Siggraph 2006 is just around the corner (and thus I end my blogging hiatus, brought about by a particularly non-stop-round-the-clock-style-bake-off here at Adobe kitchens in San Francisco, during which many a noble engineer has selflessly made the ultimate sacrifice, and once again I thank my lucky stars I’m not an engineer). What we normally do at Siggraph is have a theater-style exhibit where you can watch presentations by people such as myself and other folks working in the fields of animation, motion design, etc. – but this year we’re doing something completely different. You’ll be able to sit down in a hands-on classroom (we’ve got 16 computers) and take a 45-minute course on After Effects, Production Studio, Flash, or Photoshop, for free. I’ll be teaching along with Mark Christiansen (who wrote After Effects 7.0 Studio Techniques, the definitive book on visual effects with AE), Richard Galvan, and Steve Whatley. All you need to do to sign up is to come to our classroom, which is on the Siggraph exhibit floor right by the front entrance. It’s first-come-first-served, so get there early – we’ll be open from August 1-3.
I haven’t been in Boston for a few years – used to go there all the time when I worked for the companies ICE and Anystream. ICE made effects plug-ins and an accelerator board for After Effects, and it’s through that gig that I met Steve Kilisky, the After Effects Product Manager, who brought me into the fold at Adobe last year (for which I will be eternally grateful). ICE folded in 2000 when it’s IP and trademark were sold to Media 100 (a company that now belongs to Boris FX due to a very strange twist of events that just go to show “ya never know . . .”).
It’ll be good to see some friends while I’m there, like Jamie Burke (with whom I worked with at ICE) who owns the multimedia production company mBlaze and uses Flash & After Effects pretty extensively. Check their demo reel, one of the first shots is my mug (with my old red hair-color) on an old video for Anystream.