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Industry Giants 2013

This year’s Industry Giants will be the biggest year to date as A Bunch of Short Guys have teamed up with Big Design and the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) to have dual conferences focused on art, animation, games and interactive development all under one roof.  Industry Giants 2013: Visual Effects, Animation and Game Forum features a distinctive lineup of more than a dozen industry professionals working in animation and visual effects for film, television, and games.

Industry Giants 2013 is a two-day event with the forum and panel discussion taking place on Saturday, October 19, 2013 from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and The Industry Giants MasterClasses to be held on Sunday, October 20, 2013 from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 14315 Midway Rd, Addison, TX 75001. In addition, we will have evening events including Friday game night with IDGA at the hotel and Saturday night after party at Londoner.

Hosted annually the nonprofit animator’s group, A Bunch of Short Guys, Industry Giants 2013 and Industry Giants MasterClasses are two days full of learning, discussions and networking. The Industry Giants forum and panel discussion includes individual presentations by industry professionals followed by a panel discussion on creative approaches and methods. The Industry Giants MasterClasses include industry skills and more taught by leading industry professionals. Industry Giants 2012 and Industry Giants MasterClasses feature over a dozen industry professionals.

-Chris Fowler - Lighting Supervisor at Pixar Canada
-Ed Jones – Principle at Reel FX Creative Studios
-Brandon Oldenberg – Director at Moonbot Studios / Academy Award Winner
-Miguel Ortega - Director at Spy Films / Original Artists
-Steven Stahlberg – Senior Figure Artist at ZeniMax Online Studios

-Animation for Games with Bryan Brewer
-Advanced Rigging in Maya with the Rigging Dojo Crew
-Discovering ZBrush4R6 with Paul Gaboury
-Design for Animation with Fred Gardner
-After Effects and Cinema 4D with Marc Gilpin
-After Effects and Element 3D with Ian Johnson
-Figure Drawing with Michael Mentler
-Procedural Graphics with Houdini with Luke Olson
-Figure Drawing, Being Bold with Elegance with Steve Quentin
-Feather Creation with Bert Van brande
-Color Theory for the Digital Age with Ed Whetstone
-Modo and Mari with The Foundry

Registration is now open and tickets can be purchased on our website at Register today at:
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  • Jennifer H.

    So many talented professionals (and speakers!) and great information packed into one weekend; I enjoyed everything about the conference. Big thanks to everyone who organized the event and volunteered to make this a great experience for me as a first-time attendee. Looking forward to next year!

    October 21, 2013

  • Lara B.

    Did everyone get a room yet??

    October 12, 2013

  • Sydnee Faith J.

    Will there be any audio for animation discussions?

    September 24, 2013

    • Ethan W.

      Sorry but not this year. You can find a list of all master classes in the description.

      September 24, 2013

  • Michelle M.

    Can't wait to hear about Industry Giants 2013! Is there a website that I can subscribe to, so I can get email updates? I get too many Meetup emails, and I don't want to miss it.

    June 12, 2013

    • j. marshall p. has current information.

      August 25, 2013

    • Ethan W.

      Updated the main posting with updated information.

      September 24, 2013

  • MetalDust (.

    I am teaching a free class this weekend on 3D Modeling, Please check out for class information

    1 · May 13, 2013

  • Ethan B.

    no questions! went to IG 2012 and was blown away! looking forward to it.

    1 · May 8, 2013

  • Michelle M.

    Hi J! I just talked to you on the phone yesterday...when I saw your name, I was like WHOA. I know that guy. Same pic on the website...

    1 · May 3, 2013

    • J. S.

      Hey Michelle! Yep, it's me!

      May 5, 2013

  • Alan

    I am a student of Collin College, aiming to become a Video Game Designer.

    1 · April 5, 2013

  • Sydney T.

    Can't wait!

    1 · March 27, 2013

  • Elisa M.

    I can't wait... This will be one of my favorite learning events this year.

    1 · March 14, 2013

  • Brian S.

    I think this is going to be the best Industry Giants ever!

    1 · March 10, 2013

  • Ryan H.

    Looking forward to it... and want to get back into ABOSG :)

    1 · March 7, 2013

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