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11
Apr
2014
Remember to Vote!

The ACM SIGGRAPH 2014 elections are upon us. If you were a member of ACM SIGGRAPH as of 1 January 2014, you should have received an email with an electronic ballot. Votes may be cast online using the voter ID and password provided in the email.

The slate of candidates is as follows:

4
Apr
2014
Visual Effects: The True Magic of Game of Thrones

Forget the Old Gods, the Drowned God, the Seven and the Lord of Light; the magic of Westeros is far more complex than the conjurings of deities. It's a special type of alchemy so powerful, it can transform 1s and 0s into fire-breathing dragons, sea-battered castles and legions of shuffling undead. The true magic of "Game of Thrones" is its visual effects.

1
Apr
2014
NYC ACM SIGGRAPH Presents Industry Spotlight 2014

On Thursday, April 3, 2014, the New York City chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH will host the twelfth annual Industry Spotlight at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Midtown Manhattan. One of the chapter's most popular events, the Industry Spotlight provides NYC animation and post-production professionals an opportunity to learn more about the facilities that operate in the metropolitan area.

20
Mar
2014
Online Game Art Show Uncovers Fascinating Indie Games

Game art from "The Bridge," by Ty Taylor and Mario Castañeda. Copyright © 2014 The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild

The ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Community has unveiled their latest online exhibition, entitled "The Aesthetics of Gameplay." 

13
Mar
2014
Architecture, Engineering and Construction Hackathon March 14-16

A weekend-long hackathon designed specifically for the architecture, engineering and construction industry will take place at Facebook Headquarters in Menlo Park, California between March 14 and 16, 2014. The event, appropriately named the AEC Hackathon, is a non-profit affair intended to provide an laid-back environment for creative brainstorming. 

28
Feb
2014
What's Wrong with the Visual Effects Industry?

VFX giant Rhythm & Hues had been in business for 25 years when the company suddenly folded on February 11, 2013, filing bankruptcy proceedings and immediately laying off hundreds of employees. The studio's collapse came at a highly improbable time: Rhythm & Hues had recently completed work on Ang Lee's "Life of Pi," a vfx-driven film that ultimately grossed more than $611 million worldwide. Remarkably, little more than a week after filing Chapter 11, the bankrupt VFX studio was awarded one of the highest honors in entertainment: the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.

17
Feb
2014
Academy Honors Scientific & Technical Film Achievements

There's no doubt that filmmaking is an art form, but it's one which rests squarely on the shoulders of technology. Without the individuals who build on and re-imagine filmmaking technology, the cinematic experience wouldn't be the dynamic, ever-evolving thrill audiences have come to expect.

13
Feb
2014
Visual Effects Artists Take Center Stage

It's rare for visual effects artists to find themselves the focus of attention at a red carpet gala, despite the ever-increasing importance of effects in film and television. Unaccustomed to the chaos of flashing bulbs and chattering shutters, many of the nominees at the 12th Annual Visual Effects Society Awards on Wednesday, February 12, were understandably flustered as they approached the array of lights and cameras skirting the VES red carpet.

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