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ArticSpider
06-06-2008, 05:10 PM
Never been to a Siggraph before. How high is the competition in getting a company's attention when you hand them your demo? Actually let's back up a little, how do you even hand them your demo, do you just walk right up to them? They must then have millions of people doing that? Ok so please anyone who's gone, if possible could you give a detailed experience on what events were there, what you do there, how you got the attention of some employers....What the place looks like....I never been to one and am thinking about in the future.

RobertoOrtiz
06-06-2008, 05:27 PM
If you are going there only to "measure the competition" you are missing the big picture of why people go to the convention EVERY year.
For me SIGGRAPH is one of the highlights of my year. A chance to see old friends, new techologies and AWESOME parties.


Having said that..
If you want to get the attention of the companies at SIGGRAPH you better start working now.


The best way is to SEE what companies will be attending the conferences and write (or call) to their HR department.

Check on their websites what position you might qualify for and prepare custom made a resume, porfolio, reel just for them.

MAIL IT NOW and on the job application indicate that you will be available for interview at the conference.

malducin
06-07-2008, 12:57 AM
How high is the competition in getting a company's attention when you hand them your demo? Actually let's back up a little, how do you even hand them your demo, do you just walk right up to them? They must then have millions of people doing that?

There's no "competition" to try to deliver your reel. As Roberto mentioned some companies accept reels before SIGGRAPH for interview consideration. At SIGGRAPH you just go and hand out your reel. There are several places to do this, the main one being the exhibition floor. But you also have the Job Fair and the user group events and parties. And at times it might be people you meet there. The best part is that not only you hand out your reel but you can also talk a little bit with the people that do recruiting (be it HR personnel or creative staff that may review the reels).

Ok so please anyone who's gone, if possible could you give a detailed experience on what events were there, what you do there, how you got the attention of some employers....What the place looks like....I never been to one and am thinking about in the future.

The events are detailed on the SIGGRAPH pages, although it's a bit pointless for anyone to comment this year since most of the program has been revamped except for the Core (Courses, Papers, etc.).

What the place looks like, well whatever the convention center looks like ;-). There are many reports of past SIGGRAPHs, here are a few (including a few I did) to give you a better idea:

SIGGRAPH Primer (http://ilmfan.com/articles/2002/siggraph_primer/)
SIGGRAPH 2002 in pictures (http://ilmfan.com/articles/2002/siggraph_2002_quick_visual/)
SIGGRAPH 2003 in pictures (http://ilmfan.com/articles/2003/siggraph_2003_quick_visual/)
SIGGRAPH 2004 in pictures (http://www.ilmfan.com/articles/2004/siggraph_2004_quick_visual/)
Jeremy Birn's SIGGRAPH reports (http://www.3drender.com/jobs/index.htm)
Official SIGGRAPH 2004 report (https://www.siggraph.org/conferences/reports/s2004/articles/electronictheater.html)

and there are many more out there.

ArticSpider
06-07-2008, 01:07 AM
Excellent. thank you. And if you know of any other events like Siggraph? I'm so new to this so that's all I heard of so far, other than like some gaming conventions I thought only employees of companies could go....

malducin
06-07-2008, 01:14 AM
Excellent. thank you. And if you know of any other events like Siggraph? I'm so new to this so that's all I heard of so far, other than like some gaming conventions I thought only employees of companies could go....

From a research persepective, there are many, though most are specilized and small. The SIGGRAPH calendar page lists them. Big ones include Eurographics, Pacific Graphics and now SIGGRAPH Asia (just guessing).

As far as broader CG events you have stuff like fmx, Imagina, the VES Festival to name a few. Heck even most gaming conventions I've heard of are open to anyone as well. And of course SIGGRAPH chapters usually have monthly meetings (of course smaller and local but a good way to network).

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