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SIGGRAPH 2007's Second Featured Speaker Just Announced

As part of SIGGRAPH 2007's new expanded speaker format, Scott McCloud, graphic novelist, will deliver a feature presentation on the fast-changing American comics field. Bolstered by the literary ambitions of the "graphic novel" movement, a flood of international influences, and the growing importance of new technologies, the comics landscape shifts regularly in surprising and increasingly unpredictable directions.

McCloud has been writing and drawing comics since 1984. His book Understanding Comics was a New York Times notable book for 1994 and is available in 16 languages. His new book, Making Comics explores the art and craft of telling stories visually. Sin City and 300 creator Frank Miller, called McCloud "just about the smartest guy in comics."

For 2007, SIGGRAPH has expanded its speaker offerings. In an effort to enhance the SIGGRAPH attendee experience, there will be three Featured Speaker presentations, each representing different key areas of computer graphics and interactive techniques. The three featured presentations will be held on different days and will focus on industry/commerce, art, or research relating to the SIGGRAPH community.
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Record-Breaking Computer Animation Festival

Groundbreaking films presented at the SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival have amazed audiences for three decades. The Computer Animation Festival jury selected three award winners from a record-breaking 905 entries for exemplary use of computer-generated imagery, animation, and storytelling. For the first time in the history of SIGGRAPH, two of the award-winning films are student entries. In all, 134 pieces were selected for the Computer Animation Festival.

The winners are:

Best of Show

Ark
Grzegorz Jonkajtys and Marcin Kobylecki
www.thearkfilm.com

An unknown virus has destroyed almost the entire human population. Oblivious to the true nature of the disease, the only remaining survivors escape to the sea. In great ships, they set off in search of uninhabited land untouched by the deadly virus. So begins the exodus, led by one man...

Jury Honors

Dreammaker
Leszek Plichta
Institute of Animation, Visual Effects, and Digital Post Production, Filmakademie Baden-Wurttemberg

In the past, this talented dreammaker created the most beautiful dreams for people. Now, he lives in solitude focused on only one purpose - the creation of a special dream - his dream...


Award of Excellence

En Tus Brazos
Francois-Xavier Goby, Edouard Jouret, Matthieu Landour
Supinfocom Valenciennes

A remarkable tale of the greatest tango dancer of the 1920's who finds himself confined to a wheelchair after an unfortunate accident. Thanks to his loving wife, he recovers the use of his legs just in time for the most magical dance of his life.

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SIGGRAPH 2007 Advance Program Available Now

Plan Your SIGGRAPH Itinerary In Advance

One of the greatest challenges facing many attendees is not having enough time to soak up all the valuable content that a SIGGRAPH conference and exhibition has to offer. Now, you can get a glimpse into the incredibly rich content that will be featured at SIGGRAPH 2007 before you arrive in San Diego. From the ground breaking technology to the record-breaking submissions in the Computer Animation Festival, the time to act is now.

Preview SIGGRAPH 2007.
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Special Sessions

From Shrek to Spider-Man 3

SIGGRAPH 2007 Special Sessions feature leading experts in computer graphics, interactive techniques, and beyond and will offer enlightening insights on the art, science, trends, and breakthrough concepts that will define the future of digital technologies. Special

Sessions are as follows:

  • Shrekology, The History of an Ogre
  • "Spider-Man 3" - Triple Play
  • "Happy Feet": Thawing the CG pipeline
  • Presentation of the Winners of the First International FJORG! Viking Animation Event

"Special Sessions provide an exciting perspective of the computer graphics industry," said Jerome Solomon, SIGGRAPH 2007 Special Sessions co-chair from Industrial Light & Magic. "In each session, industry experts will define their vision for the future and discuss how to reach it."

Find details on SIGGRAPH 2007 Special Sessions.

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Papers

Encouraging Idea Exchange Through Per-Paper Discussants

The SIGGRAPH Papers program is the premier international forum for disseminating new scholarly work in computer graphics. This year the Papers Committee accepted a record-setting 108 papers. Not only do these papers span the core areas of modeling, animation, rendering, and imaging, but they also touch on related areas such as visualization, computer vision, human-computer interaction, and applications of computer graphics.

To promote a lively exchange of ideas during the Papers program, we are introducing a system of per-paper discussants. Each paper in the program will be allotted 25 minutes, 20 minutes for presentation of the paper and five minutes for discussion of the paper, with the session chair serving as discussant.

Anyone may submit a question to the discussant for any session. These questions should be scholarly in nature, diplomatically phrased, and specific to one of the papers being presented in that session.

Discover Papers and submit a question to a session chair.

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FJORG!: Submission Deadline Extended to 21 May

Showcase Your Talents at SIGGRAPH 2007

FJORG! (pronounced FORGE), will make its debut at SIGGRAPH 2007. This event will feature teams from around the world who will be challenged to create a character-driven animated sequence based on a specific theme provided by the judges. This intense 32-hour competition will be held on Monday and Tuesday of SIGGRAPH before a live audience and multiple staged distractions. Winning teams, chosen by an elite panel of judges from throughout the entertainment industry, will earn the coveted title of FJORG! - 2007 Viking Animator and the awards will be presented during a Special Session Wednesday evening.

Prove your CG animation skills - FJORG! applications will be accepted through 21 May 2007.

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SIGGRAPH 2007 Exhibition

A Surge in First-Time Exhibitors

Year after year thousands of attendees flock to the SIGGRAPH exhibition floor to see the lastest cutting edge innovations and new products. This year, SIGGRAPH welcomes an incredible number of new exhibitors.

"We are excited that there are so many new companies at the SIGGRAPH 2007 Exhibition. We will welcome a diverse group of both large global companies and smaller independent organizations," stated Mike Weil, SIGGRAPH 2007 Exhibits Manager. "We are seeing a significant jump in the number of companies that have not previously exhibited. This growth stems from the consistent innovation and strength found at SIGGRAPH."

A sample of these new companies:

Aguru Images, Inc.
AnimationMentor.com
Animazoo
APAXIS Systems
ARC Science Simulations
Bunkspeed, Inc.
Contour Design, Inc.
Creaform 3D
Creative Media Institute of New Mexico State University - EMIT
Deep Light, LLC
Digimax
DriveSavers Data Recovery
Field Emission Technologies, Inc.
Flat Pyramid
FormFonts
Forum8 Co., Ltd.
HighRES, Inc.
IWANE Lab, Ltd.
lynda.com, Inc.
MESA Imaging AG
Motion Theory
NaturalPoint Inc.
Noren Products Inc.
Organic Motion, Inc.
Paravue Corporation
Pixellexis Systems & Technologies Inc.
PowerUp Games
RapidMind Inc.
RedEye RPM, Inc.
Sound Ideas
The Art Center Design College
Xsens

For more details on exhibiting or sponsoring, contact Mike Weil.

Access the current list of exhibitors.

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Wanted: SIGGRAPH Volunteers


Seeking 2011 Conference Chair

SIGGRAPH is seeking nominations for the SIGGRAPH 2011 Conference Chair position.

This person leads and inspires a highly energized, multi-talented, and deeply committed team of volunteers and professional service contractors to create, plan, and produce every aspect of the conference and exhibition.

The 2011 Conference Chair will work closely with the SIGGRAPH Chief Staff Executive, the Conference Advisory Group, the professional service contractors, and the volunteer program chairs over approximately a four-year period from early 2008 through 2012. In addition to overseeing the conference, the 2011 Conference Chair will also serve in an advisory capacity to the SIGGRAPH organization.

Take a step towards leadership.

 

SIGGRAPH Invites Nominations for SIGGRAPH CAG Chair

The Chair of the CAG (Conference Advisory Group) is a volunteer who serves in two major capacities. First, the Chair leads the work of the CAG in carrying out multi-year functions of the conference; the CAG works as a peer body; and the CAG Chair functions as the manager of the CAG project as defined in the 1998 conference management model report. Second, the Chair serves as a member of the SIGGRAPH Executive Committee (EC) and is the primary communications link between the conference and the EC.

The CAG Chair is nominated by the CAG and selected by the SIGGRAPH Executive Committee. The term of appointment to this position is three years (beginning in January 2008) and one additional year as a non-voting member as the Past CAG Chair.

Find a detailed job description and information on how to apply.

Questions? Contact Conference Management.

 

Calling Volunteers for SIGGRAPH 2008

Would you like to make an impact on a SIGGRAPH conference? Consider leading the way into the next generation of computer graphics and influence the planning and logistics of SIGGRAPH 2008. Use your talents, creativity, and skills to make a difference. Year after year, volunteers comment that volunteering for a SIGGRAPH conference has accelerated their career and offered incredible networking opportunities.

Impact a SIGGRAPH Conference.

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News, Notes, & Miscellaneous

Registration Update

Registration for SIGGRAPH 2007 is quick and easy. For those who register now, early-bird registration rates are available across all categories. The early-bird registration deadline is 29 June 2007.

Register today.

Focus on San Diego

San Diego, California's second largest city, will be home to SIGGRAPH 2007. A city full of life, within miles you can find the world's busiest border crossing, the North American desert, the rolling hills of Balboa Park overlooking the city, world-class biomedical research centers, seaside restaurants, museums, and much more. During the day, at the San Diego Convention Center on the waterfront, you will have access to a view of Coronado Bay's sailboats, yachts, and aircraft carriers. While you are in San Diego, be sure to take advantage of the culture and experiences that the city has to offer.

Discover San Diego.


Job Fair

The SIGGRAPH 2007 Job Fair will be held 7-9 August, 10 am-4 pm.

Jobseekers - If you are actively looking for a job or casually networking to see available opportunities across multiple creative industries, then complete a free, confidential CreativeHeads.net profile. Creating a profile allows you to showcase your skills, professional experience, and demo reel/art files to employers recruiting at SIGGRAPH 2007.

Create Your Profile today, and participate in the SIGGRAPH 2007 Job Fair.

Full Conference, Conference Select, One Day, and Exhibits Plus registered attendees are welcome to attend this event at no additional cost. Complete a FREE profile today, and let employers know you will be participating in the SIGGRAPH 2007 Job Fair.

Employers - The Job Fair is the place to be if you are interested in job recruitment. More than 4,000 creative professionals will visit this area over the course of three days. Plus the Job Fair Booth Package includes job postings on the ACM SIGGRAPH and CreativeHeads.net Job Board Network.

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SIGGRAPHITTI Trivia

Test Your SIGGRAPH IQ

Each issue of SIGGRAPHITTI features one SIGGRAPH-related trivia question that tests the extent of your SIGGRAPH knowledge. Get them right and earn the title SIGGRAPH Expert.

Congratulations to last month's winner, J. Marshall Pittman, Professor of 3D Animation and Games, Collin County Community College, Plano, TX., who was one of only four correct entries (winner is randomly chosen from all correct entries).

Last month's SIGGRAPHITTI trivia question:

SIGGRAPH Emerging Technogies are a major part of the conference today, however this program has not been around forever. Name the year that the program we call Emerging Technogies today was introduced at SIGGRAPH. Also, list the titles that this program has been called in the past. The person that can correctly identify the initial year and list the most program titles will be this issue's SIGGRAPH expert.

Answer: Emerging Technologies began in 1991. Following are the names: 1991, 1993 Tomorrow's Realities; 1992 - Guerilla-technology (G-tech); 1994 - The Edge; 1995 - Interactive Entertainment; 1996 - Digital Bayou; 1997 - Electric Garden; 1998 - Enhanced Realities; 1999 - Emerging Technologies: The Millenninum Motel; 2000 - Emerging Technologies: Point of Departure; 2001 thru today - Emerging Technologies

All correct entries received by 18 May 2007 will be entered into a pool and a winner will be selected at random. The next SIGGRAPHITTI will feature the correct answer and that month’s winner. Winners receive their choice of either the Conference Proceedings DVD or a SIGGRAPH 2007 Polo shirt (approx $50 value). Only contestants who attend SIGGRAPH 2007 are eligible. Prizes distributed at the conference and exhibition in San Diego.

The May SIGGRAPHITTI Trivia Question is listed below. Good luck!

Which work by which artist inspired Danny DeVito to come to SIGGRAPH 93 just to see it? Hint: It was part of the SIGGRAPH Machine Culture Exhibition in 1993 and it will be presented again at SIGGRAPH 2007 in the Art Gallery: Global Eyes.

Stake your claim as a SIGGRAPH Expert.

Please note: Entries must be received by 18 May 2007 to be eligible for prize and must include your full name and company/organization affiliation.

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IMAGE CREDITS:
Ark 2007 © Grzegorz Jonkajtys, Marcin Kobylecki | San Diego Convention Center courtesy of Timothy Hursley

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