Toronto engines are up and running!


Side Effects Software‘s own Ken Xu and Damian Campeanu spoke about “Going Procedural” with the Houdini Engine at their downtown facilities in Toronto.  Thank you for your hospitality and taking the Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter on an exploration of the new Houdini AR app, which lets you view and control 3D assets using augmented reality. Side Effects assets of SPACESHIPS, BUILDINGS, TORCHES and TERRAIN were explored in 3D, provided on coasters. 

This app uses 3D smart assets created in Houdini which are then loaded into the Houdini Engine inside the Unity game engine. Ken and Damian’s presentation showed the Toronto Chapter how the Houdini Engine can be used to enhance game development and content creation apps.  Houdini Engine plug-ins for Autodesk Maya and Unity are currently available to computer graphics artists for free during an experimental testing period

The Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter guests downloaded the app and then pointed their cameras at the coaster icon, revealing a 3D asset in a camera view which could be manipulated and controlled!

If you missed this Houdini Augmented Reality event and want to check out the latest from Side Effects Software – You can print out any of the Houdini Coasters by visiting

Check out photos from tonight’s event on the Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter’s Facebook page & keep updated by following us on Twitter.

Thank you SIDE EFFECTS for hosting, our members for coming, and  looking forward to seeing everyone at the next chapter event!!

3D Printing Extravaganza

tasc 3d print

Thank you to all our Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH members who joined our exclusive, member-only 3D Printing workshop hosted and delivered by Ryan Schmidt, Autodesk Research’s head of Design and Fabrication Research.  On Saturday, March 1st, 2014, we learnt how to tailor 3D models for easy, hassle-free 3D printing using Autodesk Meshmixer software (free download).  The Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter enjoyed an afternoon at the Autodesk Visualization Studio, designing and printing models using creativity and imagination! Thank you to the Autodesk team who generously volunteered their time, energy and amazing computer graphics 3D knowledge.  And the best part, every participant took home a small, 3D printed souvenir of their own design!!  See more photos of this event on our Facebook album!

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If you are not a member already and would like to participate in our next member-only event, become a member!

We asked the Toronto CG Community what the top 10 benefits to Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH chapter membership and they said:

  1. Collaborate with the computing community through the top graphics not -for -profit association.
  2. Align with aspirational and inspirational professionals, companies and organizations—all of whom love what you do!
  3. Learn, develop and teach: Mentors and Mentees welcome! Contact us for more info.
  4. Establish new and valuable relationships: connect, link and leverage our networking platform.
  5. Enjoy the combination of art and technology, including information on leading- edge advancements.
  6. Identify with enthusiastic, eager and encouraging Chapters members who are dedicated to professional and personal progression and promoting computer graphics.
  7. Celebrate and showcase creativity, innovation and achievements within a technological community: online and in- person.
  8. Gain diverse industry insights covering all computer graphics verticals: studio perspectives, production and process overviews, technological advances, fundamentals and techniques.
  9. Engage and experience a very cool melting pot: science and art mixed with great people!
  10. Give back by volunteering to create a lasting positive impression and contribute to the Toronto Chapter.

*Reasons 1-10 all include having FUN and envisioning that one day, every citizen of the Greater Toronto Area will discover his/her passion for computer graphics and interactive techniques.


A Reelly Happy Holiday


The Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter held the Reel Happy Holiday & Review at the Monarch Tavern on December 11th.

Many talented artists came out to show off their work and mingle with industry professionals, as well as celebrate a great 2013 in the computer graphics community. The talent ranged from all levels, presenting their work in an informal and open setting. Laptops were scattered on numerous pub tables. Their light illuminated member faces, watching each demo reel and presentation alike. Resumes were reviewed, and business cards were exchanged amongst industry experts. The atmosphere was tranquil but there was plenty of laugher and drinks going around, cheering the holidays with new and old friends. It was a holiday party that ended the year off right, with your techno-family!

What’s our next event you ask? That’s our New Year Kick Off Event at the Monarch Tavern on Wednesday January 29th.  This is another chance to come out and mingle with us and other industry professionals. It’s always a great time personally and professionally.  

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Another Amazing Evening of Visual Delight

At The Royal

The Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter showcased the SIGGRAPH 2013 Electronic Theatre at The Royal on Thursday November 28th 2013. The Toronto Chapter brought together over 80 computer graphics industry lovers to view the “best of the best” in computer animation shorts, commercials, gaming and film.  See our photographs of the evening on our Facebook page.

The evening began with an exciting energy despite the winterish conditions.  Contagious warmth and chatter among friends and colleagues filled the foyer of The Royal. Toronto Chapter members–newbies and veterans, students and professionals of all industry backgrounds–swapped beautifully illustrated and designed business cards.  “Pick a card,” they asked, presenting three highly stylized options.  It was an evening of networking, as well as exceptional beverage service provided by The Monarch Tavern.

We were excited to announce our newest chapter supporter: Southpaw Technology, producers of the powerful open source asset management tool TACTIC.

The icing on the cake for the evening was watching the hour-and-a-half collection of amazing computer animation shorts, commercials, gaming clips and selections from this year’s blockbuster VFX movies and short films.  The one thing that stood out in 2013 was the great story-telling from all of these beautifully crafted pieces of work. It was a great night for our talented guests to geek out in entertainment enjoyment.

We wish to thank our Toronto Chapter Volunteers, who were exceptional hosts and ensured the successful execution or the event.


Join us in December!

Have you been building your professional portfolio? Are you working on your Reel? Are you a student looking forward to graduation? Are you about to enter the so called “real world” or try to land your dream job? You are ambitious and the Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter Supports You! Gain a competitive advantage by preparing, practicing and presenting your projects and portfolio to experienced Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter members. Reel us in with your reel, and get some real career presentation experience. Access a personal yet professional mini-review from the experts. Be proud in transition from an educational environment and showcase your academia artistry, simultaneously let’s celebrate the HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

We would like to invite you to our next Happy Holiday event. December 11th UPSTAIRS At The Monarch Tavern. In addition to celebrating a great year,  we invite you to bring your Resume and Reel for Review at this Holiday Party.

See you December 11th for our Reel Happy Holiday & Review at the Monarch Tavern.

Incredible Showing @ Industry Night!

The Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter held its Interactive Industry Night this past Tuesday, bringing together incredible local talent and creative experiences! The audience had time to mix and mingle with creative types from all walks of life, generating an electric atmosphere of open discussion amongst those who attended, and resulting in some interesting opportunities to share ideas, techniques and contacts.

The event had nearly 90 attendees enjoy the evening as 20 presenters took 3 minute presentation windows to wax poetic on industry developments, highlighting new ideas, specialized projects and showcasing creative applications. Building on the strength of these backgrounds, the Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH event really did find its voice as the local industry had an outstanding showing, running the spectrum of computer graphics and interactive experiences from the film, animation, design and science industries. The list of speakers and companies represented provides the evidence:

Jason McKenzie Arc Productions
Chris Cheung, Craig Barr Autodesk
Jacky Bibliowicz Autodesk Research
Srinivas Krishna AWE Company
Merry Wang Biomedical Communications Alumni Association
Ben Sainsbury Cinema Suite
Gary Thomas Crush Inc.
Digital Media Industry of Ontario (formerly CASO)
Rob Aitchison Entremedia
Amanda Parker Innohub
Nick Fox-Gieg Nick Fox-Gieg Animation
Tim Willison Oddly Studios
Strahan McCarten Scalar Decisions
Rob Magee Side Effects Software
Mark Elendt SIGGRAPH 2014 Dailies
Colin Davies Spin VFX
Anthony Scott Burns TOPIX
Ross McKegney Verold

Multi-platform presentations discussed new user applications and experiences in mixed world augmented reality, biomedical visualization, animating the death of Kristen Stewart in Twilight, interactive phone applications and more; all created to engage people in different ways within the digital realm.

The Interactive Industry Night at the Design Exchange was one of our largest and most comprehensive community events to date. The work presented during the evening lays the foundation of what we need to build a healthy and engaged community for users and supporters for years to come. The Industry night provided an excellent opportunity for people across numerous industries to connect and share their digital savvy, including powerful 3D experiences, support for enterprising new projects and new ways to harness technology!

We have posted photos of the event on our Facebook page, and, while you are browsing, please Like our page.  Follow us on Twitter too!

On behalf of Your Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter, we’d like to thank all our Speakers, Members, and Volunteers for making this event a success!  And don’t forget to contact us if you are interested in participating in our next event!

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