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Alias/Wavefront Kicks Off Global 3December Event

3rd annual 3December event allows 3D artists to celebrate, learn and network (December 03, 2001)
Alias/Wavefront today announced that it has launched, in conjunction with HP, IBM, Intel, Macromedia and SGI, its third annual global 3December event in celebration of the computer graphics (CG) community.

Thousands of CG creatives will be participating in the free of charge event which is being held around the globe in LA, New York, Chicago, Detroit, London, Tokyo and Seoul.

While each local 3December event follows its own unique itinerary, certain aspects of the event remain the same throughout all seven cities including: customer speakers, a 3D Pub, the unveiling of the 2001 Student Contest winners and a chance to hear key Alias/Wavefront product announcements. A spokesperson from Macromedia is on hand at most of the venues to help Alias/Wavefront make an important new product announcement -- one that according to Mike Wilson, director of Alias/Wavefront's 3D interactive technology group, will very likely change the course of web 3D content creation.

Says Alias/Wavefront President, Doug Walker: "Despite the current tough economic climate, the CG industry is continuing to expand into new markets. The talented community that has gathered at 3December is key to driving this growth. We wish to celebrate with these artists and designers the fact that the marriage of Alias/Wavefront's corporate vision with our client's artistic vision is going to allow us all to enjoy success for many years to come."

Guest Presentations

In addition to Alias/Wavefront product demonstrations, many guest speakers from renowned production houses/design firms will be on hand to talk about the latest well-renowned projects being done with Maya(R) and StudioTools(TM). Presenters include artists and designers from such facilities as Fisher-Price, PDI/DreamWorks, Blue Sky Studios, and GM who will be speaking on such projects as: innovative toy design, Shrek, Ice Age, and the Chevy SSR Concept Vehicle.

2001 Global Student Competition

Winners of the 10th annual Alias/Wavefront student competition, launched this past Siggraph, will be announced later today at the Alias/Wavefront 3December website as well as on site at each 3December venue. The contest, which ran from August through to November, required Maya students to submit an animated short in one of four categories and StudioTools students to submit a design project image in one of three categories. Grand prize for best overall entry is a 867 mhz Apple G4 computer with a 17" cinema display and a one year student copy of Maya on the Mac OS X. The winner for best submission in each of the specialty categories will receive a Hewlett-Packard "Mini Photo Lab" including an HP 315xi digital camera, Photosmart 1215 printer and free AC adapter.

Annual Event

A pilot 3December event was held in the Dutch Academy of Film & Video in Amsterdam on December 3, 1999 attracting more than 1,200 attendees. 3December 2000 expanded this successful pilot project into an annual global event. Registration for 3December 2002, via the website begins September 3, 2002. Updates on the event will begin on this site as early as mid April 2002.

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