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Apr. 27

Michael Macedonia: Next Generation Virtual Worlds

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The Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter and TorCHI are excited to bring to you our first joint ACM Distinguished Speaker Presentation: “Next Generation Virtual Worlds” presented by Michael Macedonia.

Dr. Macedonia is a computer scientist and an expert on virtual environments, computer games, and military simulation. His prolific and distinguished career includes highlights such as serving as the Director of the Disruptive Technology Office (now IARPA) for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in the United States, and as a contributing editor for the IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications. Dr. Macedonia was responsible for developing the technology strategy for the U.S. Army’s lead training and simulation system development organization. He also led the Army’s effort to develop the Institute for Creative Technologies at the University of Southern California, and promoted the adoption of advanced commercial game technology for simulation and education. He currently serves as the Assistant Vice President for Research and Innovation at the University of Central Florida.

Mike will cover the challenges and research issues for large scale, persistent virtual worlds in the 21st century. After nearly fifteen years, virtual worlds are on the verge of demonstrating their disruptive potential, as they are enabling new innovations in business models that go far beyond entertainment and into diverse fields such as medicine, national security, diplomacy, learning, and psychology. However, these innovations are bringing about new demands and requirements for virtual world technologies, features, and policies. Whatever the challenges, virtual worlds now offer a new medium for making computing more tangible and collaboration more powerful.

Join us April 30th, 2015 for his talk on Next Generation Virtual Reality. Two opportunities to get your VR fix:

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
AMD Markham
1 Commerce Valley Dr. East
Markham, Ontario  (map)
(Note: kindly bring valid government ID for this location!)

Get tickets now! (AMD location)

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
University of Toronto
Bahen Building (BA), Room 1170
40 St. George St.
Toronto, Ontario  (map)

Get tickets now! (UofT location)

Entrance is FREE for Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH and TorCHI members.
Non-member admission: $15

Be there! (Virtual attendance not yet available).

A Special THANK YOU to our sponsors!

Apr. 17

3rd Annual Digital Marketplace "Meetup"

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MAY 15th, 2015



This digital market ``Meet up`` hosted by CASO is being held on Friday, May 15th, 2015 at Corus Entertainment from 11 am -3 pm. The Event is designed to create opportunities for the Film and Television community graduating students, freelance and creative artists  to meet studio representatives from across Ontario.

We are inviting you to participate in this inaugural event!

There is NO COST to attend this event filled with screenings and guest speakers from our 

VFX & Animation Industry.

This is an opportunity for graduates, senior level students in the field, freelancers and artist to meet studios one-on-one, and studios to meet the community of artistic and technical talents that can help augment their team.

Due to a high demand for participation, we will be acknowledging participants on a first come, first serve basis! 

*All participants will be provided with tables and chairs for the event! 

Further information, agenda, structure and layout will be provided to final participants by April 27th.

However, if you have further questions regarding this year`s Digital Marketplace ``Meet up``, please contact Shirlyn Antonio 

at or 416-207-9142 




Mar. 20

Visionary Lunch V.21

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Visionary Lunch V.21

March 26th, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm

Come join us and Wesley Sewell, VFX Supervisor at SPIN VFX, as he takes us through his journey on some of the biggest blockbusters to hit the big screen.

Where: Scotiabank Theatres
Price: Members $20.00 + hst | Non-Members $30.00 + hst | Students FREE

Feb. 20

Visionary Lunch V.20

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Visionary Lunch V.20
"The Book Of Life" - Ricardo Curtis

CASO presents Ricardo Curtis on the Book of Life!

Come hear his story behind the film:
February 26th at 11:30am - 1:00pm
ScotiaBank Theatre

Members $20 + HST
Non-Members $30 + HST
Students $12.50 + HST

Seating is limited, so RSVP today!


Feb. 10

MicroSCOOPic View

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Paul Moyer

Eggplant Pictures (formerly Optix) is a full-service post production, animation, visual effects and motion graphics boutique.  The facility services a wide range of genres for feature films, television series, documentaries and commercials and houses artists who are industry leaders both technically and creatively. 

Paul Moyer is a founding partner and has been the long standing client contact for nearly 20 years.  He says, “While much has changed over the course of time it keeps things interesting. You figure out ways to adapt, and in some ways reinvent aspects of the business, to better compete in the game. There continues to be new technologies, work flows and services to offer and there are new team members joining the ranks and new client relationships being forged, so it's never a dull moment. At the same time it is also wonderful to work with certain members of our team for double digit spans of time and to provide services to many regular clients for decades.”

In 2014, change came in a big way. The Eggplant Collective (the award-winning original music composition, music supervision, editorial and licensing company) took greater ownership in the facility and Moyer returned as business partner. With the departure of founding partners, George and Atti Levai, there has been new management of the facility, new investment into infrastructure and some refreshing re-organization of suites and departments. For instance, four new offline editorial suites with shared storage were set up with multiple assistant editor stations, producer and supervisor desks, on their first floor space. They also renovated their penthouse space on the fourth floor, creating a new home for their animation department. 

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