Wednesday, 19 August 2015

What went on at SIGGRAPH 2015?

SIGGRAPH 2015 held in downtown LA, 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 showcasing the latest technologies and innovations from around the world.

SIGGRAPH 2015 attracted more than 14,800 participants from over 70 countries to Los Angeles. 

The keynote presentation was delivered by MIT Media Lab Director, Joichi "Joi"Ito, on science as a gateway to the new digital frontier. 

Emerging Technologies showcased the latest interactive and graphics technologies in the 3D, virtual reality and projection mapping industries - a collaboration of science, technology and art. 

On the business side, Paris-based VideoStitch has revealed real-time 3600 degree 3D video stitching. 360 degree video is set to become a major part of the virtual reality (VR) industry as the technology heads towards the consumer market. Read more

Maxon showcased their Cinema 4D R17 and presented the new features across modelling, sculpting and animation to 3D artists and animators for the first time. (Source)

Public beta of Zync, Google's Cloud Platform cloud-native rendering solution was announced. Artists will get access to 1,600 dedicated Compute Engine cores to power V-Ray, Arnold and Nuke-based renders. Google has also announced Pixar's Renderman intergration with Zync by Google Cloud Platform. (Source)

In their blog, Unity3D / Unity Technologies said that "SIGGRAPH has historically been the first place to see the latest advances in graphics and this year is no exception." In addition to SIGGRAPH, Unity will continue their presence at SIGGRAPH Asia - the Asian edition of SIGGRAPH which will be held in Kobe, Japan from 2 to 5 November 2015.  

What exhibitors said? 

What attendees said? 

So, what's next? 

SIGGRAPH Asia 2015 | Kobe, Japan | 2 - 5 November 2015 

To Exhibitemail the Exhibition Management team. 
To Attend conference and exhibition. 

SIGGRAPH 2016 | Anaheim, CA, United States | 24 - 28 July 2015

SIGGRAPH Asia 2016 | Macao | 5 - 8 December 2016

To Exhibit, email the Exhibition  Management team. 

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

iNews for the Mid-Week

It's Wednesday - hang on - the weekend will be here soon! Meanwhile, take a break and get updated on some curated news.

Studio Ghibli's Hayao Miyazaki works on new CG Animation

Hayao Miyazaki is trying to make a short with CG to screen at the Ghilbli Museum. He said "I intend to work until the day I die. I retired from feature-length films but not from animation. Self-indulgent animation," he said at the time in reference to his short films for the Ghilbli Museum. Read more here.

Take a closer look at the storytelling techniques of Hayao Miyazaki, one of Japan's greatest animation directors.

If you are attending largest Computer Graphics event in Asia, SIGGRAPH Asia, in Kobe, Japan in November 2015, do take the opportunity to visit Ghilbli Museum in Tokyo. Tokyo is just 160 minutes direct train ride by Shinkansen  (Japan's high-speed train). Imaging exploring the world of Hayao Miyazaki and the strange buildings which often appear in his films.

Check out this pretty awesome video featuring all 20 animations from the studio put together by over 20 animators from Thailand.

gamescom Cologne - Next Level of Entertainment

Happening from 5 to 9 August; gamescom is the world's largest computer and video game event with a total area of 193,000 gross square meters of exhibit space. Find out who are exhibiting.

Square Enix, IP owner of FINAL FANTASY, DRAGON QUEST and TOMB RAIDER, has announced its lineup of titles for gamescom. Read on. The publisher together with its peers from Oculus Story Studio,  Activision Blizzard, SEGA, etc., will be presenting a workshop on "R&D in the Video Game Industry" at SIGGRAPH Asia which will be held from 2 - 5 November in Kobe, Japan. Click here to register for SIGGRAPH Asia 2015 Kobe. gamescom Cologne and SIGGRAPH Asia is both organized by Koelnmesse.

Visiting Cologne, Germany for gamescom? Forget about the usual guide and read here for a pretty cool Hipster Guide to Cologne.

My personal favorite is this awesome view which I am going to end today's post with - enjoy!

Saturday, 1 August 2015

A commercial platform for digital startups & new media artists

Are you a innovative digital startup or technoprenuer?

or if you are an independent or freelance digital media artist, designer or illustrator? (Animation, computer graphics, digital, visual effects)?

SIGGRAPH Asia Exhibition offers a platform for innovative startups and artists to showcase your innovation, artistic work, research, ideas, products and services.

For the second time in Japan, SIGGRAPH Asia offers an innovative option for your participation at the Exhibition: Digital Showcase.

And now for the first time in Asia, SIGGRAPH Asia offers an platform for media artists to present your talent, creation and original work at the Exhibition: Artist Alley.

Located on the main exhibit floor, Digital Showcase emulates the street marketplace common in Asia. It's a forum for quick, efficient, interactive exchange.

The Digital Showcase & Artist Alley at SIGGRAPH Asia Exhibition offers emerging companies from the computer graphics, interactive techniques and innovative technologies to showcase innovations that are shaping the future of digital media. It will attract a diverse audience of buyers, researchers, developers, producers from the following segments:

  • Advertising & marketing
  • Animation
  • Architecture, industrial and urban
  • Automotive
  • Banking & financial
  • Broadcast, film & TV production
  • Cinematography & photography 
  • Computer graphics
  • Education & training 
  • Electronics
  • Enterprise & commercial
  • Establish brands and retailers
  • Games
  • Government and associations
  • Information technology
  • Media & entertainment
  • Manufacturers (hardware)
  • Multimedia production & services
  • Post-production
  • Public relations & communications
  • Visual effects
  • and many more...

Space is limited! Do  not miss out this brand-new, unique opportunity to showcase your technology, sell your ideas to others, display your works, or just network with attendees from Japan and 50 other countries.

The Digital Showcase & Artist Alley package is at JPY 94,000 (~USD 760 / ~EUR  690).

Click here to find out more.

For more information on SIGGRAPH Asia visit:

To register to SIGGRAPH Asia 2015 Kobe, Japan visit 

SIGGRAPH Asia is now open for registration!

Excited for the upcoming SIGGRAPH 2015 in LA?

Do you know SIGGRAPH Asia 2015 which will be held in Kobe, Japan from 2 - 5 November 2015 is open for registration?

Register now until 18 September 2015 and save up to 20% off standard rates. 

Pre-register online to get your complimentary Exhibition Visitor pass. It will cost you JPY 1,000 (~USD 8 / ~EUR 7.50) if you register on-site. 

Exhibition Visitor pass offers you access to the Exhibition, Exhibitor Talks & Sessions, Computer Animation Festival: Animation Theater and Poster Presentations.  
Click here to find out more about the registration categories and fees.