SAP 2017: ACM Symposium on Applied Perception

By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

SAP 2017: ACM Symposium on Applied Perception
Cottbus, Germany

At the Brandenburg University of Technology

The ACM Symposium on Applied Perception (ACM SAP) aims to advance and promote research that crosses the boundaries between perception and disciplines such as graphics, visualization, computer vision, haptics and acoustics. These fields can benefit from the exchange of ideas. The scope of the conference includes applications and algorithms in any area of research that incorporates elements of perception and computer science.

The fourteenth annual event provides an intimate, immersive forum for exchanging ideas about areas of overlapping interests. The ACM SAP 2017 conference will be held in Cottbus, Germany at the Brandenburg University of Technology on the 16th and 17th of September, 2017. The event aims to further promote communication between the core perception and computer graphics communities.

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From:: Student Filmmakers

Carl Bass Joins Formlabs Board of Directors

By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

Formlabs, the designer and manufacturer of powerful and accessible 3D printing systems, announced the appointment of technology veteran and former Autodesk executive Carl Bass as an independent director of the company. He has held a series of executive positions during his 24 year tenure at Autodesk, including 11 years as CEO.

“We’re honored to have Carl join the board,” said Max Lobovsky, CEO of Formlabs. “Under his leadership, Carl transformed Autodesk from a 2D design company into a global leader of 3D design and engineering software. I’m also personally thrilled to have another board member who is a passionate creator and uses CAD, 3D printers, and other tools himself. His experience and expertise will be invaluable for Formlabs as we continue charting new territories in professional 3D printing.”

“In just a few years, Formlabs has become the leader in professional 3D printing,” said Carl Bass. “Formlabs is poised to continue upending the industry, and I’m excited to join its journey in improving digital design and manufacturing for product designers everywhere.”

Bass co-founded Ithaca Software, which was acquired by Autodesk in 1993. Bass also serves on the boards of directors of Autodesk, HP, and Zendesk; on the board of trustees of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Art Center College of Design, and California College of the Arts; and on the advisory boards of Cornell Computing and Information Science, UC Berkeley School of Information, and UC Berkeley College of Engineering.

Formlabs designs and manufactures powerful and accessible 3D printing systems. Headquartered in Boston with offices in Germany, Japan, and China, the company was founded in 2011 by a team of engineers and designers from the MIT Media Lab and Center for Bits and Atoms. Formlabs is establishing the industry benchmark for professional 3D printing for engineers, designers, and manufacturers around the globe, and accelerating innovation → continue…

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20 Great Animated Movies from the 21st Century You Might Not Have Seen

By Nikola Gocić

With the emphasis on the lesser-known titles, this list provides a concise insight into the world of modern animation. From stop-motion to traditional techniques and from the arthouse to children’s fantasies, the article includes ten short and ten feature-length films conceived in different corners of the world.

Whether the said medium is used for budgetary reasons or simply because it is more suitable than live-action, it often allows the creators to run their imagination wild and free for the awe-inspiring results. Months or even years they spend painstakingly moving the puppets or drawing frame by frame deserve to be recognized.

Note: A number of these works are available on Vimeo, YouTube or DailyMotion.

1. Allerleirauh (Anja Struck, 2004) / Germany

Inspired by the Grimms’ fairy tale of the same name, “Allerleirauh (aka Whisper of the Fur-Cone)” is an enigmatic fantasy which seemingly has nothing in common with the original piece. In this version, a princess running away from her father’s incestuous desires and hiding underneath all-kinds-of-fur mantle is replaced by a girl of inhuman eyes and amputated legs who is trapped in a surreal recurring nightmare.

The German animator Anja Struck speaks in the esoteric language of subconscious mind to tell or rather, show a parable of child abuse, thus staying true to the grim story’s literary roots. A cymbal-banging monkey toy, a man with a fox head, a young doe and a wet nurse emerge from the mist of a childhood taken away, disturbing the tragic heroine’s peace. Her memories, both good and bad, merge into a burdensome whole and make her self-imposed isolation all the more difficult.

Through the gothic, poetic, ambiguous imagery complemented by Goldfrapp’s ethereal composition “Felt Mountain”, Struck achieves the atmosphere of claustrophobia and “subtle violence”, moving her costumed actors as if they were bizarre, life-sized → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema

A visit to CW Sonderoptic

By (Tony Costa)

By Louis Philippe-Capele SBC

CW Sonderoptic GmbH is an internationally active manufacturer of premium lenses for movie and television productions and operates under the Leica brand name. It was founded in 2008, by Dr. Andreas Kaufman.
The idea was transferring the iconic name of Leica Still Photographic lenses to the movie industry.

Production started in 2010 with the Summilux and now the company currently manufactures four product lines for global distribution, the Summilux-C (T1.4), Summicron-C (T2.0), M0.8 to use the iconic Leica M – Look in a cinematic environment and lately the Leica Thalia lenses for 65mm Cinematography, VV, FF and S35. CW Sonderoptic GmbH is positioned in the premium segment of the respective markets and delivers innovations that set new standards in creative imaging.

The headquarters of CW Sonderoptic GmbH are in the city of Wetzlar, Germany.
In 2015, CW’s engineers got awarded by the Scientific Engineering Award of the academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences.

Visiting Leica-CW Sonderoptic in Wetzlar

It was a kind of a dream, where nearing Xmas time, you think about what could be Santa Klaus best bet for your gift.
My colleague, senior optical technician Olivier Tordeurs needed to follow the maintenance workshop around the Summicron and Summilux lenses.
This is organized at the factory in Wetzlar upon request and for a group of maximum 4 people.
The date was set and I decided to join. A good opportunity to visit the factory, discover the manufacturing process of these famous tools and meet with Gerhard Baier, managing director and his team to discuss further about the joined activities of CW Sonderoptic and IMAGO.

It is not far from Brussels, driving distance, about 360 km of extremely packed German “autobahn” in a beautiful hilly landscape.
Wetzlar is located about 80 km north of Frankfurt, almost in the middle of green hills and forest. The center of → continue…

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