SVA Develops Relationships in L.A., Well Represented at SIGGRAPH 2012

September 11, 2012

Angie Wojak, Director of Career Development, was part of the SVA contingent attending the 2012 SIGGRAPH conference, the premier international event on computer graphics and interactive techniques. She shares this recap of the week’s exciting series of events:

An SVA team comprised of members of the College’s MFA Computer Art Department; BFA Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects Department; Office of External Relations; and Office of Career Development attended SIGGRAPH 2012 which took place August 5 – 9 in Los Angeles, California. Staff and faculty met with digital arts and animation industry professionals, alumni, and recruiters to foster relationships and gather information on industry hiring trends.

The SVA team was part of an exclusive group of colleges and universities invited to participate in education symposiums at DreamWorks Animation Studios, Sony Pictures Imageworks, and Walt Disney Animation Studios. These events allowed us to learn directly from top industry figures about new trends and technological developments that may affect the skills students need to ensure optimal success as professionals. DreamWorks will be visiting SVA in October 2012 for an on-campus presentation about their production design for feature animation and will meet with students to discuss what the company wants to see in student reels.

During the conference, the SVA team met with the Lucasfilm University Relations manager and recruiter. We discussed Lucasfilm’s future hiring needs, internship program, and annual student art competition. A Lucasfilm on-campus information session at SVA is planned for Fall 2012.

The SVA team traveled to the Cartoon Network (CN) headquarters and met with the Manager of Talent Development. We discussed Cartoon Network’s hiring needs, upcoming projects, and internships. During a tour of the Cartoon Network offices, we met with several SVA alumni currently employed there.

SVA also hosted an industry and alumni reception at the Figueroa hotel on Wednesday, August 8. The event was attended by more than 100 guests including representatives from: ADHD/Friends Night Animation, Cartoon Network, DreamWorks, Lucasfilm, Machinima, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Hydraulx, and Walt Disney. The reception was an exciting opportunity to connect SVA’s talented alumni with their fellow graduates and industry representatives.

At the prestigious SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival, a total of eight projects from BFA Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects Department students and alumni were featured. SIGGRAPH 2012 proved to be a wonderful experience for SVA students, alumni, faculty and staff, all of whom were inspired and energized by the sharing of ideas and creativity.

For more information about SIGGRAPH, visit their website, and watch videos from the event on SIGGRAPH’s YouTube channel.

Image from top to bottom: Angie Wojak at the DreamWorks Educator’s Symposium touring the DreamWorlds Gallery Exhibit at the University of Southern California; (L-R) Angie Wojak with Tang Heng, DreamWorks Art Director; Charley Lewis, Director of Operations in SVA’s MFA Computer Art department; and Jennifer Phillips, SVA Director of Educational Technology; BFA Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects Department Chair John McIntosh; alumni reception at the Figueroa hotel.

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