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Side Effects & Sony Imageworks Co-Host LA Siggraph Meeting On Spider-Man 2 F/X

Side Effects Software and Sony Pictures Imageworks announced they will co-host the upcoming Los Angeles SIGGRAPH chapter meeting where Imageworks will talk about how Houdini software was used to generate the visual effects in SPIDER-MAN 2. The meeting will take place at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences on Oct. 19, 2004 and will be followed by a full screening of the movie.

Stan Szymanski, svp, digital production; Scott Stokdyk, visual effects supervisor; and Theo Vandernoot, effects animation supervisor will present the studios behind-the-scenes look at a few of the 836 visual effects shots produced for SPIDER-MAN 2, including the creation of the Spider-Man and Doc Ock digital characters and 3D environments. They will also explain how Side Effects Software technology was used to generate some of the films most challenging effects, such as CG water.

We are honored to co-host this event with Sony Pictures Imageworks, said Tony Cristiano, coo/vp, U.S. operations for Side Effects Software. Side Effects Software is always thrilled when one of our valued partners uses our software to streamline their production process and bring their creative vision to the big screen.

The LA SIGGRAPH event will take place in the Samuel Goldwyn Theater at 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, California 90211. A reception will begin at 6:30 pm with the Sony presentation following at 7:30 pm. All are welcome to attend. Please register at

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. Side Effects Software leads the field of non-linear animation with its unique, award-winning, Houdini technology. More information can be found at

Sony Pictures Imageworks Inc., is an Academy Award-winning, state-of-the-art visual effects and character animation company. Imageworks is a division of Sony Pictures Digital, which oversees the digital production and online entertainment assets of Sony Pictures Ent. For more information, visit

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