(Online) Fun with Houdini Part 2

DATE:   Thursday, June 25, 2020
FROM:  7:00pm-9:00pm
WHERE:  Online

The Washington DC Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH is proud to present, Dr. Christopher P. Rahaim, PE. Dr. Rahaim will present the second part of his whirlwind tour of SideFX’s Houdini 3D animation and VFX package. The conversation will pick up on using Houdini with Unreal Engine 4, VFX, and gaming related topics. Previously, Dr. Rahaim discussed how Houdini can fit into an existing pipeline or become the main pipeline tool.

Houdini is an advanced procedural modeling, animation, effects, simulation, rendering, and compositing package. Houdini’s power is based on procedural workflows.

The meeting will be hosted on the Zoom platform. Please RSVP through our MeetUp page. A link to the meeting will be provided 15 minutes prior to the presentation to all those who have responded to the announcement on our MeetUp. Those who do not RSVP to the MeetUp announcement will not receive the link to the meeting.

Please join us on Thursday, June 25, 2020 from 7pm to 9pm online to hear Dr. Rahaim discuss further this powerful 3D animation package.

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(Online) JC Cantrell – Creating a Live Zoom Performance

DATE:   Thursday, May 28, 2020
FROM:  7:00pm-9:00pm
WHERE:  Zoom (Virtual)

The Washington DC Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH is proud to present, JC Cantrell, Master of Music and Well-Being from George Mason University. Mr. Cantrell will be discussing the processes and techniques he used with Zoom to create a multi-media project for the George Mason Healing Arts Ensemble.

As a project for the George Mason Healing Arts Ensemble, Mr. Cantrell directed and produced a Zoom multimedia presentation consisting of a triptych with 3 movements intended to ease the effects of Covid-19 on the culture. The interactive video integrates live music performed virtually by musicians playing exotic instruments. Mr. Cantrell will show the 3rd movement of the piece entitled “Awakenings” following the technical discussion.

The meeting will be hosted on the Zoom platform. A link to the meeting will be provided 30 minutes prior to the presentation to all those who have responded to the announcement on our MeetUp. Those who do not RSVP to the MeetUp announcement will not receive the link to the meeting.

(Online) JC Cantrell – Creating a Live Zoom Performance

Thursday, May 28, 2020, 7:00 PM

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The Washington DC Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH is proud to present, JC Cantrell, Master of Music and Well-Being from George Mason University. Mr. Cantrell will be discussing the processes and techniques he used with Zoom to create a multi-media project for the George Mason Healing Arts Ensemble. As a project for the George Mason Healing Arts Ensemble, M…

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Please join us on Thursday, May 28, 2020 from 7pm to 9pm on our first virtual interactive presentation to hear Mr. Cantrell discuss how Zoom can be used to bring musicians together virtually in an uplifting performance.
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Bio – JC Cantrell

JC Cantrell has over 40-years professional experience as Choral Conductor/Director of Music/Vocal soloist.  Continuous service since 2004 as Director of Music and Conductor of all music groups, St Dominic Church, Washington DC.

  • Holder of all Professional Cantor (vocalist) Certificates of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) including Cantor Colleague and Cantor Trainer professional certificates. Touring clinician on choir and Cantor development; National adjudicator of Cantor Certifications.
  • Former National Chair of the Standing Committee for Military Music Ministers (NPM) (1998-2006)
  • Assistant to the National Chair of the NPM Cantor Committee (2006-2016)
  • NPM Cantor Certification Manager (2012-present)

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Fun with Houdini

The Washington DC Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH is proud to present, Dr. Christopher P. Rahaim, PE. Dr. Rahaim will present a whirlwind tour of SideFX’s Houdini 3D animation and VFX package. He will discuss how Houdini can fit into an existing pipeline or become the main pipeline tool. Topics explored will range from VFX to gaming.

Houdini is an advanced procedural modeling, animation, effects, simulation, rendering, and compositing package. Houdini’s power is based on procedural workflows.

Please join us on Thursday, February 27, 2020 from 7pm to 9pm at V! Studios to hear Dr. Rahaim discuss this powerful 3D animation package.
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LOCATION:

V! Studios
8229 Boone Blvd., Suite 420
Vienna, VA

PARKING:

Parking is free at the V! Studios location.
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Computer Animation Festival Showcase Encore

The Washington DC Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH is presenting an encore showing of the Computer Animation Festival Showcase. If you missed the show at the Torpedo Factory, this is your chance to catch it again.  The Computer Animation Festival showcases some of the most dazzling and innovative animations from 2019, many of which were presented at the SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival.  We will also discuss our upcoming events for 2020.

For those who are not familiar, the SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival is recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a qualifying festival for the Academy Awards. Since 1999, several works originally presented in the Computer Animation Festival have been nominated for or have received a “Best Animated Short” Academy Award.

Please join us on Thursday, January 16, 2020 from 7pm to 9pm at V! Studios as we showcase some of the best examples of computer animation from around the globe.


LOCATION:
V! Studios
8229 Boone Blvd., Suite 420
Vienna, VA

PARKING:
Parking is free at the V! Studios location.


Contact Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH:
http://wp.siggraph.org/washington/
http://www.meetup.com/DC-ACM-SIGGRAPH/
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Chapter Elections – Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH

DATE:  Thursday, November 7, 2019
FROM:  7:00-9:00pm
WHEREV! Studios (directions below)

It is election time again! The Washington DC chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH will conduct our annual elections for chapter board positions during the meeting on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at V! Studios. After elections we will discuss events for the coming year as well as networking with peers in the community.

All eligible voting members of the Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH chapter have been notified to nominate board members by October 25, 2019.  The results of the nominations are posted below.  The main requirement for a leadership position is all officers must be voting members of ACM and members of ACM SIGGRAPH. Information about the duties and responsibilities for each position can be found on our web site: http://wp.siggraph.org/washington/bylaws/

Current nominations for the 2020 board positions are:

Chair  – nomination for Mark Jette
Vice-Chair – nomination for Kim Wallace
Secretary  – nomination for Paras Kaul
Treasurer  – nomination for Roberto Ortiz

If you would like more information about a position, would like to volunteer for a committee, or would like to present at a meeting, feel free to contact us at DC-GRAPH-Officers@listserv.acm.org.

Please join us on Thursday, November 7, 2019 from 7pm to 9pm V! Studios.  See you there!


LOCATION:

V! Studios
8229 Boone Blvd., Suite 420
Vienna, VA

PARKING:

Parking is free at the V! Studios location.


Contact ACM SIGGRAPH Washington DC:
http://wp.siggraph.org/washington/
http://www.meetup.com/DC-ACM-SIGGRAPH/
https://www.facebook.com/DCsiggraph

An Evening with Samar Shool and Pixeldust Studios

DATE:   Thursday, October 17, 2019
FROM:  7:00pm-9:00pm
WHERE:  Torpedo Factory Art Center (directions below)

The Washington DC Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH is proud to present Samar Shool along with Pixeldust Studios, an EMMY® award winning animation studio located in Bethesda, Maryland.  Mr. Shool has secured an Emmy himself in 2016 for animation work for the PBS show “The National Mall—America’s Front Yard” as well as several other EMMY® nominations. He will be discussing his work on the series “Ancient Earth” and “Ancient Oceans” over the past 2 years, both of which aired on Curiosity Stream, as well as the tools and pipeline used to create 40-50 creature shots produced entirely at Pixeldust Studios. He will also be discussing Pixeldust’s new, state of the art GPU based real-time rendering pipeline which utilizes primarily Unity, and to some extent Unreal Engine, and the RedShift renderer.  Mr. Shool will also discuss his work on AR/Game design and Magic Leap projects in Unity.

Please join us on Thursday, October 17, 2019 from 7pm to 9pm at the Torpedo Factory Art Center to learn more about the incredible work being produced by Pixeldust Studios.

* EMMY® is a formal trademark of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (“NATAS”)


Samar Shool BIO
Samar Shool is the CG Supervisor and Head of AR/Game Development at Pixeldust Studios. For the past few years, Mr. Shool has also been heading the development at Pixeldust Labs, working on AR/Game designs, and Magic Leap projects in Unity. He is responsible for managing the team on a project-to-project basis.  Mr. Shool is highly competent in an array of 3D animation and compositing software such as Maya, Unity, Unreal, Arnold, Nuke, After Effects.

Pixeldust Studios
Pixeldust Studios is an award-winning, animation studio, interactive media design and full service video production company with expertise in creative intelligence and a focus on delivering exceptional client service. Located in Metro Washington, D.C. and New York City, our world-class roster of editorial and design talent commands the latest technological tools to visualize and execute your project.


LOCATION:
Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N. Union St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
703-838-4565
http://www.torpedofactory.org

Directions:
The Torpedo Factory Art Center is located at the intersection of King Street and N. Union Street in Old Town Alexandria
http://torpedofactory.org/visit/directions/

Paid parking is available across the street from the Torpedo Factory or you can take the free trolley from the King Street metro center. Paid street parking is available in most areas of Old Town Alexandria. There is limited free parking in nearby residential areas, but it is restricted to two hours. There are several garages within walking distance of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, too. For real-time maps to locate parking in garages, visit the ParkMe website or download their free iPhone app. Parking regulations are strictly enforced by the City of Alexandria. Parking is free after 9 pm, on Sundays, and on state holidays. Persons with proper handicapped identification on their cars may park free at any meter and are exempt from residential parking sticker requirements.

Trolley Information:

www.dashbus.com/Trolley


Contact Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH:
http://washington-dc.siggraph.org/
http://www.meetup.com/DC-ACM-SIGGRAPH/
https://www.facebook.com/DCsiggraph

Computer Animation Showcase – Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH

DATE:   Thursday, September 12, 2019
FROM:  7:00pm-9:00pm
WHERE:  Torpedo Factory Art Center (directions below)

The Washington DC Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH is partnering with the Torpedo Factory Art Center to host a Computer Animation Showcase. The Computer Animation Showcase represents some of the most dazzling and innovative animations from students and professionals around the world.  Several of the animations were screened at the 2019 SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival.

For those who have not had the opportunity to attend a SIGGRAPH conference, the SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival, a highlight of the conference, is recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a qualifying festival for the Academy Awards. Since 1999, several works originally presented in the Computer Animation Festival have been nominated for or have received a “Best Animated Short” Academy Award.

Please join us on Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 7pm to 9pm at the Torpedo Factory Art Center as we showcase some of the best examples of computer animation from around the globe.


Location:
Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N. Union St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
703-838-4565
www.torpedofactory.org

Directions:
The Torpedo Factory Art Center is located at the intersection of King Street and N. Union Street in Old Town Alexandria
http://torpedofactory.org/visit/directions/

Paid parking is available across the street from the Torpedo Factory or you can take the free trolley from the King Street metro center. Paid street parking is available in most areas of Old Town Alexandria. There is limited free parking in nearby residential areas, but it is restricted to two hours. There are several garages within walking distance of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, too. For real-time maps to locate parking in garages, visit the ParkMe website or download their free iPhone app. Parking regulations are strictly enforced by the City of Alexandria. Parking is free after 9 pm, on Sundays, and on state holidays. Persons with proper handicapped identification on their cars may park free at any meter and are exempt from residential parking sticker requirements.

Trolley Information: www.dashbus.com/Trolley


Contact Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH:
http://washington-dc.siggraph.org/
http://www.meetup.com/DC-ACM-SIGGRAPH/
https://www.facebook.com/DCsiggraph

SIGGRAPH 2019 Conference Recap

DATE:   Thursday, August 29, 2019
FROM:  7:00-9:00pm
WHEREV! Studios (directions below)

The Washington DC Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH would like to invite you to the 2019 SIGGRAPH conference recap. For those of you who did not get to go to the SIGGRAPH conference in LA, our very own Roberto Ortiz, along with other members, will be sharing their experiences and insights from the conference!  If you attended the conference, share your experiences with those who could not attend this year. Bring your laptop and flash drives and exchange photos! Show off your coveted Pixar teapot or other fun giveaways! Tell us about the cool parties we missed!

SIGGRAPH Conference 2019

http://s2019.siggraph.org/

Please join us on Thursday, August 29, 2019 from 7pm to 9pm at V! Studios to learn more about the latest news from the SIGGRAPH conference.


LOCATION:
V! Studios
8229 Boone Blvd., Suite 420
Vienna, VA
PARKING:

Parking is free at the V! Studios location.


Contact Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH:
http://washington-dc.siggraph.org/
http://www.meetup.com/DC-ACM-SIGGRAPH/
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SIGGRAPH 2019 Conference/2D Rigging in After Effects

DATE:   Thursday, June 27, 2019
FROM:  7:00-9:00pm
WHERE:  V! Studios (directions below)

Please join the Washington DC Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH for a joint meeting with the Cinema 4D/Maya Animation Users Meetup. Topics to be covered will be the upcoming SIGGRAPH 2019 conference along with a 2D character rigging demonstration in Adobe After Effects by Meggie Sheehan.

SIGGRAPH Conference:
The ACM SIGGRAPH Conference for 2019 will be held in Los Angeles, CA from July 28th – August 1st.  The annual SIGGRAPH conference is a five-day interdisciplinary educational experience in the latest computer graphics and interactive techniques including a three-day commercial exhibition that attracts hundreds of exhibitors from around the world.

Chapter and Board members who have attended past SIGGRAPH conferences will share their experiences. For those who are planning to attend the conference, bring your schedules to share with the group.

SIGGRAPH Conference 2019
http://s2019.siggraph.org/

Adobe After Effects Demonstration:
Meggie Sheehan, from the Cinema 4D/Maya Animation Users Meetup, will present 2D character rigging in Adobe After Effects.  She will start with the basic rigging tools After Effects provides then dive into simple rigging using DUIK. DUIK is a free tool set from Rainbox which can be used to do ridged rigging, rubber hose rigging and facial rigs.

DUIK can be downloaded here:
https://rainboxprod.coop/en/tools/duik/

Please join us on Thursday, June 27, 2019 from 7pm to 9pm at V! Studios for these exciting discussions.


LOCATION:
V! Studios
8229 Boone Blvd., Suite 420
Vienna, VA

PARKING:
Parking is free at the V! Studios location.


Contact ACM SIGGRAPH Washington DC:
http://wp.siggraph.org/washington/
http://www.meetup.com/DC-ACM-SIGGRAPH/
https://www.facebook.com/DCsiggraph

Usability Design: The Art and Practice of Making it Usable

DATE:   Thursday, May 16, 2019
FROM:  7:00pm-9:00pm
WHERE:  Torpedo Factory Art Center (directions below)

The Washington DC Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH is proud to present, Matthew Conti, pioneer in Human-Centered Design, User Experience, and Usability. Usability is the ease of use and learnability of a human-made object such as a tool or device. Mr. Conti will be discussing the concept of Usability, going beyond technical applications and reaching into day-to-day things that comprise our daily experiences.

Please join us on Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 7pm to 9pm at the Torpedo Factory Art Center to learn more about Usability Design and its applications.


Matthew Conti BIO
Matthew Conti is a multi-award and honors academic, artist, and consultant with a robust track-record in government ranging from aeronautical design, international development, to education, commerce and many more.  While not being afraid to reframe the context in which he works to expand his perspective, he cares deeply about making things usable and integral to human experiences.  The primary driving force of his daily commitment is to provide meaning and context to human interactions.

Before he rejoined government in 2015 his works-of-art reached over 90 countries and they are known for interactive concept design, interactive illustration and others.  Before initially leaving the government in 2011 he worked and delivered Enterprise Roadmaps for the FAA and USAID.  He is a known pioneer and believes in making things better.

He has presented in the past on Human-Centered Design and User Experience, and now Usability.


LOCATION:
Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N. Union St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
703-838-4565
http://www.torpedofactory.org

Directions:
The Torpedo Factory Art Center is located at the intersection of King Street and N. Union Street in Old Town Alexandria
http://torpedofactory.org/visit/directions/

Paid parking is available across the street from the Torpedo Factory or you can take the free trolley from the King Street metro center. Paid street parking is available in most areas of Old Town Alexandria. There is limited free parking in nearby residential areas, but it is restricted to two hours. There are several garages within walking distance of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, too. For real-time maps to locate parking in garages, visit the ParkMe website or download their free iPhone app. Parking regulations are strictly enforced by the City of Alexandria. Parking is free after 9 pm, on Sundays, and on state holidays. Persons with proper handicapped identification on their cars may park free at any meter and are exempt from residential parking sticker requirements.

Trolley Information:
www.dashbus.com/Trolley


Contact Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH:
http://washington-dc.siggraph.org/
http://www.meetup.com/DC-ACM-SIGGRAPH/
https://www.facebook.com/DCsiggraph