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August 2013

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editor's note Change is good A s some of you may already know, after many years with Post Magazine, the July issue was my last as editor-in-chief. I have left to pursue other interests within the industry, and I know our paths will continue to cross. By Randi Altman CONSULTING EDITOR 516-799-1949 But even though I've given up my day-to-day duties, I am helping the magazine as consulting editor. My long-time colleague Marc Loftus is now interim editor, but shortly there will be a new editor-in-chief, who will follow the path that Post has been on for 28 EDITORIAL years: covering all aspects of post production and evolving along with the industry. Once an editor-in-chief is in place, Marc Loftus, who will still continue working on the print publication, will be focusing much of his time growing Post's digital and social media presence. Something I know he's excited about. Post has been a mainstay in the industry for many years, and I have no doubt it will continue on that path and keep growing. Randi Altman Consulting Editor (516) 799-1949 Marc Loftus Senior Editor/Director of Web Content (516) 376-1087 Christine Bunish Film& Video JENNIFER WALDEN Audio DanIEL Restuccio West Coast Bureau BARRY GOCH West Coast Blogger/Reporter IAIN BLAIR Film P O S T Michael Viggiano Art Director S C R I P T Thoughts from SIGGRAPH S By MARC LOFTUS Senior Editor/ Director of Web Content 2 IGGRAPH 2013 took place in Anaheim, CA, last month, bringing together more than 17,000 animators, artists, technology developers and researchers from 77 different countries. Holding an animation-oriented show in Disneyland's backyard would seem like a good match, and by many counts, the convention could be billed as a success. Yet, there were underlying hints that reflected the shaky state of the animation and visual effects industry. Big manufacturers, such as Autodesk, Dell and HP, opted not to have booths on the show floor, instead holding private meetings at venues nearby, where they previewed new products. A number of attendees stopped by the Post booth (which we shared with sister publication CGW) to ask if we knew of any job openings and to express their disappointment with the job fair, which they felt was smaller than in years past. Having lunch at the food court of the Anaheim Hilton, which served as the SIGGRAPH headquarters, I overheard a few attendees discussing the state of the industry and their personal plans. One was considering leaving the business, moving out of California and heading to the Midwest, where he felt he could provide a better life for his wife and young child. "No more working crazy hours and weekends," he stated. The small group agreed to keep in touch and help each other out, should they hear of job opportunities that might come up. On the last day of the show, the "State of VFX" panel addressed changes to the industry and how pros are being affected. The transition to digital filmmaking has created a huge demand for VFX, and as logic would suggest, for pros with these skills. All of the top grossing films — Avatar, Titanic, The Avengers, Harry Potter, Trans- Post • August 2013 A DV E RT I S I N G Mari Kohn Director of Sales (818) 291-1153 cell: (818) 472-1491 Gary Rhodes Eastern & Intl Sales Manager (631) 274-9530 cell (516)410-8638 Lisa Black Corporate Sales Executive, Events, Custom and Integrated Print/Publishing Services (818) 660-5828 SUBSCRIPTIONS (818) 291-1158 Customer Service 620 West Elk Ave, Glendale, CA 91204 (800) 280 6446 MIKE TABIZON Account Manager (818) 291-1180 REPRINTS Reprints (781) 255-0625 • (818) 291-1153 LA SALES office: 620 West Elk Avenue, Glendale, California 91204 (800) 280-6446 William R. 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