GSG Events: Siggraph 2018 and Half Rez 7

August 8, 2018 - By 

We’ve got a few major events and announcements headed your way. Join us in Vancouver, Chicago, or streaming online for Siggraph and Half Rez 7.

It’s an absolutely full few weeks of news, events, and live presentations, all on top of our regularly scheduled new tutorials and training. Here are the big events coming up.

Siggraph 2018

This year’s SIGGRAPH will be held in Vancouver August 12-16th. Join Nick Campbell, Chris Schmidt, Chad Ashley, and some more incredibly talented C4D artists at the Maxon booth presenting the new Cinema 4D R20.

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If you can’t attend the show in person, you can catch a live stream at You’ll also be eligible to join in on some prizes from the stream, including something special from Greyscalegorilla.

Stay tuned for a schedule of events here.

On top of the presentations, the guys will be roaming the booth and attending a few events.

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Here are a few Birds of a Feather presentations that caught our eye:

  • Global VFX Pipelines
    • Monday, 13 August 2018 5pm – 7pm Pacific Rim 2, Pan Pacific Hotel
  • Open Shading Language
    • Monday, 13 August 2018 1pm – 2pm Pacific Rim 2, Pan Pacific Hotel
  • MaterialX: An Open Standard for Network-Based CG Object Looks
    • Monday, 13 August 2018 10:30am – 12pm Pacific Rim 2, Pan Pacific Hotel
  • Cryptomatte – Present and Future Uses
    • Monday, 13 August 2018 3:30pm – 5pm East Building, Room 11, Vancouver Convention Centre
  • OpenVDB
    • Monday, 13 August 2018 3:30pm – 5:30pm East Building, Room 12, Vancouver Convention Centre
  • Sharing Ideas in Teaching 3D Animation
    • Tuesday, 14 August 2018 1:30pm – 2:30pm East Building, Room 12, Vancouver Convention Centre
  • OpenEXR
    • Tuesday, 14 August 2018 10:30am – 11:30am. East Building, Room 13, Vancouver Convention Centre
  • Full list of presentations

Half Rez 7

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We are thrilled to be sponsoring Half Rez 7 in Chicago. The event is scheduled for Wednesday September 12, 2018 from 6PM – Midnight at the Chop Shop.

In addition to the event, the new Half Rez Studio Tour has already sold out. Those lucky enough to grab tickets early will attend a VIP event and tour of The Mill, Framestore, and Flavor. You can add yourself to the waiting list in case a spot opens up.

Here’s the Half Rez 7 Speaker lineup.

Andrew Kramer – Video Copilot

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As a freelance artist at age 20, Andrew began to work on the Video Copilot website in his spare time from his apartment in Southern California. The website started with a handful of short After Effects tutorials that were featured on the Creative Cow community. His unusual training style and offbeat humor was a refreshing voice in the training world.

Andrew continued to press the limits of After Effects which ignited a passion to design his own software and plug-ins. Today, Video Copilot plug-ins like Element 3D and Optical Flares are among industry standard tools used by large visual FX studios and individual designers.

The site’s online presence led to collaborations for Andrew to work with major companies and even the unique opportunity to work with Director J.J. Abrams on many film and television projects such as Star TrekSuper 8Fringe, and Almost Human.

Video Copilot has published over 150 Tutorials along with dozens digital products and plug-ins used by professionals designers around the world. Andrew continues to work in the film industry in addition to publishing exciting new products and tutorials for the growing motion design and visual effects community.

Donnie Bauer – The Mill

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Donnie Bauer is a creative director at The Mill in Chicago where he leads a team of designers, animators, and artists.

He brings with him over 12 years of experience working across projects for broadcast television, large-scale events, and concerts. Some of his recent collaborations include work for PlayStation, Reebok, Pitchfork Music Festivals, and designing for the CMA Music Awards in Nashville.

Donnie’s passion for design and animation has earned him accolades through AICE and PromaxBDA. His technical savvy in 3D gained him the opportunity to speak on behalf of Maxon’s Cinema 4D at NAB where he presented his unique approach to problem solving in CGI.

Donnie is a hands-on director who utilizes a “soup to nuts” approach in all of his work. From a rough sketch to the final deliverable, Donnie is dedicated to every step of the process.

Bhakti Patel – Animator / Motion Designer

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Bhakti Patel is a 3D animator and motion designer based in San Fransisco. Her latest projects include the Emmy-nominated titles for Vinyl, main-on-end titles for Thor: Ragnarok, the Super Bowl 51 Halftime Show campaign, and UI design/animation for Black Panther. She was also named as part of “The Selects,” one of five animators to collaborate with T Brand Studio at The New York Times.

Bhakti’s creative and technical expertise has caught the eye of top design studios nationwide. Her experience in virtual reality, experiential design and photography have contributed to the development of her own unique style. Patel is known for her exquisite sense of detail, while exploring the contrast between minimalism and extravagance, and blending 2D with 3D design.

She is also addicted to Netflix, nachos, and bookstores.

John Pobojewski – Thirst

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John Pobojewski is a partner at Thirst focusing on intermedia and the blending of brand, interactive, sound, motion, and environments.

John was featured as one of five designers profiled by Communication Arts in their 2016 feature “New Currents in Chicago Design.” In 2007, he was named one of Print Magazine’s “New Visual Artists: 20 under 30.” John has also received professional recognition from the Type Directors Club, the Society of Typographic Arts, the Chicago Design Archive, AIGA, and SEGD. His work has appeared in many design publications including GraphisID Magazine, and IdN Magazine.

John has presented at numerous conferences including SALT Istanbul, the SEGD Conference, the MAS CONTEXT : ANALOG Conference, AIGA National Convention, Processing Conference Chicago, and TEDx. He also lectures at colleges and universities around the U.S.

As an intermedia artist, John has been part of several group exhibitions including “WRITE NOW: Artists and Letterforms” and “CHGO DSGN: Recent Object and Graphic Design” at the Chicago Cultural Center, Mark Applebaum’s “Metaphysics of Notation” project at Stanford University, as well as three annual “Typeforce” exhibitions. His digital projections for Chicago Repertory Ballet’s production of Macbeth brought “a contemporary look” and were “especially potent” according to the Chicago Tribune.

John is a graduate of Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication and a Bachelor of Music in Performance. He lives in the Chicago area with his wife and daughter.

Tickets are still available for the event at

We can’t wait to see you at Siggraph and Half Rez. Be sure to come say hi, we’d love to meet all of you. Cheers!


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