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Duality of Animation & Live Action Subject of Academy Panel

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Science and Technology Council will hold a screening and panel discussion about the duality of animation and live action on Dec. 6, 2005, at 7:30 pm in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theatre.

There has always been a unique fascination with combining animation and live performances. Now, due to advances in digital imaging technology, animation is being used by filmmakers to complement or even replace live action, which is completely changing the dynamic of blended cinema.

This Science and Technology Council program will explore how animators, directors and actors are using todays cutting-edge technology to create great performances, compelling visual imagery and unique audience experiences.

Panels with noted experts and Academy Award-winners will discuss the dynamics of using animation in live-action; directing and creating characters without a live-action set, and the seamless combination of a live action actor and an animated performance to create one photorealistic performance utilizing both digital and practical sets.

The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences building, 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. For more program information, call (310) 247-3600.