Each year, developers flock to SIGGRAPH to learn together, draw inspiration from each other, and see what the future holds for computer graphics.
Since Unreal Engine 4's release, the acceleration of our technology has been rapid and exhilarating. Epic's eagerness to ship new tools, features and fixes is met with an equal passion from partners and the indefatigable code community to evolve this foundation into one that truly scales no matter what you want create in real-time 3D, be it a game or VR experience or film/VFX or architectural visualization.
As such, little pleases us more than exchanging ideas about rendering, art, design and new techniques for stretching what's possible. Enter SIGGRAPH.
Below is a day-by-day listing of our activities. Here's the TLDR: If you'll be there, please drop by and say hi to us at VR Village and The MIX; our talks include "Advances in Real-Time Rendering," "Convergences in Game and Film Technologies," "Designing Epic Experiences," "A Boy and His Kite" in Real-Time Live! and "Unreal Engine: Level Design for Unreal Tournament."
At NVIDIA (#500) will be an exclusive showing of Weta Digital's Thief in the Shadows VR demo, and Intel (#701) will host UE4 demos staffed by friendly faces you might recognize, including @MichaelAllar, Charleston from C-Media, and @PeterLNewton.
We're ready for the next leap forward. As our own Nick Whiting recently said, "Somewhere at SIGGRAPH, someone will be taking the first steps towards doing the thing that everyone else will be doing in five or ten years."
Keep up with us at @UnrealEngine on Twitter for the latest news from the show.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 9
Educators and those interested in teaching Unreal Engine are invited to attend our free workshop. RSVP at EventBrite.
Production Session: Designing Epic Experiences
3:45-5:15pm, Room 150/151
Part I: "The Boy, the Kite and the 100 Square Mile Digital Backlot" (Real-Time Game Prod Track)
Epic Games Senior Animator Gavin Moran, Senior Environment Artist Ryan Brucks, and Senior Graphics Programmer Brian Karis
Part II: “Adapting Game and Film Content to VR Experiences”
Epic Games Lead VR Engineer Nick Whiting; Weta Digital Head of R&D and VR Supervisor Alasdair Coull; Weta Digital Software Developer Daniel Smith
MONDAY, AUGUST 10
Course: “Advances in Real-Time Rendering, Part I”
9am-12:15pm, Room 515B
Epic Games Senior Graphics Programmer Daniel Wright along with Natalya Tatarchuk, Bungie; Alex Evans, Media Molecule; Huw Bowles, Studio Gobo; Ari Silvennoinen, Remedy Games; Daniel Zimmerman.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 11
Presentation: “Real-time Integration and Streaming of Mocap Data into UE4”
Using Vicon Pegasus for pre-visualization of the boy from "A Boy and His Kite"
2-2:30pm, Vicon theater, #729
Epic Games Lead Animator Jay Hosfelt
Panel: “Convergences in Film and Games Technologies”
3:45-5:15pm, South Hall K
Moderator: Mike Seymour, Founder, FXguide
Kim Libreri, Chief Technology Officer, Epic Games
Bill Polson, Director of Industry Strategy, Pixar
Kim Davidson, President & CEO, Side Effects Software
Frank Vitz, Creative Director, Crytek
Rick Stringfellow, Executive Art Director, Electronic Arts Canada
Colin Penty, CG Supervisor, The Coalition
Rob Bredow, Head of ILMxLAB, Industrial Light & Magic
Dailies presentation: “A Boy and His Kite”
“Real-Time Open World Challenges” by Epic Games Senior Environment Artist Ryan Brucks
3:45-5:15pm, West Hall B
Electronic Theater > Computer Animation Festival > Real-Time Live!
5:30-7:15pm, West Hall B
Epic Games Lead Rendering Engineer Nick Penwarden to present “A Boy and His Kite”
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12
THURSDAY, AUGUST 13
Course: “Unreal Engine: Level Design for Unreal Tournament”
9am-12:15pm, South Hall G
Epic Games Senior Technical Artist and Designer Alan Willard