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Thursday May 04
Computer Animation Festival success : How to get your film rejected
Terrence Masson , Jury Chair Electronic Theater Siggraph 2006; writer, ACM Siggraph

This talk is for everyone who has submitted a short animation project, been rejected... and wondered why. Two major factors, one old and one new, combine to confound a greater number of filmmakers each each. The old news is that people cannot or do not properly view their work in context against the world's best animation. They simply have no
idea how great (and frequently how much better!) other work is then their own. The new news is that so many more individuals and studios around the globe are producing more work, better work, that the standard of excellence continues to rise year after year. What would almost certainly have been selected 5 years ago doesn't even get a second glance today.
Common themes and examples will be explored in films that were accepted (and rejected!) to this and past year's SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival. What are the hardest things to accomplish? What mistakes do all but the lucky few make over and over again to guarantee they will not be selected? What are the common elements of excellence in the "winners" time and time again and why can't everyone do it?

Over the past 16 years, Terrence Masson has served the film and computer graphics community with inspiring production leadership, innovative creative techniques and technical problem solving.
Major studio collaborations have included founding positions at The Trumbull Company (1992), Digital Domain (1993) and Warner Brothers (1994), consulting to Sony Pictures Imageworks (1995) and Dreamworks (2003) and two tours at Industrial Light + Magic (1991 and 1996-2000). Terrence also single-handily created the original CG animation and rendering techniques to launch South Park the television series in 1996.
As an independent VFX Supervisor and Senior Technical Director, he has contributed to over 20 major film projects including "Fantastic Four", "Hook", "True Lies", "The Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition", "Spawn", "Batman Forever", "Small Soldiers" and "Star Wars Episode I: Phantom Menace".
Terrence is a long time member and supporter of both the Visual Effects Society and ACM/SIGGRAPH. He is currently the Computer Animation Festival Chair for SIGGRAPH 2006.

Terrence Masson
Jury Chair Electronic Theater Siggraph 2006; writer
ACM Siggraph

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