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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

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

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/

 

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!

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.

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.

 

DC ACM SIGGRAPH Meeting – February 6, 2014

 

DC ACM SIGGRAPH would like to thank Akin Bilgic for being the featured presenter at the most recent meeting. Akin discussed his background in the area of 3D modeling and rendering along with insights into the challenges of being a freelance artist. He also presented work from his portfolio then discussed how he approached modeling challenges. We look forward to Akin being a featured presenter again in the future.

 

Chapter elections were conducted during the meeting. The following is a list of the board members and their positions:

 

Chair – Roberto Ortiz

Vice Chair – Chris Rahaim

Secretary – Mark Jette

Treasurer – Holly Bloom

 

Congratulations to Onyx Lee who was chosen as the winner for the LightWave 3D giveaway.

An Evening with Akin Bilgic (Freelance Artist and ZBrush Modeler)

WHEN: Thursday, February 6, 2014 from  7 – 9pm

WHERE: US Patents & Trademarks Office – Jefferson Building

600 Dulany Street

Alexandria, VA 22314

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

 

RSVP to RobertoOrtiz1@yahoo.com

 

Happy New Year!  DC SIGGRAPH has an exciting year lined up!  But first we must elect our officers! Since we did not have a quorum at our last meeting, we will have elections at this one. If you are interested in holding an office please come to the meeting!

DC_SIGGRAPH invites you to another round of informal Q&A and VFX workflow demonstration with our very own Akin Bilgic, who is in town visiting from San Francisco, CA.  Akin is freelance Modeler / Generalist TD who has since gone on to work for a variety of studios including Moonbot, Laika, and Walt Disney Animation.

You can view some of Akin’s work at his site: CGGallery.com

Akin will give live workflow demonstrations and help answer questions on topics including Modeling, Texturing/Shading, Lighting/Rendering, and Compositing for Animation and VFX pipelines.

He’ll also share his experiences working in the industry and being a freelance artist. The presentation will be left open and fluid – with an emphasis on addressing audience questions.

And as a New Year gift – one lucky member will receive a FREE copy of Lightwave 3D animation software!

Please Note we will be charging $5.00 for non-members. (See policy change announcement below.)

We hope you will join us for this informal gathering.

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When: Thursday, December 19 from 7:00 pm to 9:00pm

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

Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH would like to invite you to attend our end of the year event! Join us for holiday treats, a chance to socialize/network and vote for our new chapter leaders! We will also be discussing an new policy change to our chapter in the New Year.

Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH is currently accepting nominations for the following positions:  Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer.  Please email us if you are interested in volunteering for a position at dc_siggraph@mail.com or robertoortiz1@yahoo.com.  The main requirement is that you have the passion and some time to help create an amazing year for the chapter!  Information about the duties and responsibilities of each member is located here: http://wp.siggraph.org/washington/bylaws/

If you are unable to attend the meeting but would still like to volunteer for a position, please drop us an email and your name will be added to the ballot.

See you there!

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When: Thursday, November 21, 2013 from 7:00 pm to 9:30pm

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

Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH is having a repeat performance of our Unity presentation.  We have resolved our technical difficulties from our previous Unity meeting and would like to invite you hear Taro Omiya present an introduction to Unity 3D.  Unity is a game development software with a powerful rendering engine. It is fully integrated with a complete set of tools to create interactive 3D content and multiplatform publishing. Taro will present an overview of the software.

Taro Omiya is an indie game developer that works for e4 Software and his own studio, Omiya Games.  He has been developing games with Unity 3D since 2010.  His latest games are SWARM! (available on iPad and Amazon App Store) and Touch Yoga (available on Google Play).

Attendees are welcome to load Unity on their laptop and bring it as well to follow along with Taro’s presentation.  You can download a Free Full Version for Windows with Unity Pro and Android trials from here: http://unity3d.com/unity/download/.

For those interested in seeing the presentation early, I have it available at Google Docs:
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/14px_4ndxA_o0GbQsgel50GEjFzDRzLtChNLPrIcwsKQ/edit?pli=1#slide=id.p

 

Note you’ll want to download and unzip the intro project zip file ahead of time:

http://taroomiya.com/IntroToUnityProject.zip

Please RSVP to  robertoortiz1@yahoo.com.  We look forward to seeing you there!