Sony Pictures Imageworks will be highlighting its major forthcoming project Stuart Little, a live action film whose star is a fully digital photo-realistic character. Imageworks isalso engaged in production on Hollow Man, Cast Away, What Lies Beneath and WhatPlanet Are You From, working with such directors as Rob Minkoff, Paul Verhoeven,Robert Zemeckis and Mike Nichols.Imageworks is home to some of the industry'stop talent, including visual effects supervisors Scott E. Anderson, Rob Legato,John Dykstra, Jerome Chen and Pat McClung. Imageworks president, Ken Ralston,recently announced plans to direct "Jumanji II."
Following upon it's great success last year, the Imageworks booth will featurelife drawing classes taught by George Suhayda, an Art Director for SonyPictures Imageworks.Special master classes on sculpture, digital charactermodeling and storyboarding will also be presented in the booth.
Imagework's presence at SIGGRAPH99 also includes participation in the ElectronicTheater, two panels, one on "Credible Effects Versus Credible Science," onThursday afternoon at 4 PM and a special general session to be held at 6:30 onThursday when Leonard Maltin will lead a discussion with animation legends onthe importance of Character and Story. Rob Minkoff, the director of "StuartLittle" and one of the directors of "The Lion King," Joe Barbera, creator of"The Flintstones and Tom and Jerry, and Bill Kroyer are already scheduled toparticipate.
Also of note, Siggraph's high def Documentary, The History of Computer Graphics,which premieres at the show, was directed byFrank Foster, Senior VP of Multimedia at Imageworks. Sony Pictures HighDefinition Center provided the post production services for the documentary.