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

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
SIGGRAPH New York City Chapter
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
The Bridge
Online Game Art Show Uncovers Fascinating Indie Games

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

Curated by Greg Garvey, Director of Game Design & Development at Quinnipiac University, the show spotlights the art and gameplay design of 45 refreshingly original independent games.

13
Mar
2014
AEC Hackathon
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. 

11
Mar
2014
Cardiff Castle
UK Symposium on Geometry Processing Now Accepting Submissions

The Eurographics Symposium on Geometry Processing (SGP 2014) is a prominent venue for the dissemination of cutting-edge research in geometry processing. This year, the 12th symposium will be held at Cardiff University (UK) from 9 July to 11 July.

17
Feb
2014
Oscar Statues
Academy Honors Scientific & Technical Film Achievements
By Kristy Barkan. Interviews by Lindsay Coryne. Photography by Erin LK Reeve, except where otherwise noted.
13
Feb
2014
VES Award Winners
Visual Effects Artists Take Center Stage
By Kristy Barkan, photography by Erin LK Reeve

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.

11
Feb
2014
Explore the Latest Computing Research on Your Phone

According to the market research site AppData, the three most popular mobile applications at the time of this article's publication are: "Candy Crush," "Farm Heroes" and "Pet Rescue."

Though there's nothing wrong with passing the time lining up shapes and colors on a digital game board, computing professionals might be interested to know that there's a new -- and somewhat more stimulating -- alternative for mobile diversion: the ACM Digital Library app.

6
Feb
2014
SIGGRAPH 2014 Student Volunteer Applications Due Feb 9

SIGGRAPH, the world's largest international conference on computer graphics and interactive techniques, has been host to innumerable groundbreaking talks, papers and posters over the last 40 years.

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