- The good -
Once deserted, the whole quarter is booming with housing projects all over. Next Siggraph in L.A. will be lively.
Double clip badge
Yay, no more flip-flopping badges. With two clamps the badge holder stays straight. I don’t know why I keep my old Siggraph passes.
It’s California. Sunny, or sunny with light clouds. This summer in Montreal, 2 out of 3 days were rainy.
I have been following ICE since the first presentation of Moondust at the Softimage research summit of Siggraph 2006 in Boston. Softimage finally released XSI 7.0 with ICE just before Siggraph, and it’s turning a lot of heads.
The presentation at the Autodesk User group was a tremendous success, with this version presenting a complete sculptor/painter tool. Still in Beta, but the release is only a few weeks away.
The exhibition floor
I kinda liked how the exhibition was split in the middle, with the New Tech Demo and Studio taking up the center space. Of course it’s sad that the venue is smaller than the previous years yet again, but at least it’s easy to get around and you get to explore more Sigg stuff.
What stood out at the New Tech Demo were the numerous haptic setups. Gloves, controls and other feedback interfaces were all over. Expect some fancy new force-feedback controllers for CG work real soon…
Softimage Nice ICE party
My head still hurts. But it’s a good thing.
Computer animation festival
A great collection of sessions, with the best being the two-day stereoscopy talks. Which brings me to…
It’s the next best thing since sliced bread according to the movie industry. Stereo talks, stereo cameras, stereo displays, stereo glasses… CG, digital effects and post-production are of course very tied to all this.
- The Bad -
Getting good food at the Convention Center is a nightmare. Outside the Center is even worse; you have to get to one of the nearby hotels to get a decent restaurant.
TV in hotel
Smallest hotel TV ever. My grandmother had a bigger set than this in her bedroom.
What, I’m so close to Sillicon valley, and Wi-Fi is dead slow in hotels, restaurants or at the Convention Center. I don’t get it.
… and the worst thing about Siggraph 2008 :
No Electronic Theatre
A very, very big hole in Siggraph 2008 appeared by leaving out the ET in a weird revamping of the Computer Animation Festival. Not many attendees could balance their filled-up days to attend the complicated schedule of shows.