Academy Award Winner Chris Landreth to Speak at SIGGRAPH 2009

Press Release from SIGGRAPH

(Chicago, IL) - SIGGRAPH 2009 announces Academy Award winner Chris Landreth as a special guest speaker during this year's renowned Computer Animation Festival. Landreth will show his newest short film, THE SPINE, and share insights into the development, and psychologically-driven animation of the film's characters during a special discussion held on Thursday, 6 August.

Landreth will discuss the unintended consequence of the "Uncanny Valley" -- the "creepy" effect of making CGI characters too realistic -- as well as how THE SPINE attempts to avoid this outcome. He will describe how his animators used a method acting approach to create movement in these characters including how they mimicked subtle gestures, ticks, and micro-expressions in faces and bodies. Highlights of how the film's crew balanced realism and stylization to create characters who are "Uncanny", in a positive way will also be discussed.

"It is an honor to have Chris return to give back to the SIGGRAPH audience. He has a wonderful story to tell that should be applicable across multiple industry lines," stated Carlye Archibeque, SIGGRAPH 2009 Computer Animation Festival Executive Producer. "Chris' animation expertise, as well as his long-standing history with SIGGRAPH, specifically his participation in the Computer Animation Festival, offer a great example of the caliber of work showcased in this great venue and what is possible by showcasing your talents at SIGGRAPH."

Landreth first received acclaim in 2004 at SIGGRAPH when his animated short, RYAN, won its Best of Show Award. The film's story was based on the life of Ryan Larkin, a former animator who produced some of the most influential animated films of his time at the National Film Board of Canada. RYAN went on to receive an Academy Award for Best Animated Short later that year.

THE SPINE was produced by the National Film Board of Canada in association with Copperheart Animation and C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures, with the creative participation of Autodesk Canada CO. and Seneca College School of Communication Arts.

Complete information on this session and other details related to the Computer Animation Festival is available at http://www.siggraph.org/s2009/computer_animation_festival/index.php. The SIGGRAPH 2009 Computer Animation Festival Preview Video is also available for download. For detailed information on the SIGGRAPH 2009 dynamically evolving program or to download a copy of the SIGGRAPH 2009 Preview Video visit www.siggraph.org/s2009.

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