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Explore The Fifth Dimension at 5D - The Future of Immersive Design

The Art Directors Guild (ADG) and the University Art Museum (UAM) of California State University, Long Beach will host an innovative two-day conference called 5D - The Future of Immersive Design.

It will be the first-ever conference dealing with the convergence of visual storytelling and design technology across all narrative media and will take place October 4-5.

5D will explore the new role of design in these five dimensions, thus the name 5D: Film, TV, Animation, Interactive, and Environment. The venue for the conference will be the Carpenter Performing Arts Center at CSU, Long Beach.

A two-day international conference, 5D will bring together an eclectic gathering of recognized industry pioneers, visionaries and experts.

The event will be comprised of six in-depth panels, a keynote address from renowned MIT media analyst Henry Jenkins, sponsored workshops and a marketplace allowing more personal contact.

The flagship panels will include the following innovators from the entertainment sector: Rick Carter, Production Designer for WAR OF THE WORLDS and POLAR EXPRESS; Doug Chiang, production designer and executive vice president, Imagemovers Digital; Peter Frankfurt, co-founder/co-director, Imaginary Forces; Alex McDowell, production designer, MINORITY REPORT and WATCHMEN; John Tarnoff, head of show development, DreamWorks Animation; John Underkoffler, design and engineering consultant and science/technology advisor for MINORITY REPORT and THE HULK; Anne White, visionary brand communications executive; and Habib Zagarpour, senior art director, Electronic Arts.

Visionaries from the academic and artistic community include: Bruce Block, professor of visual structure in film, USC, and film consultant; Ann Field, chair, Illustration Department, Art Center College of Design; Scott Fisher, chair, Interactive Media Division, USC School of Cinematic Arts; Tracy Fullerton, professor of Interactive Media, USC School of Cinema and Television; Greg Lynn, architecture professor, UCLA; and Bill Viola, pioneer video artist.