VIEW Conference: ITALY’S PREMIERE DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE
Featuring FOUR award-winning keynote speakers
and the Italian premiere of Disney/Pixar’s “La Luna” at sister festival VIEWFest,
Italy’s renowned symposium celebrates all things computer graphics … and more!
VIEW Conference – Italy’s leading digital media conference has exceeded expectations once again with a line-up of outstanding filmmakers and computer graphics inventers, practitioners, and visionaries gathering in Italy for four days of inspirational talks, extraordinary educational workshops, and astounding visual and audio experiences.
The VIEW Conference is made possible with the support of Piedmont Region, Province of Turin, City of Turin, Compagnia di San Paolo, Fondazione CRT, Chamber of Commerce of Turin, Ministry of Youth.
This year, four award-winning keynote speakers expand VIEW’s reach and set the pace for the remarkable roster of notable presenters during the week. “We are so pleased and proud to welcome our keynote speakers Sharon Calahan, Tom Wujec, Cory Doctorow, and Randy Thom to the VIEW Conference,” says conference director Maria Elena Gutierrez. “Sharon is a goddess of light, Randy adds the dimension of sound, Tom is a visionary thinker, and Cory will challenge our thinking about art and the internet.”
Calahan, Pixar’s renowned cinematographer, was the director of photography on Cars2. Thom, a two-time Academy Award winner created the sound design for Rio. Wujec, an Autodesk fellow and highly sought-after speaker has authored three books on innovation. Doctorow is a contributor to “The Guardian,” “The New York Times,” “Publishers Weekly,” “Wired,” and a co-editor of the Boing Boing blog. Sharon Calahan will be offering a workshop for aspiring cinematographers titled
„Reflections on Light and Color,“ Randy Thom one for sound designers, and Tom Wujec will give a workshop on design and innovation, „Clarity:Using Visual Thinking to Collaborate, Innovate and get things done“ while Pixar’s Davide Pesare one about Shading „RenderMan: Understanding Shading on SIMD Architectures“.
This year, we are honored to host the talk by Wayne Stables, who is the visual effects supervisor for Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of TINTIN at Weta Digital. Wayne will deliver one of the world’s first presentations of that studio’s work on the film at the VIEW. Tintin, Spielberg’s first computer-animated feature, opens in Italy on October 28. Basedon the popular classic comic books created by Belgian artist Herge (Georges Remi), and co-produced by Peter Jackson, the story centers on Tintin, a young explorer, and his faithful dog Snowy. The first installment of a planned trilogy, the film stars Daniel Craig as Red Rackham, Andy Serkis as Captain Haddock, and Jamie Bell as the voice of Tintin.The Adventures of Tintin marks Weta Digital’s first animated feature film. Digital Domain’s Erik Nash, overall visual effects supervisor on REAL STEEL has also chosen VIEW Conference in beautiful Turin, Italy to give the world’s first presentation about the movie. Erik will be spotlighting the state-of-the-art filmmaking techniques used to create the high-tech robotic boxers for DreamWorks Studios’ breakthrough picture, Real Steel. Real Steel opens in Italy only in November. Variety’s critic Peter DeBruge writes of the film: “The uncanny thing about Real Steel is just how gripping the fight scenes are… Seamless visual effects and heavy-duty sound design complete the illusion of fast-moving fighting machines.” To make this possible, Digital Domain, Giant Studios and Glenn Derry’s Video Hawks collaborated to push beyond the techniques used for Avatar into a new state-of-the-art filmmaking process. A virtual production workflow designed by Digital Domain and Nash allowed director Shawn Levy to see CG characters as if they were actually present on set – in the boxing rings where background plates were shot – just as he would shoot any other scene with human actors.
In addition to these luminaries, the VIEW Conference once again highlights artists who worked on films likely to be Oscar contenders in 2012 including: Academy-Award winner Scott Farrar, visual effects supervisor from Industrial Light & Magic for Transformers: The Dark of the Moon. Two-time Oscar nominee Roger Guyett, also from ILM, visual effects supervisor for Cowboys & Aliens. BAFTA award nominee Peter Nofz from Sony Pictures Imageworks, digital effects supervisor for Green Lantern. Gavin Graham, co-head of 3D at Double Negative for Captain America: The First Avenger. From the Moving Picture Company, Adriano Rinaldi, head of effects, and Daniele Bigi, look development lead for X-Men: First Class. Lucia Modesto, character technical director supervisor at PDI/DreamWorks for Kung Fu Panda 2.
Glenn Entis co-founder of PDI, former head of DreamWorks Interactive, chief visual officer for Electronic Arts, Technical Achievement Academy Award winner, and now a founding partner in Vanedge Capital, will challenge everyone to think about the impact of games. Kris Piotrowski, co-founder and creative director of CAPY, will speak about the challenges of designing „Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery EP“. Associate editor David S. Cohen brings stereo 3D alive through the pages of “Variety.” Joshua Grow, 2011 SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival chair, stereo coordinator and visual effects artist will move stereo 3D on into the future. Illustrator and concept artist David Revoy will share his unique artistic vision. And Erminio Pinque, instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design, will help people understand how to turn concept art into creatures.
Also, matching the strength of the filmmaking and gaming side are professionals from other areas of computer graphics. Daniel Shapiro, director of Nvidia’s automotive division, will introduce “State-of-the-art computer graphics for automotive design, visualization and in-vehicle safety”. Luc Soler, research project manager in computer sciences and robotics, will introduce attendees to medical imaging. And creative director Roger Gould will take attendees on a ride into Pixar’s theme park group.
“We believe that people working in every area of computer graphics can learn from each other,” Gutierrez says. “And, we are happy to provide a venue in which that can happen. We have such a star-studded conference this year that VIEW 2011 will be the best celebration of digital media, computer graphics and filmmaking yet. And, I would like to encourage people to attend our VIEWFest, as well”.
VIEWFest, the Italian evolution of Resfest, unspools October 21 to 23, with director Enrico Casarosa from Pixar Animation Studios introducing the Italian premiere of “La Luna.” Also highlighting the festival are “Fratellini D’Italia “(“Garibaldi and the Kid Brothers of Italy”) with Maria Fares, co-founder of the animation production company Lanterna Magica attending, and the Italian premieres of the SIGGRAPH Animation Festival short films from 2011 in Vancouver and 2010 in Asia.
MORE AMAZING NEWS FROM THE VIEW CONFERENCE
REAL STEEL comes to Turin, Italy!
Turin, Italy – October 4, 2011. In a surprise addition to an already powerful roster of speakers lined up for the VIEW Conference, October 25 to 28, overall visual effects supervisor ERIK NASH from DIGITAL DOMAIN has has chosen to give the world’s first presentation of that studio’s work at VIEW Conference. ERIK NASH will be spotlighting the state-of-the-art filmmaking techniques used to create the high-tech robotic boxers for DreamWorks Studios’ breakthrough picture, REAL STEEL. Real Steel opens October 7 in the USA.
Variety’s critic Peter DeBruge writes of the film: “The uncanny thing about Real Steel is just how gripping the fight scenes are. . . .Seamless visual effects and heavy-duty sound design complete the illusion of fast-moving fighting machines.” To make this possible, Digital Domain, Giant Studios, and Glenn Derry’s Video Hawks collaborated to push beyond the techniques used for Avatar into a new state-of-the-art filmmaking process. A virtual production workflow designed by Digital Domain and Nash allowed director Shawn Levy to see CG characters as if they were actually present on set – in the boxing rings where background plates were shot – just as he would shoot any other scene with human actors.
“We are thrilled that Erik Nash will share these important techniques with our attendees at the VIEW conference,” says conference director Maria Elena Gutierrez. “It is exciting to watch computer graphics characters move from post production up the pipeline and into production.”
Now in its 12th year, the VIEW is Italy’s largest computer graphics conference. Keynoting the conference this year are Pixar Animation Studio’s Sharon Calahan, director of photography on Disney/Pixar’s Cars2; Skywalker Sound director of sound design Randy Thom, a two-time Academy Award winner who created the sound design for Rio; Tom Wujec, Autodesk fellow and author of three books on innovation; and Cory Doctorow, technology activist, science fiction author, and journalist. VIEW is also bringing to Turin visual effects supervisors and artists, game developers, automotive technology inventors, scientists involved in medical imaging, and many others.
Founded in 1993 by director James Cameron and two business partners, Digital Domain has produced visual effects for more than 80 movies including Titanic, Apollo 13, the Transformers trilogy and TRON: Legacy, and Digital Domain artists have earned multiple Academy Awards. Today, Digital Domain artists in Los Angeles, Vancouver, San Francisco, Florida, Mumbai and London, are working on David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Bryan Singer’s Jack the Giant Killer, Alex Proyas Paradise Lost, and Carl Rinsch’ 47 Ronin.
VIEW 2011 takes place October 25-28 following the film festival VIEWfest, October 21-23 in beautiful Turin, Italy. For a list of all the speakers, to register, and to sign up for the workshops please visit our website: www.viewconference.it.
Our full program can be download here:
MARIA ELENA GUTIERREZ
Non-Resident Senior Fellow, German Marshall Fund of the United States
VIEW CONFERENCE | 25 – 28 October 2011
Director – VIEWFest 21 – 23 October 2011
VIEW AWARD, deadline: 15 Sept
ITALIANMIX, deadline: 15 Sept
YOUTH ITALIANMIX, deadline: 15 Sept