Alias Enlists Maya Masters for SIGGRAPH

Alias today announced the full lineup of video game and film-industry presenters for its 2004 Maya MasterClasses, taking place August 9’12, during SIGGRAPH in Los Angeles, Calif. Now in its sixth year, the Maya MasterClasses series is among the most sought-after events at SIGGRAPH. This year, Alias will offer 16 unique 90-minute sessions that focus on real-world applications for various features of the Maya software.

A stellar lineup of industry-leading artists and programmers is confirmed to deliver seminars during the Maya MasterClasses sessions. Presenters and topics for this year include Chris Landreth on the making of his award-winning short, Ryan (SIGGRAPH 2004 Jury Award, Annecy 2004 Jury Special Award); Adrian Graham of ToyBox on crowd simulation and ordered assembly using particle instancing; Paolo Berto of mental images on mental ray techniques; Joe Harkins of Tippett Studio on utility nodes in an animation pipeline; Matt Herzog of Meteor Studios on Maya Fur and mental ray; Rob Titus of Naughty Dog on ideas for making games with Maya; Petre Gheorghian of Alias on Maya Long Hair; Jeff Unay of Tippett Studio on hyper-real modeling; Erik Miller of Digital Domain on hyper-real facial rigging; Paul Thuriot of Tippett Studio on hyper-real body rigging; Brad Clark, formerly of Acclaim, and John Hood of Oddworld Inhabitants on maintaining art integrity through the games pipeline; Rob van den Bragt of The Mill on Maya animation; Rob Aitchison of CBC on human digital scanning; and Blaine Cone and Derald Hunt of Turner Studios on broadcast animation techniques. There will also be a bonus session led by Duncan Brinsmead and Neehar Karnik of Alias, who will discuss Maya Fluid Effects techniques.

Early bird pricing is in effect until July 11 and sessions are available as bundles. Pricing begins at $225 for a two-session bundle. Full pricing, bundle information and purchase information is available at Since Maya MasterClass sizes are limited, it is recommended that prospective attendees book sessions immediately.