(Hybrid) Crafting Crescendo: How Team 122 Conquered the Learning Curve

DATE:   Thursday, July 11, 2024

FROM:  7:00pm-9:00pm EDT

WHEREV! Studios (directions below)/Online

The Washington DC chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH is proud to present the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC) Team 122 – NASA Knights, a NASA Langley House Robotics Team affiliated with New Horizons Regional Education Center in Hampton, VA. The NASA Knights is a high-school robotics team that annually participates in various FRC competitions. Rachel Payne, Tristan Hancock, and Grace Walker, high school members on the team, will discuss their journey in creating an award-winning 3D animation, including the problems they faced along the way, and what they learned in producing and submitting this animation to competition. Their animation submission was awarded 3rd place world-wide in the 2024 FRC Digital Animation Award, an international 3D animation competition sponsored by FIRST® and AutomationDirect.com

The meeting will be hosted at V! Studios and on the Zoom platform. A link to the meeting will be provided 5 minutes prior to the presentation to all those who have responded to the announcement on our MeetUp. The link will also be visible to those who RSVP. Those who do not RSVP to the MeetUp announcement will not receive the link to the meeting.

https://www.meetup.com/dc-acm-siggraph/events/302043487/

Please join us on Thursday, July 11, 2024 from 7pm to 9pm EDT at V! Studios, or online, to learn more about the team’s award-winning animation.

** Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by attendees of the Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH local chapter meetings are those of the authors/speakers and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of ACM, ACM SIGGRAPH, or the Washington DC chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH.


LOCATION:

V! Studios

8229 Boone Blvd., Suite 420

Vienna, VA 22182

PARKING:

Parking is free at the V! Studios location.


Contact Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH:

https://washington-dc.siggraph.org/

http://www.meetup.com/DC-ACM-SIGGRAPH/

https://www.facebook.com/DCsiggraph

(Online) Preparing for the SIGGRAPH 2024 Conference

DATE:   Thursday, June 13, 2024

FROM:  7:00pm-9:00pm EDT

WHERE:  Online

Please join the Washington DC Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH as we discuss the upcoming ACM SIGGRAPH Conference for 2024. This will be the 51st SIGGRAPH conference to be held at a new venue in Denver, Colorado. We will be discussing the in-person conference as well as providing available information about the conference. As always, board members and chapter members who have attended past conferences will share their stories.

The annual SIGGRAPH conference, in its physical format, 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.

SIGGRAPH Conference 2024

http://s2024.siggraph.org/

The meeting will be hosted on the Zoom platform. A link to the meeting will be provided 5 minutes prior to the presentation to all those who have responded to the announcement on our MeetUp page. The link will also be visible to those who RSVP. Those who do not RSVP to the MeetUp announcement will not receive the link to the meeting.

MeetUp:

https://www.meetup.com/dc-acm-siggraph/events/301409220/

Please join us on Thursday, June 13, 2024 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm EDT online to learn more about the 51st International SIGGRAPH conference.

** Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by attendees of the Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH local chapter meetings are those of the authors/speakers and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of ACM, ACM SIGGRAPH, or the Washington DC chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH.


Contact Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH:

https://washington-dc.siggraph.org

http://www.meetup.com/DC-ACM-SIGGRAPH/

https://www.facebook.com/DCsiggraph

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(Hybrid) Reveal: Circle: Design Challenge

DATE:   Thursday, May 23, 2024

FROM:  7:00pm-9:00pm EDT

WHEREV! Studios (Directions below)/Online

The Washington DC Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH would like to invite everyone to our CIRCLE design challenge reveal where we will be showcasing the work of participants who have created images for our 1st Chapter Design Challenge for 2024 which was announced in February. Participants will show their work then discuss the story behind the image as well as the software used and any tips the artist would like to share. Participants will also receive a complimentary membership to our chapter for taking part in our challenge. Our goal is to encourage our members and followers to stretch their imaginations, as well as explore new techniques, to create compelling stories.

There is still time if you choose to participate in the design challenge. The guidelines for the CIRCLE design challenge can be found below. Please let us know if you are planning to show an image during the meeting.

The meeting will be hosted at V! Studios and on the Zoom platform. A link to the meeting will be provided 5 minutes prior to the presentation to all those who have responded to the announcement on our MeetUp. The link will also be visible to those who RSVP. Those who do not RSVP to the MeetUp announcement will not receive the link to the meeting.

https://www.meetup.com/dc-acm-siggraph/events/301068596/

Please join us on Thursday, May 23, 2024, from 7pm to 9pm EDT at V! Studios or online to see the incredible designs from our design challenge.

** Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by attendees of the Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH local chapter meetings are those of the authors/speakers and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of ACM, ACM SIGGRAPH, or the Washington DC chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH.

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LOCATION:

V! Studios

8229 Boone Blvd., Suite 420

Vienna, VA 22182

PARKING:

Parking is free at the V! Studios location.

_______________________________

If you choose to participate, we do have a few rules:

* No obscene or vulgar artwork.  While we respect the right for artists to express themselves, we have a diverse audience so please do not submit work with nudity or work which is overtly sexual in nature.  Works with extreme, graphically violent acts would also fall into this category.

 * No political or religious artwork.  Again, while we respect the right for artists to express themselves, our chapter cannot become a platform for political or religious agendas.

*  When assets are provided, give credit to the asset provider if you use their asset(s).

*  If there are questions regarding topics or content, please feel free to contact us. We would like to encourage people to express themselves.

Please let us know if you will be participating.

We look forward to seeing your creations!

–  Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH

_______________________________

– Design Challenge –

Challenge:  Circle

Media: Use the application(s) or medium which inspires you

Circle. What does Circle mean to you? Of all the shapes, the circle is considered the most perfect, both from a mathematical standpoint and a spiritual one. An endless loop with no beginning or end. Throughout the world, the circle symbolizes infinity, unity, the life cycle, wholeness, completion, and divinity. The circle is also zero in our system of numbering, symbolizing potential, or the embryo. It has a magical value as a protective agent.

People have preferences for 2D or 3D so, either is acceptable so long as it conveys your story.

Our chapter logo can be found at the link below. The file contains both PNG and Illustrator files.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DVKyzwPzmScbSaBxpmZeFyuFPN0LDnK8/view?usp=sharing

The ACM SIGGRAPH logo design guide can be found at the link below:

https://www.siggraph.org/about/logos/

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Contact Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH:

https://washington-dc.siggraph.org/

http://www.meetup.com/DC-ACM-SIGGRAPH/

https://www.facebook.com/DCsiggraph

(Hybrid) Annual Demo Reel & Portfolio Review Night

DATE:   Thursday, April 25, 2024

FROM:  7:00pm-9:00pm EDT

WHEREV! Studios (directions below)/Online

Please join the Washington DC chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH 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 do not 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 are looking to hire, this will be a great opportunity to see a range of fresh new talent.

For those planning on presenting a demo reel or portfolio, we ask for you to RSVP so we will know how many people to expect. Ensure your work is online and you are able to share your screen during the Zoom session.

The meeting will be hosted at V! Studios and on the Zoom platform. A link to the meeting will be provided 5 minutes prior to the presentation to all those who have responded to the announcement on our MeetUp. The link will also be visible to those who RSVP. Those who do not RSVP to the MeetUp announcement will not receive the link to the meeting.

https://www.meetup.com/dc-acm-siggraph/events/300541194/

Please join us on Thursday, April 25, 2024 from 7pm to 9pm EDT at V! Studios and online as we discuss demo reels, portfolio questions, and more during our Annual Demo Reel & Portfolio Night.


LOCATION:

V! Studios

8229 Boone Blvd., Suite 420

Vienna, VA 22182

PARKING:

Parking is free at the V! Studios location.


Contact Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH:

https://washington-dc.siggraph.org/

http://www.meetup.com/DC-ACM-SIGGRAPH/

https://www.facebook.com/DCsiggraph

(Online) Roberto Ortiz: Art Education – Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH

DATE:   Thursday, March 21, 2024

FROM:  7:00-9:00pm EDT

WHERE:  Online (Discord)

The Washington DC Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH is proud to present our very own Roberto Ortiz, Senior Visual Information Specialist, and chapter board member. Roberto recently presented at the SXSW Conference where he discussed Art Education and how art is about observing. He will be sharing his presentation with our chapter then opening the floor for discussion.

The meeting will be hosted on the Discord platform. For those who have not already joined our server, you may require a Discord account. A link to the meeting will be provided 5 minutes prior to the presentation to all those who have responded to the announcement on our MeetUp. The link will also be visible to those who RSVP. Those who do not RSVP to the MeetUp announcement will not receive the link to the meeting.

MeetUp:

https://www.meetup.com/dc-acm-siggraph/events/299841731/

Please join us on Thursday, March 21, 2024, from 7pm to 9pm EDT on our Discord to learn more about art education.


Biography: Roberto Ortiz

Roberto Ortiz is an artist, illustrator, computer graphic artist, and software developer based in the Washington, DC area. He is a forum leader in the Computer Graphics Society and former chair of the ACM DC SIGGRAPH. Roberto is also the artist who created a majority of the USPTO inventor trading/collectible card series and was an integral part of the Office of Education and Trademark Services team who were responsible for the conception and creation of the inventor cards. He works on novel concepts to introduce students to inventors such as coloring books, 3-D models, and graphic novels, posters. He is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico with a B.S. in Computer Science


Contact Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH:

http://washington-dc.siggraph.org/

http://www.meetup.com/DC-ACM-SIGGRAPH/

https://www.facebook.com/DCsiggraph

(Online) How It’s Made – Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH

DATE:   Thursday, February 29, 2024

FROM:  7:00-9:00pm EST

WHERE:  Online

The Washington DC Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH is proud to present, chapter members Jake Dean and Ian Dickson. Jake will present tips and tricks for developing a procedural landscape, then scattering trees on it, using Autodesk Maya with the Arnold Render. Ian will be showing how one of his projects was created using Houdini. Time permitting, there may even be an Affinity Designer demonstration. We will also announce our first chapter challenge for 2024.

The meeting will be hosted on the Zoom platform. A link to the meeting will be provided 5 minutes prior to the presentation to all those who have responded to the announcement on our MeetUp. The link will also be visible to those who RSVP. Those who do not RSVP to the MeetUp announcement will not receive the link to the meeting.

MeetUp:

https://www.meetup.com/dc-acm-siggraph/events/299346150/

The Zoom client may need to be downloaded to connect to the meeting. Safelinks Protection, used by some email applications, may alter the link. Please contact us if you have issues accessing the meeting.

Please join us on Thursday, February 29, 2024, from 7pm to 9pm EST online to learn exciting tips and tricks from Jake and Ian.


Biography – Jacob Dean

Jake Dean has more than 20 years of experience producing animation in the DC area. He’s made animation for clients such as NASA, EPA, GEICO, AOL Time Warner, Homeland Security and DARPA. Jake has produced campaigns for audiences of more than twenty million people and led creative efforts at a fortune 500 in-house agency. Favorite apps include Cinema 4D, Maya, Redshift and After Effects.

Biography – Ian Dickson

Ian Dickson is 2D and 3D motion designer currently working at Spire Communications on a variety of government, non-profit, and corporate clients. His main tools are After Effects, Cinema 4D, and Houdini.


Contact Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH:

http://washington-dc.siggraph.org/

http://www.meetup.com/DC-ACM-SIGGRAPH/

https://www.facebook.com/DCsiggraph

(Online) SIGGRAPH Asia and Upcoming Presentations

DATE:   Thursday, January 25, 2024

FROM:  7:00-9:00pm EST

WHERE:  Online

The Washington DC Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH invites you to join us for our first meeting of 2024. We have invited special guests to talk about their experience at the recent SIGGRAPH Asia conference as well as discuss their backgrounds and portfolios. We will also be discussing upcoming presentations as well a announcing the first chapter challenge for the new year.

The meeting will be hosted on the Zoom platform. A link to the meeting will be provided 5 minutes prior to the presentation to all those who have responded to the announcement on our MeetUp. The link will also be visible to those who RSVP. Those who do not RSVP to the MeetUp announcement will not receive the link to the meeting.

MeetUp:

https://www.meetup.com/dc-acm-siggraph/events/298702123/

The Zoom client may need to be downloaded to connect to the meeting. Safelinks Protection, used by some email applications, may alter the link. Please contact us if you have issues accessing the meeting.

Please join us on Thursday, January 25, 2024, from 7pm to 9pm EST to kick off our exciting new year.


Contact Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH:

http://washington-dc.siggraph.org/

http://www.meetup.com/DC-ACM-SIGGRAPH/

https://www.facebook.com/DCsiggraph

(Online) Virtual Holiday Social

DATE:   Thursday, December 21, 2023

FROM:  7:00pm-9:00pm EST

WHERE:  Online (Discord)

Happy Holidays! The Washington DC Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH would like to invite you to join us on our Discord server for a Virtual Holiday Social. This will be our last meeting for the year. Show holiday artwork if you are so inclined or just chat about your favorite topic.

The meeting will be hosted on the Discord platform. For those who have not already joined our server, you may require a Discord account. Use the Discord App, which provides more functionality, or use a web browser. A link to the meeting will be provided 5 minutes prior to the presentation to all those who have responded to the announcement on our MeetUp. The link will also be visible to those who RSVP. Those who do not RSVP to the MeetUp announcement will not receive the link to the meeting.


https://www.meetup.com/dc-acm-siggraph/events/298022233/

Thank you all for supporting our chapter throughout the year!

Please join us on Thursday, December 21, 2023 from 7pm to 9pm EST on our Discord server as we close out the year.


Contact Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH:

https://washington-dc.siggraph.org/

http://www.meetup.com/DC-ACM-SIGGRAPH/

https://www.facebook.com/DCsiggraph

(Online) Reveal: MACRO: Design Challenge/Chapter Board Elections

DATE:   Thursday, November 16, 2023

FROM:  7:00pm-9:00pm EST

WHERE:  Online

The Washington DC Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH would like to invite everyone to our MACRO design challenge reveal where we will be showcasing the work of participants who have created images for our 1st Chapter Design Challenge for 2023 which was announced in August. Participants will show their work then discuss the story behind the image as well as the software used and any tips the artist would like to share. Participants will also receive a complimentary membership to our chapter for taking part in our challenge. Our goal is to encourage our members and followers to stretch their imaginations, as well as explore new techniques, to create compelling stories.

We will also be finalizing the vote for our 2024 board members at the beginning of the meeting. Members of the Washington DC chapter were notified of the candidates with nominations closing on October 21, 2023.

There is still time if you choose to participate in the design challenge. The guidelines for the MACRO design challenge can be found below. Please let us know if you are planning to show an image during the meeting.

The meeting will be hosted on the Zoom platform. A link to the meeting will be provided 5 minutes prior to the presentation to all those who have responded to the announcement on our MeetUp. The link will also be visible to those who RSVP. Those who do not RSVP to the MeetUp announcement will not receive the link to the meeting.

https://www.meetup.com/dc-acm-siggraph/events/297166525/

Please join us on Thursday, November 16, 2023, from 7pm to 9pm EST online to see the incredible designs from our design challenge participants as well as confirm our chapter Board members for 2024.


If you choose to participate, we do have a few rules:

* No obscene or vulgar artwork.  While we respect the right for artists to express themselves, we have a diverse audience so please do not submit work with nudity or work which is overtly sexual in nature.  Works with extreme, graphically violent acts would also fall into this category.

 * No political or religious artwork.  Again, while we respect the right for artists to express themselves, our chapter cannot become a platform for political or religious agendas.

*  When assets are provided, give credit to the asset provider if you use their asset(s).

*  If there are questions regarding topics or content, please feel free to contact us. We would like to encourage people to express themselves.

Please let us know if you will be participating.

We look forward to seeing your creations!

–  Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH


– Design Challenge –

Challenge:  MACRO

Media: Use the application(s) or medium which inspires you

Macro. What does Macro mean to you. Does it encompass the universe? Is it revealing the minutest detail of an object. Using your favorite medium, create an image or animation which tells a story about your concept of Macro.

People have preferences for 2D or 3D so, either is acceptable so long as it conveys your story.

Our chapter logo can be found at the link below. The file contains both PNG and Illustrator files.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DVKyzwPzmScbSaBxpmZeFyuFPN0LDnK8/view?usp=sharing

The ACM SIGGRAPH logo design guide can be found at the link below:

https://www.siggraph.org/about/logos/


Contact Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH:

https://washington-dc.siggraph.org/

http://www.meetup.com/DC-ACM-SIGGRAPH/

https://www.facebook.com/DCsiggraph

(Hybrid) Jason van Gumster: Blender Guru – Washington DC ACM SIGGRAPH

DATE:   Thursday, November 2, 2023

FROM:  7:00-9:00pm EDT

WHEREV! Studios (directions below)/Online

The Washington DC Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH is proud to present, Jason van Gumster, Blender Consulting Lead at Orange Turbine, Director of Marketing for Autotroph, and author of the book “Blender for Dummies”. Jason will be sharing the latest news and developments from the Blender conference, which he recently attended, as well as demonstrating features in Blender.

Blender

Blender is the free and open-source 3D creation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing, and motion tracking, even video editing and game creation. Advanced users employ Blender’s API for Python scripting to customize the application and write specialized tools; often these are included in Blender’s future releases. Blender is well suited to individuals and small studios who benefit from its unified pipeline and responsive development process.

The meeting will be hosted at V! Studios and on the Zoom platform. A link to the meeting will be provided prior to the presentation to all those who have responded to the announcement on our MeetUp page. The link will also be visible to those who RSVP. Those who do not RSVP to the MeetUp announcement will not receive the link to the meeting.

MeetUp:

https://www.meetup.com/dc-acm-siggraph/events/297015642/

Please join us on Thursday, November 2, 2023, from 7pm to 9pm EDT at V! Studios or online to learn more about Jason’s work with Blender.


Biography – Jason van Gumster

Jason van Gumster is the Blender Consulting Lead at Orange Turbine and Director of Marketing for Autotroph. He has run a small animation studio, authored “Blender for Dummies” (5th edition coming out in 2024), and helped “fight bad guys with art” by designing anti-counterfeit technology for currency. He’s spoken at events all over the world and taught Blender workshops for studios and toolmakers, including Adobe and Roblox.


LOCATION:

V! Studios

8229 Boone Blvd., Suite 420

Vienna, VA 22182

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://www.facebook.com/DCsiggraph