Category Archives: Archived Events

SEMAFX Network Event for January- Wed, Jan 26th, 7pm

Hi all,

Sorry for the late notice- but we’re committed to holding a SEMAFX Networking event EVERY MONTH in 2011– so even if we only get a few dedicated, enthusiastic souls this Wednesday (7pm), we’re going to keep our commitment to

providing a forum for serious animation, visual FX artists and digital content creators who want to not only ride the wave of high end visualization- but make waves themselves!  SEMAFX is where we turn ripples into tsunamis!  Come

and join the discussion.

We’re going to discuss the state of the “art”, view each other’s latest work and talk about the rumors, news and insider information about what’s going on here in Michigan’s animation/VFX/Visualization industries.

There is no cost for this event.  We’re meeting at:

Tracey’s Corner Cafe,

29200 Hoover Rd (just North of 12 Mile in the President Tuxedo Center)

http://www.yelp.com/biz/traceys-corner-cafe-warren

7pm-9pm

Bring your work on DVD or thumbnail- or on a laptop… and your PASSION!  We’ll get the discussion started here in 2011!  It promises to be a very interesting year for our community. Come get in the loop!

The SEMAFX Network started in April, 1998 and is a core community forum for local animators, VFX artists and digital content creators.  We’re casual, informative and FUN!  Come get connected and share your talents, experience

and insights with your peers.  A core mission of SEMAFX is to MENTOR young people, so we invite students of the Craft to come and meet us old, crafty veterans- and learn a thing or two.  Hey, veterans, I’ll just bet you’ll learn something, too!

See you on Wednesday!

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SEMAFX Network Event for January- Wed, Jan 26th, 7pm

Hi all,

Sorry for the late notice- but we’re committed to holding a SEMAFX Networking event EVERY MONTH in 2011– so even if we only get a few dedicated, enthusiastic souls this Wednesday (7pm), we’re going to keep our commitment to

providing a forum for serious animation, visual FX artists and digital content creators who want to not only ride the wave of high end visualization- but make waves themselves!  SEMAFX is where we turn ripples into tsunamis!  Come

and join the discussion.

We’re going to discuss the state of the “art”, view each other’s latest work and talk about the rumors, news and insider information about what’s going on here in Michigan’s animation/VFX/Visualization industries.

There is no cost for this event.  We’re meeting at:

Tracey’s Corner Cafe,

29200 Hoover Rd (just North of 12 Mile in the President Tuxedo Center)

http://www.yelp.com/biz/traceys-corner-cafe-warren

7pm-9pm

Bring your work on DVD or thumbnail- or on a laptop… and your PASSION!  We’ll get the discussion started here in 2011!  It promises to be a very interesting year for our community. Come get in the loop!

The SEMAFX Network started in April, 1998 and is a core community forum for local animators, VFX artists and digital content creators.  We’re casual, informative and FUN!  Come get connected and share your talents, experience

and insights with your peers.  A core mission of SEMAFX is to MENTOR young people, so we invite students of the Craft to come and meet us old, crafty veterans- and learn a thing or two.  Hey, veterans, I’ll just bet you’ll learn something, too!

See you on Wednesday!

Free Webinar: Advanced Materials with Bunkspeed’s Shot Pro- Jan 20

Check out this website I found at mail.google.com

EMU Hosting Full Day of animation/VFX workshops- Nov 23rd.

By Matt Roush / GLITR, Technology 11/17/2010 4:45 pm

Eastern Michigan University graduate Mark Welser isn’t just another face in the crowd. He is the guy who creates the crowds…for Oscar-winning Ryhthm & Hues Studios in California.

Welser, the digital crowd supervisor, will share his knowledge in a series of free workshops Nov. 22-23 at EMU’s College of Technology. The one-hour sessions with Welser are free and open to the public. For information, call (734) 487-1161.

“Having really enjoyed my college experience at EMU, it had hovered in the back of my mind for many years that I would like to find a way to reconnect and contribute something back to the university,” said Welser, who graduated in 1985 with a degree in graphic design. “I also took a long winding path to my dream career, and there were several people within the film industry that educated and supported me along the way. Because of that, I promised myself that I would try to do the same for others. When I was made aware of the new Simulation Animation and Gaming (SAG) Program at EMU, it seemed like a great fit and I’m excited to share my industry knowledge and experience with the students.”

“This is an opportunity for anyone interested in entertainment to see how visual effects are put into films prior to production,” said Pamela Speelman, professor and coordinator of the SAG program at EMU. “Mark is an alum of EMU who has more than 10 years of experience in the film industry working with a global leader in visual effects. Rhythm & Hues has won two Oscar for their visual effects, one for “The Golden Compass” and another for “Babe.”

The session schedule:

Monday, Nov. 22

9 a.m. – Visual Effects: A brief overview of visual effects and the talent and tools companies like Rhythm & Hues Studios utilize in the creating them.

11 a.m. – 2D Post Production. Examples of the 2D aspects of visual effects production will be discussed.

1 p.m. – The 3D Camera. This segment will look at 3D camera requirements for visual effects, along with a few tips and tricks for students to consider in their own projects.

3 p.m. – Character Rigging. Welser will review some simple and complex rigs used to control 3D characters.

Tuesday, Nov. 23

9 a.m. – Digital Crowds. This is Welser’s specialty and will look at how Massive (software) and other tools are used to add 3D crowds into shots.

11 a.m. – Scene Lighting/Open Forum. This final segment will be used to briefly look at surface and lighting issues, and to discuss topics requested by students.

Among Welser’s film credits are: The Chronicles of Narnia, Night at the Musuem, Evan Almightly, Land of the Lost, Marmaduke, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, Elf, The Ring and Stuart Little.

“This is a rare opportunity to have such a talented individual like Mark visit EMU and share his expertise with the community,” said Speelman.

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March 30- Animated Discussion “The Visual Horizon”

Okay, we need to build our consistency, so we’re definitely going to keep our promise to hold an “Animated Discussion” every month!  Especially now that we all can see something movin’ and shakin’ on the horizon, with new studios, game developers and a general intensifying of interest in Michigan’s film industry.

So mark your calendar for Tuesday, March 30, at 7pm-10pm for the next  “Animated Discussion”!

This is our third Discussion!  It will be held at the fabulous Expert Electronics in Grosse Pointe (the Village).  17100 Kercheval.  If you haven’t seen EE yet, you’re in for a treat!  It’s a cool venue.

Come discuss (in an animated, enthusiastic manner-) the trends, topical issues and truths behind the interesting goings on in Michigan’s animation, visual effects and visualization industry.  We generally will have a guest speaker or at least a moderator- on an interesting topic of interest to us in the digital arts.  I guarantee we’ll be talking about what’s going on down at Ford Field with Wonderstruck Studios!

I encourage you to bring a DVD of your latest work, ideas, projects- or your demo reel.  Also, if you’d like to bring some drinks, food (hey, enough to share!) or other goodies, we welcome your initiative.  I’m also looking for “Sponsors” to help provide goodies and other stuff to help make these Discussions more exciting and memorable. Contact me at scott@cea1.com to become a sponsor!

The goal of the Animated Discussions is to share our knowledge, tips, tricks, news and issues that affect our collective industry.  We want to encourage, inspire and support collaboration and teamwork.  We also want to help you and all of us together- to improve the Craft.

Please help spread the word- as this idea grows.  AD’s are fun, interesting, inspiring and educational.  Come and share your creative energy with us!

Scott

Animated Discussion #2- January 19th

Please come join the Next Animated Discussion, this Tuesday, January 19th, 8pm-10pm.

The topics for this Discussion are:

  • New Anim/FX tools
  • Avatar
  • Michigan’s Game Development industry

We’ll be back at Expert Electronics, 17100 Kercheval in the Village of Grosse Pointe.
BYOB and also bring along some examples of your work on DVD to share!

There is no charge for this event, however, donations gratefully accepted.  BYOB, or a snack, if you like!  Expert Electronics is in the lower level (OK, basement!) so look for the door and awning,

then come downstairs to join the conversation!  The Animated Discussion Series intends to create a dialog of talented artists interested in animation, FX and visualization in all areas, especially film, TV, game development and all arenas that require high quality visualization for their markets.  We’ll track and discuss trends, tools, tips, rumors, job opportunities and more!  All are welcome, but minors should be accompanied by an adult.

Parking available on the street or in the parking ramp on St. Clair.

Expert Electronics is located at 17100 Kercheval, near the corner of St. Clair in the Village of Grosse Pointe.