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September 2014 - Page 2 of 2 - The Needy Animator

The Perks of Being a Student Volunteer at SIGGRAPH 2014

If you are an animator or in a related field, and you want to bump shoulders with specialists from PIXAR, DREAMWORKS, SONY, etc…the one event you should definitely know or find out about is SIGGRAPH (Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques).  So why would you want to become a student volunteer at SIGGRAPH? Now, you might not know what SIGGRAPH is and I would have a hard time explaining everything it encompasses but what I want you to do is get excited at the possibilities of what benefits are in it for you as a student volunteer. Photo by Josh Corken of the student volunteers and SIGGRAPH chair and committee. I’m the little tiny cyan on the furthest right 😀   1. MEET PEOPLE FROM THE INDUSTRY/ NETWORKING The obvious number one reason is networking. With over 20,000 attendees from the industry, you will be bumping left and right into animators, artists, and specialist from PIXAR, DREAMWORKS, SONY, ILM, LAIKA from your dream companies. Not only this, as a student volunteer, often times I find people from the industry coming up to talk to me because they too were student volunteers before or more. There is also a special portfolio review you can sign up for and student-volunteer only talks. This year’s talk included professionals from Dreamworks, Sony Imageworks, Autodesk, etc. Most of all, you get to meet around 300 other student volunteers with similar passion who are wonderfully charming. People from all around the world and different schools! Here’s me fangirling over one of my artist idol Dice Tsutsumi who worked on Monster’s University, Ice Age Toy Story 3’s  as...

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