Hand-Drawn Spaces | Web 3D Round-Up | History of the Future
Survival Stories from "Titanic" | SIGGRAPH Bowl III
"Hand-Drawn Spaces" is a virtual performance in which dancers
move across three projection screens and the spaces in between. The
figures are modeled and rendered as three-dimensional sketches, and
are animated by the intricate choreography of Merce Cunningham.
The composition was created with motion fragments that were
motion-captured, key-frame reduced, footstep-extracted and
then assembled into long-format sequences with motion flow editing.
In this Special Session, presenters discussed their individual contributions to this work and addressed the prospects of and for virtual dance.
Riverbed (Concept and Visual Design)
Cunningham Dance Foundation (Choreography)
Unreal Pictures (Motion Editing and Composition
Riverbed (Concept and Visual Design)
Web 3D Round-Up:
Tomorrow's Visions of Web-Based Virtual Reality
The Web is round! Forget about html flatland. In this fun-filled event, jam-packed
with content and information, the top designers of 3D content for the
Internet presented their latest and greatest efforts. Each presenter -- independent artist, head of a small
company, or representative from a major developer -- had a limited
time to get their point across. If they didn't, they were met with a
barrage of Nerf balls and other surprises.
Naval Postgraduate School
Master of Ceremonies
History of the Future:
The Past, Present, and Future of Computer Graphics
Computer graphics and interactive techniques, once the esoteric purview of computer scientists in the ivory towers of academia and military research, have now permeated virtually every aspect of our culture. From high-tech film effects, to the World Wide Web, from architecture to artificial intelligence, from computerized games to computerized brain surgery, computer graphics can be seen in all facets of modern life, from the sublime to the trivial.
The 25th SIGGRAPH conference provided an opportunity to pause and reflect. Where were we going 25 years ago and before? Where did we end up? Were the predictions we made over the past 25 years accurate? What went wrong? What went right? What surprised everyone?
This Special Session presented an insightful, humorous, and lively look at the past, present, past future, present past, and present future of computer graphics and interactive techniques.
Celia Pearce & Friends
SIGGRAPH 98 Panels Chair
University of California at Los Angeles
Cornell University/Hewlett Packard
Walt Disney Imagineering
Survival Stories from "Titanic"
The chills. The thrills. The spills. Tales of human courage under
daunting odds. Epic disasters in the face of looming deadlines.
No, not the movie -- the effects production.
Survival Stories from "Titanic" provided an intimate, in-the-trenches
look at what it took to coordinate a massive multi-company project of
this scale, and the management and people skills required. At SIGGRAPH 97, attendees got a sneak preview of some of the awesome special effects in "Titanic." AT SIGGRAPH 98, they got an insider's view of the trials and tribulations of creating this Academy Award-winning epic disaster movie.
Independent Visual Effects Producer
Composite Image Systems
Banned from the Ranch
Hammerhead Productions, Inc.
Blue Sky | VIFX
SIGGRAPH Bowl III
A quiz show that tested the knowledge of Official Bowling Teams on a variety of computer graphics topics and trivia:
And the winners were:
Team Seattle: The Raining Champions
David Salesin, Andrew Glassner, Michael Cohen
Team NYC: What are you looking at?
Scott Lang, Ken Perlin, Carl Machover
Team Utah: Utah Teaputz
Peter Shirley, Peter-Pike Sloan, Robert McDermott
Team Brown: Hooray for the Red, White and Brown
David "Spoke" Laidlaw, Nancy "Spork" Pollard, John "Spike" Hughes
Team Grappa: The Twice-Distilled Team
Ken Musgrave, Dave Fracchia, Shawn Neely
Team Caltech: Catch the Wavelet
Peter Schröder, Al Barr, David Breen
Team CMU: Straight from Mister Roger's Neighborhood
Paul Heckbert, Steve Seitz, Michael Garland
Team ILM: Let the Wookiee Win
Joshua Pines, Dan Goldman, Florian Kainz Subs: Rod G Bogart, Doug Smythe
Team UBC: Two Canucks and a wandering Californian
Paul Lalonde, Bob Lewis, Dave Martindale