November 2015 Newsletter

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Detroit ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter Advocate Program Update

We've received great interest about our leadership development initiative since launching last month. We have almost a dozen applications so far for 24 positions.

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Upcoming CG related events:

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Thursday, November 12, 2015 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Royal Oak, MI

Tech248 is having an event in Royal Oak hosted by Vectorform. 
Registration Required.
Speaker: Rich Geyer, Director of Microsoft Technologies, Vectorform.
Topic: "Augment Your Reality" - a look into how recent advances in wearable and IOT Technology is erasing the line between what is real and what is digital.
Tour of Vectorform available after the meetup.

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DFT Animated films:

Animation at the Detroit Film Theatre (Located at DIA)

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POM POKO (Japan)
Nov 15

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Early Studio Ghibli fantasy from the director of The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, the forests are filled with magical tanuki, mischievous raccoon-like animals from Japanese folklore that are capable of shape-shifting from their standard form to that of any object. These tricksters must protect their home from workers who want to clear away the forest for a suburban development.



Dec 26, 27, 28

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The newest feature from Japan’s famed Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away) is a sweeping story of friendship, mystery and discovery with the emotion and breathtaking animation Ghibli is known for. When shy, artistic Anna moves to the seaside to live with her aunt and uncle, she stumbles upon an old mansion inhabited by a mysterious girl named Marnie. They form a unique connection, and as the days go by, an irresistible pull draws Anna back to the house again and again, and she begins to learn the truth surrounding her strange new friend. 


Dec 29, 30, 31

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Cuca lives a life of quiet wonder, exploring all that the countryside has to offer. But his cozy life is shattered when his father leaves for the city, prompting him to embark on a quest to reunite his family. The boy’s journey unfolds like a tapestry, and this wonderful new film’s animation takes on greater complexity and variety as his small world expands. 

November Detroit SIGGRAPH Meeting

Our next chapter gathering will be at the Schoolcraft Film Challenge on Sunday, November 15 at 7 pm.
We will be screening all the participating team’s videos for this year’s challenge. There will be door prizes from Autodesk. If you would like to enter your team, late registration takes place at the start of the challenge at 6:45 pm on November 13. Both events take place at the VisTaTech Center in Livonia.

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SEMAFX Jobinator Postings

  • Graphic Designer - CBS Business Unit: CBS Radio - Southfield, MI, US
  • Sr. Designer - Eview 360 Corporation - Farmington Hills, MI
  • Motion Graphic Designer - Detroit Pistons / Palace Sports & Entertainment Auburn Hills, MI


'The Good Dinosaur' Campus Crawl with Lighting Supervisor Jonathan Pytko' 

by TJ and Julie @ The Pixar Post

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As the theatrical release of The Good Dinosaur nears, colleges across the country are hosting various Pixar employees as they share stories of their own technical and creative work accomplished during the production of the film. Artists such as Matt Nolte (Character Art Director), Jon Reisch (FX Supervisor), Sanjay Bakshi (Supervising Technical Director), Kevin O'Hara (Animator) and Jonathan Pytko (Lighting Supervisor) have been inspiring students as they discuss personal anecdotes and details from their craft.

We were fortunate enough to attend a presentation given by Jonathan Pytko at Eastern Michigan University this past week (Oct 21). The hour-long discussion touched on numerous technical aspects from lighting rigs created during production, to the countless lighting tests done to perfect the look of the film. From a technical aspect he shared the breakdown of the lighting elements on the film: Sun Light, Sky Light, Indirect Bounces, Character Lighting, Atmosphere, River Lighting and Cloud Lighting.

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Pixar Post Podcast - Our Studio Visit to Discuss 'The Good Dinosaur', Interview With Sharon Calahan 

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Detroit ACM SIGGRAPH is a computer graphics association that provides professional development and networking opportunities for digital creative professionals in Design|Motion Graphics|3D|VFX|Interactive. As a local professional chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH,, which in turn is a part of ACM,, it is an organization with global reach and recognition in the field of computer graphics and interactive technology.

Chapter Officers

  • President: Jeremy Salo
  • Vice President: Deborah Scott
  • Secretary: Craig Julien
  • Treasurer: Randy Rockafellow

Additional Board and Committee Members

  • West Michigan Communication Coordinator : Jacob Pollak
  • ACM Education Liaison: Colleen Case

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