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9 August 2007

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SIGGRAPH 32-Hour FJORG! "Viking Animator" Competition Winners Just Announced

(San Diego) - SIGGRAPH 2007 officials, along with DreamWorks Animation, HP, and AMD, just announced the winners of the world's first international FJORG! Competition - an "iron animator" event in which 16 competing teams from around the world had 32 hours to create the most impressive character-driven animation of at least 15 seconds in length adhering to at least one of two themes and using at least one of 16 sound bites.

Based on storytelling, animation talent, use of resources, creativity, and technical skills, the judges selected Team Mocap from Bowling Green State University for their animation "Switch" as the first place winners. The team consists of Jim Levasseur, Tomas Jech, and W. Jacob Gardner. Picture This, a team from Miami International University of Art & Design came in second place and Impulse, from The Illinois Institute of Art-Schaumburg, won third place.
The full list of participants

"The response from the animation community surpassed all expectations," said Patricia Beckmann-Wells, FJORG! Chair. "All the teams did a fantastic job throughout the competition and it was clear early on that is was going to be very difficult for the judges to select one winner. The winners ended up having just a slight edge from a humor, technical, and creative perspective."

The three winning teams will be treated to lunch with top Sony executives and animators among other prizes. The first and second place teams will also be given an all-expenses-paid trip to DreamWorks Animation headquarters that includes a sneak preview of the new movie, "Bee Movie", a tour of the facility, and dinner with top DreamWorks executives.

During the event, FJORG! contestants were required to complete the animations using their own talents and skills, along with limited technology assets supplied at the event (outside resources were not permitted). Teams were judged by a panel of industry experts, including:

  • Simon Allen, Animator, Pixar Animation Studios
  • Scott Benza, Animation Director, "Transformers", Industrial Light & Magic
  • Spencer Cook, Animation Director, "Spider-Man 3", Sony Pictures Imageworks
  • Raman Hui, Co-Director, "Shrek the Third", DreamWorks Animation SKG
  • Gregorz Jonkajtys, Directing Artist and Marcin Kobylecki, Executive Producer, "The Ark", (SIGGRAPH 2007 Computer Animation Festival Best of Show)
  • David Smith, DreamWorks Animation SKG
The teams were supplied with limited resources during the event including:
  • Sound and voice-over selections
  • Rigged model for Maya
  • 51 HP xw9400 Workstations with Dual Core AMD Opteron processors
  • Autodesk 3ds Max
  • Autodesk Maya
  • Macromedia Flash
  • Adobe Photoshop and After Effects
  • Softimage|XSI
  • Meals
  • Liquid refreshments
  • White boards and markers for team manangement
  • Entertainment
  • Nap area
With support provided by DreamWorks Animation, and HP, AMD, FJORG! was held in conjunction with SIGGRAPH 2007, the 34th International Conference and Exhibition on computer graphics and interactive techniques at the San Diego Convention Center.

More details on all FJORG! participants. All entries and a documentary will be featured on this page in the near future.

ABOUT SIGGRAPH

SIGGRAPH 2007 will bring an estimated 25,000 computer graphics and interactive technology professionals from six continents to San Diego, California, USA for the industry's most respected technical and creative programs focusing on research, science, art, animation, gaming, interactivity, education, and the web from 5-9 August at the San Diego Convention Center. SIGGRAPH 2007 includes a three-day exhibition of products and services from the computer graphics and interactive marketplace from 7-9 August 2007. More than 250 international exhibiting companies are expected. Registration for the conference and exhibition is open to the public.

ABOUT ACM

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) SIGGRAPH sponsors SIGGRAPH 2007. ACM is an educational and scientific society uniting the world's computing educators, researchers, and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field's challenges. ACM strengthens the profession's collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the highest standards, and recognition of technical excellence. ACM supports the professional growth of its members by providing opportunities for life-long learning, career development, and professional networking.

About DreamWorks Animation SKG

DreamWorks Animation SKG (NYSE: DWA) is devoted to producing high-quality family entertainment through the use of computer-generated (CG) animation. Utilizing world-class creative talent and state-of-the-art technological capabilities, the company is committed to making two computer-animated feature films a year that appeal to a broad movie-going audience.

About HP

HP focuses on simplifying technology experiences for all of its customers - from individual consumers to the largest businesses. With a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure, HP is among the world's largest IT companies, with revenue totaling $97.1 billion for the four fiscal quarters ended April 30, 2007.
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About AMD

Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD) is a leading global provider of innovative processing solutions in the computing, graphics and consumer electronics markets. AMD is dedicated to driving open innovation, choice and industry growth by delivering superior customer-centric solutions that empower consumers and businesses worldwide.
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