SIGGRAPH Asia's Computer Animation Festival Highlights Revealed
The third edition of SIGGRAPH Asia's Computer Animation Festival presents an exciting
array of the best animation and visual effects from 47 countries, presented in more than 100
screenings. This year's finest achievements originate from artists, designers, researchers,
and scientists from around the world and constantly strive to push the boundaries in
Electronic and Animation Theater further with the passing of each year.
A traditional favorite at SIGGRAPH Asia, this festival seeks to uncover the possibilities in
animation development. Showcasing 108 pieces in the Animation Theater and Electronic
Theatre screenings, the Computer Animation Festival will include the latest works from wellknown
production houses such as Industrial Light and Magic (I.L.M) and Pixar Animation
Studios as well as new pieces from established institutions such as Chung-Ang University,
Korea, and Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany.
"The works selected for this year's festival represent the best creative sparks and freshest
ideas from around the world that are set to inspire the artists, designers, researchers and
scientists attending the Festival," said Jinny HyeJin Choo, SIGGRAPH Asia 2010 Computer
Animation Festival Chair.
"The Computer Animation Festival has received more entries this year, allowing us to
broaden the scope of programs and include stronger content. We are proud to present an
exciting combination of works by prominent production houses and studios, a unique variety
of independent visions as well as mainstream computer animation and visual effects. In
addition, more local computer graphics companies and individual creators have been
involved in the submission process. I am positive attendees will be pleased with the
abundance and quality of excellent pieces at both the Electronic Theater and the Animation
Theater screenings," added Choo.
The 2010 Computer Animation Festival continues the tradition of showcasing the best in
computer animation and visual effects. Attendees can look forward to a variety of
screenings and learn from the interesting and panels and talks which promise to be
informative and useful as artistic and technical references.
Below is a selection of Festival highlights to look out for at the upcoming SIGGRAPH Asia.
The Computer Animation Festival Trailer can also be viewed
Animation Theater: Korean-Centric Works
Memories of the Song
Jin Sung Choi
This 3D cartoon music video is about the unforgettable
memories of love and dreams.
This is the second consecutive time that Jin Sung Choi's work
has been accepted to the Animation Theater – a pioneering
achievement for this highly competitive platform.
The music video describes memories from a boy's dream and
features cartoons in every scene, making the piece highly
pictorial while capturing individual expressions excellently.
This short animation is about a women's life. In Korea, a
wedding has the meaning of "Leaving one's home to live in
one's husband's home".
The animation chronicles a woman's life, when she was a baby,
a daughter, a lady, a wife, and now a mother. These memories
flash before her as she goes back to her old home to visit her
This animation depicts the story of Captain Banana. In a
deserted world, Captain Banana flies to the Banana swinging
boat to operate it. The impatient passengers of the attraction,
the so-called ""Littles"" force him to drive the boat faster and
Eventually, as the system overloads, the banana boat crashes
and the "Littles" bounce out the ball and fall
into the nearby oasis. Captain Banana tries to avoid it but he
ultimately fails to stop one of the "Littles" from falling into the
oasis, starting a process with no way back and that was not
meant to happen.
Animation Theater: Other Highlights
Harmonix 'The Beatles:
Rock Band' Intro
Passion Pictures (UK)
Developed by Harmonix and MTV and launched in September
last year, The Beatles: Rock Band game offers players the
opportunity to perform 45 classic songs from the band's
Pete Candeland directed a spectacular two-minute animated
intro cinematic in which we accompany The Beatles from their
earliest gigs at The Cavern Club in Liverpool along the
pathway to international fame.
Using some of The Beatles' best known songs director
Candeland shows the band's extraordinary creative
development culminating in the psychedelic late sixties. There
were over 50 crew members at Passion Pictures and the
animation took nearly five months to complete.
Flap Flap depicts a desert somewhere, where two birds with
digestive disorders are fooling around with an old sunbleached
skull. What they do not foresee, is that even a skull
has its limits.
Autour de Minuit
Logorama is the Winner of The Academy Awards in Short
Animation this year. This short animation involves spectacular
car chases, an intense hostage crisis and wild animals
rampaging through the city. About 3,000 brands, logos and
characters, which are very familiar to attendees, will show up
in the movie.
The very experimental play with logos will appeal to the public
with its hyper-realism humor.
Animated History of
Platige Image (Poland)
This production chronicles about 1000 years of Polish history in
a formula of a musicvisual poem. The story starts with the
beginning of the Polish nation in the ninth century, showcasing
the most important events and processes that took place until
It is an educational project produced for the EXPO 2010 in
CoMix Wave Films
In 2053, aliens have invaded Earth, and most of the population
is lost. Akishima, a young robot pilot helps her sister evacuate
to Mars, while Mankind's operation PLAN-ZET is called to defeat
the aliens once and for all.
The Cinematics of
StarCraft II: Wings of
Three distinct and powerful races clash once again in the fastpaced,
real-time strategy equel to the legendary original,
StarCraft. Legions of upgraded veterans and brand-new unit
types will do battle across the galaxy, as each faction struggles for survival.
Other highlights – Panels & Talks
Iron Man 2: What's real and what's not?
KiBum Kim, the Digital Artist for I.L.M.
Singapore, will speak on the creation of
virtual suits,drones, and the location and
background for Iron Man 2.
Bulldozer Trash from Toy Story 3
Leon Jeong Wook Park
Pixar Animation Studios (USA)
Leon Jeong Wook Park, from Pixar Animation
Studios, will introduce the trash simulation
pipelines for Disney/Pixar's Toy Story 3.
The talk will focus especially on interactions
between bulldozers and trash piles.
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About SIGGRAPH Asia
The 3rd ACM SIGGRAPH Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive
Techniques in Asia will take place at Coex Convention & Exhibition Center in Seoul, Korea.
Featuring an international conference from 15-18 December 2010, SIGGRAPH Asia 2010 offers
works that provoke thoughts, explore ideas in innovative ways, address contemporary issues,
interactively engage viewers in discovery, and stimulate their intellect and creativity through art,
computer animation, courses, education, new technologies, technical papers, sketches and
SIGGRAPH Asia 2010 also features a trade exhibition of products and services from the
computer graphics and interactive marketplace and will he held from 16-18 December 2010.
Sponsored by ACM, SIGGRAPH Asia 2010 is expected to to bring together over 8,000 computer
graphics and interactive technology professionals and enthusiasts from Asia and beyond. For
more information, please visit www.siggraph.org/asia2010.
SIGGRAPH Asia 2009 was a resounding success. Artists, researchers, developers, gaming
experts, filmmakers, as well as academics from over 50 countries gathered in Yokohama over
four exciting days to discover new products, talents, technology and techniques in the digital
media industry. For more information, please visit www.siggraph.org/asia2009
The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) SIGGRAPH sponsors SIGGRAPH Asia 2010.
ACM is an educational and scientific society uniting the world's computing educators, researchers,
and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field's challenges. ACM
strengthens the profession's collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the highest
standards, and recognition of technical excellence. ACM supports the professional growth of its
members by providing opportunities for life-long learning, career development, and professional