Proscenia Newsletter: Events - News - Jobs
"Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it." (Henry David Thoreau)
February 23, 2003
I'm sorry if anyone had a problem accessing Ken's recommended Macromedia tutorial site last week. Dreamweaver added some additional "%" code when I inserted the web address. The correct URL is: http://www.macromedia.com/desdev/tip/archive.html Many of the tutorial movies are 6 or 7 megabytes, so it works best if you have a DSL or cable modem. The movies can be copied to your hard drive if you have QuickTime pro. Ken has also suggested that those interested in game design check out this Shockwave directory listing to try some interesting 3D games. They're in German, but they aren't hard to figure out, says Ken.
Ken recently posted a note that Avid now has a free version of their DV editing software. "Perfect for DV camera owners, students, aspiring filmmakers and event videographers - virtually anyone interested in video editing - Avid Free DV is an easy, free way to join the Avid family and learn the industry-standard editing interface and toolset used by more professionals than any other video editing solution. Avid Free DV is a streamlined version of Avid's award-winning video editing software with capabilities that include two video tracks, four audio tracks, basic trimming and editing functionality, and up to two streams of real-time effects. When you're ready for even more horsepower, you can step up to Avid's professional line of products including Avid Xpress DV software and Media Composer systems, and take advantage of the fully functional Avid editing interface and toolset. Scheduled to be available mid-year 2003, Avid Free DV is planned to support both Macintosh OS X and Windows XP platforms. If you'd like to receive updated information on Avid Free DV as it becomes available, fill out an online form below and you'll be e-mailed l updates."
Please pass this newsletter onto other students or individuals you know who are interested in computer based media and communication. And, as always, if you would like to be removed from this list please let me know.
DID YOU KNOW?
In 1968 David Engelbart, Oregon State University class of '48, first demonstrated what we now know as a computer "mouse" at a national conference.
An earlier Proscenia Newsletter discussed the value of networking. I included, at that time, a short list of Oregon based associations that one might join. Not only are such organizations good for networking but they also provide the opportunity for extended learning. I've expanded the list and include it here for your reference. It is important to know that similar organizations exist in all larger urban area where you might eventually find work The description for each organization has been copied from online sources written by those organizations.
American Institute of Graphic Arts -Portland.
American Society of Media Photographers Oregon.
Association of Independent Video & Filmmakers. (AIVF)
Computer-Human Interaction Forum of Oregon (CHIFOO)
Graphic Artist Guild of Oregon.
Internet Professionals Northwest. (IPN)
Mid-Oregon Production Arts Network. (MOPAN)
Multimedia / Internet Developers Group. (MIdg)
Oregon Creative Services Alliance.(OCSA)
Oregon Media Production Association
Pint of Portland.
Portland Advertising Federation (PAF)
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators .
Software Association of Oregon
FEATURED STUDIO OR SCHOOL: MONKEYmedia, Austin, Texas
MONKEYmedia is a design and development firm specializing in interaction as a communications medium. It offers interface design, information architecture and interaction prototyping & specification services as well as a diverse portfolio of intellectual properties for licensing.
Google Acquires Blogger Co. Google has cut a deal to acquire Pyra Labs, a small group of Web developers responsible for developing the software used for the personal publishing phenomenon known as blogging (from Weblogging). Weblogs are a form of grassroots online diary publishing that enable users to update their personal Web sites with a series of brief postings, arranged chronologically. The acquisition signals Google's latest step in its strategy to move beyond the search engine market into publishing. Last year it developed and launched Google News, and the two years ago it purchased Deja.com's Usenet, a massive archive of Web-based discussion groups. (Reuters/Los Angeles Times 18 Feb 2003) http://shorl.com/dalabyprurygry Source:NewsScanDaily
Sharp Creates Tiny TV Desgined for Doll Houses. Takara Company, a toy maker in Tokyo, is planning to sell a dollhouse whose furniture includes a postage-stamp-size real TV manufactured by Sharp. The tiny but real TV has a 1.5-inch display, volume and channel controls, video recording capability, and liquid crystal display technology, and it hooks up to a video game machine. (AP/San Jose Mercury News 19 Feb 2003) http://www.siliconvalley.com/mld/siliconvalley/5214195.htm Source:NewsScanDaily
Copy Protection Effirts Misguided, Says Lessig. Lawmakers will be making a big mistake if they bow to Hollywood pressure and enact new copyright-protection legislation based on today's Internet use patterns, says Stanford University professor Lawrence Lessig. Currently, millions of consumers are downloading music to their PCs because slow dialup connections make it impractical to stream content quickly to a variety of devices. "In the future, it will be easier to pay for subscription services than to be an amateur database administrator who moves content from device to device. We're legislating against a background of the Internet's current architecture of content distribution, and this is a fundamental mistake," Lessig told participants at the Digital Rights Management Summit held at Intel headquarters. (AP 20 Feb 2003) http://www.siliconvalley.com/mld/siliconvalley/5214195.htm Source:NewsScanDaily
Scout Report: Network Tools
SurfSaver 2.3 is a browser add-on that allows users to store Web pages directly from their browser into searchable folders. The application may be particularly helpful to persons who would like to take the entire contents of any given web page and work offline with them. The application also saves the formats of the pages entirely, so graphics, hypertext links, and frames will be preserved intact. Additionally, users can enter notes and comments about the pages they save. SurfSaver 2.3 is compatible with all systems running Windows 95 and higher. Copyright Internet Scout Project 1.
Lyrictracker X 4.2 is a fun way to obtain the lyrics to your favorite songs and will be useful for those users who find themselves forgetting a second or third verse on occasion. Created by an international team of programmers, Lyrictracker allows users to search for song lyrics and also has a built-in community chat. Lyrictracker currently features the lyrics to over 28,000 songs, and more are added on a regular basis. The application is compatible with all systems running Mac OS X and higher. Copyright Internet Scout Project 1.
EVENTS and OPPORTUNITIES:
Career Workshop - Portland. Portland State University Multimedia Professional Program (MPP). Tuesday, March 25, 2003 5:30-8:30PM 1825 SW Broadway (Smith Memorial Student Union), Rm 328 Free with RSVP. RSVP at 503 or by email: . Hear up-to-date information from creative and technical industry professionals and MPP graduates on staying relevant in the current economy. Learn how to approach the future with a full toolkit and sharpened skills. Gain useful insights into locating positions, networking and interviewing techniques. Refreshments available.
Game Developer Conference March 4-8, 2003. San Jose California. Join the world's leading game developers to set the standard for the next generation of games. Five day intensive sessions provide information and inspiration in visual arts, game design, programming, audio, business and legal, and production. The 3rd annual game developers choice awards will be given at the conference.
Music Law Conference. Goal: to expose the issues that challenge your right to hear music. Feb 21/University of Oregon School of Law, room 175 (4-6pm) and Feb. 22 - University of Oregon School of Music, Beall Hall (10:00 am - 4:30 pm ) Speakers include Krist Novoselic of Nirvana and Mark Hosler of Negitvland.
Sixth Annual Aurora Awards 2003. The Aurora Awards recognize individuals in the film and video industires who have achieved that same ability to captivate their audiences with displays produced from their own creative forces. Competitors come from private and corporate prodduction groups, advertising agencies, and television stations throughout the country. Film deadline is March 22, 2003.
Game Market Watch Conference and Exposition. April 1-2, 2003. Hilton Hotel at Universal City, Los Angeles. A two-day event designed to educate professionals from the PC, console and handheld games industry on emerging trends and o help them identify and evaluate new business initiatives and revenue generating opportunities. See full schedule at jupiterevents.com
Announcing Flashforward 2003 - the 9th Flashforward and Flash (tm) Film Festival on March 26-28th, 2003 in San Francisco.The conference program focuses exclusively on educatingand inspiring Macromedia Flash MX designers and developers by offering advanced technical, creative and business sessions led by the industry's luminaries. The SanFrancisco conference offers a variety of four-hour and one-hour sessions that explore indepth features of Flash MX, technologies and platforms that integrate with Flash MX including wireless devices, the Flash Comminication server, project management and usability and creative issues that face us all. Live, breathe, eat,sleep, and think Flash and join others for another amazing conference! Check out the Festival and Conference in flash or html. Also, The FlashFilm Festival is an online competition and live awards ceremony showcasing and celebrating the best work on the Web in 16 categories. The San Francisco 2003 awards ceremony takes place at 6:00pm, Thursday, March 27, at the Herbst Theatre, following the second day of the Flashforward 2003 San Francisco Conference. All attendees who register for Flashforward 2003 San Francisco are invited to the live event. The Festival features 16 categories. For more information, take a look at the descriptions under the "Categories and Descriptions" menu item. The 16th category, the People¹s Choice Award, will be chosen though online voting after the 60 finalists have been selected. The Festival categories are: Application, Art, Cartoon, Commerce, Experimental, Game, Educational, Motion Graphics, Navigation, Original Sound, Story, Technical Merit, 3D, Typography and Video. In addition, a "People¹s Choice" award, as determined by public online vote from among 60 finalists, is presented at the ceremony. Beginning at 12:00pm PST, Friday, February 14, the 60 finalists are showcased here on the Flashforward2003 web site for the "People¹s Choice" award public online vote. Any one of the 60 finalists can win the "People's Choice" award it is all up to the voting public. So be sure to check back and place your vote for the best overall site! Winners in all 16 categories including the "People's Choice" award are announced at the Flash Film Festival awards ceremony at 6:00pm on Thursday, March 27 at the Herbst Theatre. For Flash Film Festival information, please contact:
SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Film Festival is an exciting new competitive Festival, created to celebrate, honor and showcase documentaries from around the world. Between June 18-22, 2003, SILVERDOCS will present 45 provocative documentary films at the newly restored, state-of-the art AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in downtown Silver Spring, MD. The festival will bring together filmmakers, international documentary professionals and the communities of the Greater DC Metropolitan area to debate issues raised by these documentary films and celebrate their art. Location: AFI Silver Theatre & Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910 USA Start date: June 18, 2003 End date: June 22, 2003 URL: www.Silverdocs.com E-mail: Phone: (1) Fax: (1) Entry deadline: March 1, 2003 Source: Northwest Film Center
Computer Human Interface Forum of Oregon - March 5, 2003 Experiences for Understanding Nathan Shedroff (www.nathan.com), Experience Strategist, San Francisco CA Shedroff, author of Experience Design, believes we aren't realizing the potentials or the fruits of our imaginations. The missing ingredients aren't technological but rather social and emotional. He explains how these aspects of interfaces can be integrated with the design process. Visit http://www.acm.org/chapters/chifoo/ for more details.
Software Association of Oregon - March 12, 4:30 - 8:30 pm Driving Your Career: The Changing Role of Developers (Career Fair) at Corillian Corp. 3400 NW John Olson Place, Hillsboro $15 for SAO, IEEE Members, and unemployed, $25 for non members (includes pizza and drinks) An overview of forces driving career choices, networking opportunities, and exhibits featuring local companies, education and training opportunities and placement organizations. Visit www.sao.org (Calendar) for details
From time to time I've come across material on the web that is of value to those just beginning to define a career in media. Of course, as I have in the past, strongly recommend the Boston College's Guide: Careers In Multimedia. To this I would add a few new resources as well from Skills Net. Skills Net has an extensive collection of material related to working in the media industry. I have selected the following material for reference here, but I encourage you to visit the Skills Net site for more information.
Jobs in Animation and Digital Effects. Jobs in this industry are organized into families. These job families include visual development, storyboard, layout, painting, traditional animation, and computer art. The traditional animation family includes two sub-families: character/effects and clean-up. The computer art family includes three sub-families: 2-D, 3-D, and technical. This guide outlines the various jobs one should expect in the field and the requirements for each.
There are many who want to work in the film and television industry and have as a goal working in Hollywood.The short article Breaking Into Film. by Kenna McHugh explores this option and how to find work. "As in every industry, the best Hollywood jobs usually don't show up in the "Help Wanted" sections of the trades -- you're much more likely to find those openings through networking. However, looking through the trades is still the quickest way to start searching for a way to break into the business. If you see an ad that you find interesting, there's certainly no reason why you shouldn't respond to it. After all, what do you have to lose? "
How does a talented artist get noticed in a highly competitive job market? Unfortunately the answer is often marketing. In the business world today, it's not enough to be good - you have to sell yourself. Here are some tips to consider when preparing for your next job interview. The article Marketing Yourself.provides a check list of what helps in selling your skills to others.
If you are cosidering working in a professional media environment such as corporate communications the online slide show, A Day in the Life of A Multimedia Producer provides an overview of the daily tasks required of an media professional in a corporate setting.
Finally, this Jobseekers Guide provides links to resources of special value to those working in all forms of media communication.
Animation Job Board: Animation World Network. This site provides continuiously updated listings of international jobs in the field of animation. Check it out.
Graphics/Web Design. Milwaukee,WI. Abt Electronics has an opening for an Assistant Graphic/Web Designer with expert knowledge of PhotoShop, Illustrator, Quark Express Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Flash, Image Ready &use of digital camera. Well versed in HTML, Java, FTP and page layout. Ideal candidate will have 2-3 years of portfolio experience including graphic/web design. E-mail your resume and online port- folio to: . No phone calls. EOE. Abt Electronics 1200 N. Milwaukee Glenview, Il 60025 Established 1936
Web/Graphic Designer. Miami Shores, FL. Needed for Barry Univ's Div. of Info Technology. Degree+ exp (in Flash, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, etc.) required. Mail resume to: Web/Graphic Designer Position, Barry University, 11300 NE 2 Ave Box #1089, Miami Shores, FL 33. EOE.
Graphic artist/designer. Bellingham, WA. Immediate opening for an experienced graphic designer. Proficiency in Quark Xpress, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop required. Hand illustrating abilities, packaging design and web experience a plus. We offer excellent pay plus a full benefit package. Send resume with samples of work to: Grizzly Industrial, Inc., Graphic Designer Position, P.O. Box 2069, Bellingham, WA 98227. A drug screening is required. Visit our website at: www.grizzly.com Source - Bellingham Herald - Bellingham, WA
Game design: Producer, Lead Artist, Concept artist, sound engineer, artist, associate artist. Sammay Studios, San Diego. Established in 2002 and headed by leading professionals from the interactive and traditional entertainment industries, Sammy Studios creates and distributes interactive entertainment content for a variety of channels, including video game titles for Sony PlayStation¨ 2, Microsoft Xboxª, Nintendo Game Cube¨ and Game Boy¨ Advance, PC and Macintosh. The company has offices in the US and Europe, with headquarters, as well as a state-of-the-art development studio currently under construction, in Carlsbad, California, and a second office and video game studio complex located in Los Angeles, California. Sammy Studios is currently publishing third-party titles from leading developers and cultivating innovative licensable properties while creating original, franchise-worthy content for global distribution.Career Opportunities:
Game design: Senior Environment / Texture Artist Environment / Texture Artist Senior Animator Senior Character Artist, Senior Texture Artist Design Lead Designer Engineering, Senior Tools Programmer, Edge of Reality, Ltd.Austin, TX, is an entertainment software developer focused on next generation consoles. The studio is an authorized developer of games for Sony Playstation 2, Nintendo GameCube and Microsoft X-Box. Job descriptions http://www.edgeofreality.com/jobs.html
Contract Technical Writer. Corvallis.SUMMIT Information Systems develops software solutions for the financial services industry. We are looking for Technical Writers to write & edit computer software documentation & training materials, using MS Word, HTML editors (RoboHelp preferred), graphics & other applications for HTML browser delivery. Requires BA degree or equivalent experience in related field & minimum 2 yrs experience technical writing. Background withUnix-based systems (HP-UX) and/or credit union or banking operations helpful. Positions are short-term, 2-4 mo. temporary assignments on-site in Corvallis. Please include a writing sample with resume. Local candidates preferred. Submit resume to www.summitsite.com EEO/AA.
VR Designer. Wheeling, WV. Link Computer Corporation is in search of a Virtual Reality Programmer for a full-time permanent position in Wheeling, WV. Essential Duties and Responsibilities:Design and implementation of an immersive, virtual-reality display. Develop 3D geometry utilizing 3D StudioMAX, Softimage 3D/XSI or MAYA (Requires Modeling, texture, lighting and animation). Synthesize 3D elements into an interactive 3D simulation. Digital video production/post-production, digital or conventional photography and/or analog videography, nonlinear editing and compositing, graphic and motion graphics design. Education and/or Experince:BA or equivalent in related field, and three to five years professional experience. Experience in designing 3D animation for broadcast, film or multimedia in 3D StudioMAX, Softimage3D/XSI or MAYA required. Experience in modeling, texturing, lighting and animation skills are also required. Knowledge of real-time 3D rendering engine architecture and requirements of generating 3D geometry for such an environment. Must be proficient with C, C++, VB, and VRML. Other preferred skills include a background in 3D console or PC game development, digital video production/post-production, digital or conventional photography and/or analog videography, nonlinear editing and compositing (Premier, After Effects/Commotions, Discreet products), experience with current design and multimedia applications, ie. Illustrator, Director, QTVR Authoring Studio. Good research skills interest in history is helpful. Experienced designing virtual reality displays on WinNT or SGI Reality Centers a plus. Substitutions are acceptable in some areas. Virtual Reality Programming, 3D StudioMax, Bryce, C, C++, Visual Basic, VRML, Illustrator, Director, QTVR,- Link Computer Corporation
Web Graphics Designer Location San Francisco, CA Salary Range: Depending On Experience Comments: No relocation and sponsorship Requirements: Encyclopedic knowledge of and experienced with web design issues. Deep understanding of color theory, typography, layout, branding and iconography. Strong foundation in information and interaction design. Capable of quickly producing production quality graphics. Advanced Photoshop, Illustrator/freehand, HYML. Ability to manage design critiques and explain visual design concepts to non-designers. Excellent communication, listening and presentation skills. Creating, implementing, and extending unified, brand-centric look and feel. Must have a portfolio of high quality web design work.. Hall Kinion Email: Please include the position Position # ljd-03 when responding to this ad.
Information Systems Director Eugene. ISTE, the leading organization for educational technology professionals, is seeking an IS Director for its Eugene, Oregon office. Responsibilities include management of IS team members, strategic planning, database administration and web application project management. Position requires 2+ years in DBA management in a SQL Server environment, SQL 7.0 and SQL 2000. Also requires proficiency in graphic report-writer interfaces, web program management, accounting software, with iMIS experience preferred. Conceptual familiarity with web authoring toolsets, basic web interface scripting, search engine protocols, report writing and java scripting also a plus. Experience with online interactive and database driven websites also preferred. Qualified candidate will possess strong interpersonal and communication skills, good attention to detail, time management and multi-tasking skills. Must have strong work ethic and the ability to work independently as well as part of a team. Bachelor's Degree and 5+ years of relevant experience required. Visit www.iste.org for more information about the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). Please submit resume, cover letter and salary requirements electronically to , including the words IS Director in the subject line. Closing date is March 7, 2003. No drop-ins or phone calls please. Location: OR Date: 2/23/2003 Source: Register Guard (Eugene)
Marketing. Eugene. Local Internet marketing firm seeks entry-level marketing professional(s) with excellent communication, customer service and problem solving skills. Proficient in creating ad copy and with MS Office. Ability to work in a dynamic environment. E-mail cover letter, (including salary requirements) & resume to: Date: 2/23/2003 Source: Register Guard (Eugene)
Graphic Specialist. City of Albany $3,036-$3,736/Full-time position. Designs & produces brochures, fliers, posters, & newsletters for all City departments for print production, presentations, & the Web; performs variety of administative. & technical work in planning & implementing content of World Wide Web site, including creation of unique content & integration of approved content from other sources; provides technical support to other City staff; assists Web Administrator & performs Web maintenance duties as needed. To apply: Contact State Employment Office, 139 Fourth Avenue SE, P.O. Box 70, Albany, Oregon 97321; or send request with stamped, self-addressed envelope for application & job announcement that has all job requirements listed to Jim McIntyre, State Employment Office; or visit City's Web site, www.ci.albany.or.us , & click on Jobs or Employment for City application & job announcement. Application must be received by State Employment Office by 5:00 p.m. Friday, March 7, 2003. AA/EEO Location: OR Date: 2/23/2003 Source: Register Guard (Eugene)
Printing Graphics/ Customer Service. Portland area. LAZERQUICK, where exceptional customer service and quality business imaging & graphic comm. solutions outshine our competitors. Customer Service - Macadam, M-F, Days Cust Serv/Graphics Tech - DT Portland, PT, Days Graphics Technician - Vancouver, FT, Days Graphics Production Specialist - Wilsonville 3-11pm Must be PC & Mac savvy, proficient in PageMaker, Quark, PhotoShop, Illustrator & Freehand & have print-industry exper pre-flighting, trapping, scanning & ripping files. We promote a friendly, fun enviro & offer compet $$, perf bonuses & full bens + 401k. e-mail resume: FAX . Equal Opportunity Employer Published in The Oregonian on 02/23
Marketing Coordinator. Portland. PAE is seeking a marketing coordinator to provide overall assistance to its marketing department. Bachelor's degree in Marketing, English or Business required. Graphics skills recommended. Responsibilities include proposal preparation, database management, design of company newsletter and promotional materials, website assistance, research and overall marketing support. Strong writing, editing and communication skills a must. PageMaker, Photoshop, Excel and Word experience necessary. PAE offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits. Please submit resume to: PAE CONSULTINGENGINEERS, INC. ATTN: Kasey Rothenfluch, CPSM 808 SW Third Ave., Suite 300 Portland, OR 97204 FAX: or Email Equal Opportunity Employer Published in The Oregonian on 02/23
Word Processor. Portland. Seeking experienced, organized team player to join consulting engineering firm for production word processing position. Minimum 5 yrs experience in consulting engineering environment. Duties include word processing and graphics production. Some marketing graphics and database experience required. Equal Opportunity Employer. Send resume to L. Foeller at SJO Consulting Engineers, 6650 SW Redwood Lane, Suite 360, Portland, OR 97224. www.sjoeng.com Published in The Oregonian on 02/23
Systems Imagineer. Portland. Extremely stable, fast-growing, profitable int'l mail-order/internet business needs its own Wizard. Must have 2-3 yrs exp w/SQL7 database design & maintenance, be able to create in Flash, HTML, Java & other web design programs, expertise w/Mac & UNIX platforms. Extra 'wows' for Filemaker application scripting & assistance work. Important: must be able to translate computerese into simple English any entrepeneur can understand. Imagination & the ability to see the big picture will be worshipped here. Resumes c/o The Oregonian, Dept. 8109-M, Portland, OR 97. Published in The Oregonian on 02/23
Artist/ Designer. Portland. Well established company looking to expand in-house art department. We are designers & manufacturers of greeting cards & stationery products with worldwide distribution. Seeking experienced Artists with strong fine arts & decorative arts background. Floral & other romantic themes combined with lace & other decorative borders. Strong water color & graphic design skills required. Emphasis on packaging & product design. Applicants should have bachelors degree in art or design. Full time, benefits. Please send cover letter, resume & samples (no originals please) to: Artist, PO Box 17394, Portland, OR 97217 Published in The Oregonian on 02/23
Graphic Design Manager: Idaho. General With over $450 million in sales, Coldwater Creek is an established, profitable and financially strong retailer of women's apparel. Our online creative team is opening its doors to a talented innovative individual to lead our design team. GRAPHIC DESIGN MANAGER WANTED www.coldwatercreek.com Creative? Do you thrive in a challenging environment characterized by rapid change and growth? Are you equally proficient in front of a Mac as you are directing a group of designers? If so, and you possess a high taste level, strong conceptual skills and a sensitivity toward typography, this could be the creative home you're looking for. We offer a great compensation package and relocation. Send your resume and copies of your 5 best samples to: Coldwater Creek attn: Dan Cipri, Human Resources One Coldwater Creek Drive, Sandpoint, Idaho 86864 E-mail: Fax: Coldwater Creek® E-Mail Your Resume Now Click on the image below for a larger view of the ad. Published in the Oregonian on 02/23
Graphic Artist. Auto Trader Magazines Click on Job Opportunities at www.Portlandautotrader.com Published in The Oregonian on 02/23