Learning Visual Computing for
A Career in the Pixel Industry
David Lee
Director, R&D
Next Media Animation Ltd.
2013/04/09
Agenda
The Pixel Industry
Categories
CGI Film Production
Software Development
Covering
The Industry
The Process
The Specialists
Develop Yourself
Case Study
The Pixel Industry
 Pixels
 The Picture Elements
 CGI
 Computer Generated Imagery
 The Industry
CGI Film Production
Films, TV Series, Commercial Films
Independent Films
CGI Software Development
Computer Graphics Tools
Video Games
 The Career
 Lots of Fun
 Lots of Challenge
Siggraph 2012
Life of PI, VFX
CGI Film Industry Overview
You tell me Better
Hits
Sucks
Awards
Bankrupts
1/10?
Roles, The Reel
CGI Film Production Process
Technical
Feasibility
Story
Creative
Research
Audio Track
TD, Character
Rigging,
Lighting,
Dynamics
Advanced TD,
GI,
Physic,
Interaction
Refined
Technical
Direction
Story Board
Story Reel
Layout / Pose
Reel
Animation Reel
Design
Character
Set, Bkg,
Props
Final Design
Package
Modeling
Light
Texture
Material
Sound
Design
Sound
Recording,
Creation,
Effects
Sound
Final Mix
Composition
&
Rendering
Final Cut
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CGI Film Production Specialists
 Director
 Concept
 Producer
 Audio Mixer
 Play Writer
 Audio Special Effect
 Coordinator
 Video Composer
 Animator
 Art Director
 Modeler
 Technical Director
 Material and Texture
 Digital Supervisor
 Motion Capture
 ......
 Sets / Props Specialist
 Lighting
 Visual Special Effects
CGI Software Development
Demo Reels
Inviting you to enjoy on site
The latest algorithms just published
An in-house example
Some major product images
You please tell me
Lots of games occupying your life
Siggraph 2012
GDC 2013, Unreal
GDC 2013, CryEngine
Software Development
Computer Graphics Tools
For Production
For Creativity
Video Games
Large Scale: MMORPG
3 minute fun: iPhone Apps
CGI Software Development Process
Conventional Life Cycle of Software
Development
Visual Elements Added
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CGI Software Development Process
Conventional Life Cycle of Software
Development
Visual Elements Added
Define
Design
Plan
Code
QA
Commercialize
Propose
Character
Scene
Visual / Math
Modeling
Modeling
Rigging
Dynamic
Scene
Material
Light
Procedural
Setting
Tooling
Sourcing
Review
Game Development Process
Agile Development
Programming as only a portion
Programming
Shall I wake you up again? Guess no!
Industrial Specialists
CGI Software Development
Project Manager: Experience and Communication
Technical Leader: Technical + Human Language
Programmer: Technical > Human Language
Technical Artist: Technical + Artistic Language
2D / 3D Designers: Artistic Sense and Skill
 Game Development
Mini Hollywood
Software Team + Production Team
CGI Programmer
 Algorithm
 2D / 3D Computer Graphics: To Build
 Image Process: To Draw
 Computer Vision: To See
 Audio / Video Process: To Compose
 Tools
 Visual Studio
 Max / Maya / PhotoShop
 APIs
 DirectX
 OpenGL
 Platforms
 Windows, Mac, Linux
 iPhone, Android Phone, Others
Develop Yourself
Digital Contents
Digital: Means
Contents: Ends
Real Life: Mixed Up
The cost
A Professional Tool Set (Freely Available)
The Learning Curve
Develop Yourself
Always
 Ask Questions
What do I really Want / Have / Can't
What do people really need
Get a Right Answer
Should be many
How to tell which is right
And Go For it
Should take some time
Beware not to stick to wrong ones
Case Study
Johnny Lee
CMU / HCI / Wii (2008)
Microsoft / Kinect
Google / Rapid Evaluator (2011)
Johnny's Inventions
http://johnnylee.net/
Video
You
What's Your Want / Have / Can't
Promote Yourself
Case Study
Angry Birds
Rovio
Bankrupting
Released 51 game titles, OEM/ODM
A Finnish company of 50 persons
With Angry Birds
iPhone #1 game
42 millions funds
To be IPO in the US market, in 5 years
Reading, Wired Magazine, UK
How Rovio made Angry Birds a winner
Q&A
Thanks for your time
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