The deadline for submitting a Talk to SIGGRAPH is February 18 – less than two weeks away as I’m writing this. Although the time is short, all game developers working in graphics should seriously consider submitting one; it’s not a lot of work, and the potential benefits are huge. As a member of the 2010 conference committee, I thought I’d take a little time to elucidate.
SIGGRAPH 2010 is in Los Angeles this summer. Although most people think of SIGGRAPH in connection with academic papers, it is also where film production people share practical tips and tricks, show off cool things they did on their last film, learn from their colleagues, and make professional connections. Over the last few years, there has been a steadily growing game developer presence as well, which is exciting because SIGGRAPH is a unique opportunity for these two graphics communities to meet and learn from each other. The convergence between the technology, production methods, and artistic vision of film and games is a critical trend in both industries, and SIGGRAPH is where the rubber meets the road.
In 2010, SIGGRAPH is making a big push to increase the amount of game content. Stop and think for a minute; isn’t there something you’ve done over the past year or two that’s just wicked awesome? Wouldn’t it be cool to show it off not just to your fellow game developers, but to people from companies like ILM, Pixar and Sony Pictures Imageworks? Imagine the conversations you could have, about adapting your technique for film use or improving it with ideas taken from film production!
Most film production content is presented as 20-minute Talks (formerly called Sketches); this makes the most sense for game developers as well. Submitting a Talk requires only a one-page abstract and takes little time. If you happen to have some video or additional documentation ready you can attach those as supplementary material. This can help the reviewers assess your technique, but is not required. If your talk is accepted, you have until the day of your presentation in late July to prepare slides (just 20 minutes worth).
A little time invested in submitting a Talk for SIGGRAPH 2010 can pay back considerable dividends in career development and advancement, so go for it!