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/
https://www.facebook.com/DCsiggraph

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

Annual Demo Reel & Portfolio Night

DATE:   Thursday, April 11, 2019
FROM:  7:00-9:00pm
WHERE:  V! Studios (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 11, 2019 from 7pm to 9pm at V! Studios 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:
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

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