Friday, August 29, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
There are several exciting things going on in New Mexico's game development community. Please take a look:
First, this month's Rio Grande IGDA chapter meeting will take close a look at educational games ("serious games" for adults as well as video games for school-aged kids). These kinds of games are one of the fastest growing arenas in interactive media, offering exciting opportunities for game developers. They are not only an important tool for classroom teaching and adult training, but they are also used in the health field, in advertising and a variety of other endeavors. Using real case studies, we'll be discussing lessons learned -- successful techniques that earn A's as well as badly-thought out approaches that garner F's. Special guest will be Carolyn Handler Miller, author of Digital Storytelling: A Creator's Guide to Interactive Entertainment and writer of numerous educational games. Also Janeen Anderson from Game Production Services will speak.
When: Wednesday September 10 2008October's Rio Grande IGDA meeting will focus on teams developing games for the Microsoft Dream|Build|Play competition.
Time: 6:30 -- 8:30 PM
Where: The Art Center Design College
5000 Marble Ave. NE, Albuquerque NM 87110 (view map) (505) 254-7575
Room TBD, ask reception for directions
I'm also pleased to introduce our chapter's new program co-chairs, Jonathan Whetzel
(firstname.lastname@example.org) and Luke Nihlen (email@example.com) of Tenth Artist. Their energy and enthusiasm is already helping build our local game development community, and I think we'll be seeing even more exciting activities to come.
More info at: http://www.igda.org/albuquerque/events.html
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Albuquerque BarCamp 3 is coming up on Saturday September 13th and 14th, 2008. As the name implies, this is the 3rd BarCamp we've seen here in Albuquerque -- and they continue to get better, reflecting the growth in talented web, software and technology professionals we've been seeing lately (it's pretty exciting).
What it BarCamp? Want to sign up? Read on below (from Reid Givens at the Refresh Albuquerque Group Site)...
What is BarCamp?
BarCamp is a conference unlike most all other conferences for two
1. No one owns it or makes any money off of it
2. The attendees are the presenters
BarCamp is based on the simple idea that we are all experts. Why pay a
few so called experts to come in and talk when we have a wealth of
information right here? Besides, when we don't pay for speakers, we
don't have to charge for the conference.
Attending BarCamp doesn't mean that you HAVE to present (although you
probably know something some of us don't), but it does mean that for
at least a day you can learn something new that can affect your
career, and you get to see who else in the community is out there,
what they're doing and just plain have fun. Going to BarCamp was the
best thing I ever did for my career, and it created friendships that
have lasted years.
BarCamp is free and doesn't take a lot of time out of your life. Come
and meet designers, developers, marketers, usability experts and
anyone else that stops by. This year, lunch will be provided so you
don't even have to pay for food! You can't lose!
For more information about BarCamp in general, visit:
For more information about BarCampAlbuquerque, visit:
motion08 :: Special Offer for New Mexico Residents
Friday, August 22, 2008
Bubonicon is an annual multigenre convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico, typically held during the last weekend of August. It is the largest general-interest science fiction convention in New Mexico and among the oldest in the Southwest.It's so popular, their site might actually be down at the moment... but it features an amazing mix of Sci-Fi, fantasy and speculative fiction writers, many of whom live right here in New Mexico. This year also features local folks like Steven Gould (Jumper) talking about the journey from book to screen, Laura Mixon talking about Storytron, and Hugo-nominated toastmaster Daniel Abraham. (And a lot more fun and craziness too.)
The event is relatively inexpensive too, so check it out (visit the website for more details).
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Lots of good and interesting reports coming back from SIGGRAPH, including this news from the 3d4all forum:
Online Education Program by Sony's IPAX, with Animation Mentor
Sony Pictures Imageworks and Sony Pictures Animation's IPAX education program announced today the launch of its new online mentor program, which will begin in the winter of 2009, and will leverage Animation Mentor's unique learning model and state-of-the-art online technology.
The three-month program will pair top students from 18 IPAX member schools from around the world with top Sony Pictures Imageworks and Sony Pictures Animation artists who will provide individual online mentoring, training, and guidance.
Animation Mentor's innovative mentor/apprentice teaching model and online learning platform will enable Sony mentors to work with students to help them develop their skills and grow their craft. Tools include live video conference Q&A sessions with mentors, video guest lectures with industry experts, and eCritiques where mentors can provide video commentary while drawing directly on the student's work to illustrate their concepts.
IPAX, Sony Pictures Imageworks' and Sony Pictures Animation's professional education development program was created in 2004 to connect faculty from leading academic institutions with industry professionals.
Bobby Beck, chief executive officer and cofounder of Animation Mentor said, "There is nothing more valuable than the guidance a professional can give a budding animator who is honing their craft. This partnership really validates the unique teaching model Animation Mentor embodies and the powerful technology we've created to support an incredible learning experience -- no matter where you are on the planet."
This is an opportunity for IPAX member schools to engage future visual effects and animation professionals with the mentor/apprenticeship learning model perfected by Animation Mentor's online teaching program. Top students from the 18 IPAX member schools will be selected through an application process where student work is reviewed by Sony artists and matched with an appropriate Sony artist/mentor. The program is designed specifically for advanced students who are working on a range of special projects including short films, animation or visual effects. Sony mentors will give students individual input and feedback to help guide their work and perfect their skills over the course of the program.
The program is limited to students from IPAX member schools. Their respective faculty will initially recommend candidates who will ultimately be selected based on the quality of their work.
For more information:http://www.sonypictures.com/imageworks/ipax/
AniMotion NM: Particles in 3D Animation and Motion Graphics
Where: ARTS Lab
When: Aug 19, 2008 7:00 PM –8:30 PM
Join the Art Center's own 3D animator and Digital Prestidigitator, Aaron Barreras for an evening of everything particle emitters!
This session will start with the basics of particle emitters presenting a variety of examples. Then we will take a look at particle emitters for animation and motion graphics using Maya and After Effects – including forces, collisions, rendering, instancing, track mattes, and Particle Playground in After Effects. We will also touch on Particular - a third party plugin for After Effects. There will be Q&A at the end of the session.
Also, lots of news from Siggraph, too!
This session takes place, Tuesday, August 19, from 7:00pm-8:30pm at the ARTS Lab
See you on there!
131 Pine St NE (Google map)
near central and university
Monday, August 11, 2008
NMITSA's monthly membership lunch series continues this Thursday with Wendy Ederer, a well known sales and marketing guru, presenting her "Top 10 Tips for Successful Marketing." The August NMITSA luncheon will take place on August 14th at the Flying Star downtown from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm.
Wendy Ederer has been referred to as "eternally optimistic and contagiously enthusiastic." Wendy draws upon her 28 years of sales and marketing experience to enable her clients' organizations to grow. Utilizing her proven method of Connection Based Selling, and infusing her personal motto of, "Make a Positive Difference," in all of her sales and marketing training and consulting, she has assisted many companies including Panasonic, Bausch & Lomb, Principal Financial Group, and Fidelity National Title to achieve greater revenues and client retention.
Registration for this event is $25 for members and $40 for non-members. To register, please click here.
Thursday, August 07, 2008
Saw an interesting post on a job board a few minutes ago...
Sony Pictures Imageworks, Inc. is an Academy Award winning, state-of-the-art digital production studio dedicated to the art of visual effects production and character animation.
The company's achievements have been recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with Oscars for its work on SPIDER-MAN 2 and the CG animated short film The ChubbChubbs! Other Oscar nominated projects include Surf's Up! The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Spider-Man, Hollow Man, Stuart Little and Starship Troopers. Movies currently in production include body of lies, valkyrie, Open Season 2, G Force, Watchmen and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.
Sony Pictures Imageworks is currently looking for qualified Character Animators for our new digital production studio in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Utilizes traditional methods and computer graphics systems to create desired performance of computer graphics characters within a shot. Emphasis should be placed on conveying emotion along with motion. The ideal candidate will have strong skills in Maya, while additional experience with other software packages is highly desirable. 2 -5+ years production animation experience is required with feature film experience highly desirable. Ability to follow creative direction is a must. Character design and acting experience a plus.
If you fit the job requirements for Character Animator and are interested in living and working in Albuquerque, please email a copy of your resume to ABQrecruit@imageworks.com
For job descriptions and more Sony Pictures Imageworks/SIGGRAPH details, please visit us at www.imageworks.com
Sony Pictures Imageworks is an EO/AA employer.
NMITSA is now accepting nominations for the fourth annual Tech Excellence Awards. More info at http://www.nmitsa.org/
Eric Renz-Whitmore, Program Coordinator
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131