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"U2 3D" Film Director Selected as SIGGRAPH 2008 Featured Speaker


(Chicago, IL) - ACM SIGGRAPH announced the selection of Irish Artist and Director Catherine Owens, best known for her staging and film work with the Irish rock band U2, as a featured speaker for SIGGRAPH 2008 to be held in Los Angeles this August. Owens will present "Giving Technology Emotion: From the Artist's Mind to 'U2 3D'," which details her co-directing and producing experiences during production of the film "U2 3D", the first digital 3D, multi-camera, real-time production.

"Catherines ground-breaking work with 'U2 3D' is an excellent example of how the computer graphics industry continues to evolve and push the boundaries for the next generation," stated Jacquelyn Martino, SIGGRAPH 2008 Conference Chair from IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. "Even the most complex technologies and films begin with an idea and emotion. Catherine's work illustrates the artist's process perfectly - from imagination to fruition."

Owens also directed U2's spellbinding "Original of the Species" music video, which was nominated for two VH1 Music Video Awards in 2006. The video, which explored CG motion capture technology, was in many ways a precursor for her work on "U2 3D". Currently Owens is working on a new body of drawings in her studio, where she is also creating content for the next U2 album and tour campaign.

Based on overwhelming positive feedback provided after the switch from a single keynote speaker format to multiple featured speakers in 2007, SIGGRAPH will once again provide focused content by offering presentations from different prominent industry leaders and technology experts. Each featured speaker will provide key insights on the future of computer graphics and interactive techniques.


SIGGRAPH 2008 will bring an estimated 30,000 computer graphics and interactive technology professionals from six continents to Los Angeles, California, USA for the industry's most respected technical and creative programs focusing on research, science, art, animation, gaming, interactivity, education, and the web from Monday, 11 August through Friday, 15 August 2008 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Celebrating its 35th year, SIGGRAPH 2008 includes a three-day exhibition of products and services from the computer graphics and interactive marketplace from 12-14 August 2008. More than 250 international exhibiting companies are expected. Registration for the conference and exhibition is open to the public. More details are available at

About ACM
ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, is the world's largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting educators, researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field's challenges. ACM strengthens the computing profession's collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the highest standards, and recognition of technical excellence. ACM supports the professional growth of its members by providing opportunities for life-long learning, career development, and professional networking.


  1. I hope everyone enjoys this SIGGRAPH. Maybe someday I will be able to go. It's great that they have a good featured speaker! Thanks for the news, Tim

  2. Felix Kütt on

    Thanks for keeping us informed, i do wonder if, and if so then who would cover SIGGRAPH for blendernation this year.. :)

  3. some days ago I've send some news about a yafray contest we have launch in
    Yafray is that render engine used in many renders in the Blender Gallery, do you remember?
    I fail so see how this news is more important than the piece of news I've sent about yafray, or whether is waiting for publication or on the contrary you have decided it is not important enough. What a news should have for being published in this site?

  4. Felix Kütt

    I'm planning on covering it again this year, with hopefully, more top name interviews from the industry.

    sorry, I'll see if I can find it and get it out there. Better yet , please re-submit it and try to put it into the format of an article and I'll keep an eye out for it.

    Gustav & Dusty you're welcome.

  5. In a manner of speaking you could say it's off topic, granted, but Siggraph news is welcome on my desktop via blendernation. Personally I don't have much time to browse other sites for info about Siggraph, so in this case I don't mind it.

  6. Ton usually has a booth at SIGGRAPH and a Blender "Birds of Feather"conferences or two. Just watch my video from last year where Bassam made his presentation about his then, upcoming ManCandy training DVD. nuff said.

  7. Oh and another thing to add to that, a lot of research is shown at SIGGRAPH and some of it ends up in Blender. :-)

  8. I think this is not off topic. Siggraph is THE conference when it comes to 3D. It is where all the big guys in the industry strut their stuff, and if Blender will only improve its position as a professional piece of software by being involved in Siggraph. I am always interested in what is happening at Siggraph and since at the moment I can't attend it myself, Blendernation's coverage of Siggraph is greatly appreciated.

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