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SIGGRAPH 2008: Motion Graphics

Gil Irizarry initiates Motion Graphics User Group #1 By Ko Maruyama
It's been several weeks since Siggraph happened, but I've been waiting for a few emails to come back in from some of the participants.  Siggraph - as you might know - is all about Special Interest Groups for Graphics.  But it was the first time that I saw a generic motion graphics user group meeting.  It wasn't software specific, or method specific.  It was just a place for people to get together from all over the country.

Gil Irizarry, owner and programmer at CONOA SOFTWARE, third party plugin developer for Adobe After Effects, decided to put together a Birds Of a Feather (BOF) meeting for the motion graphics users who come to the annual siggraph expo.  Only a few months before the Los Angeles convention started, Gil put together a rough outline for what would happen at the meeting.






As with any first time meeting, version 1.0 was a little amorphous and purposefully light on content.  The plan was to determine what would happen, and how the social meeting might flow.  Siggraph has become a very technically-oriented event, and Gil expected fewer than 50 people would show up randomly during the 2 hour time session.

Instead, over 100 people came during the 2 hour meeting, and many stayed for the duration.

In addition to hearing some special announcements from some software companies, attendees were treated to some free gear just for attending.  There were several pros and freelancers who got up during the meeting spontaneously to show off the work that they've done.

If you'd like to talk to some of the freelance motion graphics artists who attended, you can contact them through their email below:

Alfredo Tognetti (info @ alfredotognetti.com)
http://www.alfredotognetti.com

Scott Novasic (scottnovasic @ mac.com)
http://web.mac.com/finaleffects

Mike Florio (mrmikeflorio @ gmail.com)

George T. Vincent (geovincent @ comcast.net)
http://www.georgetvincent.com

Mark Lieberman (mark @ lieberman.us)
http://www.marklieberman.com

Briefly, Stan Schwartz from Toonamation came to talk about his appreciation for feedback from the user community.  He gave a few hints about what to expect from some upcoming tools that you can find at http://www.REDGIANTSOFTWARE.com.   You can follow Stan's twitter feed at http://twitter.com/Tonnerstan.

We also asked Robert Sharp of DigiEffects (http://www.digieffects.com) to come and say hello to the group because he was in town.

Here are a few shots from the event.  The next SIGGRAPH event will be in New Orleans in 2009.  See you there.




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http://www.ninjacrayon.com/

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Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles.  In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design.  When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.
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