FJORG! Animation Competition Debuts at SIGGRAPH ’07

Get ready for a 32-hour live ‘Iron Animator’ event planned for this year’s SIGGRAPH in San Diego. Sponsored by Siggraph, AMD, DreamWorks Animation and HP, this inaugural FJORG! Contest invites 15 competing teams from around the world to create the world’s best character-driven animation in front of a live audience and judging panel at the San Diego Convention Center.

Teams will be competing for the title of “Viking Animator” and several other prizes and working on a theme to be provided during the FJORG! Kickoff event on Monday, August 6. The challenge proposes to test contestants’ skill, talent, creativity, teamwork, and physical endurance while haunting them with distractions such as live music, belly dancing, acrobatics, and martial arts performances.Teams that successfully create an animation sequence of at least 15 seconds in length will be awarded a full conference pass for the remainder of SIGGRAPH 2007 and a ticket to the Electronic Theater.

“We hope that everyone will be inspired by the enthusiasm born out of this event,” says Patricia Beckmann-Wells, SIGGRAPH 2007 FJORG! chair. “The event will be full of humor, cheering and suspense for our participants and audience. FJORG! will be a fantastic experience that brings dedicated animators out into the open to show the world what they can do.”

Teams will be judged by a panel of industry experts, including recruiters from top graphics, feature film, animation, and game companies such as Pixar Animation Studios, Industrial Light & Magic, DreamWorks Animation, and Sony Pictures Imageworks. Competitors will have access to sound and voiceover selections, rigged model for Maya, 51 HP xw9400 Workstations with Dual Core AMD Opteron’ processors, Autodesk 3ds Max, Autodesk Maya, Macromedia Flash Adobe Photoshop and After Effects and Softimage|XSI.

The 34th SIGGRAPH International Conference and Exhibition on computer graphics and interactive techniques at the San Diego Convention Center, 5-9 August 2007. For video of the competition and the winning animations, visit http://workstations.tv throughout SIGGRAPH. For more information, visit www.siggraph.org/s2007/fjorg.