Academy to Present 'Deconstructing Pi' VFX Panel

The Academy takes a look at the breakthrough stereoscopic and visual effects work that went into crafting the Oscar-winning film “Life of Pi,” featuring an onstage discussion with members of the film’s creative teams.

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On Monday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m. the Academy takes a look at the breakthrough stereoscopic and visual effects work that went into crafting the Oscar-winning film Life of Pi, featuring an onstage discussion with members of the film’s creative teams.

Hosted by Academy governor Bill Kroyer, the panel, "Deconstructing Pi," will include Oscar-winning visual effects artists Bill Westenhofer, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott, Oscar-winning cinematographer Claudio Miranda, previsualization supervisor Brad Alexander and Oscar-nominated editor Tim Squyres.

While stereoscopic filmmaking has literally added a new dimension to visual effects in theatrical motion pictures, few films have combined those technologies with greater technical virtuosity or narrative impact than Life of Pi.

This year’s Oscar winner for Cinematography, Directing, Music – Original Score and Visual Effects, Life of Pi tells the story of a boy lost at sea and his struggle to survive inside a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.

The evening will include film sequences and “making-of” clips alongside presentations and panel discussions on the creative challenges and production processes of employing stereoscopic technology with visual effects. Topics will include shot concepts, previsualization, location design, depth scripting and the complexities of combining live-action plates with extensive visual effects.

Deconstructing Pi

Monday, May 6, 7:30 p.m.

Samuel Goldwyn Theater 8949 Wilshire Boulevard Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. All seating is unreserved.

Tickets $5 general admission/$3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID.

Source: Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences

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