DN Staff

July 10, 2001

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Time for a 'toon trade show

Thursday, November 30, 2000

How do you plan a computer industry trade show? Most people book a conference hall or hotel, pick a date, and spread the word.

But on December 3, Alias/Wavefront will host simultaneous trade shows in more than 30 cities around the globe. The Toronto-based 2D and 3D graphics software company (www.aliaswavefront.com) is owned by Silicon Graphics Inc. (www.sgi.com).

This hydra-headed animation fest is called 3December (get it? 3D?), and will feature speakers, workshops, galleries, and screenings in each location. Admission is free once you've registered online at the uber-show's site, www.3december.com, although specific itineraries will vary according to region. For instance, the Detroit show will emphasize automotive applications, while the Los Angeles edition focuses on film.

The Budapest show will happen at the city's planetarium--if you need walking directions, that's in the Nepliget district, at the corner of Konyves Kalman Korut and Ulloi Ut. Attendees can compete in an animation contest, then five animation studios will screen their latest productions. And the invitation insists that showgoers will "party til midnight!"

The New York show is a little more staid. To be located at the Metropolitan Pavilion on West 18th Street, it has scheduled nine speakers so far, and workshops for beginners, such as: A Taste of Maya, Try Studio, and Animation Studio.

Hardware and software vendors sponsoring 3December include Intel, SGI (of course), IBM, Cycore, and Pulse Entertainment. Other host cities in the US include: Chicago, Dallas, Kansas City, Miami, Minneapolis, Nashville, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Seattle.

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