Saturday, November 3, 2007

The Big Show

Bent's visitors badge - note the text: "A stranger from the outside!"

The others are out shopping in the Apple store (*shudder*), so I guess I'll fill you in on the happenings of yesterday: We spent the whole day at our primary objective and primary host in San Francisco, Pixar Animation Studios.

After taking a short tour around the campus, we first met up with the R&D team of the company, and gave them a quick rundown on our presentation - essentially a compacted version of what we're talking about, more focusing on the technical stuff than the rest - I was also asked to do a quick showoff of our toolset what we use for 64k content creation. We also met Jekyll / Andromeda here, who we ruthlessly used as an example when it came to things such as group wars.

Jekyll, of the mighty Andromeda, in the Pixar dining/mingle-area.

The second meeting was more an eye-to-eye conversation, centered around possible internship / recruiting programs at Pixar through Scene.org and the likes - hopefully something that doesn't just score some good deals for sceners, but also works the other way around and functions as an outreach towards the demoscene in local universities.

After joining up in the lobby with the rest of Pixar for a beer (or several) at their usual Friday Beer Bash (I kid you not), we eventually proceeded to set our presentation up in the main theater, and started with our showing for the VES at 6:30PM. The show was visited by around 50 people, albeit it was somewhat less buoyant than in other places - but what followed afterwards was really cool: not only did Pyro / Haujobb show up, and again a few people admitted that they in fact did some demo coding "back in the days", but we also found a person by the name of Jeffrey Lim - some might remember him being the creator of Impulse Tracker.

Jeffrey Lim, creator of the famous Impulse Tracker, just showed up out of nowhere. :)

If anything, that was out of the blue. It was also really delighting to see how people interact with each other after these presentations, quite often discussing how they used to do stuff like this - it does kinda feel like the demoscene is, to use a company slogan, "connecting people".

Pictures will follow if Gloom comes back - I was too busy to take any and my camera doesn't really like twilight either.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

thx for keepin us informed :D kewl d!RT!E/mdS

joshm said...

Thanks guys, excellent presentation and it was great chatting with you.

Lis said...

The most important diary ever. Thank you for letting us in om this almost fairytale!

xernobyl said...

Wow... it looks like pixar staff on it's own could power a Breakpoint prodwise.

Anonymous said...

I live in the city of SF and was involved in the demoscene primarily in 1994-1998. I'm gd on scene.org. Do you have time to meet up this weekend?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for having us over guys. It was cool to watch some demos inside the huge Pixar theater.

- Temis

Gloom said...

To "anonymous - "I live in the city": It would be easier if we had any way of contacting you. :) When you say "gd on scene.org" what do you mean btw?

Steeler said...

Meeting tonite:

Anu
43 6th St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 543-3505
http://www.anu-bar.com/

See you there, random guy...

Steeler said...

10pm btw...

\o/ said...

holy s!!!! Jeffrey Lim! that's awesome! my long time idol :-)

ps said...

gloom: he usually hangs around on #trax irc.scene.org, i've chatted with him a couple times, he's part of dennis courtney 5 demogroup, cool bunch of guys :)

sounds like you guys had a nice trip to pixar ^_^

Greg said...

will you pusblish some of the presentations you gave to these companies? maybe excluding the possible cooperation possibilities if that is considered classified for the time being...

Gloom said...

greg: We could.. I mean, the Keynote itself is just talking-points and such for us to keep going. I guess I could just make a PDF out of it though, but it wouldn't really make that much sense without the actuall one and a half hour of talking and showing demos accompanying it. :)

Gloom said...

greg: You can get the PDF from here

cTrix said...

Awesome :-) Good to see the Aussies turned up!

Anonymous said...

sorry i missed you lads while you were here, but it sounds like we'll all get together like a big happy family at nvscene in a couple of months.

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