Virtual Reality (VR) and the Berlin Wall Experience

DATE:   Thursday, March 21, 2019
FROM:  7:00pm-9:00pm
WHERE:  Torpedo Factory Art Center (directions below)

The Washington DC Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH is proud to present, Rob Cloutier, owner of Digital History Studios. Joining Mr. Cloutier will be guest speaker Dr. Peter Inker, Director of Historical Research and Digital History at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality have the ability to enhance education for visitors to museums.  Mr. Cloutier will be focusing specifically on his involvement with the Newseum’s Berlin Wall Experience VR exhibit for the HTC Vive. He will present on key concepts for museum exhibit design, logistics of VR technology within exhibit space, as well as how to design VR experiences that are intuitive for visitors who have never tried the technology before.  Mr. Cloutier will cover several issues of incorporating VR technology in large public venues and how they may be incorporated into exhibit space.

Dr. Inker will be discussing the creation of AR experiences for The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Please join us on Thursday, March 21, 2019 from 7pm to 9pm at the Torpedo Factory Art Center as we explore the changing world of CGI with Rob Cloutier.


Rob Cloutier BIO
Rob Cloutier, owner of Digital History Studios has been a 3D cinematic animator for the past 25+ years, 12 of which had been in the computer gaming field.  He has worked on several high profile games such as Sid Meier’s Civilization IV, Sid Meier’s Pirates, Sid Meier’s Railroads, Rise of Nations and many other history-oriented titles.  He has taught classes on 3D animation, and recently served as an Adjunct Professor at University of Maryland, Baltimore Campus (UMBC), teaching a course on Virtual Reality.  He has also been active in the VR community organizing, hosting and presenting on several VR panel discussions for various groups in DC, Boston and Puerto Rico.

Website:  https://www.3dhistory.com/
360 Animation Demo reel:  https://vimeo.com/282738372
Standard Animation Demo reel:  https://vimeo.com/142966069

Dr. Peter Inker BIO
Director of Historical Research and Digital History, at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Virginia USA, the world’s largest open-air living history museum.  Dr. Inker has a long track record of work in all areas of cultural heritage, archaeology, digital reconstruction, historical interpretation, and guest experience.  PhD in Archaeology from Cardiff University / Prifysgol Caerdydd, where he taught classes in Classical and British archaeology, archaeological practice, material analysis, reconstruction and illustration.  30 years of archaeological experience, 12 years working with digital heritage in virtual and augmented reality environments.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/peter-inker-08a29218/


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

Adobe Illustrator Techniques and Tips III

DATE:   February 21, 2019
FROM:  7:00pm-9:00pm
WHERE:  V! Studios (directions below)

The Washington DC chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH is proud to present, Adobe Illustrator Techniques and Tips III.  Our chapter Chair, Mark Jette, will discuss one of his illustrations, from concept to completion, while demonstrating the various Illustrator tools and techniques along with how they were used in the creation of the artwork.  Whether you are an experienced Illustrator user, or new to the application, there will be something for everybody.

Adobe Illustrator is the industry-standard vector graphics application which lets you create logos, icons, sketches, typography and complex illustrations for print, web, interactive, video and mobile.

Please join us on Thursday, February 21, 2019 from 7pm to 9pm at V! Studios for our version of Show & Tell with Adobe Illustrator.


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

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 2018, many of which were presented at the SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival.  We will also discuss our upcoming events for 2019.

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 24, 2019 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 ACM SIGGRAPH Washington DC:
http://wp.siggraph.org/washington/
http://www.meetup.com/DC-ACM-SIGGRAPH/
https://www.facebook.com/DCsiggraph
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/dc-siggraph

Chapter Elections/Networking – Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH

DATE:  Thursday, November 8, 2018
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 8, 2018 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 28, 2018.  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 2019 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 8, 2018 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
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/dc-siggraph

Computer Animation Showcase

DATE:   Thursday, October 4, 2018
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 2018 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, October 4, 2018 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
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/dc-siggraph

SIGGRAPH 2018 Conference Recap

DATE:   Thursday, September 20, 2018
FROM:  7:00-9:00pm
WHEREV! Studios (directions below)

The Washington DC Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH would like to invite you to a SIGGRAPH conference recap. For those of you who did not get to go to the SIGGRAPH conference in Vancouver, our very own Kim Wallace and Roberto Ortiz, along with Member at Large Danielle Zaballos, 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 2018
http://s2018.siggraph.org/

Please join us on Thursday, September 20, 2018 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/
https://www.facebook.com/DCsiggraph
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/dc-siggraph

Preparing for the SIGGRAPH 2018 Conference

DATE: Thursday, July 19, 2018
FROM: 7:00-9:00pm
WHERE: US Patent and Trademark Office (directions below)

Please join the Washington DC Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH as we discuss the upcoming ACM SIGGRAPH Conference for 2018 in Vancouver, BC. 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.

Topics discussed will include the latest trailers, new technologies, and the Computer Animation Festival. Board members who have attended past ACM SIGGRAPH conferences will also be presenting their perspectives on the conference as well as providing insight on preparing to attend this event. For those who are planning to attend the conference and would like advice on how best to present a demo reel or portfolio to potential studios, we will provide guidance on this topic.

SIGGRAPH Conference 2018
https://s2018.siggraph.org/

We will also be available to answer questions on topics outside of the SIGGRAPH conference.

Please join us on Thursday, July 19, 2018 from 7pm to 9pm at the US Patent and Trademark Office to learn more about the International SIGGRAPH conference.


LOCATION:
The meeting will be held at the
Remsen Building (400 Dulany Street) in the 1st floor conference room. We are located 2 blocks from the
KING STREET METRO station (BLUE/YELLOW Lines)

http://www.wmata.com/rail/station_detail.cfm?station_id=48
http://goo.gl/maps/UW6p0 -(Walking Directions)

PARKING:
Street Parking
$1.75 per hour, 2 hour max
Free after 9pm

Hoffman Town Center Garage
206 Swamp Fox Rd
Alexandria, VA 22314

Additional paid parking garages are also available in the area.


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

Joey Ponthieux: CGI, NASA, and the art of Visual Communication

DATE: Thursday, June 21, 2018
FROM: 7:00pm-9:00pm
WHERE: Torpedo Factory Art Center (directions below)

The Washington DC Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH is proud to present Joey Ponthieux, EMMY® award winning professional 3D animator and concept visualization contract artist for NASA. Mr. Ponthieux will discuss the dramatic improvements which have occurred in CGI technology over the past three decades, highlighting several high profile NASA animation projects produced during the span of his career, while discussing the unique communication concepts that are enabled or enhanced through the use of CGI.

Please join us on Thursday, June 21, 2018 from 7pm to 9pm at the Torpedo Factory Art Center as we explore the changing world of CGI with Joey Ponthieux.

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


Joey Ponthieux BIO
Joey Ponthieux is a professional 3D animator and concept visualization artist. With a career that began in analog graphics production for offset lithography, he is an EMMY® award winning artist with 30 years of CGI production experience in the areas of Higher Education, Broadcast News, and Aerospace Research. He is currently employed by Science Systems and Applications Inc., and assigned to provide advanced computer graphics support for the Aeronautics Research Directorate at NASA Langley Research Center.


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
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/dc-siggraph

Virtual Reality in Architectural Visualization

DATE: Thursday, May 17, 2018
FROM: 7:00pm-9:00pm
WHERE: Illustrate My Design Studio (directions below)

The Washington DC Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH is proud to present, Virtual Reality (VR) in Architectural Visualization with Daniel Zeballos, Production Manager at the award winning Illustrate My Design (IMD). Daniel will be discussing and demonstrating how the studio is using VR for Architectural Visualization. In addition, Daniel will discuss games developed by the studio including a marketing game designed for the ADDY’s (American Advertising Awards).

IMD, which was established in 2008, has completed numerous local and international projects including visualization for national landmarks. In 2018, IMD received the DC Webfest “Local Hero Award” in the VR/AR Category for “The Story Unfolds”. IMD also received the 2018 American Society of Architectural Illustrators Award of Excellence Rendering Section.

illustratemydesign.com

Please join us on Thursday, May 17, 2018 from 7pm to 9pm at the Illustrate My Design studio as we explore how VR is used in Architectural Visualization.


Location:
Illustrate My Design
113 S Columbus St
Suite 300
Alexandria VA 22314
illustratemydesign.com

Directions:
Illustrate My Design is located on South Columbus Street south of King Street
Local Parking Map

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 also garages within walking distance. 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.

Metro riders will use the Yellow or Blue lines then exit at the King Street Metro. The free trolley runs between the Metro station and the waterfront.

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
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/dc-siggraph

Annual Demo Reel & Portfolio Night

DATE: Thursday, April 19, 2018
FROM: 7:00-9:00pm
WHERE: US Patent and Trademark Office (directions below)

Please join the Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH chapter for our annual demo reel and portfolio review night. Whether you are a graduating student looking to enter the job market, or are a seasoned professional contemplating a change, a dynamic demo reel and portfolio are a must. We will be reviewing demo reels and portfolios after which we will creatively discuss the works. Feedback will be provided on how best to showcase the skills, talents, and experience of each individual. If you don’t have a reel yet, feel free to join us and enjoy networking with other like-minded individuals.

Putting together a demo reel or portfolio can be challenging. How long should it be? What are interviewers looking for? If you are looking for ways to improve your present position, or shopping around for a new one, the time to polish up your demo reel is now. If you’re looking to hire, this will be a great opportunity to see a range of fresh new talent.

We would like to request an RSVP to our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/DCsiggraph), or email us at DC-GRAPH-Officers@listserv.acm.org, then indicate if you will be bringing a demo reel to share. You can also put your demo on a website then we will test the link before the event to make sure everything works.

Please join us on Thursday, April 19, 2018 from 7pm to 9pm at the US Patent and Trademark Office as the Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH chapter discusses demo reels, portfolio questions, and more at our Annual Demo Reel & Portfolio Night.

See you there!


LOCATION:
The meeting will be held at the
Remsen Building (400 Dulany Street) in the 1st floor conference room. We are located 2 blocks from the
KING STREET METRO station (BLUE/YELLOW Lines)

http://www.wmata.com/rail/station_detail.cfm?station_id=48

http://goo.gl/maps/UW6p0 -(Walking Directions)

PARKING:
Street Parking
$1.75 per hour, 2 hour max
Free after 9pm

Hoffman Town Center Garage
206 Swamp Fox Rd
Alexandria, VA 22314

Additional paid parking garages are also available in the area.


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