Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH

DC ACM SIGGRAPH Socialize/Network -November 6th (Elections+ Dinner)

by on Oct.30, 2014, under Events

When: Thursday, November 6 from 7:00 pm to 9:00pm

Where: US Patent and Trademark Office, 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 – (Remsen Building)

It’s election time! Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH is currently accepting nominations for the following positions: Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer and we will be voting on Thursday, November 6. The main requirement for a leadership position is that all officers must be voting members of ACM and members of ACM SIGGRAPH. Information about the duties and responsibilities of each member is located here: http://wp.siggraph.org/washington/bylaws/

Currently nominations are as follows: Roberto Ortiz – nomination for Chair, Chris Rahaim – nomination for Vice-Chair, Mark Jette – nomination for Secretary, Kim Wallace – nomination for Treasurer. If you’d like more information about a position or would like to volunteer for a committee or to even present at a meeting feel free to contact us at dc_siggraph@mail.com or robertoortiz1@yahoo.com .

And after the meeting we will go for dinner at TEDs in Alexandria.
http://www.tedsmontanagrill.com/tmg028.html

Join us for holiday treats, a chance to socialize/network and get a sneak peek for what’s in store for 2015! Bring your ideas and suggestions for what you’d like to see in a meeting and volunteer to present! Bring your laptop or DVD and show us what you’re working on as well! See you there!

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Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH Demo Reel Night – October 16th

by on Sep.26, 2014, under Events

Next Meeting October 16 –
FROM:
6:30pm to 9pm (6:30-7:00 social networking, 7:00-9:00pm demo reviews)
WHERE:
US Patent and Trademark Office (Remsen Building), at 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, VA

Come join DC SIGGRAPH for our demo reel/portfolio review night. We will be reviewing demo reels and portfolios and take part in an open discussion and review of what works and what doesn’t when it comes to the one thing that shows your skill, talent, and experience… your demo reel or portfolio. If you don’t have a reel yet, just come over and enjoy networking with other like-minded individuals.

As we face the effects of layoffs, budget cuts and a tightening economy, many people are thinking about updating their demo reel. How long should it be? What are interviewers looking for? If you are looking for ways to improve your present position, or shopping around for a new one, the time to polish up your demo reel is now. If you’re looking to hire, this will be a great opportunity to see a range of fresh new talent. Join us on Thursday, October 16, 2014 from 6:30pm to 9pm as DC_SIGGRAPH discusses these questions and more at our Annual Demo Reel Night.

Please RSVP to our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/DCsiggraph) and indicate if you will be bringing a demo reel to share. You can also put you’re demo on a website and we will test the link before the event to make sure everything works. Light snacks will be provided (soda and chips). Hope to see you there!

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Computer Animation Festival at the Torpedo Factory Art Center – Sept 18, 2014

by on Sep.09, 2014, under Events

The Washington DC Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH is partnering with the Torpedo Factory Art Center to host the 2014 SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival in Alexandria, Va. The Computer Animation Festival showcases some of the year’s most dazzling and innovative collection of submitted works selected by a distinguished jury of computer graphics experts and specialists. SIGGRAPH’s Computer Animation Festival celebrates its 41st year as the world’s leading festival of the most innovative and accomplished computer graphics.

The SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival is recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a qualifying festival for the Academy Awards. Since 1999, several works originally presented in the Computer Animation Festival have been nominated for or have received a “Best Animated Short” Academy Award. In the words of CAF Director Jerome Solomon, “There’s no other stage in the world comparable to SIGGRAPH’s Computer Animation Festival.”
Please join us on Thursday, September 18 from 7pm to 9pm at the Torpedo Factory Art Center as we watch some of the best examples of computer animation from the past year.

When: Thursday, September 18, 2014
7:00pm – 9:00pm

Where: Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N. Union St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
703-838-4565
www.torpedofactory.org

Directions: The Torpedo Factory Art Center is located at the intersection of King Street and N. Union Street in Old Town Alexandria
http://torpedofactory.org/visit/directions/

Paid parking is available across the street from the Torpedo Factory or you can take the free trolley from the King Street metro center. Paid street parking is available in most areas of Old Town Alexandria. There is limited free parking in nearby residential areas, but it is restricted to two hours. There are several garages within walking distance of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, too. For real-time maps to locate parking in garages, visit the ParkMe website or download their free iPhone app. Parking regulations are strictly enforced by the City of Alexandria. Parking is free after 9 pm, on Sundays, and on state holidays. Persons with proper handicapped identification on their cars may park free at any meter and are exempt from residential parking sticker requirements.

Trolley Information: www.dashbus.com/Trolley

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SIGGRAPH Re-cap and Social Event – September 4, 2014

by on Aug.21, 2014, under Events

SIGGRAPH Re-cap and Social Event

When: Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: US Patent and Trademark Office
600 Dulany Street – Remsen Building
Alexandria, VA 22314

RSVP: robertoortiz@yahoo.com

DC_SIGGRAPH would like to invite you to a SIGGRAPH conference information exchange and social event. For those of you that did not get to go to the SIGGRAPH conference in Vancouver, our own Roberto Ortiz will be sharing his experiences and insights from the conference! Whether or not you made it to Vancouver, please join us for a post-conference social event!

DC_SIGGRAPH invites you to join us for an information exchange social event at the US Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday, September 4, from 7:00 –9:00 pm. If you attended the conference, share your experiences with those who could not attend this year. Bring your laptop and flash drives and exchange photos! Show off your coveted Pixar teapot or other fun give-aways! Tell us about the cool parties we missed! If you couldn’t make it, sit back and hear a re-cap from Roberto’s perspective!

See you there!

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Thursday, July 31, 2014 – An Evening with Samar Shool – Pixeldust Studios (CG Supervisor/technical director for Emmy Award Winning Pixeldust Studios)

by on Jul.19, 2014, under Events

An Evening with Samar Shool – Pixeldust Studios (CG Supervisor/technical director for Emmy Award Winning Pixeldust Studios)

 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

USPTO CAMPUS – Remsen Building
400 Dulany Street, Alexandria , VA

Event Details:
DC_SIGGRAPH invites you to another round of informal Q&A and project presentation with our very own Samar Shool.

Samar will be talking about cgi work done multiple clients for television and film among them National Geographic and Discovery Channel networks.

You can view some of Samar’s work at his site:

http://www.pixeldust.tv/
http://vimeo.com/m/92352855
http://vimeo.com/m/82123232
COST:
$5.00 Dollar At the Door- for Non Members Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH.
LOCATION:
The meeting will be held at the Remsen Building (400 Dulany Street) at the 1st floor conference room. We are located 2 blocks from the KING STREET METRO
station (BLUE/YELLOW Lines)

http://www.wmata.com/rail/station_detail.cfm?station_id=48
http://goo.gl/maps/UW6p0
(Walking Directions)
PARKING:
Street Parking is available.
Also at the campus Garage Structure

http://goo.gl/maps/SslD5

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PIZZA NIGHT+ LETS TALK ABOUT SIGGRAPH 2014 – July 17, 2014

by on Jul.03, 2014, under Events

When:  Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Where:  USPTO CAMPUS – Remsen Building
400 Dulany Street, Alexandria , VA

 
Join us for a Pizza Meet & Greet and an informal talk about the upcoming SIGGRAPH conference in Vancouver. http://s2014.siggraph.org/

 
We will discuss the upcoming presentations, and showcase the latest trailers for Tech Papers & the Computer Animation Festival.
EVENT DETAILS:

On Thursday, July 17th, DC_SIGGRAPH will have a meet & greet and an informal conversation over Pizza about the upcoming SIGGRAPH Conference in Vancouver. We will be meeting at the Remsen Building in the USPTO campus.
http://www.uspto.gov/main//buildings/map_alex_bldg.htm
WHO IS ACM SIGGRAPH:

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.

We are the Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH branch.
For more information on us go here:  http://wp.siggraph.org/washington/

 

COST:
$5.00 Dollar At the Door- for Non Members Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH.

 

LOCATION:
The meeting will be held at the Remsen Building (400 Dulany Street) at the 1st floor conference room. We are located 2 blocks from the KING STREET METRO station (BLUE/YELLOW Lines)

http://www.wmata.com/rail/station_detail.cfm?station_id=48
http://goo.gl/maps/UW6p0
(Walking Directions)
PARKING:
Street Parking is available.
Also at the campus Garage Structure

http://goo.gl/maps/SslD5

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US Copyright Law & Visual Artists Rights @ Torpedo Factory (Talk by US Copyright Office) – June 19

by on Jun.16, 2014, under Events

Thursday, June 19, 2014

7:00 PM

 

105 N Union St, Alexandria, VA

Old Town Waterfront Alexandria: METRO: King Street (BLUE/YELLOW) Take Free Shuttle to End of Line

 

Missed our first IP talk on MAY 22th?

Don’t Fret. Come join us for this one!  This talk is intended to be more focused on Artists Rights. We will be discussing topics as varied as Orphan Works, Creative Commons, and IP law.

WHO IS THIS TALK INTENDED TO: This talk is intended for all Artists of all stripes. From 2D/3D Animators, Graphic Designers to Traditional Artists interested in learning more about their rights under US LAW.

 

EVENT DETAILS:
On Thursday, June 19th, DC_SIGGRAPH, in conjunction with the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, will hear a presentation from John Saint Amour. Mr. John Saint Amour is a Copyright Information Specialist for Public Information at the Library of Congress Copyright Office. He will be talking about the fundamentals of copyright law and how it relates to visual artists.
The United States Copyright Office, a part of the Library of Congress, is the official U.S. government body that maintains records of copyright registration in the United States, including a copyright catalog. It is used by copyright title searchers who are attempting to clear a chain of title for copyrighted
works.

The emphasis of the talk will be about the core copyright protection available for visual artists under US Law and the basics of US copyrights.

WHO IS ACM SIGGRAPH:
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.

We are the Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH branch.
For more information on us go here: http://wp.siggraph.org/washington/
What is the Torpedo Factory Art Center
The mission of the Torpedo Factory Art Center is to foster connections among artists and the public that ignite the creative spirit. We provide dynamic interactions with the arts through our community of visual artists, exhibitions, and programs. We offer art up close, in person, and in progress. For more information on us go here: http://torpedofactory.org/

 

COST:
FREE OF CHARGE.

 

LOCATION:
The meeting will be held at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in the Alexandria Waterfront

http://www.wmata.com/rail/station_detail.cfm?station_id=48

http://goo.gl/maps/f62Ul (Walking Directions)
PARKING:
Street Parking is available.

Torpedo Factory Art Center to Central Parking – Google Maps

 

You can RSVP here:
http://www.meetup.com/DC-ACM-SIGGRAPH/events/184760422/

 

or here
https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/675331605835376/

 

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Meeting Highlights for March 27, 2014

by on Apr.10, 2014, under News

The DC Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH would like to thank Christy Spangler, an animator for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), for her insightful lecture on forensics reconstruction animation. Christy discussed how she uses various data sources such as photos, diagrams, photogrammetry, and point cloud data to create forensics animations of accident scenes. Her animations are created using Autodesk Softimage, Adobe Illustrator, along with other specialized applications. Christy showed several animations from various cases she has worked on which were intriguing yet disturbing due to the nature of the events. Thanks again to Christy and we look forward to having here return in the future!

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Medical Visualization Meeting – April 10, 2014

by on Apr.07, 2014, under Events

Medical Visualization
Thursday, April 10, 2014
7:00 PM

US Patent & Trademark Office Headquarters – Remsen Building
600 Dulany Street
Alexandria, VA (map)

Price: $5.00/per person for non-members

On Thursday, April 10, DC SIGGRAPH will hear two presentations on medical visualization. Please join us as we hear presentations from Melissa Sisk at Hybrid Medical Animation in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Onyx Lee, a local medical animator at VueCare Media in Columbia, Maryland.

The first presentation will be via webcast
from Melissa Sisk, a Biomedical Animator and Illustrator, at Hybrid Medical Animation in Minnesota. Hybrid is the nation’s top medical and scientific 3D animation studio. For more than 15 years, they have created award-winning work for pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device, and medical marketing companies of all sizes. Since 1998 Hybrid has grown to include video producers, illustrators, designers and over 12 medical animators to create their dynamic scientific animations. From detailed surgical procedures to extensive drug or device mode-of-action presentations to broadcast features, their range is wide and devoted entirely to medical and scientific imaging. Melissa has a M.S. in Biomedical Visualization from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a B.S. in Physiology from Michigan State University. She is skilled in Maya, ZBrush and 3Ds Max. She is also skilled at compositing, illustration and Data
visualization.

See more at: http://www.melissasisk.com/ or http://www.hybridmedicalanimation.c…h.VoAtuRMm.dpuf

The second half of the presentation will be from Onyx Lee. Onyx is an animator at VueCare Media. VueCare delivers digital patient education & marketing tools to eye care providers. They create digital signage systems and interactive animations that educates patients as well as video library videos to add to
websites. Onyx creates Scientific Animations, Product Designer & Developer, and is also a Private Broadcaster. He has experience with 3D Modeling and Animations using 3dsMax, Zbrush, and V-Ray; 2D Graphic Design and Web Design; and 2D Video Production. He is also knowledgeable in Non-Linear Editing, Special
Effects, Motion Graphics, and After Effects. In addition, Onyx created the “Zbrush Model & Texture Techniques Handbook” from Tsinghua University Press.

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An Evening with Christy Spangler – Forensic Animator NTSB – March 27

by on Feb.26, 2014, under Events

An Evening with Christy Spangler – Forensic Animator NTSB

Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 7:00 PM

 

US Patent & Trademark Office Headquarters – Remsen Building

600 Dulany Street

Alexandria, VA (map)

 

http://www.uspto.gov/about/contacts/locations/directions.jsp

 

Price: $5.00/per person for non-members

 

On Thursday, March 27th, DC_SIGGRAPH will hear a presentation from Christy Spangler. Christy is an animator for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). She will be talking about the 3D animations she has created for the National Transportation Safety Board.

 

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent agency charged with determining the probable cause of transportation accidents and promoting transportation safety. The improvement of safety to the nation’s transportation system requires prompt, thorough, and valid investigations of accidents, incidents, and other anomalies in order to identify issues, determine the probable cause and recommend improvements. A large volume of highly complex and diverse data can frequently obscure the relationships between vehicle performance, human operator inputs, and the traffic system. Investigators must piece together and integrate these data to understand the causes and contributing factors of the accident and then explain these facts to policy makers and the general public to promote the safety recommendations in order to improve transportation safety.

 

 

The NTSB will often integrate the accident data into 3D animations to reconstruct and illustrate accident sequences so that the audience can visualize and better understand the events leading up to the accident, the probable cause and the identification of safety issues. These animations factually and faithfully present the accident sequence based on measured, recorded, and calculated data.

 

 

This presentation will highlight some of the animations developed for aviation and rail, and discuss the different styles and methods used to present the accident data so that the audience can visualize and better understand the events leading up to the accident, the probable cause and the identification of safety issues.

 

Additionally, an example of an educational style of animation describing bridge structure that was produced in 2008 will be shown. Finally, Christy will discuss what’s next in 2014.

 

 

Speaker Bio:

Since 1986, Christy Spangler has worked in the creative field holding a variety of positions in digital media, graphic design, freelance art and prepress production. Employed at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in 2002, Mrs. Spangler was designing engineering, promotional and multimedia graphics. In 2004, she was involved in the development of the Animation Lab and currently serves as an Engineering Graphics Specialist responsible for developing accident reconstruction animations. Mrs. Spangler has specialized training and experience in traditional fine arts, photography, graphic design, 3D computer animation including scientific, medical and character, 2D motion graphics, multimedia design, and digital video production.

 

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