INDUSTRY GIANTS 2013: Visual Effects, Animation and Game Forum
Presented by A Bunch of Short Guys
October 19 and 20, 2013

DALLAS/FORT WORTH: 12th annual Industry Giants will be the biggest year to date as A Bunch of Short Guys have teamed up with Big Design and the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) to have dual conferences focused on art, animation, games and interactive development all under one roof. Industry Giants 2013: Visual Effects, Animation and Game Forum features a distinctive lineup of more than a dozen industry professionals working in animation and visual effects for film, television, and games.

Industry Giants 2013 is a two-day event with the forum and panel discussion taking place on Saturday, October 19, 2013 from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and The Industry Giants MasterClasses to be held on Sunday, October 20, 2013 from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 14315 Midway Rd, Addison, TX 75001.

Hosted annually by the nonprofit animators' group, A Bunch of Short Guys, Industry Giants 2013 offers two full days of learning, discussions and networking. The Industry Giants forum and panel discussion includes individual presentations by industry professionals followed by a panel discussion on creative approaches and methods. The Industry Giants MasterClasses include industry software skills and techniques taught by leading industry professionals. For more information on the Big Design Conference, please visit


Chris Fowler - Lighting Supervisor at Pixar Canada

Ed Jones – Principal at Reel FX Creative Studios

Brandon Oldenberg – Director at Moonbot Studios / Academy Award Winner

Miguel Ortega - Director at Spy Films/ Original Artists

Steven Stahlberg – Senior Figure Artist at ZeniMax Online Studios


Animation for Games with Bryan Brewer

Advanced Rigging in Maya with Josh Carey and the Rigging Dojo Crew

Discovering ZBrush4R6 with Paul Gaboury

Design for Animation with Fred Gardner

After Effects and Cinema 4D with Marc Gilpin

After Effects and Element 3D with Ian Johnson

Figure Drawing with Michael Mentler

Procedural Graphics with Houdini with Luke Olson

Figure Drawing, Being Bold with Elegance with Steve Quentin

Feather Creation with Bert Van brande

Color Theory for the Digital Age with Ed Whetstone

Modo and Mari with The Foundry

Tickets for Industry Giants can be purchased in advance at or at the venue the day of the event, space permitting. Ticket quantity is limited, so be sure to get your tickets early! Your ticket price includes lunch on Saturday, however no lunch will be provided on Sunday. Ticket pricing is as follows:

Early Bird Pricing (up until October 5, 2013):
Forum and MasterClasses (Saturday and Sunday) $100
Forum Only (Saturday) $75
MasterClasses Only (Sunday) $75
Life Drawing Only (Sunday) $20

Online Pricing (up until October 18, 2013):
Forum and MasterClasses (Saturday and Sunday) $150
Forum Only (Saturday) $100
MasterClasses Only (Sunday) $100
Life Drawing Only (Sunday) $20

Door Price (on Day of Event):
Forum and MasterClasses (Saturday and Sunday) $200
Forum Only (Saturday) $125
MasterClasses Only (Sunday) $125
Life Drawing Only (Sunday) $25

A Bunch of Short Guys (ABOSG) is a non-profit organization that fosters education and career development for students and professionals in the animation and visual effects industry. The group hosts free monthly meetings on the third or fourth Saturday of the month. In addition, ABOSG presents Industry Insights, an ongoing series featuring industry artists, as well as various training workshops. Meeting information, a members’ online forum, event information and more can be found at

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