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Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Event: Siggraph 2008

Siggraph 08
ASIFA - Hollywood cordially invites you to experience the spectrum of animation and visual effects at SIGGRAPH 2008's newly expanded Computer Animation Festival. The newly expanded festival features Competition and Invited Screenings, Festival Talks, Production Sessions, Stereoscopic 3D sessions, and Production Studio Nights.

Competition Screenings
Nokia Theatre
The finest of this year's computer animation, including visual effects, animated shorts, excerpts from motion pictures, student work, scientific visualization, abstract art, and so much more.

Invited Screenings
Nokia Theatre
You can also experience a slate of invited screenings in addition to the juried, competition content: something new, something old, everything exceptional.

Festival Talks
Los Angeles Convention Center
Four days of talks and presentations that teach, entertain, inspire, and illuminate. The schedule includes a full-day course on the history of animation, complete with incredible clips of historic and hysterical animation; a rare glimpse inside the genesis of an animation company and their current feature production; and a revealing look at how visual effects artists work with scientists, architects, futurists, and artists to augment all types of stories.

Production Sessions
Los Angeles Convention Center
Panels, roundtable discussions, and conversations about marketing, behind-the-scenes developments, production-related art, digital film production, and retrospectives.

Stereoscopic 3D: Research, Applications, and Entertainment
Los Angeles Convention Center
Experts will teach the foundations of 3D, from acquisition to projection, from history to the future. Discover how 3D is contributing to medicine and science, and dive into the increasingly immersive worlds of gaming and interactivity. Learn about the latest animated and live-action productions, hear experts speculate about the future, and watch 3D shorts and clips from 3D features - treasures from the past, and previews of tomorrow's achievements.

Production Studio Nights
Three all-star evenings from 8-11 pm at the Nokia Theatre:
Tuesday, 12 August: Pixar will host a screening of "The Man Who Planted Trees" followed by a conversation with Frederic Back and John Lasseter. This evening also includes a screening of "The Pixar Story" with introduction and Q&A by director Leslie Iwerks and friends.
Wednesday, 13 August: Sony Pictures Imageworks will present an evening of tributes, celebrations, clips, and memories of Stan Winston and his legacy, followed by a screening of a classic Stan Winston film.
Thursday, 14 August: LucasFilm presents an advance screening of "Star Wars: The Clone Wars." The event is hosted by ILM Visual Effects Supervisor John Knoll and begins with a discussion of the film's unique design and signature style.

Don't miss out.

Purchase a Computer Animation Festival one-day pass for only $50. Day passes include all Festival activities at the Nokia Theatre and LA Convention Center, and the SIGGRAPH Exhibition on the day of attendance. Passes can be purchased at the Los Angeles Convention Center, located at 1201 S Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90015.

Computer Animation Festival registration opens at 8 am Monday, 11 August - Thursday, 14 August in Hall A of the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Questions? Email SIGGRAPH at media@siggraph.org.

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