The //ADAPT 2008 site is up!
The third edition of ADAPT will happen on September 22-26 at the Pepsi Forum in Montreal. A good change from the Hyatt; good hotel but not the best venue for a conference like this one.
Modus will be around, lots of stuff to check out, hope to see you around!
The //ADAPT 2008 site is up!
A few quick pointers from my presentation at ADAPT 2007 about careering in digital media; especially since we’re going through demo reels and resumes:
- The resume
Short, brief and to the point. Employers first want to know where you’ve worked, what you’ve worked on, and to a lesser extent, what training center or school did you attend. Never mind the part-time job in a hardware store, we don’t care. At least do not waste precious resume space by explaining that your duties included “keeping the lawnmower inventory up to date”.
Again, short and to the point. If you have enough material to leave out your less than stellar work, do it. An employer will decide in about 10 seconds if he/she wants to continue watching your reel, so you better have the best 10 seconds of your professional career right at the start.
- The Interview
If you’re up to the interview part, then you have enough experience and talent for the job. Now they want to know if you’re ok to work with, period. Just be nice. Be interested in the company. Have stories to tell. Prepare good answers for common questions (see link below). Show you’re a great person to work with and the job is yours. I know it sounds corny, but nobody likes to work with jerks, no matter how talented they are. This business is about teamwork, creativity and long hours.
A few links on getting a job:
I finally got through my presentation on Friday morning. I was afraid I would not get a big turnout with the Halo 3 party the night before, but the room was actually quite full. I have to admit that another presentation scheduled at the same time was postponed a bit, so it probable helped my attendance numbers…
And for ADAPT 2007, that, as they say, is a wrap.
I finally had some free time during the day to check out some of the presentations at ADAPT. I dropped in the session by Janimation’s Greg Punchatz. He talked about his career change from practical effects to digital effects, similar to what Phil Tippett had to go through in the 90s. Great footage of his work as a make-up and effects artist.
Syd Mead delivered a top-notch speech as always. I’m always mesmerized by his work. The way he explains his thought process is very entertaining. Let’s hope he’ll be back a third time for ADAPT 2008.
I really enjoy the more personal presentations at ADAPT, it is a nice change of pace from the more corporate and technical speeches we see at Siggraph.
For the rest of the day I was busy in my hotel room adding the final touches to my own presentation tomorrow morning. Now I’m wondering if it’s good enough so I can go to the Halo 3 party a few blocks away…
Hey, what happened to day 2?
I was just too busy at the office. I had financing business to take care of, meetings with building engineers for our studio and fun accounting stuff to take care of. To top it all off we are in the middle of sealing off part of our studio floor to start production in October, while the construction takes place on our main space for the next few months.
I finally got to
It’s just like Siggraph; lots of handshakes, swapping production stories and business cards. The big difference is that I feel like everyone’s host since this is my home town. I always wonder, should I point people to Old Montreal? The Olympic Stadium? Schwartz? Mount Royal? St-Denis Street? St-Laurent Street?
The 2007 edition of ADAPT kicked off on Monday with a fine keynote address by Phil Tippett. I remember seeing him for the first time at Siggraph a few years ago; he was doing a very informative and pretty funny presentation about his studio’s work on The Haunting.
This time it was about his career and views about his work, from early stop-motion shorts to CG work on
We were also treated to some before-and-after VFX scenes of The Spiderwick Chronicles, that Tippett Studio is just wrapping up. The shooting for the movie was completed about a year ago right here in
So the week started off on a terrific note. And hey, looking to my right there was Syd Mead sitting in the audience. Great times ahead…
The next few days will be busy. The second annual ADAPT conference starts on Monday in
I’ve had the honor of being invited to be a speaker at //ADAPT 2007 in
I’ve got the key points I want to talk about, but I’m still polishing the details. Feel free to make any suggestions on what would be interesting to add in my 90 minute talk.
Hope to see you in