"Special Sessions provide an incredible view of our exciting computer graphics industry," says Jill Smolin, SIGGRAPH 2005 Special Sessions & Panels Chair from The Gnomon Workshop. "We go to the stars with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, play around with games, and even go 3D with 'Polar Express' in an offsite IMAX presentation. We glimpse the past, present, and future of Disney Animation, walk the runway with extreme fashion, and hear from the visual effects and animation masters who created all episodes of the legendary 'Star Wars' epic."
Extreme Fashion: Designers, Artists, and Technologists Present a Glimpse Into the Place Where High Fashion Collides With High Technology Incorporating computer graphics, science, and technology into the fashion industry has transformed computer-enhanced garments, textiles, and wearables from fantasy to reality. This session brings together high-end fashion designers, textile producers, a garment manufacturer, artists, and scientists for some fascinating information and a really cool show and tell. Moderator Margaret Orth, International Fashion Machines Panelists Elise Co, mintymonkey Katherine Moriwaki, Trinity College Dublin Thad E. Starner, Georgia Institute of Technology Jenny Tillotson, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design From the Earth to Infinity: Scientists From Caltech's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Reveal Secrets of the Universe Through Remarkable Images of Mars, Saturn, Earth, and the Deepest Reaches of Space Leading scientists at NASA/JPL give us a rare look at our universe: the latest images from Mars, explorations of Saturn and Titan, a trip back in time to shortly after the birth of the universe, and new perspectives of our own planet. Moderator and Organizer Daniel McCleese, Jet Propulsion Laboratory Panelists Ronald Blom, Eric De Jong, Torrence Johnson and Michael Werner, Jet Propulsion Laboratory Jump! Shout! Dance! Sing! An Interactive Conversation About Games, Game Art, and Play That Goes Way Beyond the Joystick Whether you dance in front of it, sing into it, or jump on it, there's a new dimension in the gaming world that goes way beyond 3D. With new controllers and a whole new generation of game boxes enabling ever more beautiful images, this session brings together art directors, game designers, and controller builders for an enlightening, entertaining, and possibly hilarious look into an alternate future of gaming. Moderator Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times Panelists Henry LaBounta, Electronic Arts Canada Greg LoPiccolo, Harmonix Music Systems Richard Marks, Sony Computer Entertainment America Michael McHale, Konami Digital Entertainment Fred Swan, Logitech, Inc. The Legacy of Disney Animation: A Journey to the Past, Present and Future Through the Eyes of Disney Animators, Directors, Designers, and Storytellers Join Walt Disney Feature Animation's top filmmakers for a look at the studio's 70-year legacy of storytelling, animation, and innovation. Featuring clips from the Disney vaults, along with footage from current and upcoming projects, the filmmakers demonstrate how color, animation, art direction, and storytelling influence contemporary animation techniques as the Disney legacy is passed on to a new generation of artists. Moderator and Organizer Steve R. Goldberg, Walt Disney Feature Animation Panelists Eamonn Butler, Dan Cooper, Mark Dindal, Randy Fullmer, Ian Gooding, and Glen Keane, Walt Disney Feature Animation "The Polar Express": Artists and Technicians Reveal How They Transformed a 3D Train Ride Into a 3D Stereoscopic Adventure When "The Polar Express" left the station and exploded onto movie screens, first in 3D and then in stereoscopic 3D, we saw that the art of moviemaking had once again been forever transformed. In this Special Session at the IMAX Theater at the California Science Center, visual effects supervisors, artists, and technologists show how they transformed Robert Zemeckis' painterly film into an exciting IMAX escapade. This unique session features footage from "The Polar Express" and some very early glimpses at a Sony Pictures Imageworks project still in production, both in true 70mm stereoscopic IMAX. Organizer Sande Scoredos, Sony Pictures Imageworks Moderator Rob Engle, Sony Pictures Imageworks Panelists Rob Bredow, Sony Pictures Imageworks Hugh Murray, IMAX Corporation A Star Wars Retrospective From Industrial Light & Magic: Environments, Space Battles, and the Characters Who Fought Them From 1977 to 2005 In 1977, George Lucas' "Star Wars" opened our eyes and blasted our senses with brave new worlds, remarkable characters, and operatic battles. In the five films that followed, these images continued to make cinematic history, taking us to places we never thought possible and blazing the trail for the visual effects and animation industry. In this presentation, Dennis Muren, John Knoll, Roger Guyett, and Rob Coleman walk us through all six installments in the series, comparing the techniques that ILM employed over the years to bring these historical environments, characters, and space battles to the screen. Organizer Kate Shaw, Industrial Light & Magic Moderator Don Shay, Cinefex Panelists Rob Coleman, Roger Guyett, John Knoll and Dennis Muren, Industrial Light & Magic
SIGGRAPH 2005 Special Sessions begin 1 August at 6 pm and close 4 August at 1:15 pm. For more complete details, visit http://www.siggraph.org/s2005/main.php?f=conference&p=special.
SIGGRAPH 2005 will bring nearly 30,000 computer graphics and interactive technology professionals from six continents to Los Angeles for the week-long conference, 31 July to 4 August. A comprehensive technical program and special events focusing on research, art, animation, games, interactivity, and the web are planned. SIGGRAPH 2005 includes a three-day exhibition of products and services for the computer graphics and interactive marketplace from 2-4 August 2005.
ACM SIGGRAPH, the leading professional society for computer graphics and interactive techniques, sponsors SIGGRAPH 2005.