Monday, November 23, 2009

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

SIGGRAPH Callout '09

Are you an aspiring graphic artist? An animator full of great ideas and stories to tell? Were your parents murdered in front of you and now you spend your nights dressed up like a bat fighting crime? Have you realized that life is just an illusion created by the Machine Overlords? If you said yes to any of these questions, then rejoice! SIGGRAPH has returned for another great year! Thursday September 10th (Campus Center Room CE 148) at 6:00PM the SIGGRAPH Student Chapter of IUPUI will be having a Callout that will highlight future events and let you know how to get involved in the organization.

Upcoming Events Include:


Our annual Halloween party/design competition. Coming Thursday October 29th. Contests this year:

SIGGRAPH IUPUI Logo and T-Shirts: Design promotional material for our organization so we don't have to. The theme for this year's design is "The People Behind the Pixels". The meaning is, as always, open to interpretation so get outside that box! The logo should be a simple design that can be easily shrunk down to smaller sizes. The T-shirt is more of an illustration that should contain no more than two colors and leave room to incorporate future logos and organization info.

Also be sure to show off your darker side in our Halloween themed art contests. We will be accepting spooky 2D illustrations, photo-manipulations, and 3D stills as well as scary animations, motion graphics, and videos. And don't forget to wear a costume for our annual costume competition!

You can enter up to 3 submissions for each category (there are 4 if you lost count) and wear only one costume (duh). Submit your work to with your name in the file name before the 28th. Please remember that submissions must remain anonymous during the presentation so no signatures on artwork or credits on animations. As always fame and fortune await the winners so lah-dee-dah...

I am also obligated to inform you that we will be holding another SIGGRAPH Student Exhibition Splash Animation Competition (whew) this December 3rd. Think of it as a commercial: a short 2D or 3D animation that advertises the next Exhibition. We're telling you this now so you can get a head start and give us something we can be proud of. This competition will also use anonymous submissions so refrain from adding credits until after the winner has been picked. Expect more info on this event in the future.

Disclaimer: the Logo, T-shirt, and Splash Animation selected as the winners are going to be used on advertisements and promotional material all year long. The artists will recieve credit where credit is due, but remember that we'll need to use these materials at our own discretion.

If you have any questions, comments, or just want to be a whiny little -bad word- then you can contact me at and maybe I can help. Just remember: I'm a dashing special agent with a Ph.D in Kicking Your A** so watch yourself!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

SIGGRAPH / Flash Indianpolis Collaboration Meeting


I hope your summers went well! This semester is starting off with a bang! If you remember briefly about a project I mentioned at the beginning of summer, I was working on a non-for profit / Indiana design competition website with the President of Flash Indianapolis Mark Grossnickle.

We would like to have a dual-group open forum next week on the 27th to go over our vision, ideas, and get input from both groups as we move forward. Whatever is decided, Mark and I will take the brundt of the responsibilities to get this thing moving forward and will hopefully be working with a CGT 411 capstone team or New media group of students to see it through fruition. We would like all of your feedback and talk to those of you that would like to help further!

The meeting is next Thursday evening 6:00-7:00p.m. in Campus Center CE 268.

Things we would like to go over:

- Competition name
- How often will the competition occur? (Yearly, Semester-ly, Monthly, etc)
- Will it cost money to enter or Sponsored by Gifts?
- Will we categorize the competition (by discipline, experience, team vs solo) or will we lump it into one big group?
- Will it be themed? Mad-Lib style for Humor or Driven by a Purpose?

We will also be discussing a possible Microsite, branding/logo ideas, and requesting help with recruitment and PR.

We will go out to eat/drink afterwords! I hope to see all of you there!

All the best,


Thursday, August 13, 2009

SIGGRAPH 2009 New Orleans

Many times I have been asked what is SIGGRAPH? Why do you go every year? Well, as many of you are creatives, and many of you are NERDS like myself, this is the Mecca and merging of 1 whole year of new 3D technologies, artwork, animations, research, and camaraderie packed into one memorable week!

This year SIGGRAPH was hosted by New Orleans. A city that is far more welcoming than most of the cities that I have been to (especially Los Angeles). New Orleans offers a perfect evening backdrop for those who don't get out much, to let loose, and to meet face to face to forge new relationships!

This year I was lucky enough to speak with hundreds of professionals about game design ideas that my brother and I cook up (thanks Will Wright), preview new softwares, meet hundreds of new students who are excited about their future, and eat oysters with good friends and well known CGsociety bigs (owners and editors)! Not to mention I received feedback and research on about every part of The Red Kite's production pipeline from several professionals within Pixar, Digital Domain, ILM, and Sony ImageWorks to name a few!

So Why SIGGRAPH? My answer is why not? Its the only place you can go to find people as passionate as you are about your work! And its the one place a lot of you weirdos could fit in! Next Year is Los Angeles hosts once again. Counting professionals, students, and IUPUI Alumni we had 32 Indianapolis people that I know of in attendance! Lets beat those numbers in 2010!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Don't SIGGRAPH Promotional Video!

SIGGRAPH IUPUI is proud to release its first live action promotional video for the 2009 Student Exhibition: Don't SIGGRAPH!

The video is for advertisement of the event on Friday, April 17th, 2009 from 5pm-10pm in the IUPUI Campus Center room 450. Everyone including business professionals, students, faculty, and friends are invited to check out the amazing work that IUPUI computer graphics students have to offer!

For more information, visit our website at We hope to see you at the event!

April 2, 2009 Night Life Reminder


Do not forget about the SIGGRAPH Night Life event tonight, Thursday, April 2, 2009, in ET 306, starting at 6pm.

This is a great time to show off those projects you worked so hard on to get into the Student Exhibition with. Get critiques, watch movies, meet new friends, get free high fives, the possibilities are endless.

Come find out for yourself! See you in the lab.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Interview With Jason Diehl, Owner Of Chestees

Great article! Go check it out.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Professional Portfolio Review

This is just a reminder that the SIGGRAPH Professional Portfolio Review Event is THIS THURSDAY, March 26th, from 6pm to 9pm in IT 252. We have convinced an awesome group of pros to come in and critique your work so you might want to try and come to learn from them.

ONLY those registered for the SIGGRAPH Student Exhibition in April may show their work. But, all members are welcome to come and see what the various pros in the industry have to say. I say come if at all possible.

6pm to 9 pm
IT 252

Be there or be left in the dust!

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Pixar is from Mars, Disney is from Venus?

A Slate blogger is the latest to argue that Pixar's film's have "girl trouble"--that is, too much focus on strong male characters at the expense of strong female ones.

Although it's true that this disparity has existed over the years, it's less prevalent in some of Pixar's recent films, such as The Incredibles and WALL-E.

Keep in mind, also, that Disney feature animation has historically been at least as focused on leading ladies as Pixar has been on its leading men. Granted, there are some important exceptions like The Lion King and The Jungle Book. Overall, though, the roll call of great Disney feature film characters has mostly been a roll call of heroines and villainesses, from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to this year's The Princess and the Frog. (Well, it's unknown yet whether the heroine of the frog movie will be great or not. Moviegoers will find out in December.)

Pixar director Brenda Chapman, who has been known to refer to herself kiddingly as Pixar's "token female," has worked at both studios and noted the difference in emphasis:

At the start of my career, I was the only woman in the story department at Disney, but at that time we were working on "Princess movies" with strong female leads, so at the time there didn't seem to be any need to strengthen other female roles...most of the funny characters were guys.... But now I'm at Pixar, and there films are very much for the boys. I don't think it's a conscious thing, I just think they're making films they want to see....

(Brenda's film The Bear and the Bow, starring Pixar's first fairy-tale princess, is scheduled to be released in 2011.)

Thanks to The Pixar Touch for the post!