SIGGRAPH 2008. Conference: Monday, 11 August - Friday, 15 August 2008. Exhibiition: Tuesday, 12 August - Thursday 14 August 2008.

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July 2008

  Register Online | Reserve Your Hotel | Competition Screenings | Festival | U2 3D | Slow Art Talks | Activities for Educators | Posters | Informal Forums | SpeedLab | Birds of a Feather | Encounters | Bookstore | Exhibitor Tech Talks | Job Fair | ACM SIGGRAPH Awards | SIGGRAPH 2009 Booth | SIGGRAPH 2008 in the News | SIGGRAPH Evolution    

Register Online in Advance and Save

Registration Fees Increase After 30 July

You still have time to register online in advance and save. After 30 July, the cost of Full Conference Access, Full Conference One Day, and Basic Access passes will be full price.

Full Conference Access Pass
Received by 30 July: Member - $975 Non-Member - $1025 Student - $400
At SIGGRAPH 2008: Member - $1075 Non-Member - $1125 Student - $450

Full Conference One Day Pass
Received by 30 July: Member - $275 Non-Member - $325 Student - $155
At SIGGRAPH 2008: Member - $375 Non-Member - $425 Student - $200

Basic Conference Access Pass
Received by 30 July: Member - $100 Non-Member - $125
At SIGGRAPH 2008: Member - $125 Non-Member - $150

Take advantage of the discounted rate, register today.

On-Site Registration

If you choose to register on-site in Los Angeles, go to Hall G at the Los Angeles Convention Center at any of the following times:

Sunday, 10 August

1 - 7 pm

Monday, 11 August

7:30 am - 6 pm

Tuesday, 12 August

8 am - 6 pm

Wednesday, 13 August

8 am - 6 pm

Thursday, 14 August

8 am - 6 pm

Friday, 15 August

8 am - 3:30 pm

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Hotel Rooms Going Fast

There may still be time to book your hotel and save! Although the hotel block has closed, some rooms may still be available at the discounted rate. But act fast, these rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Make your hotel reservation today.






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Computer Animation Festival Competition Screenings

Come to More Than One to See the Most Content

The Computer Animation Festival Competition Screenings present the best of this year's computer animation, including visual effects, animated shorts, excerpts from motion pictures, student work, scientific visualization, abstract art, and so much more. As in the storied past of this event, these screenings represent the finest submitted entries from around the world, juried by industry experts for screenings in Los Angeles’s new Nokia Theatre.


Each screening is unique and will feature some different material, so come to more than one to see the most content.


Screenings take place at the Nokia Theatre at the following times:


Tuesday, 12 August

1:45 - 3:45 pm

Competition Screening 1

5:45 - 7:45 pm

Competition Screening 2


Wednesday, 13 August

10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Competition Screening 3

5:45 - 7:45 pm

Competition Screening 4


Thursday, 14 August

10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Competition Screening 5

5:45 - 7:45 pm

Competition Screening 6


Friday, 15 August

10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Competition Screening 7

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Introducing Production Studio Nights

Computer Animation Festival

In addition to Competition and Invited Screenings, Festival Talks, and Production Sessions, SIGGRAPH 2008's newly expanded Computer Animation Festival features three all-star Production Studio Nights at the Nokia Theatre from Pixar Animation Studios, Sony Pictures Imageworks, and LucasFilm.

Pixar Animation Studios
Tuesday, 12 August, 8 - 11 pm

Screening of "The Man Who Planted Trees" Followed by a Conversation With Frédéric Back and John Lasseter
For more than 20 years, John Lasseter has redefined the animation industry, shaping the way we watch animation and showing us the sweetness, complexities, and hilarities in the simplest and most unlikely places.

Frédéric Back, a two-time Academy Award winner for "Crac" and "The Man Who Planted Trees," joins John Lasseter for a rare conversation about the passions to which he has committed his life: animation, art, and the environment.

Screening of "The Pixar Story" With Introduction and Q&A by Director Leslie Iwerks and Friends
An in-depth look behind the scenes of the ground-breaking company that pioneered a new generation of animation and forever changed the face of filmmaking. Using never-before-seen footage from the Pixar library, along with historic archival animation and first-hand accounts by animators, studio executives, directors, producers, and voice performers, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Leslie Iwerks tells the riveting story of the Bay Area start-up that revolutionized Hollywood.

Sony Pictures Imageworks
Wednesday, 13 August, 8 - 11 pm

Saying that Stan Winston helped transform visual effects into a legendary industry is just a start to recognizing his contribution and his legacy. He altered the course of movies when he transformed makeup effects from latex to animatronics. His credo, "I don't do effects, I do characters," provided the foundation for a veritable galaxy of interstellar aliens, menacing chrome robots, and predatory dinosaurs. His work blurred the lines between makeup, puppetry, and visual effects.

In films ranging from "Terminator" to "Edward Scissorhands" to "Iron Man," audiences could barely discern where the actor ended and the effects began. Winston inspired legions of directors, visual effects supervisors, and artists to stretch their abilities beyond what they knew to be possible. He challenged our imaginations, inspired our creativity, and showed us worlds we couldn't have conceived. His insatiable curiosity even moved beyond the film world into robotics and artificial intelligence, in innovations that found their way from the labs at MIT to the workshop in Van Nuys. Sony Pictures Imageworks, in conjunction with Stan Winston Studios, hosts an evening of tributes, celebrations, and memories of Stan Winston and his characters by family, friends, and peers.

A special clip reel created by Digital Domain, of which Winston used to be part owner, will be shown and the evening will close with a screening of a classic Stan Winston film.

Thursday, 14 August, 8 - 11 pm

LucasFilm presents an advance screening of "Star Wars: The Clone Wars," the much-anticipated animated feature film from director Dave Filoni and executive producer George Lucas that opens to the public on Friday, 15 August. This event, hosted by ILM Visual Effects Supervisor John Knoll, begins with a discussion of the film's unique design and signature style. The intergalactic struggle between good and evil continues with a screening of the next "Star Wars" adventure to hit the silver screen.

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See Full-Length "U2 3D" at the Computer Animation Festival

On Monday, 11 August at 7:30 pm in Petree Hall C, after the final Computer Animation Festival Stereoscopic Screening of the day, SIGGRAPH 2008 gives attendees a special treat to complement the next day’s Featured Speaker presentation. The Computer Animation Festival will feature a viewing of "U2 3D" - the documentary that Tuesday's Featured Speaker Catherine Owens co-directed.


"U2 3D" documents the band's live performance in South America on their 2006 Vertigo tour. It is the first live-action feature-length 3D digital theatrical release and it uses technology to create an immersive theatrical and exceptional multisensory experience.


Learn more about Catherine Owens' Featured Speaker presentation.

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Slow Art Talks

Hear It Straight From the Artist

The SIGGRAPH 2008 gallery on Slow Art addresses what limits we have, need, or want when it comes to speed. It is with this question in mind that artists reconsidered the paradigm of speed and instead consider the concept of "Slow Art."

Four categories of art will be presented in this gallery: Erosion, Hybrids, Rhythms, and Traversal. For each category, art will be presented in different formats and for certain pieces, the artist will present an informal talk about the art in Hall H:


Anab Jain - The Life and Death of Energy-Autonomous Objects

Tuesday, 12 August, 9 - 9:45 am

Anna Ursyn - Water Planet

Tuesday, 12 August, 6:15 - 7 pm


Vicky Isley and Paul Smith - RealSnailMail [RSM]

Tuesday, 12 August, 9:45 - 10 am

Dennis De Bel - Associative Audio Design

Tuesday, 12 August, 5:30 - 6:15 pm


Ed Cookson (The Sancho Plan) - Spacequatica

Wednesday, 13 August, 2:15 - 3 pm

Joanna Berzowska - Skorpions

Thursday, 14 August, 3 - 3:45 pm



Dylan Moore - Meros

Thursday, 14 August, 3:45 - 4:15 pm

Hye Yeon Nam - Wonderland

Thursday, 14 August, 4:15 - 5 pm

For an updated list of the informal artist talks, please check signage in the Slow Art Gallery or the web site. (Times subject to change.)


Learn more about Slow Art Talks.

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Activities for Educators

Beginning Monday, 11 August

On Monday, 11 August at 10:30 am, join your fellow educators from around the world for the Educators Opening Plenary and Café. This session kicks off on the first day of SIGGRAPH 2008, allowing educators attending the conference to have a chance to network earlier than ever before. The Plenary will feature an overview and preview of conference sessions, activities, and resources that might be of special interest to you and your students. Meet with the ACM SIGGRAPH Education Committee and give feedback on how SIGGRAPH can serve your community during the rest of the year.

The Roundtable on Educational Resources is among the sessions designed to bring SIGGRAPH's rich community of educators together. Gain innovative teaching ideas and discuss the latest resources for teaching computer graphics, interactive techniques, and digital arts.

Educators are invited to attend the opening of the SpaceTime Gallery on Wednesday, 13 August. This exhibition captures the state of creative computer-based student work and acts as an annual slice of the computer graphics continuum. The opening will include a demonstration of a virtual online SpaceTime Student Gallery on Second Life hosted by Otis College of Art & Design, and presented by Prof. Michael Wright.

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On Display

SIGGRAPH Posters are graphic displays of incremental, preliminary, partial, and innovative insights that are thought-provoking and still in development. This is a rare glimpse into creative and scientific minds working on complex ideas. Posters are displayed throughout the conference week, and presenters discuss their work in scheduled sessions.


Poster Sessions
Poster authors are scheduled to stand by their posters to talk with attendees and demonstrate their work during these times:


Tuesday, 12 August

12:15 - 1:15 pm

Thursday, 14 August

12:15 - 1:15 pm

Discover more about SIGGRAPH 2008 Posters.

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Informal Forums

SIGGRAPH 2008 is hosting a new presentation format this year: the Informal Forums, a collection of talks ranging from art to research and development. Informal Forums are presented in a casual, low-tech "soap box" setting to allow attendees to share new ideas and perspectives, and to initiate discussions. Informal Forums are presented back to back with other Informal Forums on similar topics. Each presentation will last approximately 15 minutes in length.


Find out the details on SIGGRAPH Informal Forums.

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Collaborate With Great People to Solve Challenging Problems

Few professional experiences are as exciting as meeting and working with terrific new colleagues. SIGGRAPH 2008 is offering you the chance to do just that. Participants will be grouped into teams of approximately five people and set to devise creative, imaginative solutions to one of several challenging problems. The problems will reward participation from everyone in the SIGGRAPH community. SpeedLab isn't about implementing - it's about thinking out of the box and dreaming up the future. 

SpeedLab is for people of all levels of experience in all the disciplines that make up SIGGRAPH, including artists, musicians, graphic designers, technologists, mathematicians, architects, programmers, poets, physicists, researchers, professors, students, and anyone else with an open and creative mind and a positive, friendly attitude. Each team can work on their problem as much as they wish, in any way they want over the course of the week. SpeedLab is all about design and brainstorming. Instead of programming, teams will be encouraged to spend their time exploring as many ideas as possible.

At the end of the week, all teams will present their solutions to the public and a panel of distinguished judges, who will award wonderful prizes to the best work. These short presentations can take any form the teams like, but entertaining presentations are encouraged. In order to compete, participants must come in person to the problem assignment meeting at 3:45 - 5:30 pm on Monday, 11 August in room 505 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Don't be late, space is limited.

If you have questions, contact

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Birds of a Feather Workshop

Legal and Business Issues Addressed

Birds of a Feather events are presentations, discussions, and demonstrations for people who share interests, goals, technologies, environments, or backgrounds. They are proposed and organized by SIGGRAPH 2008 attendees and must be free of charge, related to computer graphics or interactive techniques, open to all SIGGRAPH 2008 attendees, and non-commercial in nature.


One featured Birds of a Feather workshop, "Legal and Business Issues Faced by Emerging Companies in the Computer Graphics and Interactive Communities" also has a corresponding panel to complement the workshop. Both of these events are described below. Panels are debates or discussions on high-level, important industry topics.


Legal and Business Issues Faced by Emerging Companies in the Computer Graphics and Interactive Communities Birds of a Feather Workshop
Wednesday, 13 August, Noon- 1:30 pm

This lunchtime workshop is hosted by Fish & Richardson P.C., one of the premier firms that practice intellectual property law, corporate law, and litigation. The workshop will address the legal and business issues that emerging growth companies face and focus on the nuts and bolts of the most efficient company structure (both domestic and international), finding and dealing with venture investors, how to answer the difficult question of valuation, preserving equity for founders and key employees, patenting technology, employee equity compensation, and debt deals. Each of these issues will be addressed from a practical, business-focused point of view.

Learn more about SIGGRAPH 2008 Birds of a Feather events.


The Convergence of IP Law and Business Panel
Wednesday, 13 August, 10:30 am - 12:15 pm


Fish & Richardson P.C. is also hosting a Panel discussion about the intersection of intellectual-property law and business from a personal "war-story" perspective. Drawing on their own experiences, panelists explain key business issues relating to IP such as how to prevent employees or consultants from "walking out the door" with IP, how to fashion an effective and strategic patent portfolio, the emergence of patent licensing and enforcement companies, and creative licensing and other IP monetization models.


Discover other SIGGRAPH 2008 Panels.

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Evolving Our Encounters

An Exploration of Content Through Cutting Edge Educational Gaming Paradigms

SIGGRAPH 2008 strives to connect and engage attendees with each other and presenters to enhance conference content and enrich the attendee experience. Evolving Our Encounters partners experts in the field of educational gaming to create unique and deeper connections between presenters and attendees, and among the attendee community.

These educational gaming initiatives range from a deep dive into Classes to a more accessible, and mobile, industry-trivia challenge. For optimal user experience, bring your laptop to participate!

Game on! You can begin to explore the experience online starting Aug 4th.

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Ed Catmull Book Signing

Once again, the SIGGRAPH bookstore will feature the latest and greatest books, CDs, and DVDs on computer animation, graphic design, gaming, 3D graphics, modeling, and digital artistry. To suggest books, CDs, or DVDs that should be available in the bookstore, contact:

Breakpoint Books
Toll Free: 800.968.9622
Fax: 352.383.4403

On Monday, 11 August from 4 - 5 pm, Ed Catmull, SIGGRAPH 2008 Featured Speaker and President, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, will be on hand at the bookstore to sign To Infinity and Beyond!: The Story of Pixar Animation Studios. This visual art book by Karen Paik documents the history of Pixar Animation Studios and features forwards from Ed Catmull, Steve Jobs, and John Lasseter.




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Exhibitor Tech Talks and Sessions

Get up-close and hands-on with the newest hardware systems, software tools, and creative services from hundreds of companies. Explore the products, systems, techniques, ideas, and inspiration that are creating the next three generations of computer graphics and interactive techniques.

The SIGGRAPH Exhibition will be open:

Tuesday, 12 August

9:30 am - 6 pm

Wednesday, 13 August

9:30 am - 6 pm

Thursday, 14 August

9:30 am - 3:30 pm


To complement the SIGGRAPH 2008 Exhibition, the conference gives you the opportunity to get the inside story direct from the developers of tomorrow's hot hardware, software, and systems. Join question-and-answer exchanges and one-on-one conversations with the presenters after each presentation.


See which exhibitors are presenting Exhibitor Tech Talks.


Find out about Exhibitor Tech Sessions.

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SIGGRAPH 2008 Job Fair

Tuesday, 12 August; Wednesday 13 August; and Thursday, 14 August

Jobseekers - Over 50 top industry companies are participating at the job fair thus far
so don’t forget to create your SIGGRAPH 2008/ profile to maximize your visibility with these companies recruiting at SIGGRAPH 2008 and to greatly increase your chances of landing that "right" job. It’s quick, easy, and free. When you complete your profile, companies will be able to review your professional experience, software knowledge, and samples of your work, including hosted art files and demo reels.

If you already have a profile, login to your account and check the box indicating you will be attending SIGGRAPH 2008 so employers recruiting at the conference can easily identify and contact you prior to, during, and after the job fair.

Employers - A limited amount of Job Fair Booths are still available. Reserve your booth space today. Please note Job Fair Booth packages include job posting credits on the job board network, as well as other marketing tools that provide exposure for your company, projects, and jobs to a community of 17 million creative professionals.

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Honoring Excellence

During the Monday, 11 August Featured Speaker session in Hall B at 1:30 pm in which Ed Catmull, President, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios will address SIGGRAPH 2008 attendees, ACM SIGGRAPH will honor the following:

Significant New Researcher Award
Maneesh Agrawala
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Visualization Lab, University of California, Berkeley

The Significant New Researcher Award is awarded annually to a researcher who has made a recent significant contribution to the field of computer graphics and interactive techniques, and who is new to the field. The intent is to recognize people early in their careers who have already made a notable contribution and demonstrate the potential to continue to do so. In recognition of his outstanding early contributions of novel visualization techniques and user interaction models across a range of problem domains, SIGGRAPH presents this award in 2008 to Maneesh Agrawala.

Computer Graphics Achievement Award
Ken Perlin
Department of Computer Science, New York University

The Computer Graphics Achievement Award is given each year to recognize an individual for outstanding long-lasting achievements in computer graphics and interactive techniques. ACM SIGGRAPH is pleased to present this award to Ken Perlin for his broad contributions and impact across computer graphics, ranging from novel mathematical approaches for modeling to hardware interfaces. He is best known for introducing volumetric stochastic noise and turbulence functions to texture mapping - now known as "Perlin noise." His creative research approach has produced many innovations in rendering, modeling, animation, and user interfaces, and has inspired several new lines of research.

Outstanding Service Award
Stephen Spencer
Chair, ACM SIGGRAPH Publications Committee;
Department of Computer Science & Engineering, University of Washington

The Outstanding Service Award is given in even-numbered years for extraordinary service and leadership at many levels within the ACM SIGGRAPH organization over a significant time period. ACM SIGGRAPH presents this award to Stephen Spencer in recognition for the quality, impact, and magnitude of his work on the publication process in the field of computer graphics.

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SIGGRAPH 2009 Booth

While you are in Los Angeles at SIGGRAPH 2008, you can find details about next year’s conference, 3-7 August, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Stop by the SIGGRAPH 2009 booth to pick up a poster, lapel pin, and other memorabilia while supplies last; to ask questions about the conference in New Orleans; and to learn about how you can volunteer to help out. The SIGGRAPH 2009 booth will be located in Hall H across from the SIGGRAPH Village.

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SIGGRAPH 2008 in the News

SIGGRAPH 2008 is consistently receiving positive media attention from around the globe. Click on a link below to access a sample of recent media coverage.

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The Evolution of SIGGRAPH

Did You Know?

To go along with the SIGGRAPH 2008 conference theme, each issue of SIGGRAPHITTI offers you a different fact about the way SIGGRAPH has changed over the years, how it has evolved.

The SIGGRAPH Schedule
SIGGRAPH 2008 is Monday through Friday this year instead of Sunday through Thursday as it has been in recent years. The last time a SIGGRAPH conference ran Monday through Friday was SIGGRAPH 1990, August 6 - 10 in Dallas, Texas.

For those of you in Los Angeles ahead of time, stop by the Los Angeles Convention Center to pick up your badge early on Sunday, 10 August from 1 - 7 pm.

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