I recently returned from nearly a week out at SIGGRAPH and thought I’d put together a few highlights to share with you.
For starters, it was great to hear about the latest CG innovations like the new 3D techniques being used in Tron Legacy - this trailer gives you a quick look at some of the technology previewed at the show. There was lots to see, and I have to admit that I didn't get around to checking everything out, but I did managed to swing by the stand of companies such as Boxx who released their fastest workstation to date at the show.
From our perspective, we were able to use the show to talk to a wide range of people about our expansion into the US and how the UK and US markets compare. It was great to get some face-to-face time with US graduates and no surprise to hear that getting your first CG job is as hard in the US as it is the UK. Work experience is key to opening doors, but it's hard to get work experience without first being familiar with the ins and outs of the production pipeline used by the industry. That’s not to say that the education on offer or the people wanting to get into the industry differ greatly on either side of the Atlantic. Students (regardless of their location) need the right skills to develop their industry contacts and to land their first job. That’s the reason behind our mentored learning courses – allowing people to train with us from anywhere ang get those all important professional techniques and industry connections.
Ultimately for me, the highlight of the show was to meet up with escapees who have successfully settled in the US and are enjoying working in the industry out there. Which brings me to a special message to one them in particular: Ray Chang. Ray, if you are reading this, do get in touch with us. We'd love to write about your recent work and share your successes with our blog readers.
As for busiest stand of the show, I reckon the prize has to go to Pixar. The queues to get the now famous Pixar RenderMan teapots and the posters were incredible! Best looking stand also goes to Pixar, but that might be because I love Toy Story and am a little biased.
That's it for now. If you’d like to hear more about any of the topics mentioned, drop me a line here or on Twitter (@Escape_Studios).