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Jan 28: The Potential of the Unity Engine! with Jim O’Donnell

January 28 · 6:30 PM at Specs Howard School of Media Arts

Member and Guest Speaker Jim O’Donnell will talk about Unity and it’s growing popularity in digital media, visualization, gaming, augmented reality and other relevant uses for SEMAFX members! Jim is also going to show us Google “Cardboard” and it’s fun/cool uses!

We are meeting at Specs Howard on Wednesday, January 28th at 6:30 pm. Park in the main lot and come in the main front doors.  You will see signage to guide you to our specific room.

Don’t forget to participate in the first DOUBLE DOG Dare Ya Challenge for the year!

For January, the DDDYa Challenge is “United”.  So bring anything- a short animation, rendered frame, sketch on a napkin or iPad… anything you want.

We will issue DDDYa’s every meeting, to keep you on your toes!


I am asking for your help. Please help spread the word on this first big event of 2015! Invite your friends, neighbors and anyone, of any age, who is interested in our topics, ranging from art, animation, visual effects, movie magic, augmented reality, game development, web design, film/TV, editing, motion graphics… where does it end!?

We are in a “Building Year!” Did you know SEMAFX has grown to over 185 followers? Yes, it’s true. And we have brought back our Premier membership, which is only $35 for the entire year. SEMAFX Premier Members receive “thousands of untold benefits!”  That includes freebies and discounted stuff, and exclusive raffles of high end software, training and other cool things from our many sponsors! So join today! You can join at meetings, or go here for a link to PayPal, if you’d like to pay online:

About our Guest Speaker:

Jim O’Donnell is a Unity Developer specializing in app development for both Android and iOS mobile devices, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality. Jim is a “guru” on technologies such as Oculus Rift, Dive VR, and Google Cardboard. After 17 years in production as a video editor, his interests led him to join the budding industry of mobile app development. While back in college, he became aware of the emergence of Augmented Reality, making it a primary focus for the remainder of his education. He received a BFA from the International Academy of Design & Technology and is currently Director of Emerging Technologies at Jackson Dawson Communications.


FE15 (of the New Era): History Lesson: Looking Back at our Moving Art form, with Steve Stanchfield

February 11th-  Come join us at CCS tonight, to network with a whole new generation of upcoming, talented artists.

And I hope you CCS students will spread the word today, and come join us in the Anderson auditorium (6:30pm).

You may not have heard of SEMAFX!  But we’ve been building our digital arts community for 17 YEARS now… yep, it’s true!  2015 is officially the start of our “New Era”!

We are eager to meet and welcome these remarkable young artists and introduce them to the people and resources in our creative community. (nudge, nudge… hey, these are the kids you’re going to hire someday…)

So tonight at 6:30pm, we will hear Professor Steve Stanchfield, a true authority in the animation field.  Steve will share some of the more interesting moments in animation!

“When going forward, it helps now and then to look behind.”

We are meeting at the Anderson Auditorium, (in the Wendell Ford Building), on the CCS campus. Look for street parking or try the CCS parking ramp. We will have snacks, a raffle and amazing NETWORKING opportunities with crazy talented people of all ages. See you there!

Click here for a Map to CCS

If you want to know more about Cartoon History, check out the Cartoon Research website, where Steve is a contributor:

Professor Steve Stanchfield is an animator, educator and film archivist. He runs Thunderbean Animation, in Ann Arbor, Michigan and has compiled over a dozen archival animation DVD collections devoted to such subjects at Private Snafu, The Little King and the infamous Cubby Bear.

Call for Participation : Computer Graphics and Game Art Show

On February 23-27, 2015, local Digital artists will show their work at the Computer Graphics and Game Art Show, at Baker College in Auburn Hills. The event is hosted by ACM SIGGRAPH Detroit and the Detroit International Game Developers Association.  Artists interested in submitting their work should click on the link to their site below.  A few select artists may also applyto give a live presentation on February 27th.


The art show takes place at Baker College of Auburn Hills , 1500 University Drive, Auburn Hills, on February 23rd – 27th. Hours of the show are TBD.

Deadline for submissions is February 15th, 2015.

Artists interested in presenting on Friday Feb 27th, contact: Jeremy Salo,


Archived Events

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Upcoming Event Posted on SEMAFX MeetUp

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Our first Google Hangout with guest Mark Deridder from Infinity Ward!

Mark Deridder is a SEMAFX alum, now working on the top video games “Call of Duty” at his company Infinity Ward!
Mark is going to call in and discuss his career (so far).  This will be an interesting look at game design from one of our favorite sons!  Please join is IN PERSON at Stage 3 in Warren- or try to join our Hangout online.  You’ll have to contact us at  (or text Scott) to ask to join the hangout.

This is our first attempt at doing a hangout, so help me get this thing going!  If you’ve ever done one, please lend a hand.
Next time will run smoother.  Luckily, Mark is very patient and understanding of me and my attempts to connect people- and this is new to me, but seems like a cool thing to add to our toolbox.

RSVP on our site.

Here is the link to the event:

MPA February Meeting

Contact: Mark Adler
Monday 20 Jan 2014

MPA February member Meeting
Going with the Flow – Set Workflows
Thursday, February 20 2014 at 6:30pm
Madonna University

MPA will present a discussion and overview of that word we are all very familiar with but means different things! Workflow. Although digital workflows are continually in flux there are principals that remain constant. Come see and hear from Working professionals an overview of today’s most common digital acquisition formats along with practical approaches to their management and delivery throughout the digital pipeline.

Register today at MPA Registration to secure a chair for this popular event. Admisson for MPA members is always free! Non Members, $7 at the door – $5 paid in advance. Advance payments can be made through PayPal or via a check postmarked prior to February 20.

A Direct link to event registration can also be found at

Holiday party a great success!

Last night we gathered at Stage 3 for a joint Holiday party, celebrating talent, creativity and a shared passion for our community! I was so happy to see so many dear old friends whom I haven’t seen in many years!
The conversations were dripping with ideas, visions and potential! It became obvious that we all share a feeling of destiny.. that our local animation industry is on the verge of something big- mostly because the SEMAFX movers and shakers who hung out in the kitchen last night are willing it so. We have that kind of power… Or at least power of will. We are planning a big 2014, and I encourage you to join SEMAFX on our road to destiny.
Merry Christmas… And we know it’s going to be an amazing New Year!’s Lynda Weinman: Educating Online Before It Was Cool

See on Scoop.itAnimation+VFX Flix

How a small Web-design startup paved the way for a current wave of massive online courses.

scottsemafx‘s insight: is an ardent supporter of SEMAFX!

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Ae FX artist sought for local project

Greetings Everyone!

We are in need of a SFX artist who can use after effects to help speed along our 911 Ghost project.  The effects shouldn’t take much time but we need them done asap! I’ve started and have had some success, but I can’t help but thinking there is someone out there who is better than me who could make the effects even better.  I’ve gotten help from a new member who did an awesome job but he is no longer available.     If you are into making demon faces and cracking mirrors in post please don’t hesitate to contact me,     Thanks,  Tonya  Orora Filmmakers  Co-organizer