks to all that came out to Cinema Paradiso for Electronic Theater yesterday on Sept 3rd.  If you could not attend we will show the rest of SIGGRAPH 2013 Computer Animation Festival TODAY, SEPT 4th, at the FAU Davie campus. It’s located on the northern section of Broward College central campus. We will use one of the new FAU digital media labs in the Liberal Arts bldg, room 415 B. Admission is free!

WHEN: 4th September 2013 from 7-9PM
WHERE: FAU Davie 3200 College Avenue Davie, FL 33314

• Downloadable map to campus

Come along and support the Fort Lauderdale ACM SIGGRAPH at this exclusive screening!

We have reviewed the recent SIGGRAPH2013 Electronic Theater blu-ray disc. It has many Hollywood visual effects breakdowns which you don’t normally see anymore on DVDs of feature movies.  In addition there are scientific visualizations, student animation works from leading colleges and universities across the globe.

SIGGRAPH 2013 : Computer Animation Festival Preview Trailer

SIGGRAPH’s Computer Animation Festival celebrates its 40th year as the world’s leading festival of the most innovative and accomplished computer graphics. An internationally recognized jury receives hundreds of submissions and presents outstanding achievements through four different programs running over four-days. SIGGRAPH 2013 brings together thousands of computer graphics professionals.

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It’s time for the main Event.  Our next Meetup will be at SIGGRAPH 2013, July 21- 25, at the Anaheim Convention Center in California.

See you There! AND Bring back some Stories to share with US!

SIGGRAPH 2013 The 40th International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques. July 21 to-25, Anaheim Convention Center, CA.

Get the Latest News Release on the conference!

Registration information Below

ACM SIGGRAPH History – an except from the main site, check out the link below

  • Since its beginning in 1974 as a small group of specialists in a previously unknown discipline, ACM SIGGRAPH has evolved to become an international community of researchers, artists, developers, filmmakers, scientists, and business professionals who share an interest in computer graphics and interactive techniques.


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Open Source – A Viable Business Model?

Come and Join  the Fort Lauderdale ACM SIGGRAPH as we  team up this time with – South Florida’s Linux Community on  June 27th ,2013  at 7:00 p.m.  Our very own Chair, Dean Lyon will be presenting this topic “Open Source – A Viable Business Model?”

About the Presentation:

This talk digs into the history of Open Source as well as Free Software. A comprehensive overview of Open Source in its myriad variations, its use in the movie and TV industry and then finally, Mr. Lyons’ own personal challenges of convincing potential investors that it is a worthwhile business model.

DATE: Thursday June 27, 2013
TIME: 6:30 pm Refreshments & Networking
7:00 pm  Presentation Begins
 Map & Details provided below
LOCATION: The Computer lab at the southwest edge of Nova Southeastern University’s campus in Davie (directions)

About the Speaker

Dean Lyon: Technologist, Visual Effects, Inventor.

Dean Lyon: Technologist, Visual Effects, Inventor.

Dean has 30+ years experience in collaborating with cutting edge directors, studios, production companies, post-production facilities and technology developers throughout the world.  He is passionate about the potential of technology to transform the art of visual story-telling. From big screen to multi-platform delivery, good story content is essential to the motion-picture industries.

Dean’s career has included roles as Producer, Director, Visual Effects Supervisor, Inventor, CEO and Entrepreneur, working in diverse areas as motion pictures, music videos, commercials, interactive TV, theme park attractions, VFX/CGI and stereoscopic 3D.  He has worked on over 100 international television commercials and 50 feature films including Armageddon, Independence Day, Air Force One and the Lord of the Rings’trilogy where he received credit as a Visual Effects Supervisor.  In 2000, Dean journeyed to New Zealand and led the start-up of Oktobor – a world-class creative and talent-centric visual effects and animation company servicing ad agencies, film production companies and studios throughout the globe.  He returned to the States in 2007 to work with da Vinci Systems, where among his many accomplishments, he was instrumental in developing a stereoscopic 3D grading system utilizing super computing processing that made the color finishing of Avatar and dozens of other 3D feature films possible.

More recently he has launched an innovative Florida based start-up venture – Splinter Studios. Splinter Studios utilizes a next-generation approach to develop technology to drive out traditional costs in the business. Ongoing research in emerging technology is used to streamline workflow, production, stereoscopic 3D content, cloud services and products in an efficient and collaborative manner.

Dean is also an accomplished public speaker and has delivered seminars, chaired industry panels and guest lectured at various international film festivals around the world.  An active member in SMPTE and ACM/SIGGRAPH.  Lyon was elected to the Visual Effects Society (VES) in Hollywood in 2004 for recognition of his work on the Lord of the Rings trilogy and dozens of other projects.

This will be a joint meeting between FLUX and the Fort Lauderdale chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH

We also have Handouts and Posters with information for SIGGRAPH 2013. What, you mean you don’t have this year’s poster yet. Pick one up at our next meeting and help Spread the word

Mark your calendar! See you Thursday June 27 at Nova Southeastern University!

Directions to the meeting:

We will be meeting in a computer lab at the southwest edge of Nova Southeastern University’s campus in Davie. The building is actually part of a shopping plaza adjoining the campus and directly off University Drive.

FROM I-595: Exit at University Drive and head south. Go through the intersection at 30th Ave (Abe Fischler Blvd) and pass the beige Nova medical school building. Turn left into the plaza immediately south of the main campus. There is a Pier One store near the road to serve as a landmark, and as you enter the plaza you will see a large Nova Southeastern University sign ahead.

NOTE: There is another university sign at the opposite end end of the plaza. Enter the building under the sign at the north end (on the left as you face the plaza). The street address is 3424 S. University Drive, Davie FL, 33328.

Nova Southeastern University  3424 S. University Drive, Davie FL, 33328.

Nova Southeastern University
3424 S. University Drive, Davie FL, 33328.

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An Animated Life

Come and Join Animation Director  Jeff Schu at the Fort Lauderdale ACM SIGGRAPH May 15th ,2013  at 7:00 p.m.

//This Event will be hosted by Digital Media Arts College in their Green Screen Studio. //

Jeff Schu has enjoyed an exciting and illustrious career in animation as a Character Animator, Lead Animator, Supervising Animator, Animation Supervisor and now Animation Director.

Animation Director/Artist  Jeff Schu  in front of some of the movies he has worked on over the years including, Final Fantasy -The Spirits Within, The Chronicles of Narnia, Surf's Up, Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, and many more.

Animation Director/Artist Jeff Schu in front of a towering amount of the features he has worked on over the years. Check out his IMDb below for MORE.

He made his beginning debut on the production team of the first photorealistic animated feature film, Final Fantasy:  The Spirits Within, at Square Pictures’s  Honolulu Hawaii Studio.  Square Pictures rendered the film using some of the most advanced processing capabilities available for film animating at the time, but for Jeff that was just the beginning.

After working on Final Flight of the Osiris for the Matrix franchise, he left the sandy beaches of Hawaii for sunny Los Angeles to work on his next project, the film adaptation of the acclaimed children’s book,  The Polar Express, thus launching an 8 year run with Sony Pictures Imageworks.

At Imageworks he worked on such titles as Disney’s Academy Award Nominated film The Chronicles of Narnia (The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe) and Sony Animations’s own nominated Surf’s Up along with Columbia/Imagemovers Best Animated Feature Nominee, Monster House. Moving on and utilizing his strong grasp of the technical side of animation, Jeff and his teams made indellibile contributions to VFX films like, I Am Legend, Speed Racer, Eagle Eye, and Beowulf.

When Imageworks embarked on opening a new studio in Albuquerque, NM, Jeff took on the challenge and built a highly successful team of animators that brought characters to life in Hoyt Yeatman’s G Force, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and Martin Campbell’s Green Lantern.

In 2011 Imageworks moved their animation operation to Vancouver, Canada and Jeff soon found a great opportunity in Digital Domain’s ambitious venture, a studio to be called Traditions located in Port St. Lucie, FL. The team at Traditions was embarking on the production of a sure to be South Florida animation classic,  The Legend of Tembo to be directed by the very talented team of Aaron Blaise and Chuck Williams. However, the studio fell into bankruptcy and shuttered in September 2012.

Jeff then went to work in New Orleans, LA with VFX legend Richard Edlund at Dumonde VFX for the on set previs team for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes which is scheduled for release in 2014.  He is currently working at a studio in Ft. Lauderdale on some Exciting New Projects.

—for more information about Jeff Schu, Check out these links—–


Jeff Schu 2011 Animation Demo Reel

 The meeting will Also Kick off with a recap of the NAB Conference back in April attended by are own Chapter’s Chair, Dean Lyon.

WHEN: 15th May 2013 from 7-9PM

WHERE: Digitial Media Arts College  5400 Broken Sound Blvd, Boca Raton, FL 33487

Free Parking available in front of the campus.  Once Inside, Head to the Green Screen Room.

CLICK HERE FOR  Driving Directions from Google Maps

 Green Screen Studio, Figure Drawing Room, and Motion Capture at Digital Media Arts College.

Green Screen Studio,  Figure Drawing Room,  and  Motion Capture at  Digital Media Arts College.


After the Meeting we might as well take advantage of one of the nearby venues for social networking after the show. Bring your Business Cards and see you there!

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