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

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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:

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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Dean Lyon

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).


Vincent Serritella


After years of formal art education, Vincent’s paintings have been exhibited in museums, galleries, and cultural centers in New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Baltimore. This art background has influenced Vincent’s understanding of light, color and space that is used in his visual effects work.

Self trained in high-end 3d animation techniques, Vincent was first a senior effects technical director at New York’s fast paced commercial house RhinoFx where he created award winning work for clients such as “Vice Grip”, “3M” and “AT&T”.

Vincent joined Sony Pictures Imageworks in 2003 on Disney’s “The Haunted Mansion”, then was quickly requested to create visual effects for Academy Award winning “Spiderman 2”. Since then, Vincent has lead the visual effects for blockbusters such as “Ghost Rider”, “Hancock”, and “Beowulf” where he received a 2008 VES Award nomination. Currently, Vincent is developing effects for the upcoming animated feature “Hotel Transylvania”.

His other credits include: The Polar Express, Cursed, The Watchmen, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and Alice and Wonderland.




Manny will be here to talk about his work on Dreamwork’s upcoming film, “How To Train Your Dragon”, in theaters March 2010. After the presentation, Manny will be available to those that would like to have their demo reel or portfolio reviewed. He will also provide information on the Evolve CG Conference and Job Fair taking place in Fort Lauderdale May 15-16 2010.

Manny Fragelus of DreamWorks Feature Animation 

Emmanuel “Manny” Fragelus has worked with the most widely recognized animation studios in hte U.S. throughout his career such as Sony, Disney, Technicolor, Paramount, Gnomon, and NcSoft. Now employd as a senior 3D artist with DreamWorks Feature Animation, he’s been involved with many high-profile projects including Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar 2, Shrek, and How to Raise Your Dragon (2010). His career film credits include World of Tomorrow, Species 2, Flushed Away, Over the Hedge, Kung Fu Panda, and How to Raise Your Dragon. He’s also a featured artist on video game titles such as Spyro the Dragon, Medal of Honor, and Pirates of the Caribbean. In addition Manny works as a Producer for The Gnomon Workshop where his is currently releasing an extensive “Behind the Scenes” Educational DVD series.

Evlolve3d Computer Graphics Conference in Fort Lauderdale, FloridaManny is currently the executive producer/creator of the Evolved CG animation conference/job fair in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The Evolve CG conference is designed to help the student tranition from an academic environment to the rigors of securing a job as a professional artist. This conference brings a new exciting opportunity to learn insider tips of how to break into the business by learning from acclaimed experts in the industry.