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

Geospatial Mapping

DATE: Thursday, March 15, 2018
FROM: 7:00pm-9:00pm
WHERE: Torpedo Factory Art Center (directions below)

The Washington DC Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH is proud to present, Geospatial Mapping with Craig Brower and Isaac Zaworski of VRICON. Isaac and Craig will conduct an interactive discussion on all things geospatial to include, how geospatial mapping technology, along with satellite imagery, has changed the face of traditional mapping techniques as well as how the technology has become part of our everyday lives. From cell phones to satellites, we will explore how geospatial mapping has changed the way we view our world.

Please join us on Thursday, March 15, 2018 from 7pm to 9pm at the Torpedo Factory Art Center as we explore the exciting world of geospatial mapping with Craig Brower and Isaac Zaworski.

Visit VRICON


Craig Brower BIO
Vice President for Sales
Craig joined Vricon early in 2015, making him one of the company’s first employees. No stranger to the intelligence and defense communities, he started his career at the CIA and has held leadership positions at BAE Systems, DigitalGlobe, and Leidos. Craig also is a professional photographer whose portfolio includes official snaps of President Clinton’s inaugural ball.

Isaac Zaworski
Vice President
Isaac is an engineer at heart and comes to Vricon via Urban Robotics, where he was the CTO. Isaac’s passion focuses on overcoming the challenges presented by 3D imagery data sets, and he’s done this in military theaters around the world. Isaac grew up in the Pacific Northwest and views it as one of the best places to live – we think this view is influenced by easy access to Voodoo donuts.


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

Adobe Illustrator Techniques and Tips II

DATE:   February 22, 2018
FROM:  7:00pm-9:00pm
WHERE:  US Patent and Trademark Office (directions below)

The Washington DC chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH is proud to present, Adobe Illustrator Techniques and Tips II. Our chapter Chair, Mark Jette, will demonstrate various Illustrator tools and techniques along with how they were used to create unique illustrations. 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 22, 2018 from 7pm to 9pm at the US Patent and Trademark Office for our version of Show & Tell with Adobe Illustrator.


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

Computer Animation Festival Showcase Encore

DATE:   January 25, 2018
FROM:  7:00pm-9:00pm
WHERE:  US Patent and Trademark Office (directions below)

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 Art Center, this is your chance to catch it again. The Computer Animation Festival showcases some of the most dazzling and innovative animations from 2016-2017, many of which were presented at the SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival. We will also discuss our upcoming events for 2018.

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 25, 2018 from 7pm to 9pm at the US Patent and Trademark Office as we showcase some of the best examples of computer animation from around the globe.


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

Exploring WebVR/Chapter Board Elections

DATE:   Thursday, November 16, 2017
FROM:  7:00-9:00pm
WHERE:  US Patent and Trademark Office (directions below)

The Washington DC chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH is proud to present Exploring WebVR with Sean McBeth, developer of the Primrose VR framework.  Sean will provide a brief history of VR on the Web followed by a survey of the available platforms and frameworks.  He will also discuss how these pieces all fit together.  The discussion will   be followed by a short demonstration on using Primrose to get started in WebVR.

The Washington DC chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH will also conduct our annual election for chapter board positions at the beginning of  the meeting.  All eligible voting members of the Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH chapter were notified to nominate board members by November 3, 2017.  The results of the nominations are posted below.

Current nominations for the 2018 board positions are:

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

Please join us on Thursday, November 16, 2017 from 7pm to 9pm at the US Patent and Trademark Office to learn more about WebVR with Sean McBeth.


BIOGRAPHY

Sean McBeth
Sean McBeth is a senior consultant at Deloitte Digital for virtual reality, augmented reality, games, simulation, graphics, abstract data visualization, audio synthesis and processing, computer vision, peer-to-peer networking, desktop, Web, mobile, real-time communication, hardware prototyping, embedded systems, reporting, GIS, and relational database systems.
https://seanmcbeth.com/


LOCATION:
The meeting will be held at the
Remsen Building (400 Dulany Street) at 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

Exploring Motion Graphics (Reschedule)

DATE: Thursday, November 2, 2017
FROM: 6:30-9:00pm
WHERE: V! Studios (8229 Boone Blvd., Suite 420, Vienna, VA – map)

Due to technical difficulties during the originally scheduled Motion Graphics presentation, Troy Benesch, has rescheduled the presentation at V! Studios.  We do apologize for the inconvenience

For further details, please follow the link below to the Cinema 4D/ Maya MeetUp.

Cinema-4D-Maya-Animation-Users-Meetup

The presentation will cover not only an overview of After Effects, but also essential plug-ins and resources used to create compelling Motion Graphics.  Additionally, Troy will Break apart select projects then demonstrate how After Effects is used to achieve some of the effects.

Please join us on Thursday, November 2, 2017 from 6:30pm to 9pm at V! Studios to hear Troy discuss the tools used by his studio to create Motion Graphics.

* This will be a joint meeting with the Cinema 4D/Maya Animation Users Meetup.

Exploring Motion Graphics

DATE:   Thursday, October 19, 2017
FROM:  7:00-9:00pm
WHERE:  US Patent and Trademark Office (directions below)

The Washington DC chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH is proud to present Exploring Motion Graphics with Troy Benesch, an award winning animator who is currently the Creative Director and a principal at V! Studios.  Troy will discuss one of the most popular and widely used Motion Graphics tools, Adobe After Effects, and how it is used daily by the creative team at V! Studios for all of their clients; commercial, education and government.

The presentation will cover not only an overview of After Effects, but also essential plug-ins and resources used to create compelling Motion Graphics.  Additionally, Troy will Break apart select projects then demonstrate how After Effects is used to achieve some of the effects.

Please join us on Thursday, October 19, 2017 from 7pm to 9pm at the US Patent and Trademark Office as Troy discusses the tools used by his studio to create Motion Graphics.

* This will be a joint meeting with the Cinema 4D/Maya Animation Users Meetup.


BIOGRAPHY
Troy Benesch
Troy Benesch is the Creative Director at V! Studios, a creative technology firm located in Tyson’s Corner.  V! Studios has been around since 1993 and has been involved in so many aspects of the creative arts from game development to augmented reality.  Coupled with their strong creative talent they also have an award winning IT Services division that is leading the way in Agile and Cloud implementation.  Troy has also been an adjunct professor for several years at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in their Georgetown campus teaching classes in motion graphics.  For a look at his studio: http://www.v-studios.com ; and Troy’s personal passion projects in 3D rendering can be seen at his Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/3danim8r/ or his Artstation page: https://www.artstation.com/3danim8r


LOCATION:
The meeting will be held at the
Remsen Building (400 Dulany Street) at 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 ACM SIGGRAPH Washington DC:
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 Computer Animation Festival Showcase

DATE: Thursday, September 28, 2017
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 the SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival Showcase in Alexandria, Virginia. The Computer Animation Festival showcases some of the most dazzling and innovative collection of submitted works selected by a distinguished jury of computer graphics experts and specialists.  SIGGRAPH’s Computer Animation Festival celebrates its 44th year as the world’s leading festival of the most innovative and accomplished computer graphics.

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. In the words of CAF Director Jerome Solomon, “There’s no other stage in the world comparable to SIGGRAPH’s Computer Animation Festival.”

Please join us on Thursday, September 28, 2017 from 7pm to 9pm at the Torpedo Factory Art Center as we watch 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