An Animated Life

Come and Join Animation Director  Jeff Schu at the Fort Lauderdale ACM SIGGRAPH May 15th ,2013  at 7:00 p.m.

//This Event will be hosted by Digital Media Arts College in their Green Screen Studio. //

Jeff Schu has enjoyed an exciting and illustrious career in animation as a Character Animator, Lead Animator, Supervising Animator, Animation Supervisor and now Animation Director.

Animation Director/Artist  Jeff Schu  in front of some of the movies he has worked on over the years including, Final Fantasy -The Spirits Within, The Chronicles of Narnia, Surf's Up, Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, and many more.
Animation Director/Artist Jeff Schu in front of a towering amount of the features he has worked on over the years. Check out his IMDb below for MORE.

He made his beginning debut on the production team of the first photorealistic animated feature film, Final Fantasy:  The Spirits Within, at Square Pictures’s  Honolulu Hawaii Studio.  Square Pictures rendered the film using some of the most advanced processing capabilities available for film animating at the time, but for Jeff that was just the beginning.

After working on Final Flight of the Osiris for the Matrix franchise, he left the sandy beaches of Hawaii for sunny Los Angeles to work on his next project, the film adaptation of the acclaimed children’s book,  The Polar Express, thus launching an 8 year run with Sony Pictures Imageworks.

At Imageworks he worked on such titles as Disney’s Academy Award Nominated film The Chronicles of Narnia (The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe) and Sony Animations’s own nominated Surf’s Up along with Columbia/Imagemovers Best Animated Feature Nominee, Monster House. Moving on and utilizing his strong grasp of the technical side of animation, Jeff and his teams made indellibile contributions to VFX films like, I Am Legend, Speed Racer, Eagle Eye, and Beowulf.

When Imageworks embarked on opening a new studio in Albuquerque, NM, Jeff took on the challenge and built a highly successful team of animators that brought characters to life in Hoyt Yeatman’s G Force, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and Martin Campbell’s Green Lantern.

In 2011 Imageworks moved their animation operation to Vancouver, Canada and Jeff soon found a great opportunity in Digital Domain’s ambitious venture, a studio to be called Traditions located in Port St. Lucie, FL. The team at Traditions was embarking on the production of a sure to be South Florida animation classic,  The Legend of Tembo to be directed by the very talented team of Aaron Blaise and Chuck Williams. However, the studio fell into bankruptcy and shuttered in September 2012.

Jeff then went to work in New Orleans, LA with VFX legend Richard Edlund at Dumonde VFX for the on set previs team for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes which is scheduled for release in 2014.  He is currently working at a studio in Ft. Lauderdale on some Exciting New Projects.

—for more information about Jeff Schu, Check out these links—–

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1720991/

Jeff Schu 2011 Animation Demo Reel  http://vimeo.com/29018683

 The meeting will Also Kick off with a recap of the NAB Conference back in April attended by are own Chapter’s Chair, Dean Lyon.

http://www.nabshow.com/

WHEN: 15th May 2013 from 7-9PM

WHERE: Digitial Media Arts College  5400 Broken Sound Blvd, Boca Raton, FL 33487

Free Parking available in front of the campus.  Once Inside, Head to the Green Screen Room.

CLICK HERE FOR  Driving Directions from Google Maps

 Green Screen Studio, Figure Drawing Room, and Motion Capture at Digital Media Arts College.
Green Screen Studio,  Figure Drawing Room,  and  Motion Capture at  Digital Media Arts College.

 

After the Meeting we might as well take advantage of one of the nearby venues for social networking after the show. Bring your Business Cards and see you there!

Reconstructive Simulation

Come and Join Animator Christy Spangler of the  National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), at the Fort Lauderdale ACM SIGGRAPH April 16th ,2013  at 7:00 p.m.

This presentation will cover some of the animations and graphics they have developed for the transportation modes they investigate which include aviation, rail, highway, and marine and discuss the different styles and methods used to present the accident data so that the audience can visualize and better understand the events leading up to the accident, the probable cause and the identification of safety issues.

Christy Spangler is an interdisciplinary 2D and 3D Visual Communicator who specializes in Technical and Engineering subject matter.

NTSB's Christy Spangler, Engineering Graphics Specialist
Christy Spangler takes measurements of components from an undamaged copy of a battery similar to the one involved in the Japan Airlines 787 fire in Boston's Logan Airport currently under investigation.

Employed at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in 2002, Ms. Spangler is responsible for designing engineering, promotional and multimedia graphics. In 2004, she was involved in the development of the NTSB Animation Laboratory and currently serves as an Engineering Graphics Specialist responsible for developing accident reconstruction animations. Ms. Spangler has presented her work at the ACM SIGGRAPH Conference in the Dailies! (2010); and the Poster Presentation (2008, 2004).Ms. Spangler attended Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL and earned a BFA degree in Visual Communications (1991) and later attended East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN and earned a MS degree in Engineering Design Graphics (2001).

Building on her foundation of fine arts and photography, her experience and career has 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.

We will be accepting new members at this meeting.

We are using the FAU Downtown Campus Computer Graphics Laboratory Studio ( also known as the former Center for Electronic Communication). Given that this is in the heart of downtown’s entertainment district we might as well take advantage of nearby venues for social networking after the show.

Bring your Business Cards and see you there!

WHEN: 16th April 2013 from 7-9PM
WHERE: Florida Atlantic University 220 S.E. 2nd Avenue, Suite 921 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Click here for directions

Parking is available along meters or in the City Parking facility across the street, slightly north.
// This is also the last time we will hold an event at this venue after over 20 years  of meetings for this chapter due to relocation of the Facility.  Don’t miss it!  As we reflect and say good bye to the Studio one last time.//

——–backround on

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal government agency charged with determining the probable cause of transportation accidents and promoting transportation safety. The improvement of safety to the nation’s transportation system requires prompt, thorough, and valid investigations of accidents, incidents, and other anomalies in order to identify issues, determine the probable cause and recommend improvements. A large volume of highly complex and diverse data can frequently obscure the relationships between vehicle performance, human operator inputs, and the traffic systems. Investigators must piece together and integrate these data to understand the causes and contributing factors of the accident and then explain these facts to policy makers and the general public to promote the safety recommendations in order to improve transportation safety.
The NTSB will often integrate the accident data into 3D animations to reconstruct and illustrate accident sequences so that the audience can visualize and better understand the events leading up to the accident, the probable cause and the identification of safety issues. These animations factually and faithfully present the accident sequence based on measured, recorded, and calculated data.

 

For more information about the NTSB, please visit

http://www.ntsb.gov/index.html

To view NTSB animations, please visit

http://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/animations.htmlCome and Join Animator Christy Spangler of the  National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), at the Fort Lauderdale ACM SIGGRAPH April 16th ,2013  at 7:00 p.m.

This presentation will cover some of the animations and graphics they have developed for the transportation modes they investigate which include aviation, rail, highway, and marine and discuss the different styles and methods used to present the accident data so that the audience can visualize and better understand the events leading up to the accident, the probable cause and the identification of safety issues.

Christy Spangler is an interdisciplinary 2D and 3D Visual Communicator who specializes in Technical and Engineering subject matter.

 

NTSB's Christy Spangler, Engineering Graphics Specialist
Christy Spangler takes measurements of components from an undamaged copy of a battery similar to the one involved in the Japan Airlines 787 fire in Boston’s Logan Airport currently under investigation.

Employed at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in 2002, Ms. Spangler is responsible for designing engineering, promotional and multimedia graphics. In 2004, she was involved in the development of the NTSB Animation Laboratory and currently serves as an Engineering Graphics Specialist responsible for developing accident reconstruction animations. Ms. Spangler has presented her work at the ACM SIGGRAPH Conference in the Dailies! (2010); and the Poster Presentation (2008, 2004).Ms. Spangler attended Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL and earned a BFA degree in Visual Communications (1991) and later attended East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN and earned a MS degree in Engineering Design Graphics (2001).

Building on her foundation of fine arts and photography, her experience and career has 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.

We will be accepting new members at this meeting.

We are using the FAU Downtown Campus Computer Graphics Laboratory Studio ( also known as the former Center for Electronic Communication). Given that this is in the heart of downtown’s entertainment district we might as well take advantage of nearby venues for social networking after the show.

Bring your Business Cards and see you there!

WHEN: 16th April 2013 from 7-9PM
WHERE: Florida Atlantic University 220 S.E. 2nd Avenue, Suite 921 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Click here for directions

Parking is available along meters or in the City Parking facility across the street, slightly north.
// This is also the last time we will hold an event at this venue after over 20 years  of meetings for this chapter due to relocation of the Facility.  Don’t miss it!  As we reflect and say good bye to the Studio one last time.//

——–backround on

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal government agency charged with determining the probable cause of transportation accidents and promoting transportation safety. The improvement of safety to the nation’s transportation system requires prompt, thorough, and valid investigations of accidents, incidents, and other anomalies in order to identify issues, determine the probable cause and recommend improvements. A large volume of highly complex and diverse data can frequently obscure the relationships between vehicle performance, human operator inputs, and the traffic systems. Investigators must piece together and integrate these data to understand the causes and contributing factors of the accident and then explain these facts to policy makers and the general public to promote the safety recommendations in order to improve transportation safety.
The NTSB will often integrate the accident data into 3D animations to reconstruct and illustrate accident sequences so that the audience can visualize and better understand the events leading up to the accident, the probable cause and the identification of safety issues. These animations factually and faithfully present the accident sequence based on measured, recorded, and calculated data.

For more information about the NTSB, please visit

http://www.ntsb.gov/index.html

To view NTSB animations, please visit

http://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/animations.htmlCome and Join Animator Christy Spangler of the  National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), at the Fort Lauderdale ACM SIGGRAPH April 16th ,2013  at 7:00 p.m.

This presentation will cover some of the animations and graphics they have developed for the transportation modes they investigate which include aviation, rail, highway, and marine and discuss the different styles and methods used to present the accident data so that the audience can visualize and better understand the events leading up to the accident, the probable cause and the identification of safety issues.

Christy Spangler is an interdisciplinary 2D and 3D Visual Communicator who specializes in Technical and Engineering subject matter.

NTSB's Christy Spangler, Engineering Graphics Specialist
Christy Spangler takes measurements of components from an undamaged copy of a battery similar to the one involved in the Japan Airlines 787 fire in Boston's Logan Airport currently under investigation.

Employed at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in 2002, Ms. Spangler is responsible for designing engineering, promotional and multimedia graphics. In 2004, she was involved in the development of the NTSB Animation Laboratory and currently serves as an Engineering Graphics Specialist responsible for developing accident reconstruction animations. Ms. Spangler has presented her work at the ACM SIGGRAPH Conference in the Dailies! (2010); and the Poster Presentation (2008, 2004).Ms. Spangler attended Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL and earned a BFA degree in Visual Communications (1991) and later attended East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN and earned a MS degree in Engineering Design Graphics (2001).

Building on her foundation of fine arts and photography, her experience and career has 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.

We will be accepting new members at this meeting.

We are using the FAU Downtown Campus Computer Graphics Laboratory Studio ( also known as the former Center for Electronic Communication). Given that this is in the heart of downtown’s entertainment district we might as well take advantage of nearby venues for social networking after the show.

Bring your Business Cards and see you there!

WHEN: 16th April 2013 from 7-9PM
WHERE: Florida Atlantic University 220 S.E. 2nd Avenue, Suite 921 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Click here for directions

Parking is available along meters or in the City Parking facility across the street, slightly north.
// This is also the last time we will hold an event at this venue after over 20 years  of meetings for this chapter due to relocation of the Facility.  Don’t miss it!  As we reflect and say good bye to the Studio one last time.//

——–backround on

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal government agency charged with determining the probable cause of transportation accidents and promoting transportation safety. The improvement of safety to the nation’s transportation system requires prompt, thorough, and valid investigations of accidents, incidents, and other anomalies in order to identify issues, determine the probable cause and recommend improvements. A large volume of highly complex and diverse data can frequently obscure the relationships between vehicle performance, human operator inputs, and the traffic systems. Investigators must piece together and integrate these data to understand the causes and contributing factors of the accident and then explain these facts to policy makers and the general public to promote the safety recommendations in order to improve transportation safety.
The NTSB will often integrate the accident data into 3D animations to reconstruct and illustrate accident sequences so that the audience can visualize and better understand the events leading up to the accident, the probable cause and the identification of safety issues. These animations factually and faithfully present the accident sequence based on measured, recorded, and calculated data.

 

For more information about the NTSB, please visit

http://www.ntsb.gov/index.html

To view NTSB animations, please visit

http://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/animations.html

Data Visualization: The Computer Graphics Job of the Future

Come and Join Data Visualization Expert Chris Carter as he presents this exciting topic at the Fort Lauderdale ACM SIGGRAPH March 20th, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.

//This is a dual event Day, it kicks off at 4 p.m. with a meeting for High School Students and Educators. Special Film Marker -Event” with Visual Effects Supervisor, Dean Lyon.  Dean has worked on dozens of blockbusters including Armageddon, Boogeyman, Doctor Dolittle, Spooked and many, many more.” Click HERE For More Information//

As a Data Visualization Expert, Computer Graphics Artist, Army Intelligence Warrant Officer and Published Author, Chris brings an extraordinary approach to publishing and visual storytelling.

Born in suburban Chicago, Chris Carter was raised in a working class atmosphere. His mother was manager of a Health Food store and his father was a builder and artist.  Prior to 911, Chris Carter had an extensive career as a computer graphics artist.  Starting at JBTV in Chicago, a cutting edge music video program that was carried on WGN’s Super Station and aired throughout the US. Chris then journeyed to Florida, to work for NiteLight Studios in Pompano Beach before moving to LA and making the rounds at some of the most prominent VFX studios in Hollywood. Chris then found himself working as a computer graphics artist in the Washington, DC area on 911.  For 33 years he has been in the U.S. Army. With 20 in the Reserves, 10 active duty and still going today. As a Defense Contractor and soldier he’s been to the Middle East 5 times since 911 and is working on several books and a screenplay to tell his stories.

In his provocative book “Locked Out”, inspired by Ray Kurzwiel, Chris Carter tells us to forget about Artificial Intelligence, computers do not have to be smarter than us. All they have to do is wait until we are dependent on them. Then lock us out! His new book “How To Predict The Future” combines health psychology with data visualization analysis and shows you how life boils down to numbers. Big numbers. Less than a dozen exabytes could contain every word ever written since the beginning of time. When you can visualize these numbers, you can begin to predict your future. This is a unique common thread through all of Chris Carter’s works.

With his producer friend, Gary Halpin, he published his first book, The Difference between Democrats and Republicans.” Chris was invited to Capitol Hill to present the book to Texas Congressman (R) Ron Paul. Ron bought two extra copies for his fellow Presidential candidates, John McCain and Barrack Obama.

WHEN: 20th March 2013 from 7-9PM
WHERE: Bienes Center for the Performing Arts 2812 SW 12th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

Directions Map to Bienes Center for the Performing Arts

After the Meeting we might as well take advantage of one of the nearby venues for social networking after the show. Bring your Business Cards and see you there!

The Foundry

Come and join The Foundry at Fort Lauderdale ACM SIGGRAPH February 5th, 2013 and take a chance to WIN one copy of  modo!

We have invited Digital Artists Alex Friderici, Deke Kincaid, & Greg Brown to join us on February 5th 2013 at Cinema Paradiso.  They will show you key features in recently released NUKE 7.0, as well as how to use your HIERO, MARI and modo to their full potential.

The drinks are on us, so stick around for a chat after the presentations.

  • Deke Kincaid has 14 years of experience in the world of Visual Effects working on over 40 films, 50 commercials and a variety of television shows and video games. Some notable credits include Watchmen, Garfield 2, The Waterhorse, The Back Eyed Peas Grammy winning music video Boom Boom Pow and Pirates of the Carribean 2 & 3.  He has had the pleasure of working at award winning companies such as Technicolor, Rhythm & Hues, Method, Riot, Asylum VFX, Motion Theory and Weta Digital.


  • Greg Brown has worked in Advertising as a 3D artist for 5 years and as a freelance Character Modeler for 8.  Greg has produced work for variety of high profile brands during his time at Alter, including Coors, Mcdonalds, Corona, Bacardi, Hersheys, Cox Cable and many others.  He currently lives in Chicago, Il and spends his days serving up fresh, hot Modo goodness…

 

 

  • Alex Friderici has worked on blockbuster films such as the The Terminal, Pan’s Labyrinth, Sin City, and The Mist as well as broadcast projects. He is the Principal of EyelandArts, a boutique visual effects and production house located in the tropical city of Hollywood.


 

 

Spaces for this event are limited, so please register here to attend: http://www.thefoundry.co.uk/articles/2013/01/18/473/siggraph-chapter-florida-february-2013-registration-form/

WHEN: 5th February 2013 from 7-9PM
WHERE: Cinema Paradiso 503 Southeast 6th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Google Map to Cinema Paradiso Threater

Proceeds of the raffle benefit your Ft Lauderdale ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter to continue their excellent program activities. By the way, Help us in celebrating 20 years since our charter with ACM in 1993!

In Collaboration with:



 

 


Chuck Williams

Chuck WilliamsStory Development for Animation

Featured Speaker:

Director/Producer Chuck Williams made his feature-producing  animated feature debut on “Brother Bear”.  Williams joined Disney’s Florida Studio the year it opened in 1989.  Williams edited the Studio’s debut project, “Roller Coaster Rabbit,” and did second-unit work on “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin” and “The Lion King.” Following “The Lion King,” he shifted to Feature Animation’s Special Projects unit, working as editor and eventually producer on projects including the “Voyage of the Little Mermaid” attraction, the “Lion King” and “Aladdin” video games, the “Hercules” storybook, the Walt Disney World attraction “Legend of the Lion King,” as well as original animation for Disney’s California Adventure.

He later joined Digital Domain Media Group’s Tradition Studios after a 21-year career at Disney where he and his partner, Director Aaron Blaise, began work on their new animated movie, “The Legend of Tembo”.  The story is about “A young African elephant who ends up in China and becomes a battle elephant in order to get home.

“Chuck  Williams attended Florida Southern College in Lakeland, as well as University of London, where he studied theatre, and Florida State, where he earned a communications degree with filmmaking emphasis. He first delved into animation while in college, working with an artist on a short claymation film; between classes he worked in television news.

We will be accepting new members at this meeting.

We are using the FAU Downtown Campus Computer Graphics Laboratory Studio ( also known as the former Center for Electronic Communication). Given that this is in the heart of downtown’s entertainment district we might as well take advantage of nearby venues for social networking after the show.

Showtime:  December 11th at 7:00 p.m.
Location:     Florida Atlantic University
220 S.E. 2nd Avenue, Suite 921
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Parking is available along meters or in the City Parking facility across the street, slightly north.

Click here for directions

Electronic Theater Screening

We have reviewed the recent SIGGRAPH2012 Electronic Theater blu-ray disc. It has many Hollywood visual effects breakdowns which you don’t normally see anymore on DVDs of feature movies. In addition there are scientific visualizations, student animation works from leading colleges and universities across the globe.

Then there is some risque content …also computer generated…not real, but you may not want to have to explain certain animations to young children.

Hope to see you there tomorrow night November 1st at 6:30. We are using the FAU Downtown Campus Computer Graphics Laboratory Studio ( also known as the former Center for Electronic Communication). Given that this is in the heart of downtown’s entertainment district we might as well take advantage of nearby venues for social networking after the show.

Parking is available along meters or in the City Parking facility across the street, slightly north.

View Map

Dean Lyon

Showtime:
December 6, 2011
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Florida Atlantic University
School of Communication and Multimedia Studies
Askew Tower 

220 S.E. 2nd Avenue, Suite 921
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Check out some of the SIGGRAPH 2011 Conference Preview Videos!!


Digital Domain

Stan Szymanski
(Head of Digital Studio)
is the Head of Digital Studio at Digital Domain Media Group. He is a Senior Visual Effects and Animation Executive with a twenty-eight year track record of achievement in Technical Direction, Project Management and Administration for motion pictures, television, and new media. In 2009, Mr. Szymanski partnered with Technicolor Creative Services’ VFX and animation studios where he revamped their recruiting procedures and attracted top talent to projects such as Clash of the Titans, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows and Sucker Punch. Mr. Szymanski was the former Senior Vice President of Creative Resources and Digital Production at Sony Pictures Imageworks, in Culver City, California, where he was responsible for the staffing and team integration of visual effects and animation productions such as, Beowulf, I Am Legend, G-Force, Cloudy with A Chance of Meatballs and Alice. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Design from The State University College at Buffalo in Buffalo, New York.
Jon Karafin
(Director of Production Operations (BFA, MFA))
is responsible for In-Three’s production operations, Digital Domain’s recently acquired Stereography department. Previously, Jon was Vice President of Production Operations with In-Three, Inc. and developed large scale stereoscopic production facilities in Mumbai, India and Los Angeles, CA. He has applied his diverse background in visual arts and digital production to direct and optimize the department’s daily operations, technology and stereoscopic production pipeline. In addition, Jon actively develops innovative stereoscopic techniques and systems, with the goal of increasing artist efficiency and product quality. Jon’s passion for stereoscopic media stems from a longstanding interest in combining aspects of the arts and sciences. He previously pursued academic research into 2.5D and 3D materials, stereo CG animation, holographics, and autostereoscopic displays. Endeavors such as this have earned him BFA degrees in Film, Photography, Visual Arts, and Audio Production from Ithaca College, where he was named department valedictorian. He has also completed MFA degrees in both Imaging Arts and Sciences: Fine Art Photography and Digital Animation from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).