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Spring 2014 Final Presentations

Thursday, May 8th, 2014 posted by carl

It’s a wrap! Final Presentations were on Wednesday, May 7th. We had over 30 guests attending the talks with live demos afterwards.

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Rez Graham

Thursday, May 8th, 2014 posted by Heather

Rez Graham

On Thursday March 6th we had a special guest speaker from the Sims 4 team come visit us – senior AI programmer, Rez Graham. The talk was an open Q&A session that turned into a discussion about tackling the technical interview. Since he has experience being on both ends of the interview table, he was able to give advice through many humorous yet informative anecdotes. Some tidbits include:

  • If you don’t know the answer to a question, it’s not the end of the world. The interviewer is also looking for how you respond to stress and will sometimes ask questions until you don’t know the answer to see how you’ll handle it. If you get into this situation, a good strategy is to give as much information that you do know about the problem – even if you don’t know the exact solution they’re looking for.
  • The interviewer wants to hire you. They’re as excited about the interview process as you are. They just want to find someone to fill the role they need as quickly as possible so they can finish their project.
  • The interviewer really only wants to know three things about you: are you smart (can you do the job they’re asking you to do), are you passionate (when it get’s to crunch time will you be there making the product the best that it can be), and can they work with you (will having to work with you negatively impact their own work)? The interview usually revolves around determining these three things.

Rez GrahamAfter the Q&A session, Rez stuck around and reviewed everyone’s resume individually. He not only gave constructive feedback on how to improve each resume, but he made a point to find something about their resume that they did well. He also stayed later than intended in order to give everyone’s resume a thorough review. Thanks Rez!


TL;DR: Rez is a senior AI programmer on the Sims 4 team, is creative when it comes to his hair color, and is an all around great human being.

Skype Meeting with Blue Sky Studios

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 posted by momojiao


Blue Sky Studios is an American computer animation film studio based in Greenwich, Connecticut. Founded in 1987 by the visual effects team behind Tron, it has been owned by 20th Century Fox since 1997. Using its in-house rendering software, the studio had worked on visual effects for commercials and films, before releasing in 2002 its first animated film, Ice Age, and completely dedicated to producing animated films. The studio has produced nine animated films, with Ice Ageand Rio being its most successful franchises.

We had a chance to have a skype  meeting with Blue Sky folks which is really great. There were three people who attended the meeting with us.They are Deb Stone,Michael Reed and Adam Burr.

Deb Stone,worked  in feature animation as a senior recruiter for Blue Sky Studios.Michael Reed is a Senior Research Associate at Blue Sky Animation Studios, where he works on geometric issues in modeling and rendering.Adam Burr is also a Senior Research Associate at Blue Sky Animation Studios, he he works in production as an effects and rigging artist.

We were really excited to get a chance to talk with them and ask questions. Producers,technical artist,modeler,animator,programmer and concept artist in ETC all attended this meeting.We asked a lot of questions about different roles in animation studios. They were really kind and willing to answer any questions we asked, all the students got the useful and inspiring answers from them. This meeting really helped a lot for us to know more about feature animation studios and their requirements.

Half Presentations – Spring 2014

Friday, March 28th, 2014 posted by carl

Videos from our Half Presentations on March 26th are below.

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Quarter Presentations – Spring 2014

Thursday, February 20th, 2014 posted by carl

Videos from our Quarter Presentations on February 19th are below.

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