Embark on an Animation Excellence Journey

by | 14 March 2024 | Conferences, Graphics, Visual Effects

Image Credit: photo by Andreas Psaltis © 2023 ACM SIGGRAPH

The SIGGRAPH Electronic Theater, a qualifier for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is widely recognized for its groundbreaking contributions from artists, researchers, and innovators around the world. As a cornerstone to the mainstream mediums of animation, visual effects, gaming, scientific/data visualization, and storytelling, the Electronic Theater is an opportunity to showcase groundbreaking projects, demonstrate your unique approach to computer animation arts, and, most importantly, wow the SIGGRAPH crowd. As we approach the SIGGRAPH 2024 Electronic Theater program submission deadline, we’re sharing some inspiration for you to wrap up your project before 19 March. Revisit some of the trailblazing work that we have spotlighted from this prestigious animation showcase.

SIGGRAPH Spotlight: Episode 68 – Electronic Theater Award Winner: ‘Overwatch: Kiriko’

Hosted by SIGGRAPH 2024 Electronic Theater Director John Kalaigian, this episode of SIGGRAPH Spotlight welcomes esteemed guest Jeramiah Johnson, director of “Overwatch: Kiriko.” John and Jeramiah dive into the intricacies and creative process behind the award-winning project, which captivated audiences and earned recognition at the SIGGRAPH 2023 Electronic Theater. Listen now.

Friendship Can Move Mountains … and Movies

Introducing … the “Bagel Boys”! The VFX team behind the 11-time Academy Award-nominated film and SIGGRAPH 2022 Electronic Theater project, “Everything Everywhere All At Once,” is made up of a blend of different talents that come together to create something magical — very similar to the seasonings that make up an everything bagel (not the one that threatens to destroy the multiverse). We sat down with Zak Stoltz, Ethan Feldbau, Ben Brewer, Jeff Desom, Matt Wauhkonen, and Evan Halleck to pull back the curtain and showcase their handmade visual effects, their collaboration in handling nearly 500 shots among only six artists, and the friendship that blossomed along the way. Read Now.

Creator of TV Show’s Title Sequence Hopes You Feel Uncomfortable

The main title sequence for the dystopian thriller “Severance” on Apple TV+ is a triumph of 3D motion design and animation. The twisty, thought-provoking visual work illustrates the struggle of the show’s main character, who’s forced to navigate a surgical divide between his professional and personal lives. Read Now.

SIGGRAPH Now: SIGGRAPH 2022 Electronic Theater Director’s Panel Webinar

A special SIGGRAPH Now feature, in this webinar we present a discussion with the SIGGRAPH 2022 Electronic Theater Best in Show winner “The Seine’s Tears” (Eliott Benard and Belaid Yanis), Best Student Project winner “Yallah!” (Nayla Nassar), and Jury’s Choice winner “The End of War” (Lei Chen). SIGGRAPH 2023 Electronic Theater Director Kalina Borkiewicz moderates this thrilling discussion with some of the year’s top animation storytellers. Watch Now.

Behind the Masterpiece of ‘La Diplomatie de L’éclipse’ With Axel Mechin

We had the privilege of connecting with Axel Mechin, one of the five brilliant directors behind this SIGGRAPH 2023 Electronic Theater Best in Show award-winning film, to delve into the depths of its creation. In this exclusive interview, we embark on a journey through the creative process, discovering the wellspring of inspiration, the harmonious collaboration that brought the story to life, and the unwavering dedication that fueled its realization. Join us as we unlock the mysteries behind the captivating artistry that defines “La Diplomatie de L’éclipse,” a film that leaves an indelible mark on the world of animation and storytelling. Read Now.

A Glimpse Into the Future: Rendering the Aftermath of Climate Change Through ‘3.5%’

What might Europe look like if we continue to ignore the climate crisis? Step into a world transformed by the effects of climate change with “3.5%”, Lukas Bieri’s SIGGRAPH 2022 Electronic Theater selection. Through stunning visuals and compelling commentary, Bieri paints a vivid picture of what Lucerne, Switzerland, would look like after the devastating effects of a climate crisis. The film calls for an urgent need for collective action and political pressure. In this interview, we discover Bieri’s creative process, explore the themes and messages at the heart of “3.5%”, and hear his advice for aspiring animators. Read Now.

Feeling inspired and ready to showcase your work? Submit your creative content to the SIGGRAPH 2024 Electronic Theater by 19 March.

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