Austin 3D Users' Group - Wednesday, July 26, 2006 6:30pm at  The Gemini School  (map below)

1)       July meeting -Art Direction

2)     Special pricing expires soon

3)    Tidbits

4)    Directions to July UG meeting location 

1) July Users' Group meeting - ART DIRECTION

Topic: Art Direction

Our venue will be perfect for this topic.  If you haven't seen the work from the folks at Gemini School and Big Sesh Studios ..take a look.  Roger Barcilon and Matt Stubbington are rooted firmly in the fine arts and have been developing students' techniques for a long time...including instructing artists onsite at game studios.  Be sure to check out the work on the Big Sesh link.  You will surely recognize it.

They are very excited to host our group, and our meeting will begin with Gemini Staff (Roger Barcilon?) who'll give us a bit of history and tour of the school. 

Afterward, we'll have a panel discussion on Art Direction, exploring the issues involved in completing a project.  What is art direction, exactly?  Why is it so necessary?  Who does it involve?  Any of us who have been asked to "make something cool" have a pretty good idea why large projects need direction.  An important component of art direction is communication.  We'll discuss how a project's "look" is decided, and how the style is conveyed to the contributors.  Other aspects include the aesthetic and technical constraints, consistency, and schedule challenges.

Panelists include:

  • Sara Farr (Post-Production, Software & Games, Currently ACC)

  • Doug Prince (EA,Maxis, Origin, Currently NCsoft)

  • Sergio Rosas (Ion Storm, Currently Midway)

  • Bren Wilson (NCsoft, Origin)

Roger Barcilon will be available as a resource for this discussion. 

We'll have beverages courtesy of Gemini, and catered treats from April Orr (wife of UG member Kevin Orr) via her wedding catering business "An Affair to Remember."  Thanks April!

* Tom Guthery will be sharing some of his latest projects with us: Computer aided dentistry - CEREC, Soft Touch Chiropractic - mechanism of action of chiropractic

If you have show-and-tell for the group, please email us so we can be ready for you.

ALSO, please send us a message if you plan to come.  This is an informal RSVP (meaning if you forget to respond, you are still welcome to attend.)  It will help us plan for seating and treats.

2) Special pricing expires soon - contact Jamie for more information

Autodesk:  Effective July 1st- New seat promotions for 3DS Max and Max/Combustion bundles.  Ask Jamie for more information.

                3DS Max 30% off upgrades with Subscription. Expires July 28

                              - FREE Subscription with purchase of a new seat -MAX/Combustion bundles included!  (prices aren't likely to be this low again for at least a year)

                Maya 30% off upgrades with Membership. Expires July 28.

                           or..Free 3 month Trial Membership with Maya upgrade or full seats at regular price.  Expires August 14.

                MotionBuilder 7.5 special (half off - $1995.00) crossgrade pricing from MotionBuilder standard to commercial.  Expires August 18

                *if you will be at SIGGRAPH, there will be special BONUS MasterClasses for Subscription and Platinum members.  (if you haven't gotten an invite, email us)

 Right Hemisphere- Special Upgrade Promotions - Still Valid!

                                        Upgrade Deep Exploration 3.5 to Deep Exploration 4.0 Standard Special Introductory Upgrade Price - $79 US!

Upgrade Deep Exploration 3.5 to Deep Exploration 4.0 CAD Edition Special Introductory Upgrade Price - $999 US!

Upgrade Deep Exploration 3.5 and any of the client-based CAD Modules including...CAD Tools, CoreCAD, Illustration, CATIA v4 Module, CATIA v5 Module, JT Module, Pro/E Module, SDRC I-DEAS Module, Unigraphics Module to the Deep Exploration 4.0 CAD Edition! Special Introductory Upgrade Price -$699 US!

Deep Creator Special Promotions - End 30 September '06!

No. 1 Purchase Deep Creator $ 1995 and receive Deep Exploration Standard
$149 Free! (Save $ 149 off list price)

No. 2 Purchase Deep Creator $ 1995 & Deep Exploration CAD Edition $ 1495 for Only $ 2495! (Save $ 995 off list price)


Be sure to check our Jobs and Opportunities page.  We will have some new positions posted soon.  If you have a position you're trying to fill, send us a listing & we'll put it up.

SPECIAL THANKS to Marla Smith, who graciously hosted our Austin Architecture & Engineering Roundtable with Autodesk's Kelcey Simpson on Thursday, July 13 at the UT School of Architecture.  We had an excellent discussion, with copious feedback about interoperability between products.  Thanks also to everyone who participated and shared their opinions. 

The Texas Independent Game Conference took place Saturday and Sunday June 22nd and 23rd.  While we weren't able to put together a meeting at this event as we had initially hoped, we were able to sponsor the Sunday Lunch, & many of our members were able to attend. 

We've had a few issues in the past with our group list, and continue to discover people who are not receiving these updates.  If you know anyone who we should check on, please let us know.  Invite your friends!  Let's keep Austin's 3D scene in motion. 

If you have more ideas for content, venue suggestions, or show and tell for the group, please let us know.

See you next week!   : )


The July meeting will be held at:

The Gemini School 

Directions to  Gemini School of Visual Arts & Communication

501 Prize Oaks Drive, Cedar Park, TX 78613.Tel.249-1237

Via 183:

Via Mopac: 

Via I-35:

Note that Mapquest and Yahoo may not make it clear where Gemini is located.

Their campus takes up the full corner of Cedar Park Drive and Prize Oaks Drive.

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