SIGGRAPH 2019 News, July 31: Exploring Disney's Second VR Short, plus news from Unreal and NVIDIA

Jul 31, 2019 at 03:00 pm by SchelleFire

SIGGRAPH 2019 News

A combination of classic hand-drawn animation and the latest innovations of virtual reality bring us director Bruce Wright's "a kite's tale" from Walt Disney Animation Studios. Throughout the week, SIGGRAPH 2019 attendees have the chance to experience the exclusive premiere of this Disney Short Circuit production in the renowned VR Theater. The film tells a tale of two kites: a playful puppy (with a wagging tail) and a pompous dragon. The kites clash, tangle, and ultimately must learn to live with one another subject to the winds of fate in this delightful experience that combines classic and modern tech.

The work will be presented among several other debut and cutting-edge immersive experiences at SIGGRAPH 2019, fitting right in with the other innovations on display.

"I'm thrilled that 'a kite's tale' is premiering at SIGGRAPH 2019's VR Theater," said Wright. "Virtual reality has the ability to bring us into new worlds of story, and touch the hearts of the audience in never-before-dreamt-of ways. It's an honor to showcase our film at SIGGRAPH for the innovators and artists who are shaping the future of this medium."

This isn't the first time Disney has premiered a short film at SIGGRAPH. "Cycles," the studios first VR short, debuted last summer at SIGGRAPH 2018 and both films are part of the 20 shorts created since Disney launched its innovative Short Circuit program. Short Circuit is a chance for anyone within the studio to participate in a blind submission and be selected for the opportunity to direct their short film idea.

Catch up with Bruce and Disney in the exclusive interview below.

Watch the Unreal Engine User Group kick-off event

An amazing lineup of storytellers and visual effects experts presented their inspirational work, topped off by a fireside chat with a very special guest: director, producer, actor, and writer Jon Favreau.

For those of you who were not able to attend in person, or if you'd just like to relive the experience, the event is now available for viewing online.

NVIDIA brings 50 RTX Studio Laptops to the Show Floor

Innovators in computer graphics from around the globe descended this week on the annual SIGGRAPH conference to catch a glimpse of the future.

As the Los Angeles Convention Center's doors flung open, a sea of NVIDIA green rose up. Across the show floor, dozens of software and computer makers are demoing the latest applications — featuring real-time ray tracing and advanced AI — on NVIDIA RTX Studio laptops and mobile workstations.

More than 35 partners are running over 50 RTX Studio devices. An array of the world's leading computer graphics companies are showcasing their applications, including: Adobe, Ansys, Autodesk, BinaryVR, Blackmagic Design, Blender, Boris FX, Chaos Group, Colorfront, Epic Games, Foundry, Luxion, Maxon, Noitom, OTOY, Pixar, PTC, Reallusion, Redshift, Siemens and Unity.

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