Women’s History Month Presentation: Christy Spangler will present her SIGGRAPH 2018 Poster

Christy Spangler is an interdisciplinary 2D and 3D visual communicator who specializes in technical and engineering subject matter. Building on her foundation of fine arts and photography, her experience and career have expanded to encompass graphic design, motion graphics, 3D animation, and video production. Ms. Spangler has worked in the print industry, for non-profits, a medical college, and the federal government.

With her diverse background, she has been able to design, produce and deliver visual packages that range from animation and motion graphics to graphic design, website development, posters and handouts for public and private events and purposes.

Ms. Spangler enjoys creative projects that allow her to experiment and expand her knowledge in techniques and media. Employed at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in 2002, Ms. Spangler is responsible for designing engineering, promotional and multimedia graphics, and animation. In 2004, she was involved in establishing the NTSB Animation Lab and established the development of accident reconstruction animations. She currently serves as a Digital and Website Content Developer responsible for creating digital multi-media for the agency’s online communications.

DATE: March 19, 2019

TIME: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

COST: Free

LOCATION: FAU Davie Campus

Liberal Arts Building
Classroom LA 331
3200 College Avenue
Davie, FL 33314

SIGGRAPH 2018 Computer Animation Festival Traveling Show

You will see a bigger and better SIGGRAPH 2018 Computer Animation Festival Traveling Show this year!
The Traveling show will cover more of the works that are not usually seen away from the SIGGRAPH conference.

Electronic Theater Show features a selection of innovative, creative animated short films and visual effects reels produced by professionals and students from around the world that were originally shown as part of the SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival, a leading annual festival for the world’s most groundbreaking, accomplished, and amazing digital film creators. For 2018, the content in its original form premiered at SIGGRAPH 2018, 12–16 August, in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The annual festival is a qualifying event of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Since 1999, several works originally presented in the SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival have been nominated for or have received a Best Animated Short Oscar.

DATE: November 19th

TIME: 6:30 PM

COST: Free


FAU Downtown Fort Lauderdale Campus, 111 East Las Olas Blvd

SIGGRAPH 2018 Vancouver Meetup

If you are in Vancouver attending SIGGRAPH 2018 we are having Meet Up event for anyone interested from the Florida area that works or teaches in the areas of animation, games, computer graphics related production. Looking Forward to seeing you there!

Chapter Member Meet Up

Come out for a night of food and fun with your fellow chapter members this July as we meet up to get ready for the SIGGRAPH 2018 Conference in Vancouver.

We look forward to seeing you there!

DATE: July 24, 2018

TIME: 7:30pm

COST: Free

LOCATION: Funky Buddha

1201 NE 38th, Oakland Park, FL 33334

Meet the Chapter Leaders

Come out for a night of food and fun and meet your local Ft. Lauderdale ACM SIGGRAPH chapter leaders and discover what is going on within your local chapter and ACM SIGGRAPH in 2018!
We look forward to seeing you there.

DATE: June 19, 2018

TIME: 7:30pm – 9:00pm

COST: Free

LOCATION: Funky Buddha

1201 NE 38th, Oakland Park, FL 33334

Electronic Theater

A short selection of animation from the 2017 Electronic Theater in the Main Auditorium.

There are 10 or 12 visitor spots across the grassy knoll from the
Liberal Arts Building.

If not we have to let everyone know that visitors need to purchase
temporary permits from


$5 a day.

DATE: June 14, 2018

TIME: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

COST: Free

LOCATION: FAU & Broward College, Davie Campus

3200 College Ave · Davie, FL
Main Auditorium of Liberal Arts

Robert Lence – Screenwriter, Storyboard Artist & Development Artist

Robert Lence has been a major contributor on some of the most successful films in the history of animated features. In his twenty-eight-year animation career, he has worked as a Screenwriter, Head of Story, Storyboard Artist, Visual Development Artist, and Story Consultant, helping create original characters, writing dialogue, and shaping the story on over a dozen major-release animated features.

Robert has worked at Walt Disney, Pixar, and Dreamworks. His film work includes such all-time hits as “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Lion King,” “Toy Story,” “A Bug’s Life” and “Shrek.” Robert served as Co-Head of Story on Pixar’s 1995 “Toy Story,” the first ever computer-animated feature film.

A graduate of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Robert holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature. Robert attended the California Institute of the Arts’ highly regarded Character Animation program for two years. He has also served as a member of the Cal Arts faculty, as a story teacher and story consultant.

Robert is also a member of the Writers Guild of America. He recently illustrated his first children’s book, “Wrestling the ABC’s.”

A native of New York City, Robert has worked, taught and lectured in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, New York, London, Mexico, Uruguay, China, Korea and Russia. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

Click here to view Robert Lence’s IMDB Profile

DATE: April 17, 2018

TIME: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

COST: Free

LOCATION: FAU & Broward College, Davie Campus

3200 College Ave · Davie, FL
Main Auditorium of Liberal Arts

Creating Brand Experiences through Mixed Reality

VR Zeitgeist: Where are we now?

In the quickly shifting sands of the Wild West of Virtual Reality many new technologies and uses are emerging. VR’s immersive media allows people to experience, explore and learn from their VR environments using more of their biological toolset, bridging the gap between the intellectual data available to our digital society, and our intuitive sense of exploration and presence when placed in a given environment. VR environments can serve to transport people to different places, imaginary or real, and these places can then be augmented by infinite layers of digitized information accessed through user interaction.

But why are some VR experiences more uncomfortable than others? How can we begin to think about guidelines for good VR design? Where do we expect VR tech to evolve? Join us as we explore some biological facts that play a role in creating successful VR experiences, present the current types of VR, cover the toolsets for creating VR, and discover some successful VR explorations in different disciplines.

CHAT: VR Zeitgeist-Where are we now? (6:30pm-7:30pm)

Join us for an evening to understand a little bit more how VR is created, what considerations we can have to create great VR experiences, and how VR is playing a role in disciplines like Medecine, Museology, and Entertainment among others.

EXPERIENCE: No Place to Hide – Explore your senses in VR (7:30pm-8 pm)

Explore your senses through various VR experiences. Test your courage by “Walking the Plank”. Conquer your fears in the “Spider Crawl”. See how VR can be applied to create unique film/audiovisual experiences – and be transported to see works of art in a museum setting.

DATE: November 20, 2017

TIME: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

COST: Free

LOCATION: FAU Davie Campus

Liberal Arts Building
Classroom LA 331
3200 College Avenue
Davie, FL 33314

SIGGRAPH Asia 2017 – Computer Animation Festival Trailer

SIGGRAPH Asia Computer Animation Festival Trailer for this year! Preview the exciting highlights here!

For more information please visit this link: https://sa2017.siggraph.org 

See you in Bangkok, Thailand!

The SIGGRAPH Asia Computer Animation Festival is Asia’s leading annual event which showcases a worldwide collection of the year’s best works.

An internationally recognized jury receives hundreds of submissions and presents the most creative works of the year in daily Animation Theater and Electronic Theater screenings. Selections include outstanding achievements in time-based art, scientific visualization, visual effects, real-time graphics, and narrative shorts.

Disney Pixar Supervising Animator Gini Santos

Gini Santos (Supervising Animator) joined Pixar Animation Studios in September 1996. Her first project was working as a character animator on “Toy Story 2.” She went on to work on “A Bug’s Life,” “Monster’s Inc.” and Pixar’s Academy Award-winning features “Finding Nemo,” “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille” and “Up.” Santos also served as lead animator on Pixar’s short film “Lifted.”

Before joining Pixar, Santos worked as an art director at Bush & Bishop Advertising, a full-service advertising agency. She designed everything from ads to brochures to logos, which allowed her to utilize her drawing skills in a number of ways.

Born in the Philippines, Santos was raised in Guam from age 3. She attended the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines where she graduated with a fine arts degree in advertising arts. After spending five years in the advertising industry, Santos returned to school and earned a Master of Fine Arts in computer arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Santos lives in San Francisco.


October 26, 2017


3:00pm with Q&A to follow




FAU Davie Campus
Main Auditorium
LA 120
3200 College Avenue
Davie, FL 33314