Autodesk Vision Series Going Virtual September 9-11
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The Autodesk Vision series traditionally held in person during the annual SIGGRAPH computer graphics conference; Like the conference, this year's series also moves online. The Autodesk Vision series will be practically on September 9-11. The free sessions provide attendees with insights into the latest technologies, trends, and techniques that are driving content creation for film, television, games, and design visualization. Given the global pandemic and the challenges of these unprecedented times, the series will also include hands-on discussions on navigating a changing world, working as a freelancer and creating change in times of turmoil.

The first look at the schedule:

Wednesday September 9th

9:00 am PT – Maya: Faster rigging and animation workflows

  • The ability for artists to animate faster and with no creative limits was central to the recent Maya updates. This session will pull the curtain back to see how artists from Walt Disney Imagineering, ILM, Naughty Dog and Build a Rocket Boy use the latest animation and rigging workflows in production.

10:00 am PT – light, cameras, FX: Explore what is possible with Bifrost

  • Learn about the latest additions to Bifrost's portable visual programming framework and what's on the agenda.

11:00 am PT – Shotgun: Developing for the Future

  • In today's world, remote collaboration and security in the cloud are more important than ever. In this session, you will learn how security, tracking, integration and automation in Shotgun evolved to meet the changing needs of the industry, and how Shotgun plans to evolve for the future, regardless of what that means.

12:00 p.m. PT – 3ds Max: Open Standards and Next Generation Viewport Framework

  • Join the 3ds Max team on a journey through the modernization of the 3ds Max viewport. Learn how the team builds a decoupled, open, and extensible graphics framework that supports modern graphics APIs and is based on open source technologies.

1:00 p.m. PT – Take on Complexity: GPU Rendering, USD, and Scalability with Arnold

  • From the Arnold GPU to the latest USD components, learn how the latest updates for Arnold enable studios like Rising Sun Pictures to tackle some of the most complex projects on today's big and small screen.

2:00 p.m. PT – Impossible post-production with flame

  • See how flame artists make the impossible possible. Get an overview of the latest developments for Flame, including tools to automate and improve your VFX work using AI.

Thursday September 10th

10:00 am PT – Between Arch Viz, athletic shoes, and fruit salads

  • Learn about ALTSHIFT's journey to building a dope design studio and their experiences with weird projects, weird customers, and unexpected inquiries.

11:00 a.m. PT – Open Source at Autodesk: USD, MaterialX and OpenColorIO

  • Open source projects play a crucial role in the creation of film and TV content. Immerse yourself in Autodesk's open source projects and working with technology partners and creative studios, including working on the USD plug-in for Maya, MaterialX and OpenColorIO.

2.00 p.m. PT – further development and automation of planning and resource optimization at LAIKA

  • Discuss the studio's new approach to planning complex feature film productions with the LAIKA team and Shotgun's Phil Peterson. Learn about the challenges, solutions, and future opportunities in planning and automation, and gain insight into the tools and techniques that support their approach.

Friday September 11th

9:00 am PT – Future-Proof Studio: Best Practices for Modern Creative Studios

  • Shotgun clients in film, TV, gaming and VR share how they use Shotgun to adapt their workflows for the future of media creation and demonstrate the importance of Shotgun in creating a "virtual studio" for remote work over the past few months was.

10:00 am PT – WIA presents: Women who work in virtual production

  • How can we use virtual production when a large part of the film industry is working from home? What are the chances for women to start their careers? In this panel, hosted by Netflix producer Jinko Gotoh, you will hear from women in animation and VFX about the benefits, challenges and the blue skies of the future.

11:00 am PT – The role of the artist: creating in times of unrest

  • In times of turmoil, we look to art for hope and inspiration. Listen as artists join in an open storytelling conversation and show the world as it is, even in challenging times.

12:00 PM PT – Success as a freelancer

  • Have you ever dreamed of working for yourself and being your own boss? With Autodesk and a group of current and past professional freelance artists, discuss their experiences and career paths, thoughts on freelance art, and advice on navigating industry shifts.

See the Vision series for additional information and registration website.

Source: Autodesk

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