The organizers of this year’s SIGGRAPH Asia confab have announced the final lineup for the international CG and tech confab, which takes place Nov. 19-22 in Hong Kong.
Now in its sixth year, SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 is both a conference and trade exhibition that attracts attendees from all over the world and invites them to enter the arena of creativity, innovation, education and technology, and leave them inspired.
This year’s inaugural Business Symposium will spark an interactive dialogue between stakeholders in the content creation industries. Spanning one full day, attendees will be able to focus on interesting and topical issues occurring in the industry. The Business Symposium will be split into three segments; Hito, Mono and Kane.
Each part of the Business Symposium features experts and opinion leaders as speakers, including Shuzo Shiota, the curator of the Symposium and President and CEO of Polygon Pictures Inc., Sen Lai, Principal and CEO of 3dsense Media School, and Richard Chuang, founder and CEO of Cloudpic Global.
The business focus of SIGGRAPH Asia also includes Exhibitor Sessions & Talks which will give attendees the opportunity to experience hands-on presentations and learn all about new developments in product innovation, including a talk from Side Effects Software titled “Houdini and the Houdini Engine” and Stratasys’ “3D Printing: The Future Is Now.”
Also on tap is a special presentation by some of the team members at Pixar Animation Studios on the making of this year’s Monsters University as well as sessions on RenderMan Studio 18’s lighting and shading tools. This session also features a special screening of The Blue Umbrella, which features these new techniques of photorealistic lighting, shading and compositing.
Among the many must-see events is the annual Computer Animation Festival, which received a total of 506 submissions from 51 countries. The prestigious ‘Best of Show Award’ goes to 5 Meters 80, a film by Nicolas Deveaux and produced by French production house Cube Creative Productions. Nadia Micault’s film, Sonata, made in collaboration with another French production company, Autour de Minuit Productions, won over the jury to win the ‘Jury Award’. Bringing the awards to a close is Wedding Cake, directed by Viola Baier and produced by Germany’s Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg.
Industrial Light & Magic, a division of Lucasfilm Ltd., will also host two panel sessions discussing recent films that they have been a part of, one of which is Pacific Rim, Guillermo del Toro’s science fiction epic that demanded an incredibly wide-ranging scope of visual effects, from aliens to human-piloted robots.
For more conference info, please visit the SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 website at sa2013.siggraph.org.