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A return to the West Coast brings SIGGRAPH closer to the epicenter of some of the most prominent computer graphics and animation studios in the world!

SIGGRAPH 2007 Media Highlights include:

  • Emerging Technologies features 23 installations that highlight the most dramatic and cutting-edge technologies that will soon impact every day life.

  • Art Gallery: Global Eyes features a variety of works from animation to wall-based pieces from over 135 artists and animators, with a special collaboration with ISAST Leonardo, an organization that serves the international arts community by building bridges between people working creatively all around the world.

  • FJORG! - A 32-hour international computer graphics “iron-animator” competition

  • Intellectual Property Marketplace, where inventors and owners can list licenses and sell ideas to the computer graphics community.

  • Incredible learning content - taught by experts from academia and industry.

  • The most cutting-edge research in computer graphics and interactive techniques as presented in the elite SIGGRAPH Papers program.

REGISTER TODAY! Visit the online registration page.

Even if you have qualified for a SIGGRAPH media badge in the past, you must re-qualify for SIGGRAPH 2007. For assistance with your pre-show coverage, contact: media@siggraph.org.
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Media Images

Now Available for Download

An library of SIGGRAPH 2007 images is now availble for you to use. The library features images of works that will be showcased in the Art Gallery: Global Eyes, the Computer Animation Festival, and Emerging Technologies.

Reproduction of these images is limited to news coverage of SIGGRAPH 2007 and requires that the publisher credit the artist and SIGGRAPH 2007 as the source of this material.

To access the library, click here. The password is informatik.

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Breaking News

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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SIGGRAPH 2007 Advance Program Available Now

Ask Your Readers to Plan Their SIGGRAPH Itineraries 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 give them a glimpse into the incredibly rich content that will be featured at SIGGRAPH 2007 before they arrive in San Diego.

Preview SIGGRAPH 2007 and share it with your readers.
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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 ask your readers to submit a question to a session chair.

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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

Do your readers want more information on exhibiting and sponsoring? Tell them to contact Mike Weil.

Access the current list of exhibitors.

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IMAGE CREDITS:
Scott McCloud Cartoon Image |Ark 2007 © Grzegorz Jonkajtys, Marcin Kobylecki

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