Registration kicked off with a line that snaked around the edge of the South Lobby. Student volunteers stood at the ready in their red vests to direct individuals to the right line as the doors opened to Petree Hall C. Attendees surged into the room, racing to collect their badges.
The SIGGRAPH Student Review also launched their Fire Sale to sell prior Computer Animation Festival Programs on DVD at greatly discounted prices. The DVDs are being sold on a first come, first serve basis until their inventory has been cleared out. Check it out, so you don’t miss out!
Only two days left until we kick off SIGGRAPH 2012! This year the conference returns to its familiar stomping grounds at the LA convention center in downtown Los Angeles. With all the recent growth around the Convention Center and Staples Center, the venue keeps getting better each year!
As always, this year’s conference has something for everyone: The Studio for the artist, Technical Papers for the seasoned professor, the Job Fair for the recent grad, and Production Sessions for the industry professional. You name it, we’ve got it! With so much going on, it’s impossible to take it all in. Stay tuned here for information on what’s happening at SIGGRAPH 2012. We have this blog, a Facebook Fan page, Twitter account, and, new this year, FourSquare and Google+ to keep you abreast of everything that’s happening. So whether you’re “Art” or “Science,” we’ll keep you up to date on all there is to see. We can’t wait to see all of you next week!
A standing-room only crowd enjoyed SIGGRAPH Dailies! as it returned Wednesday night for its second year. Modeled after the always popular Papers Fast Forward, the program gives artists a minute each to show their animation and describe the techniques used and challenges faced in creating their work.
The 2011 program expanded upon last year’s focus on short animation segments from the major studios to include scientific visualizations, independent animations, student work, and game animation. From new fight sequences from the latest Mortal Kombat game, to visualizations of satellite paths, to hair modeling in the latest Disney animated feature, it was a fun and informative evening for everyone there!
I am not a computer graphics professional. In fact, my Master’s degree is actually in (gasp!) English. I appreciate the science and artistry inherent in the industry, but I will admit that when my husband gets home from work and starts talking about tessellation, I tend to go cross-eyed and start reenacting episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer inside my head.
So what am I doing at SIGGRAPH? After 13 years of the hubby’s SIGGRAPH stories (I met Gonzo! I saw Dick Van Dyke! I saw an extended trailer for that Olivia Wilde movie (otherwise known as Tron)!), I was curious to see for myself. I finally had the opportunity this year, and it was just an added bonus that this year’s conference is in the absolutely gorgeous city of Vancouver.
I kicked off my SIGGRAPH experience with the Technical Papers Fast Forward, which turned out to be an exercise in “Let’s make Mary feel really, really stupid!” (Although other attendees assured me that this session tends to have the same effect on them, as well). I pulled out a scrap of paper and kept a running tally: papers I could at least understand the basic premise of vs. papers that made me go “What???” The ratio turned out to be about 3:1 in favor of my own ignorance, but I still enjoyed the session. Lots of pretty pictures (I believe that’s the correct technical term) and interesting showmanship techniques (gorilla suit, anyone?).
The next night, I sat in on the Electronic Theater (because even an English major can enjoy watching movies!). From the clever to the creepy and everything in between, the range of storytelling and imagery was amazing. If you didn’t attend on the first night, make a point of fitting it in your schedule – you have three more chances!
So my first impression as a SIGGRAPH outsider? Let’s just say that I look forward to being further amazed/confused/intellectually humbled over the next three days.
Attendees were lined up outside of Exhibit Hall B as Registration opened its doors at 8am. Anxious attendees flooded inside to get their conference badges and merchandise.
The time has come for SIGGRAPH 2011 and this year we’re taking over Vancouver! After years of staying within the US of A, it’s time to experience new things like: Canadian currency, the Skytrain, and Centre being spelled differently. Or should I say new… if you’re not usually traveling from Canada to attend the conference. 🙂
Whether it’s students volunteering at the conference to make attending more affordable or industry professionals coming to see the latest, SIGGRAPH has something for everybody. From the Job Fair to Emerging Technologies, there is so much to see and experience that we’ve created a blog, Facebook page, and Twitter account to keep you abreast of everything because it’s impossible to see it all. So whether you’re double booked with two different events of interest or simply weren’t able to attend SIGGRAPH, we’re here to fill in the gaps and allow you to experience SIGGRAPH vicariously through us. And as this year’s theme is “Make It Home,” we hope you’ll make our blog, Facebook page, and Twitter feed your home for all things SIGGRAPH.