I recently returned from SIGGRAPH 2011, Vancouver, BC. SIGGRAPH (or Special Interest Group on Graphics and Interactive Techniques) is a premier international computer graphics, video, animation and new technologies conference.
The overall focus centered around the idea of community within the animation/effects/interactive industry. This was a chance to acknowledge the key companies and individuals that have steadily helped push and grow the computer graphics industry and specifically the SIGGRAPH family.
Of course great work, ideas and inspirations were all around. While last year saw a heavy industry push towards “stereoscopic 3D,” that emphasis seemed to have faded. Interactivity, through gaming and online productions, still held high interest. And some of the best, budding ideas were found in the student/research expo, “The Studio.” One incredible prototyped development actually measured an individual’s heart rate and vitals simply through web cam use and its recordings. Virtual reality and immersive interactive environments were prominent again; 3D printers were also on display and demoing capabilities.
The lectures at SIGGRAPH balanced technology with the human element and thoughts on the industry. The keynote speaker was Cory Doctorow, an industry blogger and Wired contributor. He spoke specifically on the effect patent laws are having on the individual and creativity. Production teams/directors from some of the latest features, Rango, Thor, Pixar’s La Luna and Cars 2, and Smurfs, shared personal and technical insights as well.
Finally, the SIGGRAPH animation showcase gave attendees a chance to view some of the strongest visualizations and productions from the past year. Enjoy just a few unique styles and amazing ideas from around the world — some beautiful, some dark, some funny, but all very well-crafted:
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As part of our ongoing pro bono awareness campaign for the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County, Launch created a :30 video that is playing on the big screen at Studio Movie Grill in Plano.
The spot, “Little Hands”, speaks to the shocking number of children the Center treats each year, and the hope it gives them, through a playful animation of still images reminiscent of techniques used by Sesame Street.
This follows the campaign’s print ad which started running in October issues of Texas Monthly and Dallas Child.
The Launch team on the video included art director Reuben Miller, writer Kevin Byrd, animator/designer Jon Fullrich, creative directors David Wilgus and Diane Seimetz, and account exec Alison Hamilton. Music was provided by Pure Evil Music & Sound Design, and young hand model Kyle Byrd donated his time.
Check out the spot on CAC’s YouTube channel.
Learn more about the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County, or donate to this very worthy cause.
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I recently attended SIGGRAPH (or Special Interest Group on Graphics and Interactive Techniques), a premier international computer graphics, video, animation and new technologies conference.
http://www.poppyfilm.com/index.html (Jury Award)
http://polynoid.org/polynoid_loom.html (Best in Show Award)