SIGGRAPH Spotlight

SIGGRAPH Spotlight

SIGGRAPH Spotlight is a podcast that explores cutting-edge projects and topics in computer graphics and interactive techniques, one episode at a time. Episodes are hosted by ACM SIGGRAPH leaders and feature experts spanning everything from animation and visual effects to engineering and virtual reality. This show was founded as an extension of the ACM SIGGRAPH North American conference.

Episodes

July 9, 2021 40 min
ABOUT THE EPISODE For the latest SIGGRAPH Spotlight, SIGGRAPH 2021 Computer Animation Festival Electronic Theater Director Mark Elendt (mathematician, SideFX) is joined by Taz Tron Delix (director, “Stormzy – Superheroes”), Kayu Leung (director, “Louis’ Shoes”), and Simone Giampaolo (director, “Only a Child”) for a discussion about their 2021 Electronic Theater projects. The group also tackles the reasons why animation is such a g...
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ABOUT THE EPISODE Thanks for joining us for another SIGGRAPH Spotlight! In this episode, SIGGRAPH 2021 Retrospective Chair Andres Burbano (associate professor, Universidad de los Andes) sits down with computer graphics industry icon Alvy Ray Smith. Here, Alvy discusses his rich history with computer graphics and takes a deep dive into the three parts of his upcoming book, “A Biography of the Pixel.” Finally, Andres and Alvy share h...
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April 30, 2021 38 min
ABOUT THE EPISODE In an all-new episode of SIGGRAPH Spotlight, SIGGRAPH 2021 Games Focus Area Chair Carlos Gonzalez-Ochoa (rendering programmer, Epic Games) is joined by Tanya X. Short (captain and designer, Kitfox Games) and Rodney Reece (principal level designer, Respawn Entertainment) to talk about “the door problem” and other game design dilemmas faced during a game’s production cycle. || MUSIC Podcast theme, "SIGGRAP...
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ABOUT THE EPISODE In this episode of SIGGRAPH Spotlight, SIGGRAPH 2021 Special Projects Chair Ian Failes (editor, "befores & afters") hosts a discussion on the intersection of AI, VR, and technology. Guest Arthur Miller (researcher and author), discusses how the mind shapes experiences and interactions, creativity challenges that stem from AI, VR, and technology, and AI's role in collaboration between humans and tec...
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February 12, 2021 38 min
ABOUT THE EPISODE Time to talk art in the age of TikTok! In this episode of SIGGRAPH Spotlight, SIGGRAPH 2021 Art Gallery Chair Angus Forbes (associate professor, Department of Computational Media, UC Santa Cruz) connects with creators who use data and new realities in their art, and who use social media both in their art and in sharing their art. Guests Sophia Brueckner (assistant professor, University of Michigan Stamp School of ...
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January 8, 2021 43 min
In this episode of SIGGRAPH Spotlight, SIGGRAPH 2021 Production Sessions Chair John Kalaigian (senior technical director, Blue Sky Studios) is joined by Erik Winquist (visual effects supervisor, Weta Digital) and Paul Franklin (creative director, DNEG) to discuss the hot topic of virtual production, what it entails, how it has worked in the past, how the COVID-19 pandemic spurred new opportunities, and what trends experts can expec...
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December 19, 2020 75 min
ABOUT THE EPISODE For the latest episode of SIGGRAPH Spotlight, SIGGRAPH 2021 Technical Papers Chair Sylvain Paris (fellow, Adobe Research) is joined by a group of the computer graphics industry’s best and brightest to tackle the subject of deepfakes — from the history of deepfake tech through to how it’s being used today. Press play to hear insight in two parts from Chris Bregler (sr. staff scientist, Google AI), Eakta Jain (assis...
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September 9, 2020 46 min
In this episode of SIGGRAPH Spotlight, SIGGRAPH 2020 and SIGGRAPH 2021 Games Focus Area Chair Carlos Gonzalez-Ochoa sits down with a panel of talented creators, developers, and researchers within the games industry. Arthur Brussee of DeepMind, Daniel Cornel of VRVis Research Center for Virtual Reality and Visualization, Neal Kaviratna of Uber Advanced Technologies, and Artem Kovalovs of Naughty Dog discuss the richly immersive and ...
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July 17, 2020 50 min
ABOUT THE EPISODE In this all-new episode of SIGGRAPH Spotlight, SIGGRAPH 2020 Production Sessions Chair Derrick Nau (CG texture & look development artist, DreamWorks) discusses the science, technology, and technique behind age manipulation in VFX with a group of the industry’s best and brightest visual effects leaders on everything from well-known projects like Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” and manipulating Brad Pitt in “Th...
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ABOUT THE EPISODE Thanks for joining us for another SIGGRAPH Spotlight! In this episode, SIGGRAPH 2020 Immersive Pavilion Chair Chris Redmann (engineering manager, Unity Technologies) connects with the creators behind two SIGGRAPH 2020-selected projects, “Dr. Crumb’s School for Disobedient Pets” and “The Outpost.” Guests Kimberly Adams (COO and co-founder, Adventure Lab), Maxwell Planck (CEO and co-founder, Adventure Lab), Ken Perl...
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ABOUT THE EPISODE In this episode of SIGGRAPH Spotlight, SIGGRAPH 2020 Real-Time Live! Chair Marc Olano sits down with four incredible creators who are pushing the boundaries of innovation in real-time graphics. Arisa Scott of Unity Technologies, Eric Haines of NVIDIA, Mike Hardison of Blizzard Entertainment, and Mohen Leo of Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) discuss the evolution of real-time technology as well as techniques in r...
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April 24, 2020 44 min
ABOUT THE EPISODE Have you ever wondered what it’s like to participate in a SIGGRAPH conference jury? In this all-new episode of SIGGRAPH Spotlight, SIGGRAPH 2020 Computer Animation Festival Electronic Theater Director Munkhtsetseg Nandigjav (associate chair of digital communications, Savannah College of Art & Design) sits down with five of her six 2020 jurors to discuss the state of computer animation today and hear their reac...
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March 13, 2020 23 min
SIGGRAPH Spotlight Show Notes: Episode 33 Title: 33 – Interactive and Immersive Art ABOUT THE EPISODE Thanks for joining us for another SIGGRAPH Spotlight! In this episode, SIGGRAPH 2020 Art Papers Chair Andres Burbano (associate professor, Universidad de los Andes) catches up with Rachel Dickey (assistant professor, University of North Carolina at Charlotte), Sandro Kereselidze (co-founder and art director, ARTECHOUSE), and Marc...
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February 14, 2020 40 min
ABOUT THE EPISODE In this episode of SIGGRAPH Spotlight, ACM SIGGRAPH Diversity and Inclusion Chair Tony Baylis sits down with three incredible storytellers and creators — Everett Downing Jr., Sidney Clifton, and Roger Ross Williams — to discuss their powerful work on projects like the Academy Award®-winning animated short “Hair Love,” BET and Marvel’s “Black Panther,” and VR immersive documentary “Traveling While Black.” The group...
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December 6, 2019 29 min
In this episode of SIGGRAPH Spotlight, ACM SIGGRAPH International Resources Committee member Jide Ajide sits down with Trevor Romain, a successful author, artist, filmmaker, and all-around storyteller whose works have been featured on PBS. Romain's DVDs are used in schools across the United States, and he has worked with former child soldiers in Africa and spoken to kids on military bases.
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October 25, 2019 74 min
ABOUT THE EPISODE For the first time, SIGGRAPH Spotlight presents a live, in-session recording from the annual conference in North America. Tune in to hear Tim Sweeney (founder and CEO, Epic Games) during his SIGGRAPH 2019 Talk, “THRIVE: Foundational Principles & Technologies for the Metaverse.” You’ll hear Sweeney posit the state of the games industry, the rise of creator-centric and social gaming, what the “metaverse” really ...
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ABOUT THE EPISODE Thanks for joining us for another SIGGRAPH Spotlight! In this episode, the ACM SIGGRAPH International Resources Committee’s Asiya Asha (OMSCS, Georgia Tech) catches up with Chris Bedrosian (senior CG supervisor, Blur Studio) to discuss international collaboration for VFX, working on Netflix’s “Love, Death & Robots,” and more. || MUSIC Podcast theme, "SIGGRAPH," composed by Julius Dobos. || LINK...
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ABOUT THE EPISODE Thanks for joining us for another SIGGRAPH Spotlight! In this episode, you’re hearing from the ACM SIGGRAPH International Resources Committee’s Bektur Ryskeldiev (postdoc, University of Tsukuba) as he interviews a member of the team behind the SIGGRAPH 2019 Emerging Technologies Best in Show winner. Jonghyun Kim (research scientist, NVIDIA) shares insight into the team’s AR display research as well reflects on the...
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August 24, 2019 18 min
ABOUT THE EPISODE In the latest episode of SIGGRAPH Spotlight, the team brings you live to a discussion from SIGGRAPH 2019 that features a group of brilliant scientific data visualizers. Tune in to our satellite feed for the chance hear from SIGGRAPH 2020 Conference Chair Kristy Pron (media arts and pipeline developer, Walt Disney Imagineering) as she chats with four representatives from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center about t...
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ABOUT THE EPISODE SIGGRAPH Spotlight welcomes SIGGRAPH 2019 Emerging Technologies Chair Courtney Starrett (associate professor, Texas A&M University, Department of Visualization) to lead a discussion on adaptive technology, including new research and practical applications, as well as participants’ inspiration and personal connections to this focus area. Courtney is joined by SIGGRAPH 2019 Adaptive Technology Co-Chair Natalie R...
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