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15 May 2002
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SIGGRAPH 2002 ANNOUNCES BEST ANIMATED SHORT & JURY AWARD FOR THE COMPUTER ANIMATION FESTIVAL
21-26 July 2002
Exhibition: 23-25 July 2002
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
San Antonio, Texas USA
(Chicago, IL) -- ACM SIGGRAPH today announced the Computer
Animation Festival's Best Animated Short and Jury Award
winners for SIGGRAPH 2002, the 29th International Conference
on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, being
held 21-26 July, 2002 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention
Center, San Antonio, Texas. The Computer Animation Festival
jury selected these two award winners from 640 entries
for their rich animation and extraordinary storytelling.
John McIntosh, School of VISUAL ARTS, is the SIGGRAPH
2002 Computer Animation Festival Chair.
The SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival is the most prestigious
event of its kind. It is an internationally recognized
and highly anticipated showcase documenting the significant
advances in technology, interactive techniques, and the
seemingly unlimited creative potential of computer graphics.
The winners are:
The Cathedral (Best Animated Short, SIGGRAPH 2002)
Tomek Baginski, Platige Image, Warsaw
Based on the novel ''The Cathedral'' by author Jacek Dukaj,
this is the story of a pilgrim who arrives at the edge
of the known world at the end of a long journey. Here
he finds the Cathedral, a place full of secrets. The Cathedral
is not only a building, and the pilgrim is not only a
man. Animated and rendered in 3D Studio Max, painted in
Photoshop, composited with AfterEffects, and edited with
Softimage DS. The artist made the piece over a period
of 14 months with the support of Platige Image, a studio
that supports independent projects by its artists.
This submission was selected as the Best Animated Short
by unanimous vote of the Computer Animation Festival Jury.
The extraordinarily rich visualization achieved in The
Cathedral was a seduction for the CAF jury. It was viewed
repeatedly and each time the jury became more entranced
by this production. It is a beautiful animation - very
representative of the outstanding work we received from
small, highly creative production companies in this country
The Deserter (Jury Award, SIGGRAPH 2002)
Olivier Coulon, Supinfocom, Paris
In a prostitute's room where WWI deserters have found
refuge, one of them thinks he is a bird who can finally,
in one leap, rise above the events around him.
The Jury Award is only given at the request and unanimous
vote of the Jury. The Deserter is another example of the
fine animation and wonderful stories that were submitted
this year. The Deserter is a wonderfully stylized and
animated story that while set in Europe during the First
World War remains equally relevant and poignant today.
SIGGRAPH 2002, www.siggraph.org/s2002, will bring nearly
20,000 computer graphics and interactive technology professionals
from six continents to San Antonio for the week-long conference,
21‚26 July. A comprehensive technical program and special
events focusing on research, art, animation, games, interactivity,
and the Web are planned. SIGGRAPH 2002 includes a three-day
exhibition of products and services for the computer graphics
and interactive marketplace from 23‚25 July 2002.
SIGGRAPH 2002 registration information can be found at
www.siggraph.org/s2002/registration or by contacting SIGGRAPH
2002 Conference Management, 401 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago,
Illinois 60611 USA. +1.312.321.6830 phone; +1.312.321.6876
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SIGGRAPH 2002 Contact Information:
2002 Media Relations
Sheila Hoffmeyer or Ann Reichert
2002 Conference Management
Smith, Bucklin & Associates, Inc.
2002 Exhibition Management
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