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Introducing the “Jobinator!”

On May 20, we launched the new SEMAFX Jobinator!  This is a beta program to set up a powerful sharing tool that lets our fellow artists know about jobs in our industries.  Right now, it’s in the form of a Facebook “Group” at:

Here you can sign up to find news about jobs, share jobs or gigs that you’ve heard about (but don’t want yourself!).

Together, we can cover a lot of ground and help communicate opportunities within our own creative family!


2015 West Michigan Creative Congress! Calling all Delegates!

On Friday, May 8, 2015, from 6-9 pm, the SEMAFX Network, Ferris State University, Dart Frog Creative and others come together for the Third Annual West Michigan Creative Congress, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The “Creative Congress” calls together “delegates” from all corners of our creative “Nation,” to discuss, network, brainstorm, discover new resources and explore new business opportunities.  Just like our Founding Fathers, we must come together and Declare our Independence from tired, old ideas and continually re-invent our “Creative Nation.” We enjoy the liberty to create, express our ideas, and pursue success, by forming a more perfect union of imaginative, creative citizens!

The first SEMAFX Network Creative Congress was in 2006.  Today, in West Michigan, the Creative Congress is fast becoming an important date on the Grand Rapids annual creative calendar. So register now and join us for a fun evening of networking, learning, brainstorming, sharing and dreaming.

This event gets bigger every year.  And on May 8th, we expect a big crowd of enthusiastic artists, educators, professionals and hobbyists from a wide spectrum of interests and industries.  The Congress features four key components:

Networking with wildly creative people!  Connect, collaborate, brainstorm and more!

The Sideshow Trade Show, where you can see new tech, new tricks, and meet cool creatives and learn about their businesses, services and products.

Our “Infamous Door Prize Raffle”- we have some fun, cool goodies to give away.

So if you’re interested in:  animation, visual effects, game development, film making, video, music, audio, architecture, sculpture, painting, graphic design, Augmented/Virtual Reality, 3D printing, advertising/marketing, creative entrepreneurism or lots of other cool, exciting things, this is your event.

The Creative Congress is graciously hosted by Ferris State University at their 151 Fountain St. digs, (inside GRCC’s ATC Building). Make sure to stop by the Ferris booth to thank them and learn about their nationally ranked (#16) Digital Animation and Game Design Department!


We are always in need of sponsors.  If you would like to support our event and our community, we could use:
Ca$h, which helps pay for catered food, drinks and other incidentals
Swag and goodies to give away in the “Raffle”- to name a few, we can use fun gifts, software, tickets to local events, gift cards to restaurants and stores, wearables or SWAG with your logo on it, books, memberships, training and, well, you name it!   Contact Jacob Pollak at to donate.

Sideshow Trade Show

If you are interested in manning a table:
Tables are free to use, some power can be arranged if needed.  Just reserve as Exhibitor on Eventbrite and do it soon, because space is limited.  If you need something special (like extra space) or want to do something uber cool, let us know and we’ll do our best to accommodate you!   Contact Kyle Bourcier at 989.295.6916 or email him:

Boardwalk Empire VFX Breakdowns of Season 1

Brainstorm Digital’s before and after shots from season 1 of HBO’s hit series “Boardwalk Empire”. (courtesy of Home Box Office, Inc) Twitter: BrainstormVFX. *WINNER OF 2 VES AWARDS!


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Meta’s Augmented Reality Glasses 2.0 | Demo

Meta, the augmented reality technology company, has captured the attention of the gadget world with the launch of the Meta Pro, the $3000 headset that aims to bridge the gap between fully…


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What can Oculus Rift do for healthcare?

Virtual reality is nothing new, of course. It’s been around in various forms since the 1980s. But an emerging technology called Oculus Rift has many people excited about a new era for the concept — and its potential applications in healthcare.


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The Great Fredini!

Joseph Brancik and Scott Dunham ran into Fred Kahl, aka the Great Fredini, at the 2014 Theatre Bizarre!
Check out his cool website and his 3D printing endeavors.  It’s inspiring.

According to Fred, he is…
• An Artist
• Former Executive Creative Director at Funny Garbage
• 3D Printing Guru
• Coney Island USA Board of Directors
• Veteran of the Coney Island Circus Sideshow– World’s Worst Magician, Human Blockhead & Sword Swallower
• Founder and Executive Producer of Coney Island USA’s Burlesque at the Beach
• Creator and Wild and Wacky Host of 
America’s Favorite Burlesque Gameshow- This or That!

“As an artist, I have worked in many different media, but fantasy and humor are key to all of my endeavors.”

Robo 3D

It was Fall 2012. Coby, a Senior at SDSU, was working on his final project which happened to be utilizing 3D Printed parts for prosthetic limb construction. Tired of the cost of using the universities only industrial 3D printing machine, he set out to build his own…from scratch. It took a few months, but with Mike’s help, this need for an affordable solution to utilize 3D printing technology led to the start of what later became known as ROBO 3D. Braydon came on board mid project seeing the opportunity, and combined with his expertise in product development, was able to craft the whole package and machine together. This is where the R1 ROBO 3D printer began. We set out to build an affordable quality machine by us, for people like us: We wanted to bring this technology to the household so users could see the value and incredible uses for these machines without breaking the bank. Welcome to your printable future- there isn’t anything we can’t do. It is time to turn your ideas into tangible realities with ROBO 3D Printer.\

Posted in tribute to SEMAFX Member, Brian Gottlieb, who moved to CA and got this awesome gig!

Event: The 47th Annual DAFT Michigan Student Film Festival

The 47th Michigan Student Film Festival

The Michigan Student Film Festival is unique in the nation for providing a public venue for the work of students in grades K-12, as well as giving recognition and significant awards to young media artists. DAFT is proud to present The Michigan Student Film Festival, now in its 47th year.

What: The 47th Michigan Student Film Festival
When: 10am – 3pm, Saturday April 25, 2015
Where: The Detroit Film Theatre @ The Detroit Institute of Arts
Eligible: Students Grades K-12
Entry Deadline: CLOSED- March 9, 2015

TechShop Detroit Hosts SEMAFX in March: “Makers Mixer!”

Come join the SEMAFX Network and TechShop Detroit, for a “Makers Mixer” and networking event.  March 18th from 6:30-9:30 pm.  This is our first visit to TechShop in Allen Park.  This is an amazing “maker space” with all the tools and goodies you need to make your vision a reality!

This event will cross-pollinate our SEMAFX skill sets with makers, crafters, inventors, freethinkers and people with crazy cool ideas! This seemed like a perfect match for our SEMAFX gang, with so many overlapping interests… 3D printing comes to mind!

There’s a lot to see here, so come join us to mix, mingle, build your network and get a glimpse of what TechShop is all about.  Please help spread the word, this event is free and open to everyone. See you there.

Please Register and RSVP at:

Red Giant | Volume License Program

Red Giant | Volume License Program.  Check out their new program.


We want to thank Red Gian for their generous support of SEMAFX!