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Side Effects Hosts Annual Houdini Meeting & Job Fair

Side Effects Software will be hosting its Annual Houdini Meeting on Aug. 8, 2004 during SIGGRAPH in Los Angeles. This event will bring together Houdini users from around the world to network with their peers, witness the official unveiling of Houdini 7 and catch an exclusive sneak-peak into Houdini's future.

"This year we look forward to showing the Houdini community exciting new features such as advanced character rigging and deformation tools, a streamlined animation workflow designed by animators for animators, a RenderMan shader builder and the new Takes Manager, " said Dr. Paul Salvini, cto at Side Effects Software. "There will also be an early look at our new dynamics architecture that will provide the perfect environment for studios to create more realistic effects and animation in less time."

The meeting will also showcase animation and visual effects created by leading studios such as Digital Domain, Framestore CFC, Rhythm & Hues and Sony Pictures Imageworks. These studios will speak about how Houdini was used in films such as SPIDER-MAN 2, THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW, AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS and THUNDERBIRDS.

After the meeting, Side Effects Software and sponsors, 3Dlabs and ATI, will host a reception along with The Houdini Job Fair where participating companies such as Disney Feature Animation, Digital Domain, DNA Prods. and Rhythm & Hues will be recruiting new talent.

The Houdini Annual Meeting and Job Fair is open to everyone. It will run from 2:00 - 7:30 pm at The Highlands at 6801 Hollywood Blvd, 4th floor, located inside the Hollywood & Highland complex. Complimentary shuttle buses will be available from the Los Angeles Convention Center (Hall K) and will transport attendees throughout the afternoon. For more information and to register for this event, visit Side Effects will be showcasing Houdini on the show floor in Booth #1328.

Established in 1987, Side Effects Software is a world leader in the development of advanced 3D graphics and special effects software for use in film.

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