ACM SIGGRAPH News
Canadian animator Richard Williams worked on his film "The Thief and the Cobbler" for nearly three decades, its completion and screening delayed time and time again by production woes and lack of funding. Though some portions of the film were combined with work from other animators and released as “The Princess and the Cobbler” and “Arabian Knight,” to this day, the original version has never been publicly screened.
Today, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the titles of the 10 films that remain in the running for the 86th Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.
ACM TOG (Transactions on Graphics) is the foremost peer-reviewed journal in the area of computer graphics. The TOG journal has a strong synergy with ACM SIGGRAPH; of the six issues published by TOG each year, two are special issues containing the papers presented at the annual SIGGRAPH and SIGGRAPH Asia conferences.
Somewhere between "Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within" (2001) and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (2008), digital actors evolved from talking dolls to lifelike human beings. Today, computer-generated actors are often so realistic that audiences have trouble distinguishing live performers from digital fabrications. How did such a monumental improvement in the realism of CG humans happen over such a short period of time?
The deadline for submissions to the prestigious Visual Effects Society's 12th Annual VES Awards is rapidly approaching. November 22 is the cutoff to upload work for award consideration.
There are 24 categories under which work may be submitted:
Attendees of SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 (Hong Kong, November 19 to 22) will have the opportunity to catch one or more of this year's Industry Master Classes. Among the 2013 Master Class offerings is a four-hour session with renowned digital artist Stanley Artgerm Lau.
On Oct. 26, the Visual Effects Society convened its annual summit. Attendees included many of the biggest names in visual effects and film production, all of whom brought unique perspectives on an industry that has seen much turmoil as late.
Legendary visual effects artist John Dykstra is soon to receive a formal acknowledgement of his contribution to the VFX industry. On February 12, 2014, the Visual Effects Society Board of Directors will present him with the prestigious VES Lifetime Achievement Award.
A hero to many budding visual effects artists, Dykstra has received numerous awards for his work over his 40-plus year career. Dykstra's visual effects artistry and technical supervision can be seen in many of America's most celebrated films, including “Star Wars,” “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” and "Spiderman."