The weekend of April 30th & May 1st, 2011 is the Evolve Animation Conference to be held in Orlando, Florida.
"The Evolve CG conference is designed to offer guidance to students interested in breaking into the computer animation industry with the help of established industry specialists in preparing demo reels, resumes and more. Evolve CG joins computer graphic professionals and recruiters, in delivering multiple high end classes taught by some of the most renowned experienced artists from the most celebrated studios around the world."
This year I will be presenting a lecture on Rendering and Compositing Workflows featuring the new releases of Autodesk 3ds Max 2012 and Autodesk Composite 2012. I'll probably focus around mental ray & iRay rendering, some tricks with render elements and passes and then ultimately slapping it all together in Composite for final look treatments.
Evolve also includes a huge job fair for people and there are also many other speakers at this event. I know personally i'm looking forward to hearing Shane Acker speak about his award winning CGI film, "9" (Prdoced by Tim Burton). Really an inspiration when you consider his feature film directorial debut came out of a animated short he did on a shoe-string budget.
'hope to see ya there!