CG Event

Over the past weekend, I had the opportunity to speak at CG Event, Russia’s biggest computer graphics conference. I think there are something like a thousand people attending and it’s filled with classes, presentations, and even a few contests. Check out my Flickr page for more details about the trip.

I found out a great deal about the Russian effects industry and hopefully the people at the conference enjoyed my little talk. I think they were as curious about me as I was of them. They’ve become very successful at doing effects work like set extensions (where you extend a live-action set with CG models) and fluid and particle systems. They’re also starting to really explore character animation and things like pre-visualization.

The greatest thing about the Russian effects industry is that take many of the things that we do here in the US but add a very Russian sensibility to them. They’ve already come out with some incredible effects movies (Nightwatch, Daywatch, and Wanted starring James McAvoy and Angelina Jolie) that are unlike anything we do here. Next year, they’re coming out with a movie called Inhabited Island. I hope it comes out in the US. It’s just a matter of time before they come out with a full CG animation. I’m really looking forward to seeing what they come up with.

5 Responses to “CG Event”

  1. NinjaHero Says:

    I hope you had a great time in Russia Mach. I just noticed you have over 42,000 views of your mach dice app on Youtube. That is impressive. I am sure you don’t want to let us know how many you have sold, but if you hit 10,000 or 20,000 or something you should definitely post it. I don’t know what your goal was on how many you thought you would sell, but hopefully you are close if not there.

  2. Andy Says:

    Hi, Mach. Your talk on CG Event was absolutely amazing. Brief, but very, very interesting and informative.

    btw, here, in Russia, at least 3 full CG movies are in production. Trailer for one of them You`ve seen on CG Event 😉

  3. imp Says:

    Hi ) thanks a lot for presentation %)

  4. Mach Says:

    Hah, thanks for the pictures, imp! And I’m glad you enjoyed the presentation, Andy!

    And NinjaHero, as far as sales numbers go … it’s confidential. =) I will say that I don’t make enough to quit my day job. But my goal was to make a cool iPhone app that lots of people would enjoy. And in that, it’s been wildly successful. Thank you everyone who purchased and enjoyed “Mach Dice”!

  5. Strannik Says:

    Thank you for your report.
    It is very informative.
    I particularly liked the part dealing with light, shadows and camera dof.

    Thank you!