December 8, 2008
The inaugural SIGGRAPH Asia takes off this week with nine main programmes, mirroring the successful format that SIGGRAPH in North America has offered to interactive and digital media practitioners worldwide annually. The programmes consist of • Art Gallery: showcasing digital media artwork utilising a range of formats • Computer Animation Festival: featuring animation pieces, visual effects and other interactive platforms, including real-time graphics • Courses: workshops and hands-on sessions for practitioners and enthusiasts • Educators Programme: sharing best practices in developing talents in the industry • Emerging Technologies: demos and installations of upcoming industry benchmarks • Job Fair: connecting employers to the industry’s talents • Sketches and Posters: exchanging breakthrough ideas through stimulating forums • Technical Papers: presenting new and provocative work in the industry • Trade Exhibition: collating products and services to aid purchase decisions SIGGRAPH brings to Asia the latest and coolest computer graphics and interactive works from across the globe. More than 500 contributors from 20 countries will be showcasing their most thought-provoking work, including several never-been-seen-before pieces. New works to be featured include sneak previews of future releases from Double Negative, LucasFilm Animation and Capcom. Among the luminaries is Don Greenberg, a pioneer in computer graphics who introduced the world to early animation work such as Scooby Doo, Robopup and The Jetsons. Greenberg will speak on Expanding the Boundaries of Computer Graphics, which will detail how computer graphics is fast making its way into many aspects of everyday life. Joining Greenberg is Rob Cook, vice president of Advanced Technology at Pixar Animation Studios. Cook will provide an insight into animated film production at Pixar. For more behind-the-scenes action, visitors at SIGGRAPH Asia can look forward to screenings and technical courses covering some of the most well-known animation works, such as Star Wars: the Clone Wars, Hellboy II: The Golden Army and Speedracer: Car Flip. For gaming enthusiasts, Blizzard Entertainment will screen the teaser for StarCraft I, while Capcom will share exciting trailers on The Making of Streetfigther IV. SIGGRAPH Asia 2008 will be held from December 10th to 13th at the Suntec International Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore.