Making Piper – Pixar’s Latest Short

Join us for our last SF SIGGRAPH event of 2016 for a look into the making of Pixar’s charming short “Piper” with guest speaker, Brett Levin. Brett works on technical art and software tools for animated films at Pixar.  Most recently he supervised technical production for the Piper short.  Prior to that he was co-lead on Pixar’s effort to switch to path-tracing for Finding Dory; led implementation of the scene description & compositing system for USD; and led animation, layout, and scenegraph teams for Pixar’s rigging & animation system Presto.  His first industry job was working on the Blade Runner PC game at Westwood Studios. As a special thanks to our local chapter members – free admission to this event! Presenter: Brett Levin  |  Pixar   When: Tuesday, Dec 6th. Door opens at 6:30pm for holiday mixer & refreshments – presentation starts at 7:30 Where: Zynga SFHQ Theatre...

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SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival 2016

The SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival is the leading annual festival for the world’s most innovative, accomplished, and amazing digital film and video creators. An internationally recognized jury receives hundreds of submissions and presents the best work of the year in the two programs of the Computer Animation Festival: Daytime Selects and the Electronic Theater. Selections include outstanding achievements in animated feature and short films, scientific visualization, visual effects, real-time graphics, game excerpts, and much more! The Computer Animation Festival is recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a qualifying festival. Since 1999, several works originally presented in the Computer Animation Festival have been nominated for or have received a Best Animated Short Academy Award   Presenter: Jason Smith  |  SomaPlay When: Wednesday, Sept 28th. Door opens at 6:30pm for mixer & refreshments – presentations wrap at 9:30pm Where: Zynga SFHQ Theatre (directions) Online registration is required (here) – there will be no tickets at the...

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SF VR : Featuring Jaunt, SculptrVR & Penrose Studios

  Presenters: Bruna Berford  |  Lead Animator | Penrose Studios Anatoli Adamov | Director of Engineering | Jaunt Studios Nathan Rowe | Founder | SculptrVR When: Wednesday, July 20th. Door opens at 6:00pm for mixer & refreshments – presentations wrap at 9:00pm Where: Zynga SFHQ Theatre (directions) Online registration is required (here) – there will be no tickets at the...

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The Making of Google Spotlight’s “Pearl”

  Pearl is a short film directed by Patrick Osborne, the Academy Award-winning director for best animated short film Feast in 2015 for Disney.    Set inside their home, a beloved hatchback, Pearl follows a girl and her dad as they crisscross the country chasing their dreams. It’s a story about the gifts we hand down and their power to carry love. And finding grace in the unlikeliest of places.    Pearl is Google’s 7th Spotlight Story and was produced as both a theatrical film and a 360° VR story for mobile and Cardboard, one of the first stories to be produced and experienced on multiple platforms.     Our task: create a 360º interactive animated film with a strongly art-directed, highly stylized non-photorealistic look, with naturalistic character animation tightly synchronized to an original song, and a story that collapses decades into minutes through montage, and make it run in real time on a wide range of devices, from mobile phones to VR headgear. No problem!   Among the challenges the speakers will discuss the following: Editing and montage in a 360º narrative (which we believe we’re among the first to do.) Elastic time and ambisonic audio in music-driven interactive storytelling. Achieving Pearl’s non-photorealistic look on mobile phone hardware. How the art of Pearl pushed the technology of our Story Development Kit (SDK). Adapting a single interactive narrative experience to a diverse range of hardware modalities, including handheld devices (both mono- and stereoscopic), non-interactive video (both rectangular and spherical), and full 6DOF VR. Presenters: David Eisenmann  |  Producer Cassidy Curtis |  Technical Art Lead Scot Stafford |  Sound & Music Supervisor Rachid El Guerrab |  Technical Project Lead   When: Wednesday, June 1st. Door opens at 6:30pm – finishing at 9:30pm Where: Zynga SFHQ Theatre (directions) Online registration is required (here) – there will be no tickets at the...

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Making The World of Firewatch

  This is a postmortem style presentation about the art production challenges Campo Santo faced when developing Firewatch. The talk will discuss the reasons behind various production decisions and how we dealt with other unexpected issues. While showcasing visual examples from the first person narrative game, Jane will explain the methodology behind our scene management, asset modeling and world streaming. The talk will go into some details regarding the specific tools required to achieve the art style in Firewatch, and offer some advice on how small art teams can make the best use of their time and resources. Takeaway Attendees will learn how Campo Santo created a streaming world with an off-the-shelf Unity extension. They will also hear why our “ideal production plan” on paper did not work in practice and other important lessons learned. Presenter: Jane Ng  |  Artist, Campo Santo When: Thursday, April 7th. Door opens at 6:30pm Where: Zynga SFHQ Theatre (directions) Online registration is required (here) – there will be no tickets at the...

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SF VR/AR featuring AltspaceVR, Baobab, ILM Xlab

  Please join us for an interactive evening experiencing and learning about VR & AR. AltspaceVR, Baobab and ILM Xlab studios will all be bringing demos for you to experience during the mixer starting at 6pm. Speakers from these studios will also be doing presentations sharing their learning and experiences with VR starting at 7:30. Hope to see you at 6pm so you can experience first hand some of these new technologies ability to create immersive story experiences. When: Door opens at 6:00pm for the mixer with VR demos – Talks will start at 7:30 prompt. Where: Zynga SFHQ Theatre (directions) Online registration is required (here) – there will be no tickets at the door. Presenters: ERIC DARNELL :   Baobab Studios TIM ALEXANDER :  ILM XLabs TING TING WU : AltspaceVR  ...

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