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Conference call to the city of angels

Conference call to the city of angels

Siggraph is THE conference for those who want to learn what's new in the world of cg. This year it will seethe final unveiling of the long-promised Sumatra, reports Rob Buckley, but it's the smaller software releases (and the parties) that are enticing the Brits to Los Angeles this year

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As is traditional with big, overseas conferences, the Brits will head to as many parties as possible. For some, it's a chance to meet up with former work colleagues who have moved to the States (such as those from Rushes who have legged it to fellow Virgin company 525). For others, a priority at the show will be blagging tickets to parties hosted by the big US facilities (not as good as they used to be, grumble the old guard, because they're so much bigger and you have to pay for your drinks and crisps these days...).

Not everyone succumbs to such lures - some for less obvious reasons than others. One major post-house is said not to send any of its staff for fear of getting them poached. Says Hearsum, “all the big companies there hold private interviews, and it's an ideal opportunity to give them your showreel.” He wishes to point out that he's very happy in his job and is going purely for education. Others just don't see Siggraph as relevant to their business; some have barely heard of it.

Siggraph remains something for those who really want to knows what's on the cutting-edge of cg. It's a chance to learn, show off your work, have a good time - or even find a new job.

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