SIGGRAPHITTI Issue 5 - July 2013

Computer Animation Festival

See some of the year’s best works at the Computer Animation Festival, a qualifying festival of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Since 1999, several works originally presented in the Computer Animation Festival have been nominated for or have received a "Best Animated Short" Academy Award.

Watch the newly released Computer Animation Festival trailer.

This year’s selections will be featured during the Computer Animation Festival through the Daytime Select Screenings and the iconic Electronic Theater, allowing attendees to get a glimpse behind the making of computer-generated effects, visualizations, and animations.

The SIGGRAPH 2013 Computer Animation Festival presents:

Electronic Theater
Showing Monday through Thursday, the Electronic Theater showcases an eclectic mix of the finest work in computer graphics from the last 12 months.

Daytime Selects
The most creative, innovative, and aesthetic computer graphics presented by submission category, including: Animated Shorts, Visual Effects, Real-Time Graphics, Music Videos, Commercials, and Visualization.

Production Sessions
Learn how world-class creative and production talent created the computer animation and visual effects in some of the Computer Animation Festival's most provocative works.

Real-Time Live!
Live presentations reviewing the year's most innovative real-time graphics, celebrating interactive rendering techniques across all fields and hardware platforms.

Image credit: Contre Temps © 2013 Supinfocom


Posters are a convenient method for presenting in-progress research, student projects, and late-breaking work. Poster topics range from applications of computer graphics to in-depth research in specific areas. They are on display for attendees to browse at their leisure. Poster authors meet and discuss their work with attendees during the Poster Presentations.

Poster Sessions
Tuesday - Wednesday 23-24 July
12:15 - 1:15 pm

Below is a sampling of Posters to be showcased in Anaheim:

3D Reconstruction of Intricate Objects using Planar Cast Shadows
A proposal for a 3D reconstruction system based on planar cast shadows and the shape from silhouette algorithm. The submitters simplify the calibration procedure and equalize the numbers of effective pixels of shadows in all images. With this design, the spatial resolution is improved and it is able to carve intricate shapes.

Pencil Tracing Mirage: Principle and its Evaluation
A proposal for a method to simulate various mirages in 3D CG. Mirages are caused by the fluctuation of the refractive index of the air. The focus is on the pencil tracing technique, and achieve that our method replicates fluctuated appearance of mirages by introducing a perturbation component into this method.

Nutty Tracks - Symbolic Animation Pipeline for Expressive Robotics
NuttyTracks is a symbolic real-time animation system that is fit for animating any robotic character using animation tools that are commonly used by professional animators. The system brings artists and programmers closer to each other in the quest for bringing the illusion to life to robotic characters.

PhysPix: Instantaneous Rigid Body Simulation of Rasters
PhysPix is a 2D rigid body physics simulation framework that works exclusively with pixels. PhysPix allows artist control over the exact boundaries used for objects in the simulation, natural bitmap-based support for destruction, and an intuitive painting interface for properties such as non-uniform weight distributions.

Vuvuzela: A Facial Scan Correspondence Tool
When scanning an actor's face in multiple static facial expressions, it is desirable for the resulting scans to all have the same topology and for the textures to all be in the same UV space. Such "corresponded'" scans would enable the straightforward creation of blendshape-based facial rigs. Presented, will be the Vuvuzela, a semi-automated facial scan correspondence tool. Vuvuzela is currently being used in our facial rigging pipeline, and was one of the key tools in the Digital Ira project.

Poster Categories & Titles

Complete List of Posters

SIGGRAPH Mobile App & Scheduler Now Available!

Maximize your experience at SIGGRAPH 2013 with the mobile app. Personalize your schedule, connect with other attendees, find sponsors and exhibitors and more!


Use your phone, tablet, or internet browser to:

- See other attendees who are coming to SIGGRAPH 2013
- Review the agenda and speakers, and create a personalized schedule
- Connect with other attendees by sending messages and setting up 1-on-1 meetings, while keeping your email private
- Find sponsors and exhibitors and review their brochures and videos before you go

If you have registered for SIGGRAPH 2013, you will receive an email with a link to download the App. Or, visit and go to Log In. To set up a personalized account, use your Registration ID as your username and your last name plus “2013” as your password:

Username: Registration ID
Password:  LastName2013
(all lowercase)

Why create an account? To personalize your event schedule, request meetings with others, access real-time event information, and more!

Please note that the App system may not recognize you immediately after registering for SIGGRAPH due to the time required to transfer your data. For assistance with the app, please contact

Exhibits Fast Forward

Monday, 22 July 
3:45 - 5:15 pm

Ballroom AB

New this year and based on the very popular Papers Fast Forward section, the Exhibits Fast Forward is a sneak peak of the products and announcements that companies are planning for SIGGRAPH 2013. Set in a fast-paced, entertaining session, see what the exhibitors have to offer before the Exhibition opens. We hope you join us Monday at the first-ever SIGGRAPH Exhibits Fast Forward!


Wednesday, 24 July
8 pm – 12:30 am, Grand Plaza

Join SIGGRAPH for a movie under the stars. In its inaugural year, SIGGRAPH After Dark, a late night movie event, is open to all attendees. Projected on a giant outdoor screen at the Grand Plaza (between the Marriott and Hilton Hotels) SIGGRAPH will present two fan favorite movies, Toy Story starting at 8 pm immediately followed by Jurassic Park.

SIGGRAPH After Dark is a movies-in-the-park type experience where fan favorite films that have inspired us all will be shared and a fun element of audience participation will be incorporated. Meet us at the Grand Plaza Wednesday night for a casual opportunity to socialize and network with fellow attendees!

Call For Volunteers

Interested in getting involved in a future conference? Being a part of SIGGRAPH is a beneficial and rewarding experience that can help enhance your personal network and professional career. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a SIGGRAPH volunteer, we want to hear from you! First, you can either apply online or stop by the SIGGRAPH booth during the conference to discover how you can contribute your expertise and knowledge. All attendees are welcome.

SIGGRAPH is now accepting submissions for 2015 conference committee members.

Be a part of SIGGRAPH 2015 in a volunteer position. SIGGRAPH volunteers require a significant amount of time and play a major role in the success of the conference. Volunteers are responsible for providing the details of their program and ultimately making sure the program is managed and carried out successfully. SIGGRAPH is an incredible opportunity to enhance your network and build your professional career. It is an experience to broaden your work within the industry and work with many other talented and experienced professionals.

View the general requirements for more information on becoming a SIGGRAPH 2015 committee member.

SIGGRAPH is now accepting applications for the SIGGRAPH 2016 Chair position.

This person leads and inspires a highly energized, multi-talented, and deeply committed team of volunteers and professional service contractors to create, plan, and produce every aspect of the conference and exhibition.

The Conference Chair will work closely with the SIGGRAPH Chief Staff Executive, the Conference Advisory Group, the professional service contractors, and the volunteer program chairs over approximately a four-year period. In addition to overseeing the conference, the Conference Chair serves in an advisory capacity to the SIGGRAPH organization.

Required Qualifications include:

- Strong familiarity with the SIGGRAPH conference (ideally a previous committee member).
- Connected to an established network of individuals within the computer graphics / interactive community.
- Strong, demonstrated, effective management expertise (able to articulate their own management style); able to manage a diverse group of people with varying needs, goals, and assumptions about their SIGGRAPH involvement.
- Able and willing to devote the necessary amount of time to do the job; have solid support from both their employer and family.
- Able to make a three-year commitment to managing the conference.

For a complete and detailed job description and information on how to apply, please see:

State of the VFX Industry

Panels are moderated discussions on important topics, with expert panelists chosen by the organizers to provide a wide range of perspectives. Panels have long been an important part of the annual SIGGRAPH conference because they provide a forum for the community to share experiences, opinions, insights, speculation, disagreement, controversy, and audience interaction with the leading experts in computer graphics and interactive techniques.

The State of the Visual Effects Industry

Thursday, 25 July
3:30 pm, Anaheim Convention Center, Ballroom AB

This panel explores the wide variety of business practices and issues surrounding the current state of visual effects production from several perspectives: visual effects artists, visual effects producers, and visual effects company owners and executives. Topics include the industry's business history, current business pros and cons, and future prospects for an industry in transition.

Jim Hillin
Visual Effects Supervisor, Indie Feature "Home"

Dave Rand
Senior Visual Effects Artist

Scott Squires
Visual Effects Supervisor

Scott Ross

Steve Kaplan
Labor Organizer, The Animation Guild, Local 839 IATSE

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