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!