Feb 29th – Jarrett Smith and Greg Hermanovic / Touch Designer artists

Founding members of Derivative, Greg Hermanovic and Jarrett Smith will present the latest generation of TouchDesigner.

Jarrett Smith is the Product Architect of TouchDesigner, and also leads Derivative on its involvement in productions for Walt Disney Imagineering, Prada, Plastikman, and support for local production companies Obscura Digital, V2 ( Amon Tobin), Leviathan etc.
Greg Hermanovic has been meddling in 3D animation since 1974. He is co-founder of Derivative, the creators of TouchDesigner and Side Effects Software, makers of Houdini, where he received two Scientific and Engineering Awards from the Academy of Motion Pictures Sciences and Arts for the advancement of procedural visual effects tools in the film industry.

TouchDesigner 077 is a visual development platform that equips you with the tools you need to create stunning realtime projects and rich user experiences. Whether you’re creating interactive media systems, architectural projections, live music visuals, or simply rapid-prototyping your latest creative impulse, TouchDesigner provides you with an exploratory, visual, and fun way to work.

TouchDesigner 077 is the most complete realtime visualization software available on the market today equipping users with the tools needed to create stunning realtime projects and rich user experiences. Whether you’re creating interactive media systems, architectural or environmental projections, live music visuals, or simply experimenting with video and film, TouchDesigner provides you with an exploratory, visual, and fun way to work.

This talk will illustrate how TouchDesigner’s procedural visual programming environment facilitates the prototyping and creation of interactive systems from DIY to large-scale deployments sighting examples including Walt Disney Imagineering, Herzog & de Meuron, Prada, MIT Media Lab, the Guggenheim, Plastikman 2010 (Richie Hawtin), Amon Tobin’s ISAM, Raster Noton, Rush, the Rockheim museum and many more

See http://www.derivative.ca/Blog/ for project details.


Feb 22nd – Fred Seibert

Fred Seibert produces cartoons and creates television networks.

He’s the founder of Channel Frederator, the first online cartoon channel. Which led to the creation of Next New Networks, home of the top two YouTube videos of 2010, including Key of Awesome, Obama Girl, Auto-Tune the News, Indy Mogul, and more than 50 other distributed channels. Next New Networks was acquired by YouTube in 2011.

As a leading independent animation producer, he’s made over 200 cartoon shorts and 15 series. He’s the executive producer of The Fairly OddParents and Fanboy & Chum Chum on Nickelodeon, and Adventure Time on Cartoon Network. His Frederator Studios is developing feature films at Sony Pictures Animation.

Fred Seibert was the original creative director of MTV, the president of Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, and has produced over 50 jazz albums. His work has honored by every major award possible, including the Grammys, the Emmys, the Webbys, and the Academy Awards.


Frederator Studios was founded by Fred Seibert in 1998. Since then the company has produced 16 series & over 200 short films including The Fairly OddParents,Fanboy & Chum Chum, and Adventure Time. Our shows are on Nickelodeon, Nick Jr, Cartoon Network, and Channel Frederator. Frederator is in producing partnership with Sony Pictures Animation and YouTube.

Cartoon Hangover launched as a show on Channel Frederator in 2009, and will relaunch as it’s own channel in 2012. The first series will be Pendleton Ward’sBravest Warriors, James Kochalka’s SuperF*ckers, and the Cartoon Hangover Show, the fourth of our innovative big idea cartoon laboratories.

Frederator Networks’ pioneering Internet animation channels began in 2005 withChannel Frederator, and has expanded to include The Wubbcast, ReFrederator andCartoon Hangover

Feb 8th – Trixy Sweetvittles

Shelly Wattenbarger lives in Los Angeles, CA and creates animated films, ceramic sculptures and occasional performances under the pen name Trixy Sweetvittles. As an Instructor of Cinema Practice at the University of Southern California’s John C. Hench Division of Animation and Digital Arts, she teaches animation production classes and runs a directed studies course focusing on bringing animation education to kids in the local community. Her seventeen years of experience teaching animation to K-12 students includes serving as the animation department chair for the California State Summer School for the Arts and working as lead site instructor for the California Institute of the Arts Community Arts Partnership program. As an animator and animation director for Nickelodeon’s “Blue’s Clues”, she worked on over forty episodes. Shelly holds a BFA in Studio Art with a concentration in painting and ceramics from the University of Texas Austin and a MFA in Experimental Animation from California Institute of the Arts.

Screenings of her animated films include festivals such as the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the Holland Animation Festival and the SXSW film festival. Her one-woman puppet show “Pudinella Parsnip” was showcased in the 1998 Jim Henson International Puppetry Festival.

Her current projects incorporate digital animation, ceramic sculptures and installation. The animations are created by photographing ceramic sculptures in multiple positions and using 2d digital software to create a replacement style stop motion animation. She is working on creating environments that may remind the viewer of being a child and looking at a freaky yet magical animatronic diorama.